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At 6:00, we'll be talking to Greg Lowenhagan, founder and director of the Hopscotch Music Festival, and Nathan Price, co-director and former day party coordinator. We'll discuss festival details, like the Hopscotch Design Festival, Posterscotch, and the SiteWork art exhibitions, and be playing music from Hopscotch artists. WXDU is a proud Hopscotch media partner, and we're excited to bring you this preview ahead of the festival and our post-show coverage. Learn more at hopscotchmusicfest.com/
And at 7:00, John Davis will be in studio talking about his latest project. John is a solo artist and former member and co-founder of the Folk Implosion. He's moved to the Triangle and is working on a new album produced by Scott Solter. The new album goes in a different direction from his 2013 release Spare Parts, and is, as John describes it, "an album of political songs that satirize the presence of empire in our daily diet here in the U.S." John will be talking about his music history, what he's been up to since leaving the Folk Implosion in 2000, the new album, and the Kickstarter campaign he's set up to support it. You can learn more about John and his work at his blog: johnhdavis.com/.
First at 6:00: Earlier this week, Paul McCartney played the last big show at Candlestick Park before it closes for good. The venue was the site of the Beatles’ final live concert. This hour, we’ll relive some of the band’s first shows in America, with the second half of Paul Ingles’s documentary, “The Beatles in America.” We brought you the first part of the documentary in February to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the states.
WXDU news is next at 7:00. We’ll discuss:
The Bumper Jacksons will be stopping by WXDU on Sunday August 17 at 2pm to talk about their new CD Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In. They'll be fresh off a live performance at Triangle Swing Dance Society on Saturday the 16th.
We have a full schedule on tonight’s WXDU News from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
First at 6:00, we’ll have the latest edition of Jukebox Graduates, a show produced by the Githens Middle School Bruce Springsteen Club. In this episode, the kids explore music influenced by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Next at 7:00 is WXDU News, including:
Tonight on WXDU News, we'll have the latest episode of The Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science show, and after that we'll hear from Making Contact and With Good Reason.
First at 6:00, The Endless Frontier will discuss senses, but not the five you might be most familiar with. Interviews will include Andrew Bellemer, Ph.D., and Josh Russell, University of Texas graduate student.
Then at 6:30: This coming Tuesday is the National Night Out Against Crime, an event meant to decrease crime rates in America. But the impact of crime extends beyond the initial incident. We join Making Contact for a documentary called "Getting Out," which looks at what happens to inmates once they are released from prison.
And next at 7:00: You've probably heard of "uptalking," a phenomenon in which someone's tone sounds like a question, even though they're making a statement. With Good Reason talks to Thomas Linneman, who studied uptalking on Jeopardy. Also on this episode, Dan Pink explains what factors really motivate us, and we learn more about children's literature and the impact of modern distractions on children's ability to experience the present.
Tonight on WXDU News, we join BackStory with the American History Guys as they explore mental illness in America. The guys talk about the "illness" that was said to cause enslaved people's desire for freedom, the changing role of asylums in American history, the reasons behind the development of diagnostic criteria for mental illness, and a test for your risk of fascist thoughts. You can find more about this episode, and other BackStory episodes at backstoryradio.org/.
WXDU has a pair of tickets to give away for the Saturday, July 26 Merge 25 Fest outdoor party from 1-10pm. For the chance to win, listen to WXDU tomorrow evening (Thursday, July 17) and also check WXDU's Facebook/Twitter posts for a more detailed giveaway time. More information about the festival can be found here.
2014 is an election year, and as in any campaign period, Americans are talking a lot about the issues. Tonight on WXDU news, we look at two important election issues: gun control and poverty.
First at 6:00, we join BackStory with the American History Guys in a rebroadcast of "Straight Shot: Guns in America," an episode that first aired after the December 2012 shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. The guys explore the history of gun ownership in America and the meaning of the Second Amendment. For more information on this and other episodes, visit backstoryradio.org.
And at 7:00, Moyers & Company discusses poverty and food insecurity on "The Faces of America's Hungry." Bill Moyers talks to one of the directors and producers of A Place at the Table, a 2012 documentary about hunger, and the director for the Center for Hunger-Free Communities. Later in the program, he learns more about poverty and hunger in America from journalist Greg Kaufmann, who researches and writes on the topic.
Tonight on WXDU News, we will explore freedom and remembrance as Americans prepare to celebrate the 4th of July on Friday.
First at 6:00, in an episode called "The Right to Vote," Humankind discusses one of America's most central freedoms--the right to vote--and the history of certain groups being denied that right. This episode examines the disenfranchisement of women and African Americans into the 20th Century, the impact of voter identification laws, and the laws that prevent convicted felons from voting after their release from prison.
Next at 7:00, Backstory with the American History Guys takes a look at national remembrance in a rebroadcast of the episode "Monumental Disagreements." The guys discuss the development of and controversies surrounding American memorials, including Confederate monuments, Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, and the memorial for Heyward Shepherd in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. You can find more information about this and other episodes on the Backstory website, backstoryradio.org.