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Pacifica Radio Archives’ “From the Vault”

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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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Joan Baez August 24, 2016 | 5:00 am

In a career spanning more than five decades, Joan Baez’s discography is well-known, lengthy and diverse; her activism is as well.


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Highlander Folk School August 17, 2016 | 5:00 am

In 1932, Myles Norton and friends formed the Highlander Folk School in rural Tennessee to help coal miners and other labor leaders understand what it takes to organize and demand livable wages and benefits for their families during the Great Depression.


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Hiroshima August 10, 2016 | 5:00 am

August 6th is the anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Pacifica Radio Archives commemorates the anniversary every year with a live recording of the radio adaptation of John Hersey’s Hiroshima, arguably the most famous work of the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and reporter.


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Bernie Sanders 1989-2016 August 3, 2016 | 5:00 am

On this edition, we present some of the views of Bernie Sanders, a transformative politician unlike anyone our country has seen.


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Carlos Castaneda and Lila Downs July 27, 2016 | 5:00 am

We feature a rare 1968 recording of the Peruvian-born American author Carlos Castaneda speaking about his first book The Teaching of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, which was originally published by the University of California Press as a work of anthropology and became an acclaimed best-seller. Then, exploring the work of another anthropologist of sorts, we spend some time with Mexican singer Lila Downs.


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Music: Black and White, 1973 July 20, 2016 | 5:00 am

We present an early episode of a unique music program called Music: Black and White. Produced and hosted by Nawana Davis on KPFK in Los Angeles from 1973 to 1976, this program featured bluegrass, blues, and commentary; in a 2016 interview, Davis explains how the show came to be, and what it was intended to accomplish.


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Dolores Huerta’s 80th Birthday Celebration July 13, 2016 | 5:00 am

On Friday evening, August 13, 2010 celebrities, musicians, and activists gathered under the stars at the open air Greek Theatre in Los Angeles California to wish United Farmworker co-founder Dolores Huerta a happy 80th Birthday in an event called Weaving Movements Together.


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Pacifica’s Convention Coverage, Part 1 of 2 June 29, 2016 | 5:00 am

We present part one of the award-winning 2004 documentary A Passel of Pomp and a Circus of Circumstance, produced by the Pacifica Radio Archives, that explores the history of the national political party conventions, and the mission dynamics that set Pacifica Radio’s coverage apart from mainstream media — coverage that remains today an inspiration for independent, progressive journalists everywhere.


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National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights June 22, 2016 | 5:00 am

From the Vault celebrates national Gay Pride Month with recordings from Pacifica Radio Archives that capture key moments in the LGBTQ struggle for Equal Rights. We revisit Pacifica’s coverage of the first national March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights on October 14, 1979, ten years after the Stonewall riots.


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Muhammad Ali June 15, 2016 | 5:00 am

We celebrate the legacy of humanitarian and boxing great Muhammad Ali by highlighting selections from a new collection from Pacifica Radio Archives featuring Ali in conversation with Julius Lester (1968), Ali and Joe Frazier talking shop the night before the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden (1971), original music, and a speech Ali gave to UCLA students in 1968 amidst campus-wide protests.


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