Archive for May, 2013

FTV 368 Building Bridges with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

Posted in Update on May 31st, 2013

This week on From the Vault we present fascinating in-depth interview with two iconic artists and social visionaries who led fellow artists in the fight against social injustice, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Davis and Dee sat down with longtime Pacifica hosts Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash in 1998 to reflect on their lifetime of work, as both artist and activists, with consideration to the changing culture of social activism, and the “abolition of poverty” as one of the greatest challenges of their lifetimes.

Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash continue to host their nationally syndicated program Building Bridges every Monday evening from WBAI 99.5 FM studios in New York City.

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 367 Oyelo! Out Loud! The Nuyorican Poets Café

Posted in Update on May 24th, 2013

On this edition of From The Vault we feature a special edition of Grace Cavalieri’s Poet and the Poem series called Oyelo! Out Loud! The Nuyorican Poets Café, which showcases the work of Puerto Rican poets. The Puerto Rican poetry scene in New York City exploded with the 1973 founding of the Nuyorican Poets Café in the East Village apartment of writer poet and Rutgers Professor Miguel Algarin; by 1975 the group outgrew Miguel’s apartment and began renting an Irish pub a few blocks away on East 6th Street, quickly earning a reputation as one of the country’s most respected non-profit arts organizations. In 1996, some of the Café artists travelled to WPFW’s Washington, DC studios to perform on Cavalieri’s program, including Nuyorican Poets Café Founder Algarin, Nuyorican Poetry Slam founder Bob Holman, Ed Morales, Tracie Morris, Dael Orlandersmith, Kenneth Carroll, Magdalena Saavedra, Willie Perdomo, and Edwin Torres.

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 366 One Billion Seconds Later: A Social History of LSD

Posted in Update on May 17th, 2013

In honor of the work of pioneering Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, who discovered the hallucinogenic properties of lysergic acid diethylamide in 1943, From the Vault presents the 1974 documentary One Billion Seconds Later: A Social History of LSD, winner of the prestigious Ohio State Award for Radio Excellence. Produced in 1974 by legendary radio producer Adi Gevins, this program explores acid’s social history, from its accidental discovery at Sandoz laboratories in Switzerland, through the halls of academia, to Golden Gate Park and beyond. Included are the voices of Albert Hofmann, Timothy Leary, Baba Ram Dass, Ken Kesey, and Dr. John Lilly, among others, who describe the LSD experience and speculate on acid’s importance an agent of therapy, religious sacrament, and revolution.

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 365 Sabina Virgo – Earth Day 2013

Posted in Update on May 10th, 2013

During the course of the week-long 2013 Earth Day celebration, acclaimed speaker, writer and political analyst Sabina Virgo turned her mediating, organizing and oratory skills in the direction of the environment. In this captivating speech, given at the invitation of the Eagle Environmental Club on the campus of Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California, Sabina traces the history of corporate interests that have put the environment on a fatal course and the impact of our push back.

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 364 Bob Kaufman, Poet: The Life and Times of an African-American Man, Part 2 of 2

Posted in Update on May 3rd, 2013

“Streets paved with opal sadness,
Lead me counterclockwise, to pockets of joy,
And jazz.”
Bob Kaufman, Cranial Guitar: Selected Poems

This week on From the Vault we continue with an amazing radio documentary about one of the most elusive poets of the twentieth century and the originator of the name ‘beatnik,’ Bob Kaufman. Written and produced in 1992 by David Henderson, with associate production and engineering by Vic Bedoin, Bob Kaufman, Poet: The Life and Times of an African-American Man features interviews with family members, scholars, and artist such as Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Roscoe Lee Brown. Despite his battles with alcohol, drugs, psychotherapy, and the justice system, Kaufman’s ragged life teems with poetic brilliance, as this documentary demonstrates. Highlights include a rare 1958 recording of Kaufman reading his epic poem Second April and a discussion of jazz with recordist Henry Jacobs. Part two of two.

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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