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Close out your holiday weekend with WXDU!
We get started tonight at 6:00 with the latest installment of the Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science news program hosted and produced by Duke University graduate students.
Then at 6:30, learn more about the origins of the Fourth of July with BackStory with the American History Guys. In "Independence Daze: A History of July Fourth," Peter, Brian and Ed take a look at this annual celebration of patriotism. The guys explore the original intent of the holiday and how it's changed over the years, as well as its impact on enslaved people and their decendants.
Finally, Martin Kang has WXDU Sports at 7:30. On tonight's show, Martin covers off-season sports, including Duke players in the NBA draft, non-conference play for Duke's men's and women's basketball teams, Duke's final rankings in the 2015 Director's Cup standings and which Duke student-athletes received All-ACC or CSCAA Scholar All-Academic honors this year. Then he'll play the conclusion to "Tamales for the Derby," a piece produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance that shares the stories of the immigrant workers behind the scenes at some of the most famous horse races.
June is LGBT Pride Month, and with the Supreme Court's landmark gay marriage ruling closing out the month, we turn to Philosophy Talk to explore the scientific, religious and philosophical roots of LGBT discourse in America first at 6:00 tonight. Titled "Gay Pride and Prejudice," this episode of Philosophy Talk examines the bases of arguments for gay rights as well as the "moral panic" that fuels opposition to the movement. Hosts John and Ken also address questions from their live audience with guest Gilbert Herdt, cultural and psychological anthropologist and editor of Moral Panics, Sex Panics: Fear and the Fight over Sexual Rights.
Then stay tuned for I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out at 7:00. On tonight's show, Sarah and Maria of Raleigh-based See Gulls join Savannah in the WXDU studios to discuss the band's upcoming EP, which will be featured at a release party next month at King's.
Spend your Father's Day evening with WXDU.
Tune in at 6:00 for a discussion of the latest in science research and news on WXDU's own science program, the Endless Frontier.
Then join Deutche Welle's World Link series for a global perspective at 6:30. This week's program, titled "Highs and Lows," explores the stories behind the international headlines, including:
Next at 7:30, Martin Kang has WXDU Sports. On this week's show:
Explore imaginings of the American past with With Good Reason first at 6:00 tonight. In an episode titled "Marking Stories of Slavery," host Sarah McConnell speaks with scholars who study the lives of enslaved people before and during the American Civil War and the myths and romanticized tales that we use to tell their stories today. Later in the show, we'll hear more about Civil War-era fantasies, but from the point of view of those who wrote letters and journals during that period. Plus, McConnell talks to one researcher who is examining how contemporary and modern depictions of Jesse James compare to the reality of this folk hero outlaw.
Then at 7:00, join BackStory with the American History Guys for a look at how Americans through history have gotten rid of their garbage. In "Another Man's Treasure: A History of Trash," the Guys talk about what constitutes "trash" and how we dispose of it--and how that's changed over time. This episode explains the role of urban trash-eating pigs, soda companies' role in modern recycling programs, the anthropologic study of garbage dumps and the legal ramifications of throwing things out.
Tine in at 6:00 for tonight's edition of the Endless Frontier for the latest in science news and developments.
Then Martin Kang hosts WXDU Sports at 7:30. On tonight's show, he'll have details on the Duke student-athletes who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships, which starts June 10, plus season wrap-ups for Duke women's lacrosse and golf. Martin will also share the stories of women's soccer in Morocco and the Zuni runners in the American Southwest who run a 500 mile relay race to commemorate the Pueblo revolt against the Spanish.
Join us this Memorial Day weekend for two programs that highlight veterans' wartime experiences and memories of those who did not return home.
First at 6:00, producer Helen Borten shares the stories of World War II veterans in "The Silent Generation: from Saipan to Tokyo." This documentary features interviews with more than a dozen veterans who reflect on their time in the Pacific during the last year of the war and how being forced to kill--and watch their friends being killed--affected them at war and at home.
Then at 7:00, listen as service members and their families share their perspectives on the impacts of and costs of war through poems, journals and letters. This program is a Hearing Voices Memorial Day special titled "For the Fallen."
Tune in for the latest in science news on the Endless Frontier first at 6:00 tonight.
Up next at 6:30: B.B. King passed away Thursday at the age of 89. Listen as award-winning producer Paul Ingles pays tribute to the blues legend in a one hour program titled "B.B.'s Blues: A B.B. King Appreciation."
Then at 7:30, Martin Kang will be in the studio with WXDU Sports. Tonight's show focuses on Duke lacrosse, as both the men's and women's squads have begun NCAA Tournament play. Martin will have post-game comments from coaches and players after the women's squad won their first trip to the semifinals since 2011 after yesterday's win over Princeton. He'll also share what coaches and players had to say following the men's loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first round.
Check out the latest installment of Jukebox Graduates tonight at 6:00. Listen as the students in this Githens Middle School Bruce Springsteen fan club span the Boss's career with music and anecdotes in their monthly show.
Next at 7:00, stay tuned for Goodnight Gracie, where we revisit the Golden Age of Radio. Tonight’s show takes a sinister turn, following the adventures of The Shadow and The Whistler.We’ll start with a November 28, 1948, episode of The Shadow called “The Wig Makers of Doom Street.” On the air in various forms from 1930 through 1954, the Shadow answered the question, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” each week, assuring listeners that “crime does not pay.” The series shared the story of Lamont Cranston, a man who learned the ability to “cloud men’s minds” and become the Shadow, his invisible alter ego, and Margo Lane, his trusted companion. Later in the program is a similarly ominous radio crime drama, one whose narrator, like the Shadow, possesses omniscient knowledge of the crime world—The Whistler, and a May 25, 1952, episode called “Charming Hostess.” The Whistler taunts the “men and women who have stepped into the shadows,” finding delight when their perfect plans inevitably crumble, just as he knew they would.
Check out the latest in science news with the Endless Frontier first at 6:00 tonight.
Then join WXDU News at 6:30 for an episode of With Good Reason titled "Mr. Turner and the Industrial Revolution." This program discusses J.M.W. Turner, one of the first painters to incorporate images of the Industrial Revolution into his work. Later in the show, we'll learn about the impact of the abolitionist movement on women's suffrage.
Tune in for Hip Hop Historics first at 6:00. On tonight's show, DJ Goatt will have a look at the roots of hip hop, regional style differences within the genre and Tupac Shakur's influence in an episode of With Good Reason titled "Hip Hop, You Don't Stop." This program also explores the use of music therapy as substance abuse treatment for teens and explains one author's mathematical analysis of urban environments.
I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out is next at 7:00. Savannah will have Scotty Sandwich in studio tonight to talk about the upcoming Death to False Hope Fest. The festival, which is in its fifth year, is scheduled next weekend at Motorco. This year's lineup includes more than 30 bands playing on two stages May 1 and 2.