Check out the brand new animated film based on an historic Bob Dylan recording from Pacifica Radio Archives!  Quoted Studios, a nonprofit dedicated to uncovering, preserving and reimagining the American interview, produces their signature series Blank on Blank in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios.

Pacifica Radio was a fixture in Bob Dylan's early career.  The legendary musician was in his early twenties - ambitious, brimming with talent and eager to experiment - and Pacifica Radio was a perfect fit for him.  Dylan graced WBAI 99.5 FM New York with his presence on numerous occasions to have some fun and share new songs and ideas with listeners.

We've compiled our Bob Dylan recordings onto one MP3 disc... reserve your copy of Bob Dylan on Pacifica Radio today! 


Donate to Pacifica Radio Archives and we'll thank you with our 2016 Election Primer MP3 Disc, loaded with historic speeches from presidential hopefuls, exclusively from Pacifica Radio Archives.

 Donate to Pacifica Radio Archives and we'll thank you with our award-winning documentary on the history of political conventions in the United States, A Passel of Pomp and a Circus of Circumstance 2-CD Set. 


 

Celebrating the Legacy of Muhammad Ali...

with a new collection from Pacifica Radio Archives featuring Ali in conversation with Julius Lester (1968), Ali and Joe Frazier talking shop the night before the "Fight of the Century" at Madison Square Garden (1971), original music, and a speech Ali gave to UCLA students in 1968 amidst campus-wide protests.

 Reserve your copy of The Muhammad Ali Collection 4-disc Set

 


American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 is LIVE!

 The Pacifica Radio Archives is pleased to announce that the American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, an NHPRC grant-funded preservation project documenting women's contributions to Pacifica Radio programming from 1963-1982, is now completed! 2,024 recordings have been digitized and are now accessible to the public! Click here to learn more!


 Joseph Gallucci Speaking at the Orphan Film Symposium

Culpeper, Virginia April 8th, 2016

The Pacifica Radio Archives is proud to have participated in two exciting conferences this year. In February 2016, Archives Director Brian DeShazor and Archivist Joseph Gallucci traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the first-ever Radio Preservation Task Force conference, a historic gathering of radio preservationists and scholars from all over the world. Gallucci presented "Out on the Air: A Brief History of Pacifica's LGBT Programming," a survey of Pacifica's unique contributions to LGBT history, at the Library of Congress' Madison Building in Washington, D.C. DeShazor presented as part of the opening plenary "Radio Preservation: The State of the Nation" on the second day of the conference at the Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland, College Park, along with representatives of the Library of Congress, WNYC, and NPR. DeShazor and Gallucci also attended meetings of the African-American and Civil Rights Caucus and the Gender and Sexuality Caucus of the RPTF, respectively.  Watch C-SPAN's coverage of Prof. Paddy Scannell's keynote address at the Radio Preservation Task Force

In April 2016, Gallucci participated on a Radio Preservation Task Force panel at the Orphans Film Symposium in Culpeper, VA, home of the Library of Congress' National Audiovisual Conservation Center. The Orphan Film Symposium is an international gathering of approximately two hundred archivists, historians, curators and artists who convene every two years to discuss "orphaned" media, or media that lacks institutional parentage. There, Gallucci spoke about our National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)-funded American Women Making History and Culture, 1963-1982 preservation project, on a panel convened by Shawn VanCour on behalf of the Radio Preservation Task Force. It was a lively panel filled with a wide variety of voices from within the radio preservation community, and the American Women presentation garnered much positive feedback and interest from the audience. PRA is excited to continue our relationships with the larger audiovisual archives community!

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From the Vault 532: Carlos Castaneda and Lila Downs

This week on From The Vault, we feature a rare 1968 recording of the Peruvian-born American author Carlos Castaneda speaking about his first book The Teaching of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, which was originally published by the University of California Press as a work of anthropology and became an acclaimed best-seller. Then, exploring the work of another anthropologist of sorts, we spend some time with Mexican singer Lila Downs. Raised in California and educated in Minnesota, Downs returned to her Mixtec mother's home state of Oaxaca, Mexico to rediscover and connect with her indigenous roots, experiences that have become a central theme in her music. Lila Downs first performed on Pacifica Radio in 1998, but the recording we present today is from her performance at a KPFK - Los Angeles benefit concert in 2001, the year before her song Burn It Blue from the film Frida was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.

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