KAZU Sunday Sound Adventures

Sundays, 4-5 p.m.

One hour every Sunday at 4 p.m. on KAZU, we take our listeners on a Sound Adventure, whether it be a musical documentary, historical / scientific journey, or just something current that we hope our listeners will enjoy. 

Current and recent programs, see below.
For older programs, see archives page.

(KAZU reserves this time slot for public radio documentaries and seasonal programs.)

Broadcast October 14, 2018 at 4 PM

Rarely has a jazz instrument been so completely redefined as the organ was at the hands of Jimmy Smith. In his wake, the Hammond B3 organ gained wide-spread popularity and attracted a suite of talented adherents. B3 players Jimmy Smith, “Baby Face” Willette and Shirley Scott in this hour of Jazz at 100 as we continue to explore Soul Jazz in the 1960s

Caught in a Traps

Oct 2, 2018

Broadcast October 7, 2018 at 4 PM.

   When will California suffer “the big one”? A geologist recently described the San Andreas fault as “locked and loaded.” And was it only a rock from space that did in the dinosaurs, or were they victims of volcanos? Also, the man who was the first to take the temperature of lava.  

Broadcast on September 30, 2018 @  4 PM  

What would make you happier at work? Being unhappy at work hurts creativity and productivity. It's bad for our health, our home lives and the company's bottom line. We’ll delve into the newest research that illuminates what makes our jobs more meaningful, engaging, and fulfilling.

Broadcast September 23, 2018 @ 4 PM.

 The Dot goes deep Blue on this episode as we explore the mysterious and immense submarine canyon that lies below the surface of Monterey Bay.

Monterey is known for its famed Monterey Bay Aquarium but did you know it also has a separate scientific research center? Based in Moss Landing at the very head of the Submarine Canyon, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is one of the world's leading oceanographic and marine biology/ecology research centers.


Broadcast on September 16, 2018 @ 4pm

Two new nationwide public radio collaborations. The first hour special is presented by NPR and KQED Public Radio. The second hour special is presented by NPR and Chicago Public Radio.

Broadcast: September 9, 2018 at 4 PM.

Two new nationwide public radio collaborations. The first hour special is presented by NPR and KQED Public Radio. The second hour special is presented by NPR and Chicago Public Radio. Hour One: Secret, underground, unknown, unofficial, below the radar kitchen stories from across America, narrated by Frances McDormand, including: Hidden Kitchens Calling; An Unexpected Kitchen: The George Foreman Grill; NASCAR Kitchens: Feed the Speed; Listener Phone Messages: An Impromptu Trucker’s Buffet & The Tool Box Kitchen; A Raw Milk Coven; Milk Cow Blues: The Apple Family Farm and the Indiana Cow Share Association; America Eats: A Hidden Archive; The Forager: Hunting and Gathering with Angelo Garro; along with listener phone messages and the sound and music of place. Long description: A midnight cabyard kitchen on the streets of San Francisco, makeshift kitchens crammed in the racing pits of NASCAR, a secret civil rights kitchen tucked away in a house in Montgomery, the most unexpected hidden kitchen of all, The George Foreman Grill.

Broadcast September 2, 2018 at 4 PM: 

Globalization ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. But in the United States jobs are disappearing, and the American working class is losing ground. Is globalization to blame? Did the push toward global integration leave our most vulnerable populations behind, making them the losers of this grand experiment? Or is globalization being used as a scapegoat for a wider range of failed public policies and unprecedented advances in technology? The debaters are Thea Lee, Jason Furman, Jared Bernstein, and James Manyika.

Broadcast Sunday August 5, 2018 at 4pm:

These are public radio stories made over many years, by producer Jay Allison -- working together with Christina Egloff, and friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers and whoever would take the loan of one of his tape recorders. They are are stories about life as we find it, and record it. HOST: Alex Chadwick In this hour: "Educating Esme" - A teacher's diary. During her first year teaching fifth grade in a Chicago public school, Esme kept a journal, from which this program is made. Produced with Esme Codell and WBEZ Chicago.

Broadcast Sunday August 12, 2018 at 4pm:

Eight out of 10 children born in America today will never know a night sky dark enough to see the Milky Way. In our modern world, where nights are getting brighter, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Paul Bogard (James Madison University) is the author of the new book “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in the Age of Artificial Light.” He believes we now suffer from light pollution and that the lack of darkness at night is affecting our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Plus: When women compare themselves to other people, they actually lose IQ points. Read Montague (Virginia Tech) completed a study that suggests being in groups can have a dumbing-down effect on certain individuals.

Broadcast Sunday August 5, 2018 at 4pm:

When Louis Armstrong died in July of 1971, his friend Duke Ellington summed up Louis's genius by saying, “Louis Armstrong was born poor... died rich... and never hurt anyone in between." Author Gary Giddins discusses Louis Armstrong’s life in music. Many seminal Armstrong recordings are featured.