Archive for June, 2012

FTV 320 Alexander Meiklejohn

Posted in Update on June 29th, 2012

In this episode of From the Vault, we share a recording from November 1955 capturing the voice of one of the great minds of United States constitutional law, Alexander Meiklejohn, who was instrumental in shaping the policies of the Pacifica Foundation in its earliest years. Pacifica founder Lew Hill, finding such great merit in Meiklejohn’s constitutional expertise, asked him to serve as an advisor to the Pacifica Foundation on matters of freedom of speech – matters which are still integral to Pacifica’s mission to this day.

A 1956 winner of the prestigious Ohio State Award, The First Amendment: Core of our Constitution documents Alexander Meiklejohn’s testimony before the 1956 Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights; Meiklejohn expounds upon the importance of the right to free speech and the dangers of political suppression.

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 319 William Carlos Williams

Posted in Update on June 22nd, 2012

This week on From the Vault we listen to the recorded voice of one of the most transformative and revered American poets in history, William Carlos Williams – cited as a major influence by the likes of fellow poets Allen Ginsberg, Marianne Moore, Kenneth Rexroth, John Cage, Anne Sexton, Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, Rita Dove, Maya Angelou and so many others.

We have reason to believe that this recording, from May of 1955, is as rare as it gets; in fact, it may be the only surviving audio of Williams reading these particular poems. In between reading his poetry, Williams traces the pantheon of poetry, from Shakespeare’s ultimate exercise in iambic pentameter to the emergence of the American voice by writers like Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, and Imagist movement artists such as Hilda Doolittle, Wallace Stevens, and later William Carlos Williams himself. Six months after Williams made this recording, close friend and staunch supporter Allen Ginsburg released poetry’s iconic Howl, a game-changer for the American creative spirit and ultimately the American artistic soul.

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 318 Ray Bradbury

Posted in Update on June 15th, 2012

“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

This week on From the Vault we pay homage to legendary sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury through two classic recordings from Pacifica Radio Archives. Our first featured recording, The World of Ray Bradbury (1964), Bradbury is interviewed by Francis Roberts, and traces the evolution of his unique writing style – from his childhood to then-present day. The second recording is a speech Bradbury delivered at the International Colloquium on Mars in December 1973; here, Bradbury reflects on the literary and visionary masters before him that inspired him as a child to dream, and calls on humanity to momentarily ignore the influence of popular culture and focus on personal dreams.

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 archival 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 317 Radio Bloomsday

Posted in Update on June 9th, 2012

This week on From the Vault we present a salute to Bloomsday – the worldwide celebration of James Joyce’s classic work Ulysses. We will feature readings from Pacifica Radio’s long-running Radio Bloomsday production that has been joining the celebration since 1981. Our thanks to original Executive Producers Janet Coleman and Larry Josephson, and this year’s team led by Janet Coleman and Caraid O’Brien, for their support in making this episode of From the Vault possible. The new Radio Bloomsday 2012 production can be heard on your favorite Pacifica Radio Station on Saturday, June 16th.

Selections in this episode include past Bloomsday readings by Larry Josephson, Zero Boy, Roma Downey, John O’Callaghan, Paul Dooley, Paul Muldoon, Marc Singer, T. Ryder Smith, Charles Busch, Caraid O’Brien, and Anne Meara.

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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 316 The 2012 Medal of Freedom: Morrison, Huerta and Dylan

Posted in Update on June 4th, 2012

This week on From the Vault we honor three recipients of 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom that were, at some point in their careers, given a voice on Pacifica Radio: Bob Dylan, Dolores Huerta, and Toni Morrison. These three Medal of Freedom recipients were among thirteen people (both living and dead) that were honored by President Barack Obama at the White House for “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” In this episode, we will hear Toni Morrison in 2003, Dolores Huerta in 1968 and 1997, and Bob Dylan in 1962 and 1966.

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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