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With Turkey (or Tofurky, for us vegans) Day just around the corner, we've got a Thanksgiving-themed smorgasbord of programming for you tonight on WXDU, with a look at the treaty between the Wampanoag Confederacy and British settlers, Native American indigenous foods, and a more recent Thanksgiving tradition: football.
Up first at 6:00: Every school child learns about the first Thanksgiving around this time of year, but the lesson usually includes depictions of Pilgrims and Native Americans feasting on turkey and other local foods as they cemented their new friendly bond, followed, of course, by a handprint-Turkey-making session. But the first Thanksgiving wasn't that simple, and neither was the treaty entered into by Massasoit, the leader of the Wampanoag Confederacy, and early British colonists in the 1600s. Although the treaty began a 40-year period of peace between the two groups, there's more to the story. In this episode of Peace Talks Radio called Massasoit's Peace Pact with the Pilgrims, we'll learn more from Native American scholars on what really happened, and what it meant.
Up first tonight at 6:00 is The Endless Frontier, WXDU's science show. On tonight's episode, the hosts take a look at interdisciplinary research in the sciences. They'll explore the application of chemistry and mathematics in biology and speak with Dr. Amanda Hargrove, a Duke University Biochemistry faculty member and Victoria Deneke, a graduate student studying cell and molecular biology.
Then at 6:30: The spread of Ebola outside of Africa means that the disease has become the topic of international discussion. In Plague After War, With Good Reason's Sarah McConnell discusses what Ebola means for the future of Africa and how disease spreads in impoverished nations. Later in the show, McConnell explores the development of public relations in the 20th Century.
WXDU News is next at 7:00. On tonight's show, we'll look at the issue of gender bias on Wikipedia and how one group is trying to correct the problem. And you are probably aware of the use of drones in government and commercial operations, but many artists are joining the conversation as they incorporate the technology into their work. Artists often use utilitarian items like drones in their artwork, but we'll share how one California artist uses trashcan mosaics to help his commnity. Finally on tonight's program, we'll have the week's weather.
Up first tonight at 6:00, we have the latest edition of Jukebox Graduates, a Bruce Springsteen-themed show produced by students at Githens Middle School in Durham. Tonight Laura and Anna join us to share Springsteen's music along with trivia, anecdotes, and background information.
Up next at 7:00: Tuesday is Veterans Day, and this hour we'll hear the stories of four different veterans on the Moth Radio Hour. In Veterans Day Special 2014, the producers talk to a marine struggling to adapt after serving in the Middle East, a 97-year-old WASP veteran who trained male pilots in World War II, a father dealing with leaving his children for deployment, and a veteran of the segregated 93rd Infantry Division in the South Pacific. Please be aware that the first portion of this program contains graphic descriptions of combat that may not be suitable for younger listeners.
First at 6:00 tonight is the latest edition of The Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science show. On tonight's program, the hosts have a spooky show planned with a special post-Halloween-themed science news discussion. They'll talk about weird biology, including viruses that affect human cognition, zombie ants, and eyeless fish.
Then at 6:30: With Election Day coming up, we'll join BackStory with the American History Guys for a look at the history of elections in the United States. This episode, called Pulling the Curtain: Voting in America, which aired around the time of the 2012 presidential election, explores voter fraud in the Gilded Age, voting rights of non-citizens, and the "Southern Advantage" of the Electoral College.
And WXDU Sports is next at 7:30. On tonight's show, we'll air a documentary from Making Contact titled Concussions: Your Brain or the Game? that examines concussions in sports. The recent brain injury lawsuits by NFL players and growing scientific information about brain health has brought concussions in sports into the public discourse. This episode explores the growing focus on concussions in England's rugby players.
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.
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.
Suckfest, a two-day Greensboro, NC music festival, will be held at The Blind Tiger, November 7-8. Be sure to listen to WXDU this week for your chance to win tickets.
Bands for the Friday, Nov. 7 show include: Dope Body, Designer, Junior Astronomers, Roomrunner, Whatever Brains, Dumpster, Flesh Wounds, Wymyns Prysyn, Space Bear, Teen Death, Fever Dream and Black Santa.
Saturday, Nov. 8 bands are: Cop Problem, Priapus, Lesser Life, Born Hollow, Holder's Scar, Distrust, Yautja, Irata, Empire, Hawks, Gut Feeling, Rulebreaker, Future Primitive, Damn Frank and Totally Slow.
WXDU is proud to cosponsor an early voting rally at The Pinhook next Sunday, October 26, at 2:00 p.m.
The show will be FREE, and features a ton of great local bands, including PIPE, Shirlette Ammons, Daniel Bachman, Hammer No More The Fingers, Some Army, Midnight Plus One, and SOON, plus DJ Direwolf spinning between bands.
The main downtown early voting site in Durham is just a couple of blocks away, and there will be marches to the polls during the event.
The show is cosponsored by WXDU, The Pinhook, and Democracy NC, and it will be FREE to everyone. PLUS, if you can't attend in person, the entire show will be simulcast on WXDU 88.7 FM or here at wxdu.org, from 2pm til 7pm.
We hope you'll come out, and we hope you'll VOTE EARLY with us!
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.