This week on From the Vault we present two recordings from Pacifica Radio Archives featuring Fidel Castro. First, we share a short excerpt of Castro addressing the United Nations General Assembly in 1960, where he focuses on Cuba's relations with the United States and Cuban support for Third World independence movements. Then we jump to 1995, where Castro spoke (via translator) to a capacity crowd of 1300 at the Abyssinian Church in Harlem, New York about the birth of the United Nations, the inequality gap that is growing between developed and underdeveloped nations, and the United States' embargo against Cuba.
From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.