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WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (10/26) 6:00-8:00

Schedule update: We're staying with the party until 7:30. Hip Hop Historics will follow, and The Making of the War of the Worlds Broadcast will be on at 8:00. Stay tuned to WXDU!

The 6:00 hour of tonight's News, Sports, and Information block will feature the last hour of our simulcast of the Know Your Poll party, an event we're cosponsoring with the Pinhook and Democracy North Carolina. Early voting runs through next Saturday, November 1, in North Carolina, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. In North Carolina, you can check your voter registration, find your polling place, and learn where and when to vote early on the NC State Board of Elections website. If you're in another state, check out your state's board of elections site for more voting information.

After the party at 7:00, we've got the debut of Hip Hop Historics with Goatt. DJ Goatt will be exploring some of hip hop's biggest players as he takes a closer look at their impact on the music world and social movements by focusing on the collaborations and events that fuel the genre. Tonight, he focuses on hip hop trio De La Soul.


WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (10/19) 6:00-8:00

We've got a full schedule tonight on WXDU News, Sports, and Information.

First at 6:00, The Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science show, takes a look at transitions. The hosts will discuss academic and career transitions as they interview people in different stages of their scientific careers about their goals and the challenges they face.

Then at 6:30: With election day coming up November 4 and early voting starting Thursday in North Carolina, WXDU is co-sponsoring a free get-out-the-vote rally next Sunday with the Pinhook and Democracy North Carolina. Caitlin Haran will be talking with Reid Johnson, event organizer and member of Schooner and Organos. Know Your Poll happens Sunday, October 26 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Pinhook, with performances inside the venue and on an outside stage on Main Street. The lineup includes PIPE, Shirlette Ammons, Daniel Bachman, Hammer No More the Fingers, Some Army, Midnight Plus One, SOON, and DJ Direwolf.


WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 10/12 from 6:00-8:00

Up first tonight on the News, Sports, and Information block at 6:00, we have the latest edition of Jukebox Graduates, the show produced by students in the Githens Middle School Bruce Springsteen fan club. The kids will share songs from the Boss, along with anecdotes and commentary about the music.

Next at 7:00: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A diagnosis of breast cancer represents the beginning of a journey filled with difficult decisions and anxiety about the outcomes. Dina Howard shares her story in "Dina's Diary: Journey of a Cancer Survivor." In this Capital Public Radio documentary, Dina records her battle with breast cancer for one year, documenting her experience with the disease.


WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 10/5 from 6:00-8:00

First at 6:00 tonight, WXDU's science show, The Endless Frontier, will take a look at a new study on the effects of artifical sweeteners on the microbiome, the bacteria that inhabit the human gut. The hosts will also examine new information about stem cell therapy and regenerative biology.

Next at 6:30, With Good Reason explores the roots of rock 'n' roll, race in imaginings of the South, dialects and education, and "Affrilachian" poetry. Host Sarah McConnell begins with a discussion of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the "Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll." Next, she examines the portrayal of the problem of racism in Brodway plays and how teachers can deal with students who speak in dialects rather than standard English. Finally, McConnell talks about Affrilachian poetry as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Then at 7:30, Lincoln Wensley has WXDU Sports. Lincoln will have a wrap-up of the Duke men's football season so far, as well as analysis of the team's future this fall. He'll have comments from the team before they played last weekend's game against Miami and a recap of that match-up. Lincoln will also talk about what the Blue Devils have in store for next week's contest against Georgia Tech.


WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (9/28) 6:00-8:00

The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last month began a national dialogue on police behavior. At 6:00 tonight, BackStory with the American History Guys takes a look at the history of police in America. The guys talk about how the modern police department began, the historical expectations of policing, the role of race and ethnicity in law enforcement, and what happens when officers fail to protect citizens.

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. At 7:00, Philosophy Talk explores Latin American philosophy. Hosts Jon and Ken discuss the early origins of philosophy in Latin America, how it differs from that of America and Europe, and how modern Latin American philosophy is evolving.




WXDU News, Sports, and Information tonight (9/21) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tonight on WXDU, we've got the latest installment of Jukebox Graduates, Githens Middle School's Bruce Springsteen fan club show. The kids take to the air at 6:00, when they'll be highlighting the best of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Next at 7:00, With Good Reason, in a program called "When America Took to the Air," shares the story of Aviation in America and how World War I fighter jets and stunt pilots led to the development of air mail and commercial flight. Later, they discuss the newest actor to take over the role of Doctor Who, who becomes the 12th Doctor in the show's more than 50-year run.

Then at 7:30, Martin Kang will have WXDU Sports. Martin will report the latest scores and sports news. He will also share a piece produced by Y-Press called "A Girl on the Football Team?!" which profiles one middle school girl who plays on her school's otherwise all-boy football team. Martin will also have a look at women who compete as boxers, in Radio Diaries' documentary "Teen Contender."


WXDU's Hopscotch Review Tonight (9/14) from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tune in tonight as we recap last weekend's Hopscotch Music Festival 2014!

At 6:00, Ben Cox sits down with Daniel Lupton, owner of Sorry State Records and member of Raleigh's No Love, and Mike Wallace of North Carolina-native Drag Sounds. They'll talk about the bands' Hopscotch experiences and how they think the festival interacts with and impacts the Triangle's music scene. Ben will also play music from Hopscotch artists and talk about his own experience at the festival.

Next at 7:00, Zach Lechner has a follow-up to his daily festival report blog posts. Hopscotch offers a unique experience to almost everyone who attends, and Zach will share his experience--along of those of other festivalgoers--and review the performances of just some of the 160 bands that played this year's festival.


WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 9/7 from 6:00-8:00

First at 6:00 tonight: Thursday is the 13th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Three years ago, on the 10th anniversary, WNYC’s Radio Rookies, a Peabody Award-winning youth journalism program, produced a documentary focused on the experiences of young people who were children on that day. In “Radio Rookies - Our 9/11: Growing Up in The Aftermath,” we hear from six of those children, 10 years later, on how September 11 shaped their lives.


WXDU News is at 7:00. Tonight’s stories include:


WXDU is Going to Hopscotch!

Keep up with WXDU DJs this weekend at Hopscotch!

We'll be on social media, so look for us with the hashtags #WXDU and #Hopscotch14.

Our DJs will post about their show recommendations and the bands they're most excited to see right here on our website. Also, look for daily fest recaps!

And you don't want to miss the Day Party we're hosting with Three Lobed Reordings Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at King's. Can't make it to the show? We'll be streaming it live on air, so make sure you tune in!

Then next Sunday (9/14) night, tune in for show reviews and interviews in our Hopscotch wrap-up coverage!


Tonight (8/31) from 6:00-8:00: A Look at the Working Life and Hopscotch Artist Interviews

At 6:00 tonight, we'll join Bending Borders for "24 Hours: A Day in the Working Life." This documentary explores the lives of workers who typically go unnoticed, including a diner waitress, a stripper, a church janitor, and a bus driver, as many of us take a break from work this Labor Day weekend.

Next at 7:00, ahead of the start of the Hopscotch Music Festival next week, Ben Cox talks to two artists on the bill. He sits down with Haley Fohr from Circuit des Yeux, and Jamie Hepler, of Asheville's Nest Egg. Circuit des Yeux will play Friday night at 10:00 at Tir Na Nog, and Nest Egg is scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 at Slim's. Hopscotch runs from Thursday, September 4, through Saturday, September 6 in Raleigh. Find more info and the entire lineup at hopscotchmusicfest.com/

WXDU will have more coverage of Hopscotch leading up to the festival and during the shows, and look for more when we air a Hopscotch wrap-up report after it ends. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

And remember WXDU is hosting a Hopscotch Day Party with Three Lobed Recordings on Friday. Get more details here: www.facebook.com/events/512439632222273/ WXDU is a proud media partner of the Hopscotch Music Festival.