Against the Grain

Against the Grain – July 6, 2005

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KPFA & Pacifica: The Early Years

Something is predictably neglected in those "there-they-go-again" reports of controversy at KPFA — namely, the origins and early history of a daring, imperfect experiment in pacifist-oriented broadcasting. Pacifica historian Matthew Lasar discusses the radical ideas, brash personalities and tumultuous events that shaped KPFA’s early years.

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