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Pacifica Radio Archives’ “From the Vault”

Pacifica Archives

Each week the Pacifica Radio Archives chooses a program “From the Vault” of broadcasts in a half-hour program.

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Remembering Erik Bauersfeld May 4, 2016 | 5:00 am

We remember longtime KPFA Drama & Literature Director Erik Bauersfeld, who passed away at the age of 94 on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Bauersfeld was a talented voice-over actor and radio drama producer, who blessed Pacifica Radio with an incredible legacy spanning six decades.


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Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Presidential Campaign April 27, 2016 | 5:00 am

We study the 1968 presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy. We’ll follow his meteoric rise from presidential race late-comer to popular candidate and shocking murder through a series of recordings preserved by Pacifica Radio Archives.


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Illeana Douglas Introduces Helen Gahagan Douglas April 20, 2016 | 5:00 am

we welcome actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and Turner Classic Movies host Illeana Douglas, who introduces us to a 1973 interview with her grandmother, Helen Gahagan Douglas, and shares some touching personal stories.


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Drama and Literature at KPFK, Part 2 April 13, 2016 | 5:00 am

In celebration of Pacifica Radio and KPFA’s 50th Anniversary in 1999, former KPFA Drama & Literature Director Susan Stone teamed up with her colleagues to present an outstanding survey of sounds representing the radio arts broadcast on the station over the years.
This week, we revisit this extraordinary documentary (Part 2 of 2).


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Drama and Literature at KPFA April 6, 2016 | 5:00 am

In celebration of Pacifica Radio and KPFA’s 50th Anniversary in 1999, former KPFA Drama & Literature Director Susan Stone teamed up with her colleagues to present an outstanding survey of sounds representing the radio arts broadcast on the station over the years. This week, we revisit this extraordinary documentary.


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Cuban Music – Songs of Change March 30, 2016 | 5:00 am

We explore the rich musical traditions of Cuba, traditions largely unheard by the American population as a direct result of a decades-old trade embargo and diplomatic isolation.


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A Night in Chicago, 1968 March 23, 2016 | 5:00 am

We revisit an outstanding documentary titled "A Night in Chicago", which was recorded in Chicago on August 27th, 1968, at the turbulent Democratic National Convention, incorporating field recordings to capture the tension and brutality outside the convention hall. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman introduces the piece, and later shares her thoughts on Pacifica’s importance in the news business.


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Ntozake Shange on KPFA, 1982 March 16, 2016 | 5:00 am

We present a 1982 recording of award-winning playwright, poet, and novelist Ntozake Shange. Produced and narrated by longtime KPFA producer Ginny Z. Berson, this outstanding program includes Shange reading selections from her first novel, Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo, at Cody’s Bookstore in Berkeley, California, and a conversation between Shange and Berson.


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Memphis Slim Live at the Village Gate, 1977 March 9, 2016 | 5:00 am

We are happy to present a live performance by Blues piano legend Memphis Slim. Recorded at New York City’s Village Gate while broadcast live on Pacifica station WBAI the night of Wednesday, August 10th, 1977, Slim was accompanied by his longtime friend, French drummer Michel Denis.


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Glenn Gould March 2, 2016 | 5:00 am

We present a rare 1961 interview with Glenn Gould, one of the brilliant classical pianists of twentieth century.


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