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Handsome Family Special on Close Up The Honky Tonks! 11/7/15: 12-2 pm EDT

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!

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (11/1) 6:00-8:00

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for this week's episode of The Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science news and discussion program.

Then at 6:30, catch BackStory with the American History Guys for a post-Halloween profile of our supernatural history in "American Spirit: A History of the Supernatural." In this episode, the guys take a look at how belief in ghosts, witches and spirits shaped our nation's past, including the origins of early colonists' fear of witches, the 19th-century progressive social reform's link to spiritualism and the role technology has played in supernatural discussion.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (10/25) 6:00-8:00

Tune in for Hip Hop Historics at 6:00 tonight. On this month's show, DJ Goatt takes a look at the alternative side of hip hop as he tracks the career and impact of the West Coast duo Blackalicious.

Then at 7:00, catch up with two local artists on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out. Tonight Savannah welcomes Reese McHenry of the Dirty Little Heaters, who will be talking about her latest solo album, plus the Wigg Report, who's also got a new CD in the works.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (10/18) 6:00-8:00

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for this week's installment of the Endless Frontier, WXDU's original science talk show, for the latest in science news and research developments.

Then at 6:30, Helen Yu learns about the Triangle's refugee community--and the personal identity, citizenship and cultural issues its members face--on Discovering Durham. On this month's show, Helen talks to Lenny, a 23-year-old refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who, after living in a refugee camp in Rwanda for 17 years, relocated to the U.S. in 2014. Lenny is an engineering student at Durham Technical Community College who hopes to one day put the skills he learns to good use in his home country. Helen is also joined by Kelly, an immigration counselor with the Church World Service RDU Immigration and Refugee Program in Durham, to discuss the program's mission, services and impact.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (10/11) 6:00-8:00

Get the stories behind the international headlines starting at 6:00 tonight with Deutsche Welle's WorldLink. This week's episode, titled "Preparing for Battle," profiles Ukraine's "Right Sector," the anti-Russian  right-wing militia, in the nation's ongoing violent civil war; the role of social media in recruiting Palestinian youths to carry out attacks in Israel; an artist working to help refugee children to cope with trauma; the former Chilean president's reflection on the 2010 Copiapó mining accident; a Thai journalist who was detained for speaking out against the junta; and the reaction of some sex workers and their advocates to the Department of Homeland Security's recent shutdown of a popular escort advertisement website.

Then at 7:00: In recent decades, the observance of Columbus Day has largely transformed from a day off of work and school to an excuse for yet another mattress sale. But the holiday also sparks a sometimes contentious debate about whether Americans should continue to celebrate Christopher Columbus. In a 2014 episode called "1492:Columbus in American Memory," the hosts of BackStory with the American History Guys explore portrayals of Columbus in a shifting American imagination and how the narrative has changed the scope of our veneration--and resentment--of the explorer.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (10/4) 6:00-8:00

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for this week's installment of the Endless Frontier, WXDU's original science talk show, for the latest in science news and research developments.

Then at 6:30: With the new school year underway, in an episode titled "Summer Melt and Z Degree," With Good Reason explores programs that work to tackle barriers to college education. First on the show, Host Sarah McConnell learns about an effort by one community college to prepare Latino high school students for higher education. She also talks to an expert who offers solutions to the problems that cause "summer melt"--when college-bound high school grads don't show up for college in the fall--and an innovated community college degree program that doesn't require students to rack up hefty textbook bills.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (9/27) 6:00-8:00

Tune in at 6:00 tonight as Hip Hop Historics returns to the airwaves. Tonight, DJ Goatt has a look at the genre's most sampled rock tracks with an episode of KSLU's Rock School.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (9/20) 6:00-8:00

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for this week's edition of the Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science show, for the latest in science news and developments.

Then at 6:30, the students in the Githens Middle School Bruce Springsteen fan club hit the airwaves with Jukebox Graduates. Listen as the kids share the stories behind the classics from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, along with live cuts, cover versions and outtakes from the rock legend.

WXDU Sports closes things up tonight at 7:30. On this week's show, Martin Kang has a recap of today's soccer matchup between the Duke women and Florida State, who were last year’s national champions, plus a summary of the Blue Devils' performance over the last two weeks. Martin will also share an analysis of Duke's tough football loss to Northwestern yesterday, with postgame comments from Coach Cutcliffe and some of the players, as well as a report on last weekend's home-opening victory against NC Central. Finally, Martin's got an update on Duke field hockey and a look at the newly released Duke women's basketball schedule for the 2015-2016 season.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (9/13) 6:00-8:00

First at 6:00 tonight, as Americans commemorate the 14th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, we join BackStory with the American History Guys for a discussion of the history of terrorism in America. From anarchist attacks on capitalist targets to the violence of the Jim Crow South to modern wartime tactics, the Guys explore how we define terrorism and how groups--and even nations--use this method of intimidation in "Fear Tactics: A History of Domestic Terrorism."

Then at 7:00, we turn to Deutsche Welle's WorldLink series for a look at the people behind international news stories. This week's show covers Arab states' response to the Syrian refugee crisis, a young refugee teen known as the "Syrian Malala," skateboarding's role in the education of Afghan youth, changing attitudes about the hijab in Egypt and a Palestinian microbrewery, plus a profile of Jean Darling, one of the last surviving silent film stars, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 93.

 

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

The Endless Frontier is up first on tonight's schedule at 6:00. Tune in to learn about the latest studies that examine the role gene changes play in the evolution of species.

Then at 6:30, as Americans head to the backyard this weekend for the last barbecue of the summer, we'll join BackStory with the American History Guys for a look at the history of meat, on "Rare History Well Done: Meat in America." In this episode, the Guys explore the roots of the manly practice of backyard grilling, how meat became central to the American diet, the impact of technology and legislation on the modern meat industry and why it's never okay to put ketchup on a hot dog.