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WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 2/28 6:00-8:00 p.m.

We start things off on this last Sunday of Black History Month with an episode from With Good Reason titled "Rock and Roll in Black and White" at 6:00. In this episode, host Sarah McConnell talks to Slate’s pop critic Jack Hamilton about how rock music went from an interracial form of entertainment to one dominated by white artists. Later in the show, we'll learn from Johnny Moore about the shift in importance from baseball to basketball in the black community. This episode also explores the stories of several prominent African American leaders, as profiled in interviews conducted by Phyllis Leffler and the late Julian Bond and in Fatima Massaquoi's autobiography.

Then at 7:00, BackStory with the American History Guys makes its contribution to Oscar Sunday with "Real to Reel 2016: History at the Movies." This episode takes a look at America's past through the Silver Screen. The Guys examine the history behind movies including The Revenant, Bridge of Spies, Trumbo and Inside Out. The hosts also explore the issue of diversity in Hollywood.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 2/21 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Catch the latest in science news first at 6:00 with The Endless Frontier.

Then at 7:00, tune in for WXDU Sports. Martin Kang kicks off this week's show with Duke women's basketball, with recaps and post-game coach and player comments following the squad's recent matches, including their final regular season home game against Georgia Tech and their recent loss to Florida State. Martin's also got injury news updates for the women's team. Up next is Blue Devil men's basketball and a recap of Saturday's loss. Then Finian St. Omer reports on the team's 8th home win over Louisville, and Matt Henry and Miles Burr cover the team's recent victory over Virginia. Martin keeps things going with the most recent Duke men's and women's lacrosse results. Finally, Martin's got Duke football injury updates and news about the academic awards won by Duke student-athletes.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 2/14 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tune in at 6:00 to catch the premier of Off Topic, a program that takes a closer look at entertainment news and issues, produced by students at the Cary Chinese School. On this week's debut episode, the students will examine mistakes made in movies. They'll also cover books and music, and one of the students will end the show with a performance of a piece on a traditional Chinese instrument.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 2/7 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tune in at 6:00 for this week's installment of The Endless Frontier to get the latest in science news and research developments.

Then at 6:30, catch the debut of Life Inside. This Duke student-produced program takes a look at life on the University's campus. On this week's episode, the hosts talk to four "super seniors" about their experiences during their break from campus. We'll learn how their time away impacted their lives and their decisions to return to Duke.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 1/17 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tune in at 6:00 for the latest in science news, research and developments on The Endless Frontier.

Then at 6:30, we join With Good Reason for a conversation with an author who discusses her time growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, in an episode titled "Coming Home to Big Stone Gap." This episode also discovers the Appalachian past through efforts to collect oral histories of the region's old-timers.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 1/3 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Up first at 6:00 is The Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science show. Tonight's episode continues year-end coverage of the top science news of 2015. Tune in for a recap of Nature magazine's 10 most important people in science, as well as a discussion of the improvements to CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, the development named Breakthrough of the Year by Science magazine.

Then at 6:30, With Good Reason profiles the Mexo-Americana band David Wax Museum in an episode titled “Where Did You Come From?” This episode is named after the opening track on Watching the Nighttime Come, an album featuring lullabies by Suz Slezak, one of the members of David Wax Museum. Suz joins Sarah McConnell along with band member David Wax to discuss the challenges they've faced on the road. The episode also explores achieving balance, with an interview with Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin, authors of Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family and Life.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 12/20 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Get the latest in science news and developments on this week's episode of The Endless Frontier first at 6:00 tonight.

Then at 6:30, With Good Reason explores the impact of music in an episode called "Here We Come A Caroling." In this episode, host Sarah McConnell speaks with a music therapist to learn why music is so integral to the holiday season. The pair also discusses an all-female a cappella group that addresses the issues facing young women, the Sephardic Jewish song tradition behind one accordionist's work and the Virginia Military Institute band's quest for the Tournament of the Roses Parade.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 12/13 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Up first tonight at 6:00, Helen Yu profiles the Inside-Outside Alliance on Discovering Durham. The Inside-Outside Alliance is a community organization that advocates for current and former Durham County jail inmates and their families. On this episode, Helen sits down with Cynthia Fox, a member of the Inside-Outside Alliance whose son was previously incarcerated in Durham County, and Steve Lorenze, one of the organization's founders.

Then at 7:00, we join BackStory with the American History Guys for a look at religion in America. On "American Prophets: Religions Born in the U.S.," the Guys examine both the impact and evolving face of this nation's spirituality, from the Pilgrims' immigration to America in search of religious freedom, to the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity, to the effect of the Civil Rights Movement on African American faith.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 12/6 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Catch up on the latest in science news and research with the Endless Frontier first at 6:00.

With Good Reason is up next at 6:30. On this episode, titled "Health in the Heart and Mind," host Sarah McConnell explores the heart-related causes of sudden death in young people, plus how researchers are brain scans to develop personalized treatments for depression.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 11/22 6:00-8:00 p.m.

First at 6:00 tonight, we join Deutsche Welle's Inside Europe for the stories behind the major European headlines. This week's show examines the responses of EU leaders and football fans to the attacks in Paris, the effect of Russia's assessment of the Metro jet crash on international relations, the renewed fears of European Muslims, Syrian refugees' evolving paths of entry into Europe and the modern relevance of the Dayton peace agreement.

Then at 7:00, BackStory with the American History Guys gets us ready for Turkey Day with a look at the holiday's past, in "American as Pumpkin Pie: A History of Thanksgiving." On this episode, the Guys uncover the true origins of the holiday as they discuss the role of Thanksgiving Day football play, compare the modern Thanksgiving feast with the fare the Pilgrims would have eaten, trace the tradition of granding a turkey a presidential pardon, and more.