Archive for July, 2014

FTV 429 Sojourner Truth: Being a Sign Unto the People

Posted in Update on July 31st, 2014

This week on From the Vault we present a program on the life of Sojourner Truth. Produced in 1979 by Darcell King, Sojourner Truth: Being a Sign Unto the People takes you with Truth as she travels around the country on foot telling others how she was abused as a slave, how she was sold and exploited, and how she gained her liberty. On her travels, Truth gained massive support for the anti-slavery movement and she was an inspiration to all who saw her. She left her mark in many places, and many artifacts which producer King dutifully researched and culled from libraries, court records, personal writings, and accounts from family, friends, colleagues, and detractors to craft a completely unique and thorough story of Sojourner Truth.

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.

Play

FTV 428 The Ku Klux Klan, Race, and Prejudice in America

Posted in Update on July 25th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we tackle the topic of Race and Prejudice through a few recording that will hopefully shed a little light on how generalizations on this very sensitive subject cannot possibly account for the subtleties involved.

At the center of this discussion will be three people from the South who each play an important role in this discussion. Like many of the recordings in our collection you probably haven t heard their names before, but their actions are significant and deserve a place in history and in our current National Discussion on Race, Racism and Prejudice today.

We have Marcia Elizabeth Tomkins, a Pacifica Radio WBAI staffer and native of Tuscaloosa Alabama, who secretly recorded a Ku Klux Klan meeting for a landmark Pacifica Documentary in 1964.

We also have C. P. Ellis, a former Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan in Durham North Carolina, who described in 1996 the circumstances of his background growing up hopeful and optimistic in a poor working class family and how circumstances lead him to the Klan. He also reveals how he actually has more in common with his Black neighbors, when he is ironically teamed up with Ann Atwater who is Black, to deal with the town s desegregation process.

Then we present Radio Legend Studs Terkel. In 1999 Terkel spoke with actor Tim Robbins about his favorite interview, and tells a tale of an improbable friendship between former Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan C. P. Ellis and Ann Atwater, a Black woman he was paired with to help integrate their local public schools.

And finally a section from the 1996 Democracy Now program. C.P. Ellis himself together with Ann Atwater spoke with Democracy Now s Amy Goodman and author Osha Gray Davidson in 1996 about their experiences captured in the book Best of Enemies.

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.

Play

FTV 427 Science Fiction Legend Philip K. Dick

Posted in Update on July 18th, 2014

On this edition of From the Vault we hear renowned science fiction author Philip K. Dick in conversation with Pacifica Radio’s Mike Hodel, who championed the science fiction genre on his legendary KPFK show Hour 25. Conducted in 1976 at Dick’s home in southern California, at a time when science fiction was considered by publishers to be among the lowest forms of literature, this interview opens up a fascinating journey into the mind of a great visionary who worked tirelessly to promote his science fiction work to an unsympathetic and largely uninterested reading public. Since Dick’s death in 1982, fourteen of his novels and short stories have been made into films, under titles such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau; not surprisingly, the interview we’re listening to today from Pacifica Radio Archives is included in the special features section on the DVD of Dicks’s A Scanner Darkly.

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.

Play

FTV 426 The Changing United Nations

Posted in Update on July 11th, 2014

This week on From the Vault we journey back with Pacifica flagship station KPFA in Berkeley to October 27th, 1961 and listen to the brilliant public affairs director Elsa Knight Thompson introduce an extraordinary group of speakers gathered to evaluate the importance of the United Nations in international politics, as part of United Nations Week. The interviews were recorded by Urban Whitaker, then-President of the San Francisco chapter of the American Association of the United Nations. Speakers include former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt; Clarke Eichelberger, executive secretary of the American Association for the United Nations; attorney Benjamin B. Cohen; Adlai Stevenson, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; and Dr. Urban Whitaker, San Francisco State College.

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.

Play

FTV 425 Honor America Day

Posted in Update on July 2nd, 2014

This week on From the Vault we present a Fourth of July-inspired episode centering on a 1970 Pacifica Radio Archives recording titled Honor America Day. Organized by President Nixon, hosted by Bob Hope, Honor America Day was a showcase of patriotic observances and entertainment in Washington D.C. In true Pacifica vision, we’ve taken the liberty to remix this original recording with a few voices extra voices from the past – voices of the people in the arts, music, literature, poetry, activism, politics, education, theater, and film. Selections include the insights and musings of Alfre Woodard, Alice Walker , Howard Zinn, Mario Savio, Lena Horne, Norman Mailer, Stokely Charmichael, Rosa Parks, Bob Dylan, Jesse Jackson, Cesar Chavez, and many, many more.

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.

Play