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WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 11/16 from 6:00-8:00

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.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (11/9) 6:00-8:00

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.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 11/2 from 6:00-8:00

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.