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FTV 397 Julio’s Holiday Special 2013

From the Vault Radio - 20 December, 2013 - 16:23

This week on From the Vault we present KPFK host Julio Martinez’s annual holiday radio drama, an original story called The Christmas Truce. Based on true events, The Christmas Truce is set in the battle trenches of World War One, when German and Allied troops spontaneously dropped their weapons and met in no-man’s land on Christmas Eve to sing songs and exchange gifts. First, though, we present two previous plays by Julio Martinez and performed by his Arts in Review Repertory Players: The Gift of the Magi, written by celebrated storyteller O. Henry, and the Story of the Nutcracker, a behind-the-scenes look at Tchaikovsky’s celebrated opera.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 396 Best of Pacifica Radio Archives 2013 National Broadcast

From the Vault Radio - 13 December, 2013 - 15:36

This week on From the Vault we present highlights from the Pacifica Radio Archives 12th Annual National Broadcast on November 19th and 20th 2013. Guests include comedian Lily Tomlin with Archives Director Brian DeShazor, media consultant Elliot Mintz, Truth Dig’s Robert Scheer, Explorations host Michio Kaku, and selections of audio featuring Howard Zinn, Nuyorican Cafe co-founder Reverend Pedro Pietri, and Dr. Helen Caldicott.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 395 Nelson Mandela Tribute

From the Vault Radio - 5 December, 2013 - 15:44

On this edition of From the Vault we pay tribute to the life of anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela in three landmark speeches given after his release from prison in 1990, having served 27 years of a life sentence:

- Nelson Mandela’s Address to the United Nations – June 22nd, 1990

- Nelson Mandela at the Oakland Coliseum – June 30th, 1990

- Nelson Mandela’s Inauguration Address as the First Black President of South Africa – May 10th, 1994

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu concludes our program with a quick review on the history of South Africa over the past several decades, culminating with Mandela’s election, from a speech given at All Saints Church in Pasadena, California on June 5th, 1994.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 394 Indian Tales by Jaime de Angulo

From the Vault Radio - 3 December, 2013 - 12:52

This week on From the Vault we offer up an hour of storytelling from the oldest surviving recording in all of public broadcasting, Indian Tales, which dates back to 1949 – the year Pacifica flagship station KPFA introduced listener sponsored non-commercial media to Berkeley, California and the world. Written by renowned linguist and self-described “amateur anthropologist” Jaime de Angulo, Indian Tales is a collection of Native American stories recorded to audio tape before the first printed publication in 1953. The entire series spans 22 hours long and was originally offered to Pacifica listeners in serial form each week on KPFA. Our selection today is the story of Bear family visiting Old Man Coyote.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 393 Free Music Store – Ragtime Revival 1972

From the Vault Radio - 27 November, 2013 - 09:04

On From the Vault this week, we revisit a May 6, 1972 recording of the Third Annual Ragtime Revival Reunion from the Free Music Store, a weekly live performance of held at WBAI studios from 1969-1976.

This performance is introduced by Barbara Oka;

William Bolcom performs “Sugar Cane Rag” and “The Nonpareil Rag” by Scott Joplin and “Grace and Beauty” rag by James Scott;

“The Baltimore Todolo,” “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” “Goodnight Angeline,” and “The Charleston Rag” by Eubie Blake;

“Fascination,” “Snowy Winter Blues,” and “The Mule Walk” by James P. Johnson;

“Graceful Ghost” and “Night Hubert” by William Bolcom;

Peter Winkler performs “Ragtime Nighthawk.”

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 392 Lena Horne

From the Vault Radio - 15 November, 2013 - 16:49

This week on From the Vault, Pacifica Radio Archives honors the incredible life of the talented and beautiful Lena Horne, who was a powerful voice on Pacifica Radio over the years as she blazed the trail for minority artists of all kinds in music, film, dance, and radio. Lena, a Sound Portrait of a Multifaceted Lady, a candid interview conducted by Gene Dealessi in 1966, is our primary focus in this hour, because it perfectly demonstrates the scope and conviction of this amazing Black artist. We will also play a several short segments of Horne, as she introduces a 1968 broadcast on KPFK and also introduces Miriam Makeba at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 391 Paul Newman and John Cassavetes

From the Vault Radio - 8 November, 2013 - 16:04

This week on From the Vault, we listen to actors Paul Newman and John Cassavetes at the October 1970 San Francisco International Film Festival. Recorded and produced by Alan Farley at KPFA, these recordings exist as some of the only known footage from the Festival, which through the years included the likes of Bette Davis, Ruth Gordon, Burt Lancaster, and Robert Altman.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 390 Poor People’s Campaign

From the Vault Radio - 31 October, 2013 - 15:18

In 1968, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was planning The Poor People’s March on Washington D.C. as part of the War on Poverty. Dr. King was adamant that the Poor People’s March and campaign did not focus just on poor African Americans but included poverty-stricken people without deference to race, creed or color. Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Asians, Native Americans, and Caucasians, particularly from rural Appalachia were recruited to join the campaign. He planned to lobby congress for an Economic Bill of Rights which would include affordable housing and a guaranteed annual income for the poor of this country.

Dr. King would not live to see the March. But thanks to the efforts of the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, who took over the leadership role of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others such as Jesse Jackson, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, poor people from around the country began their trip to Washington, DC by any way they could manage. For most of these poor people, this trip was an enormous financial sacrifice, yet a necessary burden – they would hand-deliver their message to Washington. Some of this journey was recorded by Pacifica producer Arthur Alexander along the road from Memphis Tennessee to Washington DC.

Once in Washington DC, activists constructed an encampment on the Washington Mall dubbed Resurrection City. This was used as a base camp for strategy meetings, teach-ins and speeches. On May 13th, 1968, the first sojourners arrived at Resurrection City, and Pacifica producer Ellen Kohn was there to record the events as they unfolded and to interview those who were there. Kohn captured the opening ceremonies, where the new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Abernathy – now dubbed ‘Mayor of Resurrection City’) delivered a moving address. But perhaps the most powerful moment of the campaign was when the Reverend Jesse Jackson led the citizens in his call and response anthem I Am Somebody.

Mid-June of 1968 saw the population of Resurrection City peak at 50,000 people; but after heavy rains, dampened spirits, confused agendas and the assassination of Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, Resurrection City was closed on June 24th, 1968. Although the campaign is viewed as a failure, the experiences of those who took the journey– featured this week on From the Vault – are critical to the dialog of race and poverty in America.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 389 Che & Allen by Julio Martinez

From the Vault Radio - 25 October, 2013 - 13:52

This week on From the Vault we present Che & Allen, an original radio drama inspired by sound recordings of two iconic figures found in the Pacifica Radio Archive collection, Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara and Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Written by KPFK Arts in Review host and dramatist Julio Martinez, this fictional meeting of the minds takes place in 1965 at Hanratty’s Bar and Hotel in Limerick, Ireland, where Guevara and Ginsberg discuss politics, revolution, sexual preference, art, and poetry over drinks. Martinez, throughout Che & Allen does a masterful job capturing the intelligence, wit, and oratory skills that each man would bring to the debate, as well as their sensibilities in searching for common ground.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 388 JFK Assassination – 50th Anniversary

From the Vault Radio - 18 October, 2013 - 11:01

On this edition of From the Vault we feature two recordings to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most tragic and perplexing incidents in American history, the November 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The first recording is a 1968 interview conducted by KPFA legend Elsa Knight Thompson with Josiah Thompson, who had just authored the book Six Seconds in Dallas, a comprehensive investigation which became enormously influential on public perception of the tragedy. The second program, titled The Assassination of JFK: The Garrison Interview, includes an interview with lead investigator Jim Garrison, excerpts from a pre-assassination interview with Lee Harvey Oswald, and analysis by Oliver Stone, John Davis, and Dr. Phillip Melanson on links between Oswald and the United States intelligence agencies.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 387 An Homage to Albert Einstein

From the Vault Radio - 10 October, 2013 - 15:16

This week on From the Vault we present a recently digitized fifty year-old KPFK program celebrating the life of physics godfather Albert Einstein. The News & Public Affairs Department at KPFK, led by Jack Daly, produced An Homage to Albert Einstein, which was broadcast March 14, 1962 – on what would have been Einstein’s 83rd birthday. Narrator James Wilcox introduces the program and accompanies us through the musings of Upton Sinclair, Julius Sumner Miller, Jimmy Durante, Herschel Bernardi, and Edward G. Robinson.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 386 Inquest at Christiana, Part 2 of 2

From the Vault Radio - 4 October, 2013 - 10:29

This week on From the Vault we present the conclusion of Inquest at Christiana, a radio drama that exemplifies the genre and is a testament to Pacifica Radio’s embrace of radio arts. Written by Jon Katz, this play was adapted from the historical documents of the fugitive slave resistance at Christiana, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 1851 – the so-called “Christiana Riot.” Heard in the cast are Lois Adler, Jay Bonnell, Crystal Field, Brannon Hall, Walter Jones, Frank MacFie, Marvin Peisner, and Ashton Young. Folk songs are performed by John Bassette. The Technical Director is Edgar Walker. Produced and directed by Jon Katz, this production was first broadcast on February 11, 1968 a week prior to Negro History Week (now Black History Month).

John Bassette, who is heard performing folk songs throughout Inquest at Christiana, appears in another Pacifica Radio Archives recording – the storied “Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Central Park,” where on April 5th, 1968, Bassette found his way on stage with Pete Seeger and Ossie Davis for an impromptu performance. Selections from this historic audio featuring Bassette are featured in the second half of this episode.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 385 Inquest at Christiana, Part 1 of 2

From the Vault Radio - 27 September, 2013 - 15:05

This week on From the Vault we proudly present Inquest at Christiana, a two-part radio drama that exemplifies the genre and is a testament to Pacifica Radio’s embrace of radio arts. Written by Jon Katz, this play was adapted from the historical documents of the fugitive slave resistance at Christiana, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 1851 – the so-called “Christiana Riot.” Heard in the cast are Lois Adler, Jay Bonnell, Crystal Field, Brannon Hall, Walter Jones, Frank MacFie, Marvin Peisner, and Ashton Young. Folksongs are performed by John Bassette. The Technical Director is Edgar Walker. Produced and directed by Jon Katz, this production was first broadcast on February 11, 1968 a week prior to Negro History Week (now Black History Month).

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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 384 Seamus Heaney, Poet

From the Vault Radio - 20 September, 2013 - 15:09

This week on From the Vault we honor the life of Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) with an incredible 1983 program recently digitized by Pacifica Radio Archives. Produced by venerable KPFA host Padraigin McGillicuddy, this recording features a live reading and interview with Heaney – at the time a new professor of Literature at Harvard University – a dozen years before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. With an introduction by KPFK’s Alan Minsky, and commentary by Siobhán Ó Mócháin Breathnach, graduate of The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry 2012 summer session in Belfast, Northern Ireland., this episode is a historical tribute to one of the great poets of our time.

From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.

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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Re: One year until next election. (2012)

National Elections Committee - 29 April, 2013 - 09:46
Anything going yet. Where is the election staff doing their thing?
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Re: [PNB_Elections:814] One year until next election. (2012)

National Elections Committee - 29 April, 2013 - 09:46
Thanks, Alex: not sure I responded to this, but thank you again if I
have already.
We need some clarification on membership issues: I'll see what I can
find out about the membership "gift" idea, which I still believe is
illegal.
Getting money for software patches to make sure no staff members get
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RE: [PNB_Elections:814] One year until next election. (2012)

National Elections Committee - 29 April, 2013 - 09:46
Friends,
I wrote to this email list a couple of times earlier this year to urge
action
in a timely manner to forestall potential problems with the upcoming
Pacifica Foundation elections. It is important to tune in now to prepare
for the 2012 and 1013 foundation election cycles.
It is, however, too late to reset the 2012 qualification database to
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Re: One year until next election. (2012)

National Elections Committee - 29 April, 2013 - 09:46
of starting the database from zero.
regardless if there is an election
list although obviously related to the
probably program memsys to create a new
expires before the due date while
be.
Good questions. I don't know who maintains the voter roll list. But, you
wrote to take the old memsys and then
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RE: [PNB_Elections:814] One year until next election. (2012)

National Elections Committee - 29 April, 2013 - 09:46
Hello, I was a member of this committee last year as the PNB representative
from WBAI.

I am sure you have gone over this already but allow me to enumerate what I
see as the problems with membership lists:

1. Duplicate memberships. (Eg, the same person at the same address can
have a slightly different spelling of his name or the apartment might be

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One year until next election. (2012)

National Elections Committee - 29 April, 2013 - 09:46
Folks,
After all the experience of holding these elections for the decade, this
upcoming one can be the smoothest
today. The most transparent. The most democratic. The most efficient and
cost effective.
The voter list is always a huge problem. Isn't it the case that on the
very first day of the one-year
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