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Pacifica Radio Archives

Pacifica Radio Archives is considered by historians and scholars to be one of the oldest and most important audio collections in the world.

Chronicling the political, cultural and artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century, Pacifica radio programs include documentaries, performances, discussions, debates, drama, poetry readings, commentaries and radio arts.

The Pacifica Radio Archives appraise, collect, organize, describe, preserve the creative work generated by, or produced in association with, Pacifica Radio, and make it available for research and reference use.

They focus on materials that reflect the memory, traditions and evolution of Pacifica Radio. The intellectual content of the collection emphasizes a common thread of social justice covering cultural, health, historical, political, psychological, racial, religious, philosophical and social aspects of society over a variety of subjects.

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Molly Ivins (1944-2007), an American newspaper columnist, commentator, and best-selling author, presents a compelling, insightful and humorous lecture on the state of U.S. politics running up to the presidential elections this same year. Her keynote address was for the 48th Annual World Affairs Conference in Boulder, Colorado. She covers several topics including immigration, campaigning finances, women's rights, bilingual education, Telecommunications Act, and more. After the address, she is...
Source: KPFK
This five-part series on race and democracy includes compelling conversations and speeches that explore where issues of race and democracy collide. The series looks at how racism and racial realities pose a challenge to our democracy. Hate-related violence topics include the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma, the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, and the torching of a store in New York, which have all been traced to inflammatory speech. Citizens are asking if...
Source: Pacifica National Programming
This program features extended excerpts of a live discussion recorded in mid-November, with an open debate about the role that race, gender and class play in our country in keeping people from finding their shared interests and how we might overcome barriers to work together for social change. Participants include essayist and author Barbara Ehrenreich, author and activist Clarence Lusane, Mary Matsuda who is professor of law at Georgetown University, and Cornel West who is professor of...
Source: Pacifica National Programming
With each new election year, it seems as if the race card is dealt more frequently in political campaigns. This program will look at why American politicians use race as a way of dividing citizens in order to attract certain voters. The show will also provide stories of how the race card has been used in campaigns throughout U.S. history. Guests will peer ahead at the election year to project what racial code words and issues, like 'immigration' and 'welfare reform' will be used as candidates...
Source: Pacifica National Programming
Over the past 40 years, the United States has promoted racial integration as the solution to many problems raised by inequalities. Yet, an increasing number of African American activists and intellectuals are concluding that integration is an idea whose time has passed. Some of the racist right are pleased to hear this. Salim Muwakkil, senior editor for "In These Times" has written, 'Does that mean that the ideal of an integrated society has been discredited?' Other guests include...
Source: Pacifica National Programming
The program offers various positions that are being put forth in regard to jury nullification. Paul Butler, associate professor of law at George Washington University, has written 'There is an increasing perception that some African American jurors vote to acquit Black defendants for racial reasons, sometimes explained as the juror's desire not to send another Black man to jail. There is considerable disagreement over whether it is appropriate for a Black juror to do so. I now believe that for...
Source: Pacifica National Programming
Kris Welch interviews Bishop Desmond Tutu, a South African activist and the first black Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. Welch mentions his book, "Rainbow People of God : Making of a Peaceful Revolution" which is a chronological documentary collection of his speeches, sermons, and letters from 1976 to 1994.
Source: KPFA
Pacifica Radio's special report on the Latino/Latina March for Civil and Human Rights, held last Saturday in Washington, D.C. With hosts Santiago Nieves, Juan Gonzalez and Patricia Gonzalez.
Source: WBAI
This program features extended excerpts of a live discussion recorded in mid-November, with an open debate about the role that race, gender and class play in our country in keeping people from finding their shared interests and how we might overcome barriers to work together for social change. Participants include essayist and author Barbara Ehrenreich, author and activist Clarence Lusane, Mary Matsuda who is professor of law at Georgetown University, Cornel West who is professor of...
Source: Pacifica National Programming