This week on From the Vault we reach back to July 8th, 1996 and listen to a radio show called We the People, hosted by former and future California Governor Jerry Brown. We The People debuted on Pacifica Radio in early 1994 and ran until 1997, when Brown retired the series to begin what was to be a successful run for Mayor of Oakland, California in 1998.
In this episode, Brown interviews playwright and political historian Gore Vidal, who is at the top of his game in 1996. Vidal comments on the current state of media consolidation and the erosion of civil liberties as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, with plenty of colorful historical anecdotes.
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.