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Stanford acquires historic audio archive

Radio interviews with Timothy Leary, others to be preserved

Radio interviews with the Dalai Lama, Linus Pauling, Joseph Campbell, Timothy Leary, Alice Walker and about 3,000 other notables will be preserved at Stanford University after it acquired the audio archive of New Dimension Broadcasting Media Network.

The interviews were made over 35 years and broadcast on public radio throughout the world. The archives include about 6,000 hours of recordings.

"This is one of the most extraordinary archival collections I have encountered in my 35 years as a curator," said Robert Trujillo, head of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at Stanford University Libraries.

The interviews include those with people whose papers are already archived at Stanford, including architect R. Buckminster Fuller and Stewart Brand, publisher of the "Whole Earth Catalog."

The New Dimensions Broadcasting Media Network was founded in 1973 and its flagship program, New Dimensions, is heard in more than 500 communities on public radio. The interviews have been with radical thinkers, spiritual leaders, indigenous voices, artists, scientists, ecologists and others.

Stanford and New Dimensions plan to raise funds to digitize as much of the archive as possible to make the recordings available online.

-- Don Kazak

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