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

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Edward Said August 20, 2014 | 5:00 am

Edward Said would use his duel heritage to help bridge the gap between the West and the Middle East and to improve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with his acute and sober analysis. Today we will present selections from Pacifica Radio Archive’s thirty-year history with Dr. Said.
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430 Twenty Days in Santa Rita August 13, 2014 | 5:00 am

We journey back to 1968 in celebration of Pacifica Radio’s strong and enduring tradition covering the anti-war protests and interviewing anti-war protesters.
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Sojourner Truth: Being a Sign Unto the People August 6, 2014 | 5:00 am

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.
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The Ku Klux Klan, Race, and Prejudice in America July 30, 2014 | 5:00 am

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.
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Science Fiction Legend Philip K. Dick July 23, 2014 | 5:00 am

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.
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The Changing United Nations July 16, 2014 | 5:00 am

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.
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Honor America Day July 9, 2014 | 5:00 am

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
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Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 – 50th Anniversary July 2, 2014 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, the Pacifica Radio Archives celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964 with newly discovered and restored broadcasts.
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The Coup d’État in Chile June 25, 2014 | 5:00 am

In this episode of From the Vault, we explore the historic election of Salvador Allende in Chile in 1970 and the forces that conspired to overthrow his socialist government in 1973, through the study of three historical components of this period in Chile’s history using recordings preserved by Pacifica Radio Archives
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Lady Day: Billie Holiday June 18, 2014 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we feature Lady Day: Billie Holiday, a dramatic reading of Billie Holiday’s 1956 autobiography by Pauline Jones,
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Survival Sunday II – 35th Anniversary June 11, 2014 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the June 10th, 1979 Survival Sunday “no nukes” rally at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles,
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The Life and Work of Maya Angelou June 4, 2014 | 5:00 am

Join us as we Pay tribute to this great poet and author, Maya Angelou.
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Bobbee Zeno Tribute May 28, 2014 | 5:00 am

We pay tribute to Bobbee Zeno (1953-2014), a longtime Pacifica Radio programmer and vital contributor to the many communities in his life up until just hours before his untimely passing in May 2014.
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Salome with Leonard Nimoy, Part 2 of 2 May 21, 2014 | 5:00 am

From the Vault continues this week with Part 2 of a 1963 performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic play Salome, adapted for radio and directed by fabled actor Leonard Nimoy.
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Hugh Masakela May 7, 2014 | 5:00 am

We present two outstanding interviews with the legendary South African trumpeter, composer, and singer Hugh Masakela, probably best known for his smash hits “Grazing in the Grass” (1968) and “Bring Him Back Home” (1987), a song that would become an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela.
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The Land of Green Ginger by Noel Langley April 30, 2014 | 5:00 am

This week, we share a 1962 recording of Noel Langley reading his beloved classic The Land of Green Ginger in the studios at WBAI, first broadcast on Stories Children Love hosted by Elinor Gene Hoffman.
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Women’s Music & Poetry from the Coffeehouse April 23, 2014 | 5:00 am

This week we revisit a special recording from 1977 called From the Women’s Coffee House: A Program of Music & Poetry, a live benefit for Pacifica Station WBAI Women’s Programming in New York. Guests on the show include Folkways recording artist Suni Paz, cellist Martha Siegel, and poets Alice Walker and Sharon Thompson.
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William Saroyan 1965 April 16, 2014 | 5:00 am

We feature American novelist and playwright William Saroyan. Winner of both and Academy Award and the Pulitzer Prize, speaks on the craft of education to an auditorium full of English teachers at San Francisco State University in 1965.
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The Mind’s Eye Theatre Presents: Frederico Garcia Lorca April 9, 2014 | 5:00 am

We present The Mind's Eye Theatre's "Federico", a 1968 radio performance based on the life of the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, written, produced and directed by David Davidson Reiff.
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Germaine Greer April 2, 2014 | 5:00 am

On May 18, 1971, The National Press Club, which was founded in 1908, would finally open its doors to women. It seemed fitting that Germaine Greer, the firebrand writer of the bestselling book Female Eunuch (1970) was the first woman to address this distinguished press corps.
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Woman to Woman: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton March 26, 2014 | 5:00 am

Together, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded equal rights and suffrage associations in America. This program, produced by Joanna Brouk and Dorothy Gilbert in 1980 traces the lives and friendship of Anthony and Stanton, their work, and includes the reading of some of their remarkable letters and lectures.
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A Retrospective on Radical Feminism March 19, 2014 | 5:00 am

Guest host Lynn Ballen, producer of Feminist Magazine heard on KPFK in Los Angeles, introduces A Retrospective on Radical Feminism, produced in 1980 by Moira Rankin and co-produced by Deborah George for Sophie’s Parlor Collective, the oldest women’s radio collective on the air at Pacifica’s youngest station, WPFW in Washington D.C.
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Anais Nin Interviewed by Judy Chicago, 1972 March 12, 2014 | 5:00 am

We highlight an historic conversation between two radical and influential women from the feminist era of the 1970's , Artist Judy Chicago and writer Anais Nin.

The historic value of this dialogue between Chicago and Nin at this moment in herstory is priceless. It was recorded in 1972, right in the heart of the Second Wave of Feminism.

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The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns March 5, 2014 | 5:00 am

We conclude our celebration of Black History Month with a 1967 recording titled The Dispute over the Ownership of Anthony Burns. Conceived by Baird Searles and the 99.5 Radio Theater at WBAI studios in New York, this play was performed in response to the events of the 1960’s, at the height of the Civil Rights movement.
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Mr. Ishmael Reed February 26, 2014 | 5:00 am

To help celebrate Black History Month, From The Vault presents a very early interview with Mr. Ishmael Reed, the prolific novelist, poet, librettist, songwriter, essayist and publisher, nominated for the distinguished Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award honors.
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Stravinsky’s ‘A Soldier’s Tale’ February 19, 2014 | 5:00 am

In December 1971, Pacifica radio station WBAI paid tribute to one of the great composers of our time Igor Stravinsky who had died earlier that year in April. With a great body of work to choose from, including Firebird, Patrushka and Rite of Spring, The Music Department chose Stravinsky's theatrical work L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (1918).
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The Ballad of Pete Seeger, Part 2 February 12, 2014 | 5:00 am

We present Part 2 of The Ballad of Pete Seeger in honor of America's music legend and folk hero, Pete Seeger, who died January 27, 2014 at the age of 94.
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The Ballad of Pete Seeger, Part 1 of 2 February 5, 2014 | 5:00 am

Pacifica Radio Archives' From The Vault is proud to present The Ballad of Pete Seeger, an original radio documentary celebrating Pete’s life and times, featuring a candid conversation with Tim Robbins, historic audio from the Pacifica Radio Archives, and music.
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Doris Lessing January 29, 2014 | 5:00 am

This week we take a listen to one of the most prolific and iconoclastic authors of the 20th century: Doris Lessing.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered January 22, 2014 | 5:00 am

We pay homage to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with excerpts from three of the most enduring speeches in the Pacifica Radio Archives collection.
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Amiri Baraka January 15, 2014 | 5:00 am

To honor the great Amiri Baraka who died on January 9, 2014 we present recordings from the Pacifica Radio Archives
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Winnie-the-Pooh January 7, 2014 | 5:00 am

The story of Winnie-the-Pooh is known – quite possibly – to everyone. The film versions of the story have been translated into nearly every language and the original books have sold – conservative estimates as of 1996 put sales over 70 million copies.
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Say It Loud: New Songs for Peace December 31, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week is a special sound collaboration called Say It Loud: New Songs for Peace. Original music and hip hop beats were written for specially selected voices of Peace, Justice, Equality and Freedom from the vast programs in the Pacifica Radio Archives.
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Julio’s Holiday Special 2013 December 24, 2013 | 5:00 am

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.
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Nelson Mandela Tribute December 10, 2013 | 5:00 am

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:
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Jaime De Angulo Indian Tales, 1949 December 3, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, we offer up an hour of storytelling from the oldest surviving recording in all of Public Broadcasting, dating back to 1949, the year Pacifica flagship station KPFA introduced listener sponsored non-commercial media to Berkeley, California and the world.

You are going to hear Indian Tales, Native American stories recorded by Jaime De Angulo four years before the first publication in 19

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Free Music Store’s Ragtime Revival November 26, 2013 | 5:00 am

On this week's Free Music Store we go back to May 6, 1972 for the Third Annual Ragtime Revival Reunion.
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Lena Horne November 19, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From on the Vault, Pacifica Radio Archives honors the incredible life of the talented and beautiful Lena Horne.
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Paul Newman and John Cassavetes November 12, 2013 | 5:00 am

We listen to actors Paul Newman and John Cassavetes at the October 1970 San Francisco International Film Festival.
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Poor People’s Campaign November 5, 2013 | 5:00 am

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.
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Che & Allen by Julio Martinez October 30, 2013 | 5:00 am

Che and Allen, an original radio drama, is presented this morning.
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JFK Assassination–50th Anniversary October 23, 2013 | 5:00 am

An analysis of the JFK assassination, 50 years on, via two recordings from that period in history.
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An Homage to Albert Einstein October 16, 2013 | 5:00 am

This morning's feature is a tribute to Albert Einstein, seen through the eyes of visionaries and ordinary celebrities.
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Inquest at Christiana, Part 2 of 2 October 9, 2013 | 5:00 am

The last in the two-part play about the Christiana Riots of 1851.
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Inquest at Christiana, Part 1 of 2 October 2, 2013 | 5:00 am

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.
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Seamus Heaney, Poet September 25, 2013 | 5:00 am

This morning we feature a tribute to the late, Nobel Prize-winning, Dublin poet Seamus Heaney.
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A Delicate Balance: Tribute to Jazz Legend Marian McPartland September 18, 2013 | 5:00 am

Celebrating the life of former WBAI host Marian McPartland.
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An Evening of Country Fiddlin’ – The Free Music Store, 1972 September 11, 2013 | 5:00 am

We explore a recently restored recording from the series The Free Music Store, free public weekly concerts organized by Eric Salzman, former Music Director of WBAI in New York City.
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Freedom Now! 1963 (Part 2 of 2) September 4, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, we continue our journey back to 1963, to the volatile and unforgiving streets of Birmingham, and experience the sounds of an era unvarnished, within earshot of history unpurified, through the second half of the brilliant documentary Freedom Now! produced by Chris Koch, Dale Minor, and Robert Kramer in 1963. Freedom Now! documents the struggle for for racial equality that tore this troubled city apart, and the demonstrations that led to an agreemnet between citizens of all colors. Includes actuality of of the rally, riots, and the voices of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and Birmingham’s Mayor and Sheriff.
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Freedom Now! (Part 1 of 2) August 28, 2013 | 5:00 am

We jump back to 1963, to the volatile and unforgiving streets of Birmingham, and experience the sounds of an era unvarnished, within earshot of history unpurified, through the brilliant documentary Freedom Now! produced by Chris Koch, Dale Minor, and Robert Kramer.
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I Have A Dream 50th Anniversary August 21, 2013 | 5:00 am

Commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington is the featured topic this morning.
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Black August August 14, 2013 | 5:00 am

We turn the clock back to 1993 when Pacifica Radio devoted an entire day to recognize Black August, the annual commemoration of the liberation struggles of African Americans that began with the killing of prisoner George Jackson on August 21, 1971.
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Filmmaker Stanley Kramer Centennial August 7, 2013 | 5:00 am

Today on From the Vault radio, we celebrate the centennial of filmmaker Stanley Kramer in a retrospective and in interviews with his family.
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Douglas Turner Ward’s Day of Absence July 31, 2013 | 5:00 am

Douglas Turner Ward's one-act play "Day of Absence" is featured.
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Fred Astaire July 24, 2013 | 5:00 am

On this edition of From the Vault we present an interview recorded in 1968 with one of the great dancers of our time, Fred Astaire.
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Lillian Smith July 17, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, we hear from one of the groundbreaking voices of the early civil rights movement, Lillian Smith.
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Ella Baker July 10, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we salute one of the great understated contributors of the Civil Rights Movement, Ella Baker. In 1968, several important Civil Rights leaders and activists decided to honor this tireless activist, and the resulting recording, A Salute to Ella Baker, became an instant Pacifica classic.
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FTV #372 — Nelson Mandela July 3, 2013 | 5:00 am

On this edition of From the Vault, we present anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela in three landmark speeches given after his release from prison in 1990.
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Me And My Shadow June 26, 2013 | 5:00 am

While privacy issues have long been a concern here in the United States, the signing of the U.S. Patriot Act in 2001 and the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act in 2011 have brought a new level of unease to all those concerned with privacy.
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Medgar Evers Memorial June 19, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, we present this timeless Pacifica documentary that seats the listener front and center at the funeral of Medgar Evers, the following mourning procession, and the demonstrations and near-riot that ensued in its aftermath.
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Albert Camus: A Memorial Tribute 1961 June 12, 2013 | 5:00 am

In this episode of From the Vault we present a 1961 memorial tribute of Nobel Prize for Literature author Albert Camus, who died in 1960.
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Building Bridges with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee June 5, 2013 | 5:00 am

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Davis and Dee sat down with longtime Pacifica hosts Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash in 1998 to reflect on their lifetime of work, as both artist and activists, with consideration to the changing culture of social activism, and the “abolition of poverty” as one of the greatest challenges of their lifetimes.
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Oyelo! Out Loud! The Nuyorican Poets Café May 29, 2013 | 5:00 am

On this edition of From The Vault we feature a special edition of Grace Cavalieri’s Poet and the Poem series called Oyelo! Out Loud! The Nuyorican Poets Café, which showcases the work of Puerto Rican poets.
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One Billion Seconds Later: A Social History of LSD May 22, 2013 | 5:00 am

From the Vault presents the 1974 documentary One Billion Seconds Later: A Social History of LSD, winner of the prestigious Ohio State Award for Radio Excellence.
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Sabina Virgo – Earth Day 2013 May 15, 2013 | 5:00 am

During the course of the week-long 2013 Earth Day celebration, acclaimed speaker, writer and political analyst Sabina Virgo turned her mediating, organizing and oratory skills in the direction of the environment. In this captivating speech, given at the invitation of the Eagle Environmental Club on the campus of Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California, Sabina traces the history of corporate interests that have put the environment on a fatal course and the impact of our push back.
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FTV 364 Bob Kaufman, Poet: The Life and Times of an African-American Man, Part 2 of 2 May 8, 2013 | 5:00 am

Written and produced in 1992 by David Henderson, with associate production and engineering by Vic Bedoin, Bob Kaufman, Poet: The Life and Times of an African-American Man features interviews with family members, scholars, and artist such as Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Roscoe Lee Brown. Despite his battles with alcohol, drugs, psychotherapy, and the justice system, Kaufman’s ragged life teems with poetic brilliance, as this documentary demonstrates. Highlights include a rare 1958 recording of Kaufman reading his epic poem Second April and a discussion of jazz with recordist Henry Jacobs. Part two of two.
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FTV 363 Bob Kaufman, Poet: The Life and Times of an African-American Man, Part 1 of 2 May 1, 2013 | 5:00 am

Written and produced in 1992 by David Henderson, with associate production and engineering by Vic Bedoin, Bob Kaufman, Poet: The Life and Times of an African-American Man features interviews with family members, scholars, and artist such as Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, and Roscoe Lee Brown. Despite his battles with alcohol, drugs, psychotherapy, and the justice system, Kaufman’s ragged life teems with poetic brilliance, as this documentary demonstrates. Highlights include a rare 1958 recording of Kaufman reading his epic poem Second April and a discussion of jazz with recordist Henry Jacobs. Part one of two.
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Andy Warhol April 24, 2013 | 5:00 am

Cal Green of WBAI’s The Critical People speaks with artist Andy Warhol about his film Chelsea Girls in a rather unconventional interview recorded on June 3, 1967. Joined in studio by Henry Geldzahler, associate curator of American painting and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paul Morrissey, film critic and director, and International Velvet and Ingrid Superstar (two of Warhol’s “Factory Girls”), Green and Warhol focus on how Chelsea Girls differs from Warhol’s previous cinematographic efforts.
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Poet May Sarton 1983 April 17, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week we celebrate National Poetry Month with the American poet, novelist, and memoirist May Sarton recorded in College of Marin, 1983 by the KPFA Women's Department
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FTV features Cherrie Moraga April 9, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we celebrate Chicana writer Cherrie Moraga.
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The Flight of the Eagle: UFW Retrospective April 3, 2013 | 5:00 am

From the Vault focuses this week on a 1995 documentary about the United Farm Workers Union called The Flight of the Eagle.
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FTV #358–Women’s Wave: Women in Punk and New Wave March 27, 2013 | 5:00 am

On this edition of From the Vault we skip back thirty years and listen to a program titled Women’s Wave – an examination of women in the punk, post-punk and new wave musical movements.
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The Second Battle of Selma March 20, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, we go back nearly half a century and immerse ourselves in a radio documentary on the confrontation over Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama. The Second Battle of Selma, produced by legendary newsman Dale Minor in 1965 during his time at Pacifica station WBAI, includes rare audio of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and actuality of the march on Selma.
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Derek Bell – Irish Folk Musician March 13, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, KPFA producer Padraigin McGillicuddy mixes interview and music to showcase Derek Bell, one of the great Irish folk musicians, in this 1979 program, The Harp That Once through Tara’s Halls: Derek Bell, the Man and the Music. Bell, a virtuoso of the Celtic harp, also played and composed for the piano, oboe, English horn, and hammered dulcimer.
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Sylvia Plath March 6, 2013 | 5:00 am

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”~Sylvia Plath
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Redefining Black Power – State of the Union 2013 Edition February 27, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, continuing our celebration of Black History Month, we visit with Joanne Griffith, award-winning broadcaster, journalist, and editor of Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America (City Lights, 2012). This book, written in collaboration with the Pacifica Radio Archives, considers the impact of the election of the first black President on relevant issues facing America today, from economics, cultural education and the law, to the cultural impact of mass media.
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Negro History Week 1962 February 20, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we continue our celebration of Black History Month by revisiting an early Pacifica recording titled Special Program Commemorating Negro History Week. KPFA’s famed Public Affairs director Elsa Knight Thompson and producer Mike Tigar, taking a cue from Dr. Carter Godwin Goodson (who created Negro History Week in February 1926 to coincide with the Birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass), celebrated Negro History Week on public radio for the first time in 1962.
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Malcolm X: Prospects for Freedom Part 2 February 13, 2013 | 5:00 am

Part 2 of Malcolm X's February 1965 speech plus Q & A with the audience. This was one month before his assassination
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Malcolm X: Prospects for Freedom, Pt 1 February 6, 2013 | 5:00 am

In celebration of Black History Month, From the Vault presents the iconic Malcolm X speech “Prospects for Freedom” in its entirety (unedited) over two episodes. Recorded a month before his assassination in February 1965, this historic recording truly captures the essence of Malcolm X, as he describes his vision of what will drive Black action for civil rights in the coming years.
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Dear Brother Erika: Union Worker January 30, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we listen to a 1973 program that shines with the passion of Pacifica Radio, Dear Brother Erika – the story of Erika Seastrom, one of the first women to join the previously all-male printers union. Not only does this forty-year-old recording preserve a first-person account of Seastrom’s fiery print shop career, it also perfectly registers the indomitable spirit in her voice: through her Brooklyn accent, her raw candor, and her unwavering humor under what were surely the most difficult of circumstances.
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The Sound of Poetry January 23, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we travel back in time over fifty years to listen a long-forgotten recording that was broadcast only once (May 24th, 1962) on Pacifica radio station KPFA in Berkeley: The Sound of Poetry, produced by the late cultural and literary critic John Leonard and narrated by John Ohliger. Living under a completely inadequate catalog description, this program was ignored for five decades as it sat protected deep inside the Pacifica vault, until Archives Director Brian DeShazor sat down for a listen…

Here’s what Brian heard:

1. Kenneth Rexroth – “Married Blues”
2. W. B. Yeats – “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (recorded Oct. 4, 1932)
3. Rainer Maria Rilke – “Marie” (performed by KPFA Readers Theater)
4. Dorothy Parker – “Parable for a Certain Virgin”
5. T.S. Elliot – “Preludes”
6. Langston Hughes – “I Had My Clothes Cleaned…”
7. Edith Sitwell – “Where Is All the Bright Company Gone…”
8. William Carlos Williams – “On Spring”
9. Robert Browning – “My Last Duchess” (read by Ed Schell)
10. Josephine Miles – “Hysteric Sparks of Silk”
11. Yvor Winters – “Reptilian Green”
12. Richard Eberhardt in Berkeley – “Throwing the Apple”
13. Louise Bogan – “Medusa”
14. Richard Wilbur – “After the Last Bulletins”
17. Allen Ginsberg – “A Supermarket in California”
18. Theodore Roethke – “The Long Alley”
19. Kenneth Fearing – “Dirge” (dramatized by the KPFA Reader’s Theater)
20. Robert Duncan – “Best of Ways…”
21. Edna St. Millay – “Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies”
22. Franz Kafka – “A Common Confusion” (read by Al Jacobs)

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Free Music Store: Seals and Crofts January 16, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we present legendary rock duo Seals and Crofts performing live on WBAI’s storied show, Free Music Store. Although the Free Music Store show was on-air for only three years (1969-1972), it’s producers had a knack for landing bands and artists just before the their rise to fame and fortune. Seals and Crofts were certainly no exception. Still not yet a household name, and with most of their commercial hits yet to be written, Seals and Crofts took the stage at WBAI’s old “church” studios on November 14, 1971 – the very first time they would ever perform in front of a live studio audience.
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Women Composers with JoAnn Falletta, Pt 2 of 2 January 9, 2013 | 5:00 am

The Women’s Philharmonic plays Ellen Zwilich’s “Concerto grosso 1985″, Marianna Martines’ “Sinfonia in C”, Camilla de Rossi’s “Il sacrificio del Abramo”, and excerpts from Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre’s cantata “Jonas
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Women Composers January 2, 2013 | 5:00 am

This week, From the Vault jumps back a couple of decades to a 1992 International Women’s Day special by KPFK’s Jude McGee on women composers in classical music, with in-studio guest JoAnn Falletta – conductor of the Women’s Philharmonic
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FTV 344: Julio’s Holiday: Keeping Christmas Well December 19, 2012 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we premiere you a new radio drama from KPFK-Los Angeles host Julio Martinez and the Arts in Review Repertory Players, Keeping Christmas Well, a story about the origins of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. But before we get to Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family, we’ll hear a 1988 WBAI-New York radio drama production of Grace Paley’s The Loudest Voice, about a Jewish girl in 1930’s New York who, because of her clear, loud voice and expressive reading, is chosen to narrate her school’s Christmas play.
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FTV 343 Julio’s Holiday: The Nutcracker’s Journey December 12, 2012 | 5:00 am

This week on From The Vault, KPFK Arts In Review host Julio Martinez presents original productions of two holiday classics: O. Henry’s The Gift of The Magi and Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas In Wales. We also showcase a new radio production sure to be a classic called The Nutcracker’s Journey, featuring the Arts in Review Repertory Players, about the interesting story of the creation of The Nutcracker Ballet, a project Tchaikovsky never wanted to do.
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Anna Karenina December 5, 2012 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, we dive into one of the greatest love stories ever penned, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina – through a rediscovered 1974 recording of the reading of the novel in its entirety. Produced by Ruth Seymour at Pacifica’s station KPFK in Los Angeles on the occasion of the centennial of the novel’s original publication in 1874, Anna Karenina took over forty hours to record and was presented in serial form, with musical interludes selected by famed KPFK music director Mario Cassetta. After a present-day recording by Ruth Seymore of her original written 1974 folio introduction for the production, we’ll hear a sampling of the more than 100 actors and actresses who participated, starting with Henry Fonda on page one.
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FTV 341 Russell Means November 28, 2012 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we offer a tribute to legendary Native American activist Russell Means (1939-2012) through the broadcast of a recording titled Native American Spiritual Values. Means was a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), a defendant in the 1973 Native American occupation of Wounded Knee, and appeared in several films throughout the 1990’s, using his influence and celebrity to draw attention to the decline of Indian culture.
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FTV 340 The 10 Greatest Protest Songs of the 20th Century November 21, 2012 | 5:00 am

In the summer of 1999, the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage presented a brilliant Woody Guthrie exhibit called this This Land is Your Land: The Life and Legacy of Woodie Guthrie. On the final day of the exhibit, Sunday, September 26, 1999, Los Angeles based folk singer Ross Altman was invited to perform a program called The 10 Greatest Protest Songs of the 20th Century. This week on From the Vault, you’ll hear Ross Altman tell the stories and perform songs from folk greats such as Leadbelly, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Florence Reece, and, of course, Woody Guthrie.
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FTV 339 2012 Season Review, Part 7 November 14, 2012 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault continue to feature selections our favorite episodes of the past year:

Leonard Cohen, 1974

Master of poetry, art, and spirituality, Leonard Cohen is interviewed by WBAI’s Kathleen Kendel on December 4th, 1974 while touring his fourth studio record “New Skin for the Old Ceremony.”.

Jimmy Cliff

Twenty seven year old Jimmy Cliff, one of the pioneering forces of reggae music, is interviewed in 1975 at WBAI studios in New York City about the 1972 release of the Jamaican cult crime flick The Harder They Come

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FTV#338 2012 Season Review, Part 6 November 7, 2012 | 5:00 am

Documentary Pioneers Albert and David Maysles

Spend some time with documentarian brothers Albert and David Maysles, whose unconventional subject choices led to groundbreaking films such as Salesman (1968) and Gimme Shelter, the iconic 1970 film chronicling the infamous (and deadly) 1969 Rolling Stones performance at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. First, from 1971, David Maysles speaks candidly about his experiences with Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, and other elements of the Rolling Stones before and after the infamous concert at the Altamont Speedway; then, in 1976 Albert Maysles discusses the cult film classic Grey Gardens.

Rudy Gernreich, Fashion Icon

Hear a fascinating 1971 interview with controversial twentieth century fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, who gained fame in 1964 for his “Monokini” (topless swim suit for women). Perhaps his most striking presentation, however, was the show for his spring collection for Harmon knitwear in 1971, in which Gernreich accessorized his clothing designs with Mao caps, desert boots, dog tags and rifles; the show was an effort to publicly expose the intersection of art, fashion, and the resistance of embattled women. Interviewed in January 1971 by KPFK’s Clare Loeb, Rudi Gernreich explains his controversial fashion show and discusses his career and life.

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2012 Season Review Part 5 October 31, 2012 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault continue to feature selections our favorite episodes of the past year:

Cello Master Class with János Starker

and

Trumpeter Donald Byrd

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FTV 336 2012 Season Review, Part 4 October 24, 2012 | 5:00 am

Ray Bradbury

We pay homage to legendary sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury through two classic recordings from Pacifica Radio Archives: The World of Ray Bradbury (1964) – in which Bradbury traces the evolution of his unique writing style, from his childhood to that day; and a recording from the International Colloquium on Mars (1973), in which Bradbury reflects on the literary and visionary masters before him that inspired him as a child to dream.

Poetry of Bukowski and Levertov

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the earliest known recordings of poet and cult icon Charles Bukowski (August 5, 1962, Los Angeles – he gave KPFK listeners a Bukowski earful!) and British-born American poet Denise Levertov, who frequently framed her poetry to express her personal politics (November 10, 1961, UC Berkeley Speech Department poetry reading).

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2012 Season Review, Part 3 October 17, 2012 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault continue to feature selections our favorite episodes of the past year:

Gloria Steinem – 1997 Kennedy Lecture Series

Les Guérillères: Feminist Radio Drama

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Season Review part 2 October 10, 2012 | 5:00 am

1) Redefining Black Power
2) Freddie Hubbard Live at La Bastille Jazz Club
3) The Art of Muckraking
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Season Highlights October 3, 2012 | 5:00 am

Occupy Alcaltraz

Two Painters: Van Gogh and Lichenstein

Big Mama Thornton

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Jimmy Cliff September 26, 2012 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we hear from a 27-year old Jimmy Cliff, one of the pioneering forces of reggae music, in the form of a 1975 interview recorded at WBAI studios in New York City. Longtime KPFK Reggae Central radio host and author Chuck Foster guides us through the life and music of Jimmy Cliff, starting from his earliest days of hustling songs in Kingston, Jamaica in the early 1960’s, to his latest album Rebirth, released in 2012. Our featured Jimmy Cliff interview from Pacifica Radio Archives focuses on the 1972 release of the Jamaican cult crime flick The Harder They Come (in which Cliff stars), which wasn’t widely released in the United States until after a run of very popular midnight showings in major North American cities throughout 1974 and 1975.
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FTV#331 Who is Reverend Sun Myung Moon? September 19, 2012 | 5:00 am

On this week’s From the Vault we listen back to a 1975 recording that examines the happenings of Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, who died on September 3, 2012 at the age of 92.
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Rita Mae Brown September 12, 2012 | 5:00 am

On this week's From the Vault we present a recording of a distinguished novelist of the second wave of Feminism Rita Mae Brown recorded at the comfortable surroundings of The historic Women's Building in Los Angeles on July 4th, 1976.
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Leonard Cohen 1974 September 5, 2012 | 5:00 am

Cervantes, Yeats, Whitman, The Bible, Frederico Garcia Lorca, Henry Miller, Camus, Sartre, the Old Masters are the people who helped shape The Modern Master and subject of This Edition of From The Vault: Leonard Cohen.

Leonard has taken poetry, art and spirituality to sell out crowds around the world since his first record in 1967.

Here on From The Vault we present a historic interview with Leonard Cohen from December 4th 1974 while touring his fourth studio record New Skin for the Old Ceremony.

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Rudy Gernreich, Fashion Icon August 22, 2012 | 5:00 am

In this episode of From the Vault, we'll hear a fascinating 1971 interview with controversial twentieth century fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, with a contemporary introduction by WBAI's Andrea Katz. Although Gernreich became internationally famous for his 1964 "Monokini," or topless swim suit for women, his most striking presentation was the show for his spring collection for Harmon knitwear in 1971.
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Documentary Pioneers Albert and David Maysles August 15, 2012 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault we spend some time with documentarian brothers Albert and David Maysles, whose unconventional subject choices led to groundbreaking films such as 1968’s Salesman, which takes to the road with a travelling Bible salesman, and Gimme Shelter, the iconic 1970 film chronicling the infamous (and deadly) 1969 Rolling Stones performance at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. First, from 1971, we sit in with younger brother David Maysles and writer Richard Geldstein in an interview at WBAI studios in New York with producer Jospeph Gelmis; David speaks candidly about his experiences with Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, and other elements of the Rolling Stones before and after the infamous concert at the Altamont Speedway.
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Gore Vidal Tribute August 8, 2012 | 5:00 am

From the Vault salutes the life and work of the great American playwright, author, actor and commentator Gore Vidal, whose unique perspective has been fully-preserved, digitized, and made publicly available by Pacifica Radio Archives for humanity’s benefit. Spanning over 40 years, nearly two dozen recordings capturing Gore Vidal in his own voice constitute one of Pacifica’s most cherished collections, and embody the full range of Vidal’s superb intelligence and keen wit.
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FTV 324 San Diego Folk Festival – Songwriters’ Workshop August 1, 2012 | 5:00 am

We’ll hear performances from Mary McCaslin, “Young Wesley;” Jim Ringer, “Father Time;” Bruce Utah Phillips, “Jesse Garcia;” Hazel Dickens, “Black Lung;” Alice Gerrard, “Missing Jenny;” John Wilcox, “Tree of Life;” Patty Hall, “Daddy Please;” Debby McClatchy, “California Faith;” John Bosley, “Humerous Song;” and Tom Waits, “Heart of Saturday Night” and “Better Off Without a Wife.”
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FTV 323 Highlights from the San Diego Folk Festival, 1974-77 July 25, 2012 | 5:00 am

A shelf of old recordings from the San Diego Folk Festival has been unearthed from the Pacifica Radio Archives including folk music, including country blues, 1950's country western, . The musicians performing at the festival including some amazing names like Rose Maddox, Patsy Montana, Lydia Mendoza, and The Balfa Brothers. So please – sit back and enjoy this priceless collection of live recordings from thirty years past, courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives.
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FTV#322 Music of the Portuguese Revolution July 18, 2012 | 5:00 am

O Que Faz Falta(What Still Needs to be Done): The Music of the Portuguese Revolution is engaging musical documentary on fifty years of struggle which triumphed in securing freedom and democracy for the people of Portugal and former Portuguese colonies.
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Poetry Icon William Carlos Williams June 27, 2012 | 5:00 am

Poetry Icon William Carlos Williams is featured in this week's From The Vault.
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