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WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (6/28) 6:00-8:00

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.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (6/21) 6:00-8:00

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:

  • Reactions to North Korea's MERS outbreak
  • The ongoing impact of the Islamic State's siege in Iraq
  • A woman who receives her medical degree at 102 years old after the Nazis denied her the title
  • The controversy surrounding Rachel Dolezal's racial identity
  • Reflections from South Africa's first interracial married couple on their 30th anniversary
  • A unique approach to helping children affected by Palestine's refugee crisis
  • Why some Indian residents are protesting the government's support of yoga

Next at 7:30, Martin Kang has WXDU Sports. On this week's show:

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (6/14) 6:00-8:00

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.