Archive for July, 2013

FTV 376 Douglas Turner Ward’s Day of Absence

Posted in Update on July 26th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we present the earliest known recording of Douglas Turner Ward’s play Day of Absence, the story about a small town in the Deep South that descends into economic panic when it discovers that its entire black population has vanished, and, accordingly, its blue-collar labor force. While Douglas Turner Ward gained fame as an original cast member of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, it was his provocative play Day of Absence where he ultimately earned notoriety. Pacifica Radio invited Ward and the Day of Absence cast to the WBAI studios in May 1963 for the first-ever live taping of the play, which was broadcast two weeks later on June 11, 1963. Ward’s play would eventually premiere at the Saint Mark’s Playhouse in Manhattan in 1965.

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 375 Fred Astaire

Posted in Update on July 19th, 2013

On this edition of From the Vault we present an interview recorded in 1968 with one of the great dancers of our time, Fred Astaire. Original KPFK program producer Bruce Kane introduces us to this remarkable audio:

“On August 31, 1968 Joel Reisner and I conducted a radio interview with Fred Astaire at his home in Beverly Hills… upon arriving at Mr. Astaire’s home to conduct the interview he greeted us at the door and modestly, but quite seriously, told us that he really didn’t think he had much to talk about.

…Mr. Astaire had quite a lot to talk about. Throughout our visit he was charming, cordial, elegant, relaxed, friendly, articulate and knowledgeable. In short he was everything you would expect of Fred Astaire and more.

I don’t know of another existing audio interview with Mr. Astaire that is this extensive and far ranging.”

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 374 Lillian Smith

Posted in Update on July 11th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we bring you a recording from of one of the first prominent white southern women to denounce racial segregation, author Lillian Smith, reading from her 1964 book, Our Faces, Our Words. Although, probably best known for her stunning 1944 novel Strange Fruit, this human rights advocate spellbinds once again with her southern lyrical rhythm as she reads from her latest novel.

For more information on Lillian Smith, please visit The Lillian E. Smith Foundation.

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 373 Ella Baker

Posted in Update on July 5th, 2013

This week on From the Vault we salute one of the great understated contributors of the Civil Rights Movement, Ella Baker. In 1968, several important Civil Rights leaders and activists decided to honor this tireless activist, and the resulting recording, A Salute to Ella Baker, became an instant Pacifica classic. It includes the voices of C.O.R.E. National Director Floyd Bixler McKissick; Anne Braden, a white woman from Kentucky whose work in the Civil Rights Movement resulted in her getting blacklisted from local employment; Black Power heavy-hitters Stokely Charmichael and H. Rap Brown; Karen Molloy, wife of imprisoned draft resister Joe Malloy; and professor, author, and friend Howard Zinn.

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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