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It's time for our annual countdown of the top local releases of the year, as determined by a count of spins by all of our WXDU DJs.
Numbers 68-36 are being counted down Sunday 12/27 from 4-6 p.m, and numbers 35-1 will be counted down on Sunday 1/3, again from 4-6 p.m.
Unfortunately, there isn't enough airtime to count down all 124 releases, so here are the lower 56:
69: Polyorchard: Color Theory in Black and White
70: Lowland Hum: Lowland Hum
71: Patois Counselors: Patois Counselors 7"
72: No Love Dogs//Wolves 7"
73: Bandway: Buddies
74: Elephant Micah: Where in Our Woods
75: Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends: Nobody's Darlin'
76: Lack: Atemporal
77: American Aquarium: Wolves
78: Monologue Bombs: Single
79: Ruscha: 2015 EP
80: 6 String Drag: Roots Rock N Roll
81: Boneslinger: Boneless Cuts
82: Dogs Eyes: 2015 EP
83: Mandolin Orange: Such Jubilee
84: Terrace Heater: Harris Teeter
85: AL Riggs and The Inconveniences: And I You
86: Alpha Cop: Acid Cop
87: Magnolia Collective: Coldest Winter
88: Songs from the Road Band: Traveling Show
89: Tashi Dorji: Appa
90: Villages: Procession Acts
91: Canine Heart: Sounds Live on the Moon
92: Greg Hawks: What Goes Around
93: Weedeater: Goliathan
94: Lost Trail: One Day We'll All Walk Outside and Stare Up at the Blameless Sky and Wait for Something to Happen
95: Malcolm Holcombe: The RCA Sessions
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.
Tune in Sunday 12/20 for an hour with Durham's very own BONDSMEN! Phil Lee and Ken Haywood will join DJ Robby for and interview, and spin a few old 45s from the Bondsmen catalog. And don't forget, they'll be playing a show on 12/27 at Motorco with Thee Dirtybeats!
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.
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.
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.
Join us on November 30th at 8pm for Tom Carter and Daniel Bachman at the Pinhook.
Catch up on the latest in science news at 6:00 with the Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science discussion show.
Then at 7:30, stay tuned for Sports with Martin Kang. On tonight's show, Ike Rofe reports with a wrap-up of the Duke men's final exhibition game, plus their first regular-season game with comments from Coach K. Then Angelo Moreno's got a recap of yesterday's Blue Devils football loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers, including post-game comments from players and Coach Cutcliffe. Next up, Martin's got the latest on first-round NCAA women's soccer tournament action with Duke's 5-0 win over James Madison Friday, along with post-game interviews with players and Coach Robbie Church. Finally, Martin will report on the Duke women's basketball squad after Friday's winning start to regular season play, with post-game comments from the team's last exhibition match-up against Saint Leo from Duke Coach Joanne McCallie and second-season Saint Leo Coach Missy West, a former Blue Devils player who helped the team capture two ACC titles.
Veteran's Day is Wednesday, November 11, and tonight on WXDU, we'll share two programs that profile the experiences of American veterans.
First at 6:00, in "Coming Home: Stories of Veterans Returning from War," State of the Re:Union explores the challenges modern service members experience when they return home from active duty in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Then at 7:00, Rumble Strip Vermont shares the stories of four World War II veterans who were taken as prisoners of war in the Battle of the Bulge in "Prisoners of War, The Battle of the Bulge."
DJ Robby will be hosting "Close Up The Honky Tonks" this Saturday, November 7, starting at noon EDT, featuring 2 hours of the Handsome Family. Robby's had a long history with these guys; he'll be playing a ton of their hits and a few of their misses. Plus a few gems from cassettes Brett sent him many years ago. You'll hear stuff no one outside the band has heard, and maybe some that even the band themselves don't know about. If there's time, he might even spin one or two from Brett's pre-Handsome Family groups (Albuquerque's own Sleep and the Gargantuans), which may or may not feature this very DJ!