Archive for April, 2014

FTV 415 The Land of Green Ginger by Noel Langley

Posted in Update on April 25th, 2014

This week on From the Vault, we share a 1962 recording of Noel Langley reading his beloved classic “The Land of Green Ginger” in the studios at WBAI. First broadcast on Stories Children Love hosted by Elinor Gene Hoffman, this funny and clever children’s story was an instant and total success among Pacifica listeners, and for over a decade remained one of the most requested programs throughout the Pacifica Network.

Taken from the liner notes…

“This is the tale of an enchanted land that was never in the same place twice…” Thus begins the fabulous tale of ”The Land of Green Ginger”. It is the story of what came after Aladdin, who, as all good children remember, found the Magic Lamp, married the Princess, and Lived Happily Ever After.

We hope you enjoy Noel Langley’s command reading of his tale of adventures filled with memorable characters, and share it with a new generation of radio listeners around the world.

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.

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FTV 414 Women’s Music & Poetry from the Coffeehouse

Posted in Update on April 18th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we revisit a special recording from 1977 called From the Women’s Coffee House: A Program of Music & Poetry, a live benefit for Pacifica Station WBAI Women’s Programming in New York. Guests on the show include Folkways recording artist Suni Paz, cellist Martha Siegel, and poets Alice Walker and Sharon Thompson. It is worth noting that this event took place five years before Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winner The Color Purple was published – giving us an opportunity to experience the earlier work of a budding icon.

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 and purchase copies of 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 413 William Saroyan, 1965

Posted in Update on April 11th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we feature American novelist and playwright William Saroyan. Winner of the New York Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his 1940 play The Time of Your Life, and winner of a 1943 Academy Award for the adaptation of his short story The Human Comedy, Saroyan often focused his pen on stories involving Armenian immigrant life in California. In 1965, Saroyan addressed an auditorium of English teachers at San Francisco State University, resisting the urge to dispense advice. Instead, he reflected on his own troubles in school learning to read and write, and argued that learning is a subtle process that “happens by presence, glance… and that unidentifiable condition which says to the other person ‘O.K.’ instead of ‘not a chance’.”

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 412 Mind’s Eye Theatre: Federico

Posted in Update on April 4th, 2014

On this episode of From the Vault we present an August 7, 1968 radio drama from WBAI-FM in New York City made possible thanks to a preservation and access project funded in part by a grant from the Grammy Foundation. Produced by Mind’s Eye Theatre as a radio drama, Federico is a radio performance based on the life of the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, one of the great poets and dramatists of the 20th century, a collaborator with contemporaries Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel early in his career. Many of Lorca’s poems, while undoubtedly beautiful, were also very biting in their criticism of the emerging fascists who would eventually capture and execute Lorca during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Mind’s Eye Theatre used their vision, talent and resources to introduce Lorca’s work to a late-Sixties American radio audience not yet familiar with his poetry – and so it is fitting that their production of Federico be featured this week on From the Vault to inaugurate National Poetry Month.

Mind’s Eye Theatre, which ran from 1966 to 1969, was the brainchild of Pacifica producer Baird Searle, and showcased a collective of talented writers, directors, and actors who would participate in the weekly dramatizations on WBAI radio. The Theatre would alternate between classic tales and original plays that would come to life for listeners on Pacifica Radio in New York City.

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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