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WXDU, as a member of the Duke University Union, exists to inform, educate, and entertain both the students of Duke University and the surrounding community of Durham through quality progressive alternative radio programming. WXDU seeks to give its staff the freedom to pursue their personal aesthetic within the framework of a cohesive format. WXDU aims to provide the listener with an alternative viewpoint untainted by commercial interests. WXDU resolves to maintain good relations with the music industry without compromising its integrity and nationally recognized commitment to quality programming. WXDU resolves to remain a laboratory where all members are free to make and learn from their mistakes.
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WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (4/26) 6:00-8:00

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.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (4/19) 6:00-8:00

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for the latest episode of the Endless Frontier, WXDU's science news and interview program.

Then at 6:30, WXDU News reports on the noose that was hung from a tree on campus on April 1. Tonight's show will examine the historical significance and modern meaning of the noose symbol, reactions of the Duke student body and the response of the University administration.

Next at 7:00, WXDU Sports looks forward to next season for Duke's men's and women's basketball teams, plus news from Duke's men's and women's Lacrosse and men's and women's Track and Field squads. Then stay tuned for the conclusion of the Hyzdu Diaries, the audio chronicle of former Major Leaguer Adam Hyzdu's quest for a starting spot in the big leagues.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (4/12) 6:00-8:00

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for the latest installment of Jukebox Graduates, the program produced by students in the Githens Middle School's Bruce Springsteen fan club. Each month, the kids share stories and songs spanning the Boss's career.

Goodnight Gracie, the show that revisits the Golden Age of Radio, is next at 7:00. Tonight’s program features a 1940s-style battle of the sexes through the eyes of the characters of two popular working-class comedies of the era: Fibber McGee and Molly and The Life of Riley. First on tonight's program, in a December 8, 1942, episode titled "Women are Taking Over," we join Jim and Marian Jordan, the husband and wife vaudeville duo-turned radio team better known as Fibber McGee and Molly, as Fibber is upset by the wartime influx of women into the workplace. Then we'll meet Chester A. Riley, played by William Bendix, who tries to prove women are--and should be--inferior to men in a January 1, 1948, episode of The Life of Riley called “Equal Rights."

 

Web Stream Upgrades

We've put some effort into improving our web streams recently, and now that the work is pretty much done, I thought I'd do a quick writeup.

First off, it's worth pointing out that for the past little while, we've actually had four streams for you to choose from. They're all linked from the Internet Streams page, which you can also reach from the "Other" link in the upper-right-corner of every page.

In addition to the 128k MP3 stream that is at the main Listen Now link (and playable via the mini-player on the homepage), we have three other varieties for you to choose from:

 

Pass Giveaways This Week for Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival

Listen to WXDU April 6 - 10 for the chance to win day-passes to the Spring 2015 Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance. The festival will be held April 16-19 in Pittsboro, NC. Featured bands include: The Wood Brothers, AJ Ghent, Willie Watson, The London Souls, Bombadil, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and The Honeycutters. There will be great food, craft vendors, kids’ activities, camping and workshops. For tickets and more info: shakorihillsgrassroots.org.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (4/5) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Spend your Easter evening with WXDU!

Tune in at 6:00 for the Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science news and interview program.

Then join WXDU News at 6:30 for a look at the growth of evangelicalism in Guatemala, a nation with a centuries-long tradition of Catholicism. In the "Soul of Guatemala," producer Jesse Dukes explores how this South American country has become Latin America's Evangelical Frontier.

WXDU Sports is up next at 7:00. Tonight's show will feature a recap of the Duke women's basketball team's road to the Sweet Sixteen and an update on the men's team's Final Four play.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday (3/29) 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tune in at 6:00 tonight for Hip Hop Historics with DJ Goatt, a show that tracks the careers of some of hip hop's biggest players. Each month, DJ Goat tours a different artist's catalog to explore how they influenced and responded to cultural movements. Tonight's program features Black Star, a duo that came out of the hip hop underground to impact the genre's current atmosphere.

Then at 7:00, join us for a conversation on what Islam is--and is not. WXDU's Helen Yu will speak with Rasheed Barbee, Imam of Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah in Durham, about understanding this religion and its perceived association with terrorism. Imam Barbee is an active speaker on the teachings of the Quran and Islam's opposition to terrorism.

 

Ticket Giveaway for Sagan Youth performance at Morehead Planetarium

WXDU will offer a ticket giveaway this week to the Sagan Youth performance. On April 2, Sagan Youth will perform their upcoming science-fiction concept album Cela at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (3/22) 6:00-8:00

Friday was the first day of spring, and as life begins to resurface, we join With Good Reason tonight at 6:00 for a look at some of the issues facing two living things--Monarch butterflies and birds. In "The Monarch Massacre," host Sarah McConnell explores the dwindling number of this butterfly "king" due to threats to its main food source. She'll also talk to an author who examines how bird songs are changing in urban environments. This episode also covers young volcanoes along eastern North America, the use of oysters as living reefs and how radar helps to track songbird migration.

Then at 7:00, tune in for an island-themed BackStory with the American History Guys episode titled "Island Hopping." This program explores teaching the history of the Hawaiian islands, the Puerto Rican fight for independence, Mormon followers who settled on Michigan's Beaver Island and the stories of Asian immigrants held on San Francisco's Angel Island. Finally, the Guys answer one of life's most pressing questions: why is that orange salad topping called Thousand Island dressing?

 

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (3/15) 6:00-8:00

Check out the latest in science news on the Endless Frontier at 6:00.

Then at 6:30, WXDU News will feature an episode of DW's Living Planet series called "Africa at Risk." This report examines ecological issues jeopardizing Africa's population and economy, including how climate change affects the continent despite its relatively low contribution of greenhouse gases, one engineer's response to power disruptions in South Africa, the impact of the water shortage in Kenya and threats to a species of tree that plays an integral role in medicine.