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Record Store Day Bash - April 18th @ Bull City Records (Sponsored by Merge Records, WXDU & NYCTaper)

WXDU is excited to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at Bull City Records, NYCTaper and Merge Records on April 18th. 

Merge acts Ex Hex, Mac McCaughan, and William Tyler will perform live outside Bull City Records in Durham (2600 Hillsborough Rd). Lagunitas Brewing Company will be on site, and we will be collecting donations to benefit Durham Public Schools via DonorsChoose.org. The whole event is free, open to the public. WXDU will be live-streaming the whole event with our good friend Jonas Blank of NYCTaper behind the mixing board. 

Saturday, April 18
3–6 p.m.
Chaz’s Bull City Records
2600 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC
Rain or shine

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (4/12) 6:00-8:00

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for the latest installment of Jukebox Graduates, the program produced by students in the Githens Middle School's Bruce Springsteen fan club. Each month, the kids share stories and songs spanning the Boss's career.

Goodnight Gracie, the show that revisits the Golden Age of Radio, is next at 7:00. Tonight’s program features a 1940s-style battle of the sexes through the eyes of the characters of two popular working-class comedies of the era: Fibber McGee and Molly and The Life of Riley. First on tonight's program, in a December 8, 1942, episode titled "Women are Taking Over," we join Jim and Marian Jordan, the husband and wife vaudeville duo-turned radio team better known as Fibber McGee and Molly, as Fibber is upset by the wartime influx of women into the workplace. Then we'll meet Chester A. Riley, played by William Bendix, who tries to prove women are--and should be--inferior to men in a January 1, 1948, episode of The Life of Riley called “Equal Rights."

 

Web Stream Upgrades

We've put some effort into improving our web streams recently, and now that the work is pretty much done, I thought I'd do a quick writeup.

First off, it's worth pointing out that for the past little while, we've actually had four streams for you to choose from. They're all linked from the Internet Streams page, which you can also reach from the "Other" link in the upper-right-corner of every page.

In addition to the 128k MP3 stream that is at the main Listen Now link (and playable via the mini-player on the homepage), we have three other varieties for you to choose from:

 

Pass Giveaways This Week for Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival

Listen to WXDU April 6 - 10 for the chance to win day-passes to the Spring 2015 Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance. The festival will be held April 16-19 in Pittsboro, NC. Featured bands include: The Wood Brothers, AJ Ghent, Willie Watson, The London Souls, Bombadil, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and The Honeycutters. There will be great food, craft vendors, kids’ activities, camping and workshops. For tickets and more info: shakorihillsgrassroots.org.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (4/5) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Spend your Easter evening with WXDU!

Tune in at 6:00 for the Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science news and interview program.

Then join WXDU News at 6:30 for a look at the growth of evangelicalism in Guatemala, a nation with a centuries-long tradition of Catholicism. In the "Soul of Guatemala," producer Jesse Dukes explores how this South American country has become Latin America's Evangelical Frontier.

WXDU Sports is up next at 7:00. Tonight's show will feature a recap of the Duke women's basketball team's road to the Sweet Sixteen and an update on the men's team's Final Four play.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (3/29) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for Hip Hop Historics with DJ Goatt, a show that tracks the careers of some of hip hop's biggest players. Each month, DJ Goat tours a different artist's catalog to explore how they influenced and responded to cultural movements. Tonight's program features Black Star, a duo that came out of the hip hop underground to impact the genre's current atmosphere.

Then at 7:00, join us for a conversation on what Islam is--and is not. WXDU's Helen Yu will speak with Rasheed Barbee, Imam of Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah in Durham, about understanding this religion and its perceived association with terrorism. Imam Barbee is an active speaker on the teachings of the Quran and Islam's opposition to terrorism.

 

Ticket Giveaway for Sagan Youth performance at Morehead Planetarium

WXDU will offer a ticket giveaway this week to the Sagan Youth performance. On April 2, Sagan Youth will perform their upcoming science-fiction concept album Cela at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (3/22) 6:00-8:00

Friday was the first day of spring, and as life begins to resurface, we join With Good Reason tonight at 6:00 for a look at some of the issues facing two living things--Monarch butterflies and birds. In "The Monarch Massacre," host Sarah McConnell explores the dwindling number of this butterfly "king" due to threats to its main food source. She'll also talk to an author who examines how bird songs are changing in urban environments. This episode also covers young volcanoes along eastern North America, the use of oysters as living reefs and how radar helps to track songbird migration.

Then at 7:00, tune in for an island-themed BackStory with the American History Guys episode titled "Island Hopping." This program explores teaching the history of the Hawaiian islands, the Puerto Rican fight for independence, Mormon followers who settled on Michigan's Beaver Island and the stories of Asian immigrants held on San Francisco's Angel Island. Finally, the Guys answer one of life's most pressing questions: why is that orange salad topping called Thousand Island dressing?

 

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (3/15) 6:00-8:00

Check out the latest in science news on the Endless Frontier at 6:00.

Then at 6:30, WXDU News will feature an episode of DW's Living Planet series called "Africa at Risk." This report examines ecological issues jeopardizing Africa's population and economy, including how climate change affects the continent despite its relatively low contribution of greenhouse gases, one engineer's response to power disruptions in South Africa, the impact of the water shortage in Kenya and threats to a species of tree that plays an integral role in medicine.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (3/8) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for Jukebox Graduates, the show produced by students in the Githens Middle School Bruce Springsteen fan club.

Then revisit the Golden Age of Radio at 7:00 with Goodnight Gracie. Tonight’s show highlights two 1950s programs that explore unknown frontiers, albeit in different times: Have Gun - Will Travel shares the exploits of Paladin, the gentleman gunslinger of the Wild West of 1875, and X Minus One, featuring tales of the future—in “a million could-be years on a thousand may-be worlds.”

The episodes we’ll play tonight have two common themes: deviance from behavioral expectations and the influence of war. “Comanche,” a July 5, 1959, episode of Have Gun - Will Travel tells the story of a man who, after deserting his cavalry unit, regains his sense of duty once he learns of his fellow soldiers’ fate. The story is interspersed with U.S. government propaganda PSAs that promote the importance of democracy and the goodwill efforts made by our servicemen overseas to “understand” foreign customs.