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 536: Joan Baez

This week on From the Vault we pay tribute to singer, songwriter, and activist Joan Baez. In a career spanning more than five decades, Baez's discography is well-known, lengthy and diverse; her activism is as well. The Civil Right Movement, the Free Speech Movement, Vietnam, the death penalty, LGBT rights, and various environmental causes have kept Baez busy over the years - and also close to Pacifica Radio. In this episode, we'll reach back and revisit a 1964 recording of Baez performing at UC Berkeley during the free speech protests. We'll also hear Baez deliver an address to the members of Pi Chi, a youth organization at Piedmont Community Church in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969.

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