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WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (1/18) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

We start tonight's programming with The Endless Frontier at 6:00 and an interview Rich Schneider, a professor in the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Schneider will discuss his research on the craniofacial development of birds and the connection between evolutionary biology and medicine. He'll also explain the open access movement, an effort to make published academic research available to the general public, and what he's doing to help that happen.

Next at 6:30, we'll join With Good Reason for a conversation about something most of us never see: true darkness. Host Sarah McConnell talks to an author whose book examines the impact of the loss of nighttime darkness and learns about how people dealt with darkness throughout history. Later in the show, titled Let There Be Night, McConnell has a look at how social situations affect IQ and the history of the classical guitar.

 

INTERESTED IN WORKING AT WXDU?

all who are interested in becoming a deejay at WXDU in either music or non-music programming are invited to our semesterly new dj information session/interest meeting !

the meeting will be held tomorrow night (jan. 14) at the duke coffeehouse at 7 p.m.

you can find the duke coffeehouse on duke's east campus. turn onto trinity ave from buchanan rd and follow the parking lots to the crowell building. you will ascend at metal staircase to the coffehouse. it is above student health

there will be pizza from lilly's pizza for dinner. vegan pizza will be served !

NO PRIOR RADIO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. POSITIONS ARE OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE DURHAM AND DUKE COMMUNITIES

more information can be found at the facebook event, which is linked above

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (1/4) 6:00-8:00

The Endless Frontier returns tonight at 6:00 to discuss some of the latest in science news. The hosts will examine a new study that links cancer rates in different tissues and organs to the number of stem cells in those tissues and organs, ethical concerns relating to the human and animal chimeras made during research, and the use of programming languages in scientific research.

Then at 6:30: Many people make New Year's resolutions and take the start of a new year as an opportunity to look to the future. But how did people in the past imagine the future? In an episode titled The Future Then: Visions of a Future Yet to Come, BackStory with the American History Guys explores just how people envisioned the years that lay ahead.

 

Best of 2014 - Individual DJ lists

Happy new year, everyone!
 

WXDU Top 100 Albums & Top 25 Comps/Reissues of 2014

 WXDU Top 100 2014

  1. 59...See Gulls...2 Songs...s/r

  2. 59...Angel Olsen...Burn Your Fire For No Witness...Jagjaguwar

  3. 56...Lee Fields...Emma Jean...Truth & Soul

  4. 55...Ex Hex...Rips...Merge

 

WXDU's Top 65 NC Releases of 2014

Based on airplay by all of our DJs during the 2-month period each album was on playlist. I’m pretty sure I’ve never had the same band back-to-back in the top 5 before.

1 - John Howie Jr & the Rosewood Bluff - Everything Except Goodbye
2 - T0W3RS - TL;DR
3 - See Gulls - 2 Songs
4 - Hiss Golden Messenger - Bad Debt
5 - Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers
6 - Reigning Sound - Shattered
7 - Dex Romweber Duo - Images 13
8 - Solar Halos - Solar Halos
9 - Various - Merge 25th Anniversary Covers EP
10 - Daniel Bachman - Orange County Serenade
11 - Lilac Shadows - No Dark / No Light
12 - Humble Tripe - The Giving
13 - Last Year’s Men - Underwhelmed
14 - Datahata - Spectral Cities
15 - Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba - The Great Peace
16 - Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso
17 - Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha
18 - Silent Lunch - Late to Bloom
19 - Horizontal Hold - This is Not a Living
20 - Logical Sound Discovery - Thrill Seeker
21 - Shipwrecker - III
22 - Wesley Wolfe - Numbskull
23 - The Loudermilks - The Loudermilks
24 - The Tender Fruit - The Darkness Comes
25 - Dan Melchior und das Menace - Hunger
26 - Jenks Miller/JJ Toth - Roads to Ruin
27 - Curtis Eller’s American Circus - How To Make it in Hollywood
28 - Sagan Youth Boys - Annotated Universe
29 - Ezekiel Graves - Chthonic Journey

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (12/28) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Keeping with the retrospective theme of today's Polyphonic Perversity and local music countdowns, we start tonight at 6:00 with the Western Folklife Center's take on the significance and meaning of recognizing the New Year. In an episode called New Year's: A Reflection, a version of which were originally broadcast in 1996, we'll explore the traditions of reflection and renewal in Gaelic and Native American cultures.

Next at 7:00, BackStory with the American History Guys takes a look at charity in this season of giving. In What Gives: Generosity in America, the guys discuss how ideas and practices of philanthropy have evolved in this country over the centuries.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (12/21) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Endless Frontier is taking a holiday break, so we start at 6:00 tonight with a look at the 1914 Christmas Truce, a time during which troops violated military law and held an unofficial truce in order to celebrate Christmas. The truce occurred one hundred years ago, as soldiers in the midst of the First World War longed to be home with loved ones for the holiday. Later in this episode of Humankind, produced in conjunction with WGBH-Boston and titled Humankind Special: The Christmas Truce, the producers share the story of another peace effort during World War I: conscientious objection.

WXDU News is next at 7:00. On tonight’s show:

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (12/14) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

With the holiday season in full swing, we've got two holiday-themed shows on the schedule tonight.

First at 6:00 is this month's edition of Jukebox Graduates, a show produced by the students in Githens Middle School's Bruce Springsteen fan club. On this episode, the kids play Christmas songs from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and a few other artists as they share background information and anecdotes about the Boss's career.

After the Jukebox Graduates at 7:00, we'll air this year's Moth Radio Hour holiday special. This episode, titled Holiday Special 2014: Monkeys, Megachurches, and First Elves, includes the stories of a decorator's challenge dressing the White House for Christmas, a non-profit director's realization that generosity comes in many forms, a Jewish girl's desperate wish to meet Santa, and a 12-year-old boy's wild Christmas with a new pet and a brush with death by hippie.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (12/7) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

First at 6:00 tonight, we have The Endless Frontier, WXDU’s science show. On tonight’s episode, the hosts will discuss the latest in science news and developments. They will have a look at advances in and challenges of genome editing, recent research by a team of Duke University Scientists on a novel way of reducing infection in a fish model for tuberculosis, and Science Magazine’s nominees for the top scientific breakthroughs of 2014.

Then at 6:30: Today is December 7th, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is the 73rd anniversary of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s attack on the U.S. naval base. It is “a date,” as then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously proclaimed, “which will live in infamy.” But as time passes and the number of those still living who experienced this moment in U.S. history steadily declines, does the seventh of December begin to become merely another square on the calendar? In this episode of Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow called Pearl Harbor…Generational Perspectives, we will hear the viewpoints of three different generations: a 92-year-old veteran who was at Pearl Harbor on the day of the attack, a maritime museum director and a undergraduate history student.