Archive for September, 2011

FTV 281 Wangari Maathai

Posted in Update on September 30th, 2011

It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.

~Wangari Maathai (April 1, 1940 – Sept 25, 2011)

On this edition of From the Vault we salute the tireless and visionary work of the late Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai, who led an environmental and peace movement that touched lives around the world. Through a mix of commentary and interviews from Pacifica Foundation Director Arlene Engelhardt, KPFK producer Asumpta Oturu, Hard Knock Radio Host Davey D, BBC host and From the Vault producer Joanne Griffith, KPFK host Doreen Key, and WPFW producer Fahima Seck, we come to appreciate the incredible depth of this human being, and draw inspiration from her life to change our own behaviors for the sake of humanity and the world. We’ll also hear Wangari Maathai on stage at Final Push: The Long Walk to Justice, an event designed to pressure world leaders at the 2005 G8 summit in Scotland, and Maathai participating in a special called “Women of The World,” an original 2008 production by the Pacifica Radio Archives.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 280 Sister Helen Prejean and Death Row

Posted in Update on September 23rd, 2011

This week on From the Vault we explore the challenges that capital punishment presents for a civil society. Perhaps more adept than anyone at understanding the moral and ethical ramifications of the death penalty on society, Sister Helen Prejean is a Catholic nun who became known around the world for her book Dead Man Walking, which chronicles her experience ministering to death row inmates. Prejean, who has worked with inmates awaiting execution since 1981, manages to look at the condemned beyond conviction of guilt – and treat them with dignity on a basic level as human beings. Sister Helen Prejean delivers this compelling speech in May 2000 after an introduction by the Director of the Dismas House in New Mexico.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 279 James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks

Posted in Update on September 16th, 2011

This week on From the Vault we showcase a great example of creative genius recently rediscovered within Pacifica Radio Archives: a beautiful 1969 radio adaptation of James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks. Produced by WBAI production superstars Charles Potter and David Rapkin, Thurber’s 1950’s fantasy tale comes to life with delightful special effects – an arduous test of endurance and ingenuity using the equipment and techniques of the late 1960’s: reel to reel tape machines, multiple overdub and splicing, and hours and hours of painstaking setup. Over forty years after the original production and broadcast, we had the opportunity to speak with sound engineer David Rapkin, who explained the challenges he faced while making this important sound recording – now being shared again for the first time in over three decades.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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FTV 278 Harvey Fierstein and Charles S. Dutton – Actors in Conversation

Posted in Update on September 10th, 2011

Today on From the Vault we share compelling interviews with two actors of stage and screen, both at critical times in their career, focusing on live theater and particularly the New York Broadway stage. First, WBAI host David Rothenberg talks with Charles S. Dutton, starring at the time (1984) in the hit play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, about Dutton’s evolution into acting while locked up in prison, among other things. Then, we move to an interview with the incomparable Harvey Fierstein, again with Rothenberg, conducted shortly after Fierstein had won Tony awards for both writing and performance in Torch Song Trilogy (1982), a potent work that also introduced to the world a young Matthew Broderick.

These recordings are two of the 150 hours of our recorded history that have been released on our website for you to browse, listen, and study as a result of a year-long preservation and access project funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and our loyal Pacifica station listeners.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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FTV 277 Pacifica Radio Archives: Ten-year 9-11 Retrospective

Posted in Update on September 2nd, 2011

From the Vault this week is a ten-year retrospective of Pacifica’s 9/11 coverage, as it happened, and the pacific and progressive voices subsequently given safe harbor on Pacifica Stations in the time after the attacks. We begin with a montage produced by Pacifica Radio Archives one year after 9/11 – voices include Bertrand Russell, Howard Zinn, Dennis Kucinich, Gore Vidal, June Jordan, Michael Moore, Angela Davis, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mumia Abu Jamal, Cornel West, to name a few. Then, WBAI producer Michael Haskins recalls his journey to WBAI studios in the heart of the financial district in the midst of the attack, and former Pacifica producer and author Laurie Garrett muses on the events and consequences of 9/11, along with Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy, and others.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

PURCHASE a copy of this program or learn more about the historic recordings used within this episode. To purchase a CD copy of this program by phone, please call Pacifica Radio Archives at 800.735.0230 x 262.

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