Check out the brand new animated film based on the historic John Coltrane interview 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. 

Listen to the entire John Coltrane interview from Pacifica Radio Archives.

Get your copy of the "The Coltrane Legacy" two-disc set for $28.50 from Pacifica Radio Archives, which includes the complete 1966 John Coltrane interview with Frank Kofsky and a 2005 interview with John's wife, Alice Coltrane.


American Archive of Public Broadcasting Launches New Website

On April 7th, 2015, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, launched a new website at today, providing the public with access to a collection of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s. These audio and video materials, created by more than 120 public broadcasting organizations across the country, have now been digitized and preserved, and will be a resource for scholars, researchers, educators, filmmakers and the general public to delve into the rich history of public broadcasting across America. 

The Pacifica Radio Archives is proud to contribute programs from KPFA-94.1 FM Berkeley, CA, the first listener-sponsored non-commercial radio station in the United States, as well as the other four Pacifica stations, WBAI 99.5 FM -NYC, KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, WPFW 89.3 FM Washington D.C., and KPFT 90.1 FM Houston, TX. From over 30,000 inventory records describing over 55,000 reel to reel tapes, 385 programs have been digitized by AAPB and made available. These include the first interview with Rosa Parks in 1956, the first interview with an open homosexual in 1958 and many more. These materials will now be accessible to our community and will be a source of knowledge about local issues and history from these five metropolitan cities.




Our American Women Making History & Culture, 1963-1982 project, funded by a grant from the National Historic Records and Publications Commission, continues to progress. Help us continue to preserve and make available for future generations this

incredible history! For a contribution of $100 or more we will thank you with a copy of our American Women Making History & Culture, 1963-1982, Vol. 2 Sampler! Click here to donate today!



CLICK HERE to get your copy of the the Pacifica Radio Archives Martin Luther King, Jr Special Collection MP3 Disc which includes the newly discovered speech delivered December 7, 1964 at City Temple Hall in London.




From the Vault 472: Walk to Freedom (1961-Albany, GA)

This week on From the Vault we will hear an extraordinary documentary about the events that transpired in Albany, Georgia in November, 1961. Produced by Alan Lomax, renowned folklorist and field sound collector, and Guy Carawan, longtime music director of the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee, this program masterfully weaves field recordings and narrative to tell the story of the residents of Albany and their efforts to eliminate segregation in their city through the voter registration movement. Civil Rights scholars recognize that while not every goal of the Albany campaign was successful, the protests in Albany did achieve the primary goal of desegregating the town, and there is general agreement that the Albany movement was a formative learning experience and critical benchmark in the career of Martin Luther King, Jr., who participated in the protests at the invitation of local city leaders. The 1961 Albany march is now credited with educating and energizing the Civil Rights Movement for future actions in Birmingham (1963), Washington (1963), Mississippi (1964), and Selma (1965), to name a few.

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