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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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The Second Battle of Selma June 21, 2017 | 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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Lorraine Hansberry 1961 June 7, 2017 | 5:00 am

We revisit Pacifica's unique 1961 recording with Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Emile Capouye and Alfred Kazin. The topic is The Negro in American Culture. We begin with a 2016 interview with actor Louis Gossett Jr. an original cast member of Lorraine Hansberry's Landmark play A Raisin in the Sun.


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Jimi Hendrix, Part 1 of 4 June 7, 2017 | 5:00 am

We celebrate one of the great creative musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix, through the sounds of a four-part documentary titled Jimi Hendrix.


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Alan Watts – Zen Bones 1967 May 3, 2017 | 5:00 am

50 years ago this year, In 1967, one of Pacifica's most iconic figures Alan Watts gave a lecture about the temporal nature of life and about the need for Americans to readjust their priorities in a performance called Zen Bone


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Martin Luther King Jr. – America’s Chief Moral Dilemma April 26, 2017 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, we mark the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s address, America’s Chief Moral Dilemma, on the steps of Sproul Hall on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Sproul Hall, the undergraduate admissions building that became internationally known as the nexus of the 1964 Free Speech Movement lead by the charismatic Mario Savio, was a perfect setting for King’s May 17th, 1967 speech on the immoral consequence of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.


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Immigration and Labor, 1982 & 2017 April 19, 2017 | 5:00 am

This week, we tackle the discussion on comprehensive immigration reform legislation… from a ‘then and now’ perspective.


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Van Morrison 1971 April 5, 2017 | 5:00 am

After the 1960s, KPFA’s Dan McCloskey caught up with Van Morrison at his home, and they spoke at length about Van Morrison’s upbringing into Belfast, Ireland, early musical influences and successes, and his emergence as on the world’s leading songwriters and singers.


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Al Jarreau & Julio Martinez 1968-2017 March 22, 2017 | 5:00 am

On this weeks From The Vault, We celebrate the life of Al Jarreau who had a connection with Pacifica beginning in 1968 that held strong until his death on February 12, 2017.


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Al Jarreau & Julio Martinez 1968-2017 March 22, 2017 | 5:00 am

On this week's show, we celebrate the life of Al Jarreau, who had a connection with Pacifica beginning in 1968 that held strong until his death on February 12, 2017.


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Judy Mowatt, Former Bob Marley I3’s Singer, 1983 February 15, 2017 | 5:00 am

We celebrate Black History Month with a unique Pacifica concert recording of former Bob Marley I 3s singer Judy Mowatt in her first solo live performance in New York City.


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