Archive for March, 2014

FTV 411 Germaine Greer at the National Press Club, 1971

Posted in Update on March 31st, 2014

As the efforts by women during Second Wave of Feminism began paying dividends, one of the long standing barriers came crumbling down: on May 18, 1971, the National Press Club, which was founded in 1908, would finally open its doors to women. Fitting, then, that Germain Greer, the firebrand writer of the bestselling book Female Eunuch (1970), was the first woman to address this distinguished press corps. This week, on From the Vault, we listen to a recording of that historic address, in which Greer took the opportunity to implore the Press Club audience to respect their power to report and make news, and was quick to point out the inequality of news coverage of Women’s issues.

This program is part of our current preservation and access project, American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 funded in part by a matching grant from the NHPRC at the NARA called Documenting Democracy access to historical records. For more information on this project visit us at pacificaradioarchives.org

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 410 Woman to Woman: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Posted in Update on March 21st, 2014

This week on From the Vault we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month with a radio docudrama from Pacifica’s flagship station KPFA in Berkeley. Taken from a seven-part 1980 series called Great Women, this episode, titled Susan B. Antony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was broadcast on Saturday, July 19th 1980 at 1:00pm following a tribute to Sojourner Truth. Together, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded equal rights and suffrage associations across America. This program, produced by Joanna Brouk and Dorothy Gilbert, traces the lives, friendship, and work of Anthony and Stanton, and includes readings of some of their remarkable letters and lectures.

We’ll also feature an excerpt from the 1959 KPFA documentary series, The American Woman, that focuses on a reading of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s new declaration of independence for women delivered on July 18th, 1848 at the first convention for women’s rights in Seneca Falls New York. The American Woman series is part of our current preservation and access project called American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, which is funded in part by a matching grant from the NHPRC at the NARA called Documenting Democracy. For more information on this project visit us at PacificaRadioArchives.org.

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 409 A Restrospective on Radical Feminism

Posted in Update on March 14th, 2014

This week on From the Vault, guest host Lynn Ballen, producer of Feminist Magazine heard on KPFK in Los Angeles, introduces A Retrospective on Radical Feminism, produced in 1980 by Moira Rankin and co-produced by Deborah George for Sophie’s Parlor Collective, the oldest women’s radio collective on the air at Pacifica’s youngest station, WPFW in Washington D.C. A Retrospective on Radical Feminism is composed of interviews, actuality, and music, and includes:

– Alix Kates Shulman, activist and author of “Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen” is interviewed and reads from her book, “Burning Questions.”

– A woman from the Emergency Brigade recounts the 1937great general motor sit down strike in Flint, Michigan.

– Fannie Lou Hamer, founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party recalls the physical abuse she suffered in prison in a 1966 KPFA interview.

– Leslie Cagan, then-Chair of the New York University Committee to End the War of Vietnam describes the beginning of an autonomous women’s movement that grew out of the anti-Vietnam war movement.

– Joan Byron, a member of the Furies, one the first radical lesbian separatist groups describes, their reasons for organizing.

– Betty Friedan renounces her position on the lesbian issue and supports the sexual preference resolution at the 1977 United States International Women’s Year conference in Houston, Texas.

– Carol Downer, one of the founders of the Los Angeles Feminist Health Clinic speaks about the need for women to control their own bodies and have access to abortions.

– Edith Barksdale Sloane, Executive Director of the National Committee on Household Employment, is interviewed about the need for basic services for women.

– Donna Keck, a founder of Women: A Journal of Liberation, speaks about race within the women’s movement.

– Activist Cynthia Washington speaks about all the aspects of oppression including racism, classism, elitism, sexism, and ageism.

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 408 Anais Nin Interviewed by Judy Chicago

Posted in Update on March 7th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we highlight a historic conversation between two radical and influential women from the Feminist Era of the 1970’s, artist Judy Chicago and writer Anais Nin.

Early in 1972, Pacifica station KPFK dedicated airtime to a number of special programs by for and about women. This from the February 1972 folio program guide:

“The women’s liberation movement is an emerging force in working a change in human consciousness, in challenging institutional structures, and questioning society’s concepts of traditional archetypes. As more women became directly involved in programming at KPFK, the idea of a month-long focus on the theme of women naturally emerged. The resulting collection of programs reflects the diverse interests and tastes of women who, either through their work with the station or in the community, became involved in this project.”

Included were readings of the works of Virginia Woolf, George Sand, and Joan Didion, documentaries on Sylvia Plath, Rachel Carson, Marilyn Monroe, and Angela Davis, gay liberation and women’s liberation, and discussions with University school student feminists. Also heard were Judy Chicago and Anais Nin, friends who reveal the complexities of Feminist theory throughout the course of their discussion – and the challenge to include all visions of women’s liberation within the conversation.

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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