Archive for May, 2016

FTV 524 Coal Country Women, Part 1 of 3

Posted in Update on May 25th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we present the first part of a three part series called Coal Country Women, a documentary exploring the lives of Appalachian women in the 1970’s – as wives and mothers of miners, as miners themselves, and on life in mining country. In part one, An Ordinary Mornin,’ we hear stories from mothers and wives of personal impact in the aftermath of a March 1976 disaster at the Scotia Mine in Oven Fork, Kentucky.

The original program was produced in 1980 by Mary Kasamatsu, with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, through National Public Radio’s Satellite Program Development Fund. Technical assistance was provided by Moira Rankin and Sharon Shapiro, with editorial assistance from Paul Datmond.

In 2016, this recording was preserved and made available for broadcast thanks to a grant from the NHPRC at the National Archives, and is part of the collection American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982.

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 523 Chris Koch, Pacifica Legacy Journalist

Posted in Update on May 20th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the work of legendary Pacifica journalist Chris Koch, whose recordings reflect some of the most historically significant audio footage held in the collections of Pacifica Radio Archives. Koch, who began his career at KPFA in 1960 under Arts and Literature Director John Leonard, was quick to make a name for himself on the airwaves, transitioning from the drama department to news and public affairs; his coverage, along with fellow Pacifica legend Dale Minor, of the Civil Rights and Voter Registration Movements in the South was spellbinding, as was his work as the first American journalist to report from inside North Vietnam in 1965. Koch’s storied career resulted in award-winning pieces like Freedom Now, This Little Light, and 60 Seconds to Midnight, and included interviews with some of the era’s greatest luminaries and revolutionaries, such as James Baldwin and Che Guevara. Chris Koch joins us in studio as we examine his amazing run with Pacifica Radio.

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 522 Daniel Berrigan

Posted in Update on May 13th, 2016

This week on From the Vault we pay tribute to one of the great icons of the peace movement, Father Daniel Berrigan, who died on April 30th, 2015 at the age of 94. Ordained as a Catholic priest in 1952, Berrigan leveraged his position in the Church to become a leading figure in the anti-war movement during the late 1960’s; as one of ‘Catonsville Nine,’ a group of Catholic activists who burned draft cards, Berrigan was found guilty of destruction of government property and ultimately sent to federal prison. In 1980, he founded the Plowshares Movement, an anti-nuclear protest group whose tactics included breaking into production facilities and physically damaging nuclear missile components. In his later years, Berrigan devoted himself to helping AIDS patients 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.

FTV 521 Public Affairs on Pacifica Radio 1949-1999

Posted in Update on May 6th, 2016

Pacifica Radio went on the air in 1949 to bring a new voice and a new style of radio to the airwaves. This week, on From the Vault, we pay homage to this spirit of freedom, through a 50th anniversary montage produced in 1999 by Andrea Kissack and former KPFA Drama & Literature Director Susan Stone. Quintessential Pacifica voices, drawn from the Archives, form a critical progressive landscape; included are recordings of Alan Watts, Allen Ginsberg, W.E.B. DuBois, Rosa Parks, Paul Robeson, Rachel Carson, Aldous Huxley, Harry Bridges, Dorothy Parker, Lenny Bruce, and others.

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.