Archive for October, 2011

FTV 285 Marx in Soho by Howard Zinn

Posted in Update on October 28th, 2011

This week on From on the Vault, we celebrate Karl Marx’s birthday with a performance of Marx in Soho, Howard Zinn’s play that resurrects the German philosopher in defense of his theory and character. A one-man play written in 1999, Marx in Soho starred Brian Jones and effectively potrayed Marx as a family man struggling to support his wife and children. This performance was recorded specifically for radio in 2001 by KPFK in Los Angeles.

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 284 The Body Snatcher

Posted in Update on October 22nd, 2011

This week on From the Vault we present a haunting tale written by Robert Louis Stevenson, the 19th century Scottish writer probably best known for his classic novels Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In 1979, producer Dudley Knight read Stevenson’s spooky tale The Body Snatcher on The Graveyard Shift, an old radio show that served as Pacifica Network’s dumping ground for everything macabre. Then, we dig the grave a bit deeper, to bring you a 1961 Colin Edwards interview with one of the most famous horror actors in history, Boris Karloff, best known for his iconic role as Frankenstein. Please enjoy this dark tale and rare interview from 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 283 Crime and Capital Punishment

Posted in Update on October 14th, 2011

On this episode of From the Vault, we proffer a sampling of historic recordings in hopes that they will constructively contribute to the debate over the implementation of the death penalty in the United States. Pacifica Radio throughout its history has been at the forefront of capital punishment news and analysis, and as a media institution has become well-respected for its frequency, volume, and depth of coverage. Audio selections today are drawn from the following Pacifica titles:

The Coming Death of Caryl Chessman (1959)
A documentary on the emotionally charged trial of Caryl Chessman and the debate over his May 2, 1960 execution. Produced by Gene Marine.

Meeting of the Minds – Steve Allen (1960)
Actors represent Aristotle, Montaigne, Hegel, Dostoyevsky, Freud, and Darwin in a discussion of the death penalty. Narrated by Steve Allen.

Death House Letters of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (1967)
Lois Adler and Gerald Fritz read selections from the prison correspondence of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were tried, sentenced, and executed for espionage following the Soviet Union’s development of an atomic bomb. Narrated by Eric Nord.

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter (1978)
Middleweight prizefighter Rubin “Hurricane” Carter shares his experiences in prison and hopes for release in an interview by Lynn Samuels at Trenton State Prison, New Jersey.

Democracy Now!: Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter (1998)
A delegation, led by former boxing champ Rubin Hurricane Carter who served 19 years for a crime he did not commit, travels to Texas to pressure authorities to grant clemency to death row inmate Joseph Stanley Faulder.

The Legal Lynching of Mumia Abu-Jamal (1995)
Actor and activist Mike Farrell introduces Leonard Weinglass, John Carlo Esposito, Marla Gibbs, and Roger Smith, who read from Mumia Abu-Jamal’s prison writings and are followed with a presentation by Ramona Africa, the last adult survivor of the MOVE bombing.

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 282 Toni Morrison – Walter Mosley – Julius Lester

Posted in Update on October 7th, 2011

On today’s episode of From the Vault we exhibit another round of rediscovered recordings which further showcase the amazing talent pool represented within Pacifica Radio Archives. First, we join WBAI host Wesley Brown in-studio to interview Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison shortly after the 1981 release of her novel Tar Baby, which explores issues of African American self-acceptance and reconciliation. Then we check out a surprise studio performance by legendary Pacifica programmer Julius Lester – previously best-known for his insightful late 1960’s interviews of Muhammad Ali, June Jordan, and Vincent Harding among others – but perhaps also to be known in the future for this striking rendition of the folk classic Stagger Lee. Finally, we settle down to an interview with writer Walter Mosley following the 1997 release of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, which introduces the character Socrates Forthlow – who encourages young readers to think about the consequences of their decisions.

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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