Archive for March, 2013

FTV 359 The Flight of the Eagle: UFW Retrospective

Posted in Update on March 29th, 2013

From the Vault focuses this week on a 1995 documentary about the United Farm Workers Union called The Flight of the Eagle. Produced by Chuy Varela from archival footage collected by Pacifica over the previous thirty years, this radio retrospective examines the evolution of the UFW from a local organization which mostly championed farm workers into a civil rights organization which fights for issues affecting the larger Latino community. The Flight of the Eagle gauges the impact of the 1965 Delano Strike and Dolores Huerta’s critical role in developing the UFW, the death of Cesar Chavez on the union, and the current challenges ahead for the organization.

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 358 Women’s Wave: Women in Punk and New Wave

Posted in Update on March 22nd, 2013

On this edition of From the Vault we skip back thirty years and listen to a program titled Women’s Wave – an examination of women in the punk, post-punk and new wave musical movements. Produced at KPFA in 1983 by Karen Sundheim and Elaine Jacobs, Women’s Wave includes interviews with female punk group members describing the difficult environment for achieving success in the male-dominated punk scene, and dealing with blowback from more conservative female musicians. Featured music is from bands including The Slits, The Au Pairs, Unknown Gender, Wilma, The Avengers, The Bags, and the Contractions.

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 357 The Second Battle of Selma

Posted in Update on March 15th, 2013

This week on From the Vault, we go back nearly half a century and immerse ourselves in a radio documentary on the confrontation over Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama. The Second Battle of Selma, produced by legendary newsman Dale Minor in 1965 during his time at Pacifica station WBAI, includes rare audio of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and actuality of the march on Selma. This program, a fine example of early Pacifica Radio editing and storytelling style, remains as relevant today as it did almost fifty years ago when it was first broadcast.

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 356 Derek Bell – Irish Folk Musician

Posted in Update on March 7th, 2013

This week on From the Vault, KPFA producer Padraigin McGillicuddy mixes interview and music to showcase Derek Bell, one of the great Irish folk musicians, in this 1979 program, The Harp That Once through Tara’s Halls: Derek Bell, the Man and the Music. Bell, a virtuoso of the Celtic harp, also played and composed for the piano, oboe, English horn, and hammered dulcimer. From child prodigy to principal harpist of the Northern Ireland Orchestra, this member of the Irish band The Chieftains worked tirelessly throughout his life to reclaim the traditions of Irish music, earning respect from artists across all genres. Bell was recognized for his efforts in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II, who extended him membership into the Order of the British Empire.

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 355 Sylvia Plath

Posted in Update on March 2nd, 2013

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”


~Sylvia Plath

This week on From the Vault we focus on influential poet and writer Sylvia Plath, deemed by the Poetry Foundation to be “one of the most dynamic and admired poets of the twentieth century.” First, we’ll speak with journalist and author Andrew Wilson, whose biography Mad Girl’s Love Song was released on the 50th anniversary of Plath’s 1963 death by suicide at the age of 30. Then we’re off to the vault… serving up an 1972 biographical audio sketch produced at Pacifica station WBAI by Mimi Weisbord Anderson and Nanette Rainone titled Blood Jet is Poetry: The Life and Work of Sylvia Plath. This incredible program affords the listener an inside look into the life of this icon, drawing in part from a rare 1962 recording of Plath musing on life and reading her own poetry.

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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