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WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (8/30) 6:00-8:00

First at 6:00 tonight, we'll hear about fire's impact on the American past and present on "Where There's Smoke: A History of Fire," from BackStory with the American History Guys. On this episode, the Guys discuss the origins of the firefighting profession, how San Francisco's Chinatown survived the fires following the 1906 Earthquake, fire's continuing role in today's technologically advanced world and the importance of scientific training in arson investigation.

Then at 7:00, With Good Reason takes a look at race relations in America. In "Stars For Freedom," Host Sarah McConnell learns about black entertainers' contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and a conference that explores African American responses to the film Birth of a Nation. Plus, McConnell shares a 2004 interview with civil rights leader Julian Bond, who passed away earlier this month.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (8/23) 6:00-8:00

Next Saturday, August 29, is the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in Louisiana. During the 6:00 hour tonight, we'll learn about the impact of the storm on the population of the Gulf States.

WWNO, New Orleans Public Radio, explores the consequences of Katrina in its series Katrina: The Debris. At 6:00 tonight, we'll hear "Houston," an episode in this series that travels west along the Gulf Coast to learn how Katrina evacuees from New Orleans changed this Texas city.

Next at 6:30, in "Changing Communities, Imminent Threats: Katrina's Legacy," Making Contact examines how an influx of migrant post-Katrina reconstruction workers led to a shift in the racial demographics of and immigration activism in New Orleans.

Finally at 7:00 tonight, tune in for the annual Hopscotch Music Festival preview show on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out. Savannah will have a sneak peak at the festival, which happens September 10, 11 and 12 in Raleigh, including interviews with organizers and music from just a few of the dozens of artists on this year's lineup.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (8/16) 6:00-8:00

The Endless Frontier, the show that covers the latest in science news, is up first at 6:00 tonight.

Then at 6:30, Adrienne Harreveld profiles six Hillside High School theater students who began a slam poetry group, called Year of the Crowned, to address issues in their community and deal with the anxieties they create. The students perform some of their pieces and talk about their motivation to use this project as an uplifting way to inspire change.

WXDU Sports is next at 7:30. Martin Kang will have a recap of the Duke women's Saturday exhibition soccer match against Clemson, plus comments from Azura Stevens, the Duke player who won the gold medal with the U.S. national women's basketball team at this summer's FIBA U19 World Championships. Martin will also cover Duke Football news, including preseason coach and player comments, and share the latest in Duke field hockey, volleyball and men's soccer news.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (8/9) 6:00-8:00

The members of the Githens Middle School Bruce Springsteen fan club will be in the 'XDU studios at 6:00 for this month's installment of Jukebox Graduates. On tonight's show, the kids pay tribute to Bob Dylan with a playlist that features some of Springsteen's Dylan covers.

Then at 7:00: As the world marks the anniversaries of the atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki on this date 70 years ago and on Hiroshima three days earlier, we join Peace Talks Radio for a discussion of World War II. First on the program, host Paul Ingles speaks with Soh Horie, a Japanese man who survived the attack on Hiroshima as a five year old boy, about his experience. Then Ingles shares a portion of a late-1990s talk by Miep Gies, who helped hide Anne Frank and her family during the war. Finally, Ingles talks to Jamie Drummond, co-founder of the advocacy organization ONE, about foreign aid policies and public perceptions.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (8/2) 6:00-8:00

The Endless Frontier, WXDU's science news show, is up first at 6:00 tonight. This week's program explores some of the latest aging and longevity research.

Next at 6:30, we'll join With Good Reason for an episode that shares the stories of the families who were evicted from their homes during the building of Shenandoah National Park. Also in this program, host Sarah McConnell learns more about the controversies surrounding Revolutionary War pensions, how baby boomers are impacting the funeral industry, one documentarian's efforts to challenge ageist stereotypes and the effects of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) on older adults and their families.

WXDU Sports is next on the schedule at 7:30. Tonight, Martin Kang has a look at Duke's upcoming 2015-2016 season, including swimming and diving and track and field schedules, volleyball news and coaching staff changes for the women's soccer and softball teams. He'll also play the conclusion to Lauren Schiller's interview with Brandi Chastain from the Inflection Point episode he began during the last sports show.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (7/26) 6:00-8:00

Up first tonight at 6:00, we join Peace Talks Radio for a discussion about policing in America Host Paul Ingles talks to several stakeholders in the issue--including police officers, city government officials, community leaders and criminologists--about their ideas to create a peaceful relationships between police and the communities they serve.

Then at 7:00, BackStory with the American History Guys examines the history of reconciliation. As the U.S. becomes seemingly more friendly with Iran and Cuba, the Guys look at how Americans have historically “made up” after conflicts including the Revolutionary War, the American Civil War and the Cold War.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (7/19) 6:00-8:00

Get the latest in science news with the Endless Frontier first at 6:00 tonight.

I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out is on the schedule next at 6:30. Tonight, Savannah has Jessica Caesar in studio to talk about her solo album, and she'll bring Duncan Webster along, too.

Then stay tuned for WXDU Sports at 7:30. On tonight's show, Martin talks Duke sports: he'll share which members of Duke's women's golf team have been named WGCA All-American Scholars and the Duke track and field athletes that made the USTFCCCA All-Academic list, plus how Duke ranked in terms of student-athlete honor roll selections among ACC schools and the latest in Duke football news. Finally, he'll share a piece from Inflection Point that examines the positive impact of Title IX on women and girls in sports.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (7/12) 6:00-8:00

Check out this month's installment of Jukebox Graduates at 6:00 tonight. Produced by students in a Githens Middle School Bruce Springsteen fan club, this show highlights the work and career of the Boss.

Next at 7:00, we join With Good Reason for a conversation about German behavior before, during and after World War II. This episode, titled "The Doctors of Nazi Germany," begins with a description of the brutal actions of Nazi doctors during the war. Host Sarah McConnell also speaks with experts to learn more about American efforts to "de-Nazify" German prisoners of war, the ongoing struggles associated with integrating the East and West after the fall of the Berlin Wall and how German colonization in Africa contributed to the anti-Semitism and racism that fueled the Nazi regime.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (7/5) 6:00-8:00

Close out your holiday weekend with WXDU!

We get started tonight at 6:00 with the latest installment of the Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science news program hosted and produced by Duke University graduate students.

Then at 6:30, learn more about the origins of the Fourth of July with BackStory with the American History Guys. In "Independence Daze: A History of July Fourth," Peter, Brian and Ed take a look at this annual celebration of patriotism. The guys explore the original intent of the holiday and how it's changed over the years, as well as its impact on enslaved people and their decendants.

Finally, Martin Kang has WXDU Sports at 7:30. On tonight's show, Martin covers off-season sports, including Duke players in the NBA draft, non-conference play for Duke's men's and women's basketball teams, Duke's final rankings in the 2015 Director's Cup standings and which Duke student-athletes received All-ACC or CSCAA Scholar All-Academic honors this year. Then he'll play the conclusion to "Tamales for the Derby," a piece produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance that shares the stories of the immigrant workers behind the scenes at some of the most famous horse races.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (6/28) 6:00-8:00

June is LGBT Pride Month, and with the Supreme Court's landmark gay marriage ruling closing out the month, we turn to Philosophy Talk to explore the scientific, religious and philosophical roots of LGBT discourse in America first at 6:00 tonight. Titled "Gay Pride and Prejudice," this episode of Philosophy Talk examines the bases of arguments for gay rights as well as the "moral panic" that fuels opposition to the movement. Hosts John and Ken also address questions from their live audience with guest Gilbert Herdt, cultural and psychological anthropologist and editor of Moral Panics, Sex Panics: Fear and the Fight over Sexual Rights.

Then stay tuned for I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out at 7:00. On tonight's show, Sarah and Maria of Raleigh-based See Gulls join Savannah in the WXDU studios to discuss the band's upcoming EP, which will be featured at a release party next month at King's.