Archive for March, 2012

FTV 307 Mark Twain

Posted in Update on March 30th, 2012

This week on From the Vault our discussion focuses on author and humorist Mark Twain, thanks to the rediscovery of a long-forgotten recording. In this freshly digitized slice of history, Colin Edwards, one of Pacifica Radio’s most prolific producers from the 1950’s and 1960’s, brings us to Hannibal, Missouri in 1959 for a guided tour of the house where Twain lived and penned some of America’s most important prose .

Then we visit with actor Val Kilmer, who is appearing as Mark Twain onstage in his one man play, Citizen Twain, opening spring 2012 in Los Angeles. From the Vault chief Brian DeShazor and senior producer Mark Torres sat down with Kilmer to talk about Mark Twain and the development of the play, as well as a proposed film project.

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 306 Les Guérillères: Feminist Radio Drama

Posted in Update on March 23rd, 2012

In 1973, at the height of the second wave of feminism in the United States and around the world, literature was playing a critical part in raising the global female consciousness, and women were effectively bringing feminist prose to public radio, arguably in one of the earliest cross-platform marketing approaches for feminism. One of the most widely-circulated feminist novels in history, Monique Wittig’s Les Guérillères immerses us in an epic battle of the sexes, where women, having taken up arms, triumph against an army of men. First published in 1969 in France, translated into English in 1971, and brought to the airwaves in 1973 by the women at Pacifica’s WBAI in New York, this English adaptation of Les Guérillères is very likely the only one of its kind ever recorded. Today on From the Vault we proudly present this production of Les Guérillères, which has not been heard by the public ear since 1973.

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 305 Bayard Rustin Centennial Celebration 2012

Posted in Update on March 19th, 2012

This week From the Vault celebrates what would have been the 100th birthday of one of the unknown and unsung heroes of the American Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin. Pacifica Radio is fortunate to curate several rare audio recordings with Rustin’s voice; two of these in particular are most-fitting to be shared in tribute. First, go back to 1968 for speech in Washington D.C. titled The Future of Minorities, in which Rustin focuses on the changing role for minorities in American society, and then dive even further back in history to 1960’s Negro Rights in Africa and America, a discussion between Rustin and Kenneth Kaunda (then-President of the United National Independence Party in Rhodesia) in which the two leaders examine civil rights in their respective countries.

From the Vault also chats with Michael G. Long, editor of I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters, a new book from City Lights Publishers which chronicles the life of the openly-gay and pacifist civil rights leader. Long is an associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College and is the author or editor of several books on civil rights, religion, and politics in mid-century America, including Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall and First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson.

Visit City Lights Publishers to learn more about I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters.

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 304 Women and Media in the Age of Obama

Posted in Update on March 9th, 2012

Our celebration of Women’s History Month continues in this episode of From the Vault with an all-female panel discussion held in conjunction with the national release tour for Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America, a new publication from City Lights Books and Pacifica Radio Archives. Redefining Black Power, edited by From the Vault collaborator and BBC Radio 5 Live host Joanne Griffith, addresses key issues for Black America – mass incarceration, media portrayal, the role of black leadership, democratic participation and economic disparity – by revisiting Pacifica Radio’s classic Civil Rights and Black Power recordings of W.E.B Dubois, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Audre Lourde as context for a new conversation on the state of Black America with contemporary educators, activists, and philosophers. The Brecht Forum in New York City hosted this February 2012 panel on “Women and Media in the Age of Obama,” with guests including author, playwright. and WBAI host Esther Armah, writer and cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis, and author and journalist Akiba Solomon.

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 303 Gloria Steinem – 1997 Kennedy Lecture Series

Posted in Update on March 3rd, 2012

To mark the beginning of Women’s History Month, From the Vault features a recording of Gloria Steinem, one of America’s best-known feminists. Through her writing and activism, and her work with Ms. Magazine (the international feminist bi-monthly that she co-founded in 1972), Steinem has created meaningful channels of communication around the world to champion women’s voices that call for recognition, equality, and justice – and she has remained committed to the creation of organizations that aim to widen and deepen opportunities, fairness and inclusion for women everywhere. In this 1997 recording from the Kennedy Lecture Series at Ohio University, Steinem explains the critical importance of patience and long-term goals for activists who have chosen to embrace the social and political struggles of feminism.

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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