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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.

Upcoming episodes

The Second Battle of Selma February 20, 2019 | 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.


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Fannie Lou Hamer collected speeches February 13, 2019 | 5:00 am

This program features the collected speeches of voting rights activist, Fannie Loy Hamer mixed by Terabu Betsuri in 1989 celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pacifica Radio. Includes excerpts from a 1965 interview by Colin Edwards in Berkeley, the documentary "The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer," a speech at the Vietnam Moratorium rally at U.C. Berkeley, and from "Profiles of Movement Activists II : Voices of the Civil Rights Movement."


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Ishmael Reed February 6, 2019 | 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. Mr. Reed was also the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Genius Award in 1998.


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Jack Spicer January 30, 2019 | 5:00 am

This week on From The Vault we present American poet Jack Spicer, one of the main drivers behind the San Francisco Renaissance, a poetry and creative explosion that happened in this California city in the 1950's.


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Jared Diamond: Collapse of Civilizations January 23, 2019 | 5:00 am

This week on From The Vault we present Pulitzer Prize winning writer Dr. Jared Diamond's insightful 1999 lecture: What do the Collapse of Past Societies Teach Us About Our Own Future?


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The Art of Muckraking January 16, 2019 | 5:00 am

We'll hear from Upton Sinclair from his 1962 address Changing America and from Christopher Hitchens, Mark Hertsgaard, Jessica Mitford and Robert Scheer from the 1989 forum entitled, The Art of Muckraking


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Accidents Will Happen January 9, 2019 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, we�re featuring the chilling documentary Accidents Will Happen, an uncompromising look at the miasma created by Three-Mile Island nuclear facility. Produced by Alan Snitow and Aileen Alfandary, this incredible piece includes actuality on ground, statements by public relations staff for the utility company, physicists, politicians, President Carter, and consumer advocates � on what actually happened and what the effects were locally and nationally. Accidents Will Happen challenged the conventional nuclear wisdom of that day, and layed the foundation for a heated debate that is still very much a part of politics today.


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Women Against Fascism January 2, 2019 | 5:00 am

On this edition of From The Vault we present a panel from the 1969 3-day Black Panther Party Conference entitled Women Speak Out Against Fascism.


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Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale December 26, 2018 | 5:00 am

In December 1971 Pacifica radio station WBAI paid tribute to one of the great composers of our time Igor Stravinsky by hosting a live performance of Stravinsky's version of this old tale in L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale). Our hero, on leave from the war meets the Devil disguised as a merchant who is set on purchasing the soldier's violin.. but at what price...? Find out in this complete epic tale. L'histoire du soldat


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Julio’s Holiday December 19, 2018 | 5:00 am

This week we present radio productions of 4 classic Christmas short stories: A Child's Christmas In Wales, The Gift of The Magi, Yes, Virginia There Is A Santa Claus, and NEW for 2009 we've added Julio's newest Christmas tale: All is Calm.


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Audre Lorde – December 12 1980 December 12, 2018 | 5:00 am

This week we feature poet Audre Lorde from a rare recording just after the publication of her book, Cancer Journals. Through her poetry and prose, Audre Lorde gives unique insight into a wide range of subjects from racism to the power of love in the world.


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