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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.

 

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.

 

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

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for the Endless Frontier. Tonight's show explores new research that suggests that biological sex exists on a spectrum rather than as a set of binary options. Then we'll take a look at DNA's ability to store information and the structural similarities between the brain regions responsible for movement coordination in humans and lampreys.

At 6:30, WXDU News has an episode of Spectrum, Deutsche Welle's news magazine program, called "the Good and the Bad." DW's reporters examine the impacts of India's recent swine flu outbreak and how declining Ebola infection rates hamper vaccine development. This episode also delves into the effort to create a safer Internet, the move to get kids more involved with computer programming in Europe and music's growing medical application in Australia.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (2/22) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for Hip Hop Historics, a show that tracks the careers of some of hip hop's biggest players as they responded to and impacted social and cultural movements. Tonight, DJ Goatt takes a look at how Run DMC took the leap into the mainstream.

Next at 7:00, I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out welcomes Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan to the studio to talk about their upcoming album, titled Half Finished Bobcat. The group will play a show with Pipe, Whatever Brains and Whorecough to celebrate the CD release on March 6 at Nightlight in Chapel Hill.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (2/15) 6:00-8:00

The Endless Frontier is first at 6:00 tonight. On tonight's show, learn more about a study from UNC that challenges long-held beliefs about how bubonic plague is transmitted. Plus, we'll discuss an African species of fish that offers a new model system for studying aging and experiements with mice that reveal new genetic interactions that help determine sex.

The news is next at 6:30. For tonight's show, we join Deutsche Welle for "Magic Moments," an episode of its Spectrum series. This program starts with a look at what scientists expect to learn from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which has finally reached Pluto. Later in the show, we'll hear more about the effort to establish a high-speed broadband network in rural India and a new filtration system that might save millions of people in Bangladesh from poisoning by high levels of arsenic in well water. Finally, the program shares one organization's goal to increase awareness of statues by making them talk and a New Zealand company's new product that brings science fiction to life--the personal jetpack.

 

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

Jukebox Graduates is up first at 6:00 tonight. Tune in as middle school students in this Bruce Springsteen fan club explore the music and career of the Boss.

Then at 7:00: It's the debut of Goodnight Gracie, where we revisit the Golden Age of Radio. On tonight’s show, we’ll pay tribute to Jack Benny—one of the greats of old-time radio—who would have celebrated his 39th birthday on February 14 (for the 83rd time). Up first: An episode of Maxwell House Coffee Time with George Burns and Gracie Allen called “How Jack Benny Became Cheap” that aired on March 31, 1949. The episode reveals that George and Gracie are responsible for their friend’s transformation from “Generous Jack” to the penny-pincher we know and love. We continue our tribute to Jack Benny with an episode of his own show on the Jell-O Program. “Jack’s Birthday” aired on the star’s 43rd birthday: February 14, 1937. This episode features Jack’s regular cast—Mary Livingstone, announcer Don Wilson, orchestra leader Phil Harris and singer Kenny Baker—plus a guest appearance of “the Old Maestro,” Ben Bernie, and a “tribute” to Jack’s nemesis, Fred Allen.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (2/1) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Endless Frontier airs tonight at 6:00. On tonight’s show, the hosts will take a look at gender and academia. They’ll discuss a recent study that shows an inverse correlation between the level of genius perceived as a requirement for success in an academic field and the number of women who work in that field. They’ll also cover a new rabies virus treatment.

WXDU News is next at 6:30. On tonight’s show:

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (1/25) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Up first on tonight's schedule at 6:00, we've got Hip Hop Historics with Goatt. DJ Goatt takes a look at hip hop through the collaborations and influences that made it possible and how artists influenced--and were influenced by--social movements. Tonight, he will take us through the career, music and impact of A Tribe Called Quest, an act that cracked open the genre.

I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out is next at 7:00. Tonight's guest is Louis Landry, multi-instrumentalist, solo artist and drummer for Curtis Eller's American Circus. He'll be talking about his career and his latest project, a concept album called JJ vs. the Digital Whale.