Radio Documentaries

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In 1999 Pacifica Radio Archives produced its first documentary--on the memorial service for gay icon Quentin Crisp--which went on to receive a 2000 Golden Reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

Since then PRA has gone on to produce a variety of radio programs, which have been broadcast on Pacifica radio sister stations and affiliates. Here's a partial list.


From the Vault

From the Vault

Ongoing weekly series that highlights Pacifica's broadcast history. More >>

The Sound of History

June Jordan

Six-part series broadcast on KPFK, Los Angeles, highlighting significant arts and literature recordings recently preserved.



The War and Peace Broadcast: 35th Anniversary

Leo Tolstoy

Two-hour documentary about the 1970 broadcast on WBAI (New York) of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace in its entirety. More >>



John Hersey's Hiroshima

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Award-winning dramatic reading of the book performed by Tyne Daly, Ruby Dee, Roscoe Lee Browne and others. More >>

A Passel of Pomp and a Circus of Circumstance

A Passel of Pomp and a Circus of Circumstance

Historic conventions coverage from the Archives.


W.E.B. Dubois: 100 Years of The Souls of Black Folk

W.E.B. Dubois

Commemorates the anniversary of the publication of The Souls of Black Folk.

Part One

Part Two



A Passion for Survival: Dr. Helen Caldicott in Dialogue


Twelve-part series with Dr. Caldicott in conversation with activists, analysts and experts on the environment.


The Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation & Access Project is funded (in part) by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, grants from the GRAMMY Foundation(r), The Ford Foundation, The Pacifica Foundation, supporters of the Pacifica Radio Archives, members of the Adopt-a-Tape program, and listeners to Pacifica Radio Stations, KPFA, KPFK, KPFT, WBAI, WPFW.