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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.

 

Anthony Braxton feature on Polyphonic Perversity

I don't know when Anthony Braxton might've thrown down in North Carolina before, but he's coming to Duke Performances on February 27, so I believe I'll do a couple of programs highlighting a sampling of his and his collaborators' musical contributions to the Earth.

The first will be Sunday, February 8th, noon to 2:00 pm. I'll focus on the earlier stuff, going up to maybe the mid-70's. Highlights will probably include his first solo saxophone record (the first solo sax LP by anyone ever), his collaborations with George Lewis, his creative orchestra music, the first album he ever appeared on (under the leadership of Muhal Richard Abrams), and suchlike things.

Then, two weeks later (Feb 22), same bat-time, I imagine I'll get more into his free improv collaborations of the 70's and 80's with such folks as Derek Bailey, Max Roach, Evan Parker, John Zorn, etc. Also, his large ensemble and smaller group recordings with some of his students and current collaborators like the Iridium box set. Maybe I'll sneak in something from his collection of Monk numbers. And then there's the Wolf Eyes imbroglio.

 

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.

 

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