From the Vault 508: Gene De Alessi's Lives of Black Entertainers

On this edition of From the Vault we present Gene De Alessi's 1968 program called Lives of Black Entertainers, a study of Black artists in America since the early 1900's. In it, De Alessi narrates profiles on Marian Anderson, Josephine Baker, Will Marion Cook, Ethel Waters, Abbey Mitchell, Claude McKay, and Roland Hayes among others.

Lorraine Hansberry: in her own words / produced by Theodore Rubin. (Episode 2 of 2)

The first of a two-part documentary program celebrating the life of Black playwright Lorraine Hansberry (1930 - 1965). Hansberry was the author of the plays A Raisin in the Sun and The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, as well as several plays unfinished in her lifetime, such as Toussaint, The Arrival of Mr. Todog, The Drinking Gourd, and What Use Are Flowers?.

Sensuality in marriage: question-and-answer session / Maxine Serett. (Episode 2 of 4)

Maxine Serett, author of the book "The Housewife's handbook on selective promiscuity" (under the pen name Rey Anthony), fields audience questions following a lecture on sexuality and marriage (in California, venue unknown) on January 14, 1965. The lecture centered on how monogamy in marriage doesn't work and how to best approach being monogamous in marriage.

From the Vault 507: Bessie Smith Tribute

This week on From the Vault we feature a program preserved thanks to a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commision at the National Archives as part the Pacifica Radio Archives project American Women Making History and Culture 1963-1982.

From the Vault 506: Frances Emley Tribute

This week on From the Vault we pay tribute to social activist Frances Emley, who made Berkeley her home and Pacifica Radio--KPFA the media outlet for her work. Emley passed on December 1st, 2015 at the age of 84. Perhaps an excerpt from a tribute piece posted on the independent online news site Berkeleyside best honors Emley:

From the Vault 505: Haskell Wexler Tribute

In this episode of From the Vault we pay tribute to a great human being, a supporter of underrepresented communities, and celebrated cinematographer, Haskell Wexler.

From the Vault 504: Francis Ford Coppola, 1967

This week on From the Vault, we hear a young and energetic filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, who, while only 27 years old at the time, was already a seasoned industry veteran. Coppola describes how the seemingly impenetrable Hollywood Studio system can be mastered in this restored recording from January 1967.

From the Vault 503: Charlene Teters and Wounded Knee

This week on From the Vault, 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.

From the Vault 502: Marsha Hunt

This week on From the Vault, we visit with Marsha Hunt - actress, humanitarian and longtime-activist for a variety of social causes including education, homelessness, and world hunger. In 2015, the film documentary Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversitypremiered on the festival circuit, commanding plenty of attention and winning awards to boot; produced and directed by Roger C.

From the Vault 501: Julio's Holdiay Special

This week on From the Vault we present our annual Julio's Holiday program - a collection of original radio dramas produced by KPFK'sArts in Review host Julio Martinez.
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