Archive for January, 2012

FTV 298 Freddie Hubbard live at La Bastille Jazz Club

Posted in Update on January 28th, 2012

From the Vault invites you to the legendary La Bastille Jazz Club in Houston, circa 1973, for a concert by prodigious trumpet-man and Grammy Award-winner Freddie Hubbard, who played a benefit gig for Pacifica radio station KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston. Hubbard, at this point in his life, had several decades of classic material to work with at this show – and subsequently delivered to the Pacifica audience a night to remember.

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 297 The Art of Muckraking

Posted in Update on January 21st, 2012

Muckraking, a term coined in 1906 by Teddy Roosevelt to describe journalists exposing the corruption of the barons of industry, has been a rich tradition for the free press for over a century – serving to put forth ideas and truths that may upset those in power or offend the establishment. This week on From the Vault we pay homage to Pacifica Radio’s rich muckraking legacy, starting with Upton Sinclair’s fiery 1962 address, Changing America, recorded at Pomona College in southern California, then turning to a 1989 forum entitled “The Art of Muckraking,” featuring stand-out investigative (and muckraking!) journalists of the day, including Christopher Hitchens, Mark Hertsgaard, Jessica Mitford, Robert Scheer, and Alexander Cockburn.

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 296 Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted in Update on January 20th, 2012


Poverty, urban problems, and social progress generally are ignored when the guns of war become a national obsession.
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by digging deep into our historic audio collection and presenting two recordings of Dr. King in his own voice. First, Mark Maxwell, host of Rise on KPFK-Los Angeles, will introduce us to an excerpt of Dr. King’s speech, Dimensions of a Complete Life, from January 14, 1962 at Battell Chapel, Yale University. In it, Dr. King demonstrates his expertise at the pulpit, using biblical references to help teach us to work towards bettering humanity. Then we’ll hear a selection of Dr. King’s speech on the domestic consequences of the Vietnam War entitled Domestic Urgency vs. Military Costs, recorded at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 25, 1967. Finally, we jump to New York’s Central Park April 5th, 1968… the day after Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. There, in an impromptu gathering of rage and sorrow, thousands mourned along with Ossie Davis, Pete Seeger, Ritchie Havens, Dr. Spock, and Pacifica Radio. When WBAI-New York broadcast The Memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it brought the experience of collective rage and grief to the listeners not able to be there in person. Today, Pacifica Radio Archives is proud to present select portions of this historic broadcast.

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FTV 295: Gil Scott-Heron and Big Mama Thornton

Posted in Update on January 6th, 2012

From the Vault this week features recordings that have been digitized and preserved thanks to our most recent grant funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Pacifica Radio Archive donors. Our first selection is from July, 1994, in Central Park, New York: A live performance from late poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, famous for his 1970 spoken word counter-culture anthem, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Next, we sample the sound of Big Mama Thornton, a blues singer from Houston, Texas, who wrote and recorded “Ball of Chain,” made popular by Janis Joplin in 1967. We end this episode with a priceless awkward moment caught on tape, as Woody Allen is asked by a WBAI reporter, “Why aren’t there any black people in your movies?”

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 294 John Lennon’s 70th Birthday Celebration

Posted in Update on January 4th, 2012

On October 9, 2010, Pacifica radio station KPFK in Los Angeles produced 12-hour broadcast celebrating John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The idea was the brainchild of KPFK Music Director Maggie LePique, who, with the support of KPFK programmers, the musical community, and Yoko Ono to put together a fantastic day of programming. In this episode of From the Vault, we present highlights from this historic celebration.

Contributors to the day-long celebration included Jon Wiener, Professor of History at the University of California at Irvine, author of Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon Files, musicians Jackson Browne, John Densmore, Quartetto Fantastico, Shiela Nichols, Tom Morello, and longtime John Lennon friend and publicist Elliot Mintz.

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 293 To All a Good Night

Posted in Update on January 4th, 2012

Part one of this episode of From the Vault features an original radio drama written by KPFK host Julio Martinez which traces the history of Santa Claus through a contemporary lens. It stars Nicholas, Bishop of Smyrna, John Winthrop, the Puritans of 1647, The Saxons, the Vikings, ChristKleinlein from Germany, Pere Noel from France, Washington Irving, John Pintard, the Montgomery Ward staff who brainstormed the Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer for their holiday catalog in 1939, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

Part two is radio adaptation of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi, the story a young couple, Jim and Della, who are short of money but desperately want to buy each other Christmas gifts. Unbeknownst to Jim, Della sells her most valuable possession, her beautiful hair, in order to buy a platinum fob chain for Jim’s watch; while unbeknownst to Della, Jim sells his own most valuable possession, his watch, to buy jeweled combs for Della’s hair.

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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