Archive for May, 2012

FTV 315 Trumpeter Donald Byrd

Posted in Update on May 24th, 2012

This week on From the Vault we present an informal and educational conversation about the life and career of one of the most prolific trumpet players of our time, Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II, known to the music world as Donald Byrd. This recording is one of perhaps two dozen from a mid-1980’s series called Night Journey, produced by James Graves, in which an outstanding roster of musicians, artists, and filmmakers were featured by virtue of their positive role within the Black community. Subjects of Night Journey included the likes of pianist Ahmad Jamal, drummer Al McKibbon, director Spike Lee, and this From the Vault’s featured voice, Donald Byrd. While Byrd certainly made his mark playing with many of the 1950’s jazz legends, what truly set him apart were the innovative soul and funk sounds he incorporated into his work during the 1970’s.

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 314 Howard Zinn: Virtual Optimism

Posted in Update on May 18th, 2012

This week on From the Vault we listen to social historian Howard Zinn present an informal talk in Berkeley, California in November 1992 titled, “Virtual Optimism: The Other Side of American Histoy,” In this recording, Zinn shares how his personal view of history changed following his experiences during the Vietnam War, and explains his interests in the cause of war, the nature of “enemy” soldiers, the laborers who built the railroad, factory laborers, the poor, and the unrepresented.

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 313 Naomi Wolfe: The Beauty Myth

Posted in Update on May 11th, 2012

This week on From the Vault we expand our discussion on society’s obsession with beauty and how that affects the health and well-being of women – and to a lesser degree men – with two outstanding recordings that search for the roots of this obsession. Our first recording, produced and hosted by Susan Anderson in 1978, is titled If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Keep Sitting on It Before I’ll Give It Away, and explores the two major images of women portrayed on American television since World War II: the consumer-ready “happy homemaker” and the “ideal beauty.” Our second featured piece is a 1991 conversation between KPFK’s Feminist Magazine host Jude McGee and author and Rhodes Scholar Naomi Wolfe. At the time of the interview, Wolfe’s recently-published, groundbreaking book, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women, had already garnered accolades from iconic Second-Wave Feminist icons such as Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer and Betty Friedan.

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 312 Female Beauty Rituals

Posted in Update on May 4th, 2012

This week on From the Vault we listen to a curious recording from 1985 entitled Female Beauty Rituals, which was produced by an outstanding team at Pacifica radio station KPFA in Berkeley: Corless Smith, Ginny Z. Berzon and Michael Yoshida. This documentary on the social role of ‘beautification,’ playfully presented through the eyes of a Martian correspondent, includes interviews with fashion consultants Pat Kwan, Deborah Matthews, and Monique Montgomery; podiatrists Dr. Margaret Lowe and Dr. Ruth Wood; and Robin Lakoff, author of Face Value: the Politics of Beauty. We end this episode of From the Vault with a short selection from a 1991 lecture and interview with author Naomi Wolf, author of the groundbreaking feminist book, The Beauty Myth.

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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