Wednesday at 5:00 am

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

Gene De Alessi’s Lives of Black Entertainers 1968 February 10, 2016 | 5:00 am

We present Gene De Allessi's 1968 profile of black artists in America since the early 1900's called "Lives of Black Entertainers", produced in the studios of Pacifica Station KPFA in Berkeley, California.


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Recent episodes

Bessie Smith Tribute February 3, 2016 | 5:00 am

Part of a November 1976 series called Focus on Women Composers, this recording explores the life of blues singer Bessie Smith (1894-1937) and includes examples of her music and readings from texts about Smith.


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Frances Emley Tribute January 27, 2016 | 5:00 am

We pay tribute to a social activist who made Berkeley her home and Pacifica Radio KPFA in Berkeley the media outlet for her work, Frances Emley. Emley passed on December 1, 2015 at the age of 84.


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Haskell Wexler Tribute January 20, 2016 | 5:00 am

We pay tribute to a great human being, a supporter of underrepresented communities, and celebrated cinematographer, Haskell Wexler.


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Francis Ford Coppola, 1967 January 13, 2016 | 5:00 am

On this week's edition, we hear a young and energetic filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola describe how the seemingly impenetrable Hollywood Studio system can be mastered in this restored recording from January 1967.


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Charlene Teters and Wounded Knee January 6, 2016 | 5:00 am

We remember the 125th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre with a 1998 Pacifica program commemorating the 25th anniversary of the American Indian Movement’s (AIM) occupation of three buildings on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


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Marsha Hunt, Actress, Humanitarian and Longtime-Activist December 30, 2015 | 5:00 am

Marsha Hunt, actress, humanitarian and longtime-activist for a variety of social causes including education, homelessness, and world hunger.


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Dalton Trumble December 23, 2015 | 5:00 am

We salute one of America’s greatest screenwriters and novelists, Dalton Trumbo, who is known as much for his Academy Award-winning scripts as he is for being one of the infamous “Hollywood Ten,” a group of Hollywood film industry professionals blacklisted for publicly denouncing the tactics of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in the late 1940’s.


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Tribute to John Trudell December 16, 2015 | 5:00 am

December 8, 2015, the world lost one of the great activists working for the cause of Native American rights, John Trudell but before we honor John Trudell s life we open the program by revisiting a recording from 2002, long before we started From the Vault. It was a time when public hysteria was being fanned by media following the tragic events of 9/11.


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History for the Holidays December 9, 2015 | 5:00 am

This week on From the Vault, we feature the second of a two-part special titled History for the Holidays, which highlights poems and songs from Pacifica Radio Archives, and includes excerpts from Music for the Holidays, a compilation of holiday tunes donated by prominent musicians. In this episode, we’ll hear from Robert Frost (in a 1956 reading), the New York Kantorei (Free Music Store Concert from 1972), Dorothy Day, and music from Jackson Browne, El Vez, Gaby Moreno, and Holly Near with Brian Lane Green.


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FTV Affiliate Holiday Special 1 December 2, 2015 | 5:00 am

You will hear riveting excerpts of: Studs Terkel, Jimi Hendrix, a Kurt Vonnegut surprise, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Angela Davis, and Judy Chicago, including the holiday story A Christmas Eve Truce (World War I).


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