Archive for February, 2014

FTV 407 The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns

Posted in Update on February 28th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we conclude our celebration of Black History Month with a 1967 recording titled The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns. Conceived by Baird Searles and the 99.5 Radio Theater at WBAI studios in New York, this play was performed in response to the events of the 1960’s, at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Adapted from original court documents and letters by playwright and historian Jonathan Ned Katz and directed by Lois Adler, this radio performance tells the story of Anthony Burns, a slave born in Stafford County, Virginia in 1834. After escaping the slave masters on a ship bound for Boston, Massachusetts in 1853, Burns was captured a year later and became the center of the 1854 court case using the newly enacted 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.

Voice talent includes Niger Akoni, Susan Batson, Alan Becker, Gerald Fritz, Robert Lander, Margot Lewitin, Frank MacFee, David Margulies, Eric Nord, Douglass Ross, and Baird Searles.

This program was recently restored thanks to a grant funded in part by the GRAMMY foundation. This is the first rebroadcast of The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns since its original airing in 1967.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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 406 Ishmael Reed

Posted in Update on February 25th, 2014

This week on From the Vault in celebration of Black History Month, we present an early interview with Mr. Ishmael Reed, the prolific novelist, poet, librettist, songwriter, essayist and publisher, nominated for the distinguished Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award honors and also a 1998 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Genius Award.

Early in Mr. Reed’s career as a young writer and publisher of the now classic literary magazine Yardbird Reader, he co-hosted a program on Pacifica’s flagship station KPFA called The Yard Bird Hour with Toby Lawson and Al Young. On June 6, 1970 Reed sat down with a KPFA producer to speak about the arts and literature and their relevance to the social movements of the day, referencing the first two novels he had written at that time, The Freelance Pallbearers (1967) and Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down (1969), as well as his latest collection of poetry, 19 Necromancers From Now (1970). But first we’ll listen to Mr. Reed in an interview recorded February 12, 2014, in which he reflects on the value of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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 405 Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

Posted in Update on February 14th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we travel back to December of 1971, when Pacifica radio station WBAI paid tribute to one of the great composers of our time, Igor Stravinsky, who had died earlier that year in April. With a great body of work to choose from, including Firebird, Patrushka, and Rite of Spring, the WBAI Music Department chose Stravinsky’s theatrical work L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) from 1918 – a classic tale of the Devil tempting people at a crossroads in their lives.

The Soldier’s Tale was performed live in front of the typical in studio audience on WBAI’s Free Music Store on December 18, 1971. The cast includes Tim Jerome, narrator; Arthur Miller, a soldier; and Pat Shea as the Devil. Musicians include Jeanne Benjamin, violin; Richard Fredrickson, bass; Paul Gallo, clarinet; Charles Nussbaum, bassoon; James Stubbs, trumpet; Lawrence Benz, trombone; and Howard van Hyning, percussion. The orchestra is conducted by Henry Schuman.

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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 404 The Ballad of Pete Seeger, Part 2 of 2

Posted in Update on February 7th, 2014

Pacifica Radio Archives is proud to present The Ballad of Pete Seeger, an original radio documentary celebrating Pete’s life and times, featuring a candid conversation with Tim Robbins, historic audio from the Pacifica Radio Archives, and music. The Ballad of Pete Seeger is a folk perspective on the struggle for equality and justice in the labor, civil rights and peace movements in the 20th century. Part One focuses on the Pete’s life from 1955 to 2006.

Produced and Written by Mark Torres
Executive Produced by Brian DeShazor

Interviews include:
Norman Corwin live on KPFK 90.7 FM, 1968

Mario Cassetta live on KPFK, 1976

Tim Robbins and Pete Seeger, 2006

Live music recordings of Pete Seeger for Pacifica include:

If I Had a Hammer

Last Train to Nuremberg

Oh Had I A Golden Thread

John Henry

Pete singing Woody Guthrie’s Deportee and This Land Was Made For You And Me

Dinky Dai with Mario ‘Boots’ Cassetta

Viva La Quince Brigada with Tao Rodriguez Seeger

Special Thanks to Pete and Toshi Seeger
Jim Musselman of Appleseed Records
Tim Robbins
The staff at Havoc Films
Adi Gevins
Bonnie Simmons
Christopher Sprinkle
Curtis Metcalf
Tim Forrest
The Staff of the Pacifica Radio Archives

From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.

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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