Archive for August, 2015

FTV 485 Joseph Jackson, Jr. and the Tougaloo Nine

Posted in Update on August 29th, 2015

In this edition of From the Vault we look at one of the early actions of the Civil Rights Movement, as a 23-year-old Joseph Jackson, Jr. decided to challenge the Jim Crow laws in 1961, in Jackson, Mississippi. Joseph Jackson, Jr. was elected Youth Council President for the local chapter of the NAACP while he was a student at Tougaloo College, the all-Black Christian school in Jackson, Mississippi; he and his fellow students wanted to do something about the racist laws still on the books throughout the South, and after much thought they agreed on a plan of action. On March 27th, 1961 Jackson, Jr. and eight other students – Meredith Anding, Samuel Bradford, Alfred Cook, Geraldine Edwards, Janice Jackson, Albert Lassiter, Evelyn Pierce and Ethel Sawyer – went into the white-only Jackson Public Library to do research for their school papers. National attention, and eventually a national dialogue would be the result.

On May 31, 2015, from his home in Southern California, a now 78-year-old Jackson, Jr. sat down with From the Vault producer Gabriel San Roman to reflect back on those early days growing up in the South and his efforts to end racial segregation. We now present that interview.

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.

FTV 484 The Population Bomb

Posted in Update on August 21st, 2015

This week on From the Vault we present a 1968 interview with Stanford Professor Paul R. Ehrlich (noted population biologist and author of the book titled “The Population Bomb,”) and Professor Dennis Parnell (Catholic scientist and biologist at California State College at Hayward). They talk with Al Silbowitz about the drastic measures called for by the increasingly critical population explosion, and about Pope Paul’s encyclical opposition to birth control. This program was originally broadcast during KPFA’s “Open Hour.” We’ll follow this 1968 interview with a 2015 update from Paul Ehrlich himself, as we ask him the question, “So what can we do?”

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.

FTV 483 Watts Rebellion 50th Anniversary Concert and Mixtape

Posted in Update on August 14th, 2015

Pacifica Radio Archives and From the Vault radio joined forces with the Grand Performances Summer Concert Series in Los Angeles to present a 50th Anniversary remembrance of the 1965 Watts Rebellion, in which social unrest over unemployment and police discrimination gripped this Southern California neighborhood for seven days resulting in 34 deaths and tens of millions of dollars in property damage. The evening was designed to combine poetry, music, and history in a positive way to gain an understanding and appreciation of underrepresented communities. On this episode of From the Vault, we’ll revisit the July 10th, 2015 WATTS50 concert, with its stellar lineup, including Jimetta Rose performing “America,” Watts Prophets performing “Hey World,” and Dead Prez performing “Police State.” We also debut the Watts50 Mixtape created by hip hop aficionado and Lyricist Lounge co-founder Ant Marshall using the historic audio from the Pacifica Radio Archives. Marshall blends audio from the historic 1965 recording The Fire This Time with hand selected music tracks.

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.

FTV 482 Hiroshima

Posted in Update on August 7th, 2015

“What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it’s been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima.”
~John Hersey, writing in “Hiroshima.”

August 6th is the anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Pacifica Radio Archives commemorates the anniversary every year with a live recording of the radio adaptation of John Hersey’s Hiroshima, arguably the most famous work of the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and reporter. An account of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 as told from the perspective of six survivors, it is written in a stark, objective voice that manages to be precise and all the more vivid for its understatement of events. A profoundly influential work, Hiroshima has long since been established as one of the classic accounts of the Second World War. This week, on From the Vault, we’ll here excerpts of Pacifica Radio Archives radio adaptation of John Hersey’s masterpiece.

The original radio adaptation of John Hersey’s Hiroshima stars Tyne Daly, Ruby Dee and Roscoe Lee Brown, Daniel Benzali, Roscoe Lee Browne, Esther K. Chae, Michael Chinyamurindi, Tony Plana, Jeanne Sakata, Chris Toshima and John Valentine. Produced by Brian DeShazor and Mark Torres, in association with Artists United and The Feminist Majority. Adapted for radio by John Valentine. Directed by Michael Haney. Music by Mark Snow.

But first we begin with an excerpt of a Boston University speech by Howard Zinn from November 11th, 2009 on American “Holy Wars.” In this talk, Zinn scours the American war record in search of a “good war” or “justifiable war.”

*The Pacifica Radio Archives’ recording of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” received a National Federation of Community Broadcasters Special Merit Award in the Radio Drama category.

Archival recordings used in this week’s episode, Hiroshima:

PZ0546a-b John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” MORE INFO

Related archival recordings in the collection:

BB3035 The Atomic Bombers MORE INFO

BB0597 On Nuclear Morality / Lord Bertrand Russell MORE INFO

KZ1272 Shigeko Sasamori addresses Physicians for Social Responsibility MORE INFO

AZ0660.02 Hiroshima Witness / Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto MORE INFO

AZ0545 A Walking tour of the Hiroshima Peace Museum MORE INFO

BB0136 Fallout and Disarmament / Linus Pauling and Edward Teller MORE INFO

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.