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.)

Photo: David Hartcorn

Broadcast: July 12, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Kim Chambers is only the sixth person ever to complete the Ocean’s Seven challenge... solo. That's seven open water channel swims. Think summiting Mount Everest in a bathing suit x 7... hours upon hours upon hours of swimming in critter-filled, often quite cold water.

Kim is also the first and only woman in the world to solo swim the 30 miles of shark inhabited waters from the Farallon islands to the golden gate of San Francisco.

Freedom Jazz!

Jul 1, 2020

Broadcast: July 5, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

A Fourth of July jazz celebration featuring the music by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Jackie McLean, Nina Simone and more.

Note: There is no audio archive available for this episode.

Blue Dot: Surf's Up!

Jun 22, 2020
Photo by Seth Deroulet

Broadcast: June 28, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

In this episode, 'Big Wave Dave' (Dave Schlom) talks surfing, featuring a conversation with San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Bruce Jenkins and retired NASA Oceanographer Bill Patzert, diving deep under the swells of the world of big waves with an emphasis on Mavericks -- the biggest surf wave on the west coast located in Half Moon Bay.

The conversation wraps up reminiscing about Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer and a campaign for surfer license plates as a tribute to the classic film.

HOB Radio: Father's Day Special

Jun 16, 2020

Broadcast: June 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

The House of Blues Radio Hour is hosted by Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd). In this episode, Elwood pays homage to the fathers' of the Blues. Includes music by The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and more.


Note: There is no audio archive available for this episode.

Broadcast: June 14, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

November 27, 2007 would have been Jimi Hendrix' 65th birthday. 2007 is the Fortieth Anniversary of the debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience at Monterey Pop.

In honor of these events, we bring you "The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Monterey: American Landing." A one hour documentary that traces Jimi's early days as a guitarist on the Chitlin' Circuit, through his time in New York's Greenwich Village, his discovery by the Animals' Chas Chandler, his journey to England, and triumphant return to America at Monterey Pop.

Gained in Translation

Jun 1, 2020

Broadcast: June 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Hey, Alexa, why don’t you laugh at my jokes? Teaching a computer to recognize humor is difficult because no clear definition of humor exists. Sending a message to extraterrestrials who might not use language is also a challenge. Find out what’s involved in doing both. Plus, how using nuanced language to connive and scheme ultimately turned us into a more peaceful species. And, it’s all gouda: why melted cheese may be the cosmic message of peace we need.  

Bob Marley - Live Forever

May 28, 2020

Broadcast: May 31, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

This program features ive music from and stories about his last concert.  Songs recorded live at Pittsburgh's Stanley Theater in Sep 1980 include "Exodus," "Could You Be Loved," "Redemption Song," "No Woman, No Cry," "Jamming" and more.

Fats Waller: If You Gotta Ask

May 21, 2020

Broadcast: May 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

One-hour music intensive documentary about Fats Waller, one of America's great composers and performers of the 20th century. His songs, stride piano style and on-stage and on-screen antics were legendary and made him one of the first African-American superstars.


Count Basie sat at his feet to learn, Art Tatum considered Fats the best, and Waller's stride style influenced Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck and many others.


Broadcast: May 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

A celebration of the whirlwind of  early music produced by Richard Penniman, LITTLE RICHARD, who passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the age of 87.

In the 1950's and early 1960's, Little Richard threw down the definition of rock ‘n’ roll with a dizzying parade of landmark recordings that have forever been the measuring stick for performers to come later who really wanted to rock.   

HOB Radio: Mother's Day

May 4, 2020

Broadcast: May 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


A Tribute to Women of the Blues  


The House of Blues Radio Hour is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd).  In this episode, Elwood sits down with three contemporary Blues mamas; actress/singer Sally Kellerman, acoustic master Rory Block, and Mississippi stalwart Eden Brent to talk about their recent projects.  Includes music by Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Marcia Ball and more.

Photo: Seth Shostak

Broadcast: May 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Humans aren’t the only animals stressed-out by social distancing.  Narwhals send out echolocation clicks to locate their buddies and ease their loneliness.  And a plant about to be chomped by a caterpillar knows that the world can be a scary place. 

In this episode, from dogs to narwhals to plants, we put aside human-centric stories to find out how other living creatures map their world, deal with stress, and communicate. 

Photo: © Steve Laufer

Broadcast: April 26, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Hour #2 of a two-hour documentary music special spotlighting the early career and on-going musical journey of the beloved songwriter and performer John Prine. Produced by music historian Paul Ingles with the help of a panel of musicians and music writers. Prine passed away April 7, 2020.

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Photo: © Steve Laufer

Broadcast: April 19, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

Hour #1 of a two-hour documentary music special spotlighting the early career and on-going musical journey of the beloved songwriter and performer John Prine. Produced by music historian Paul Ingles with the help of a panel of musicians and music writers. Prine passed away April 7, 2020.


The R&B Chronicles - Bill Withers

Apr 6, 2020

Broadcast: April 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Perhaps more than any other genre of popular American music culture, soul music is the result of the combination and merging of previous styles and sub-styles in the 50’s and 60’s. At it's inception soul music combined the African American concepts of gospel and blues sensibilities in creating a passionate, soulful and musical presentation of the African American spirit.


11 from John Lennon: An Appreciation

Mar 30, 2020

Broadcast: April 5, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

"11 from John Lennon: An Appreciation." Writers, Reporters, Musicians and Beatle fans share their impressions of some standout John Lennon songs, recorded  with The Beatles, between 1963 and 1970.  Songs include "Twist and Shout," "I Should've Known Better," "In My Life," "She Said She Said," "Tomorrow Never Knows," "A Day In The Life," "Come Together," and "Across The Universe."  
The program comes from award-winning Beatle program producer Paul Ingles and includes several rarely heard John Lennon interviews. 

Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton

Mar 21, 2020

Broadcast: March 29, at 4:00 p.m.

Willie Mae Thornton was a trailblazer, who in making her own rules paved the way for other groundbreaking female artists like Janis Joplin and Madonna. Known as "Big Mama," Thornton scored her only hit record in early 1953 when "Hound Dog" topped the national Rhythm & Blues Charts, but her career spanned from 1950 to well into the 1970s.


Broadcast: March 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The Great American Songbook is chockablock with antiquated notions of gender roles, but a few songs flip the script. On this special, we explore songs of female empowerment, including “Sam Jones Blues,” “No More,” and “Four Women.”

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The Chieftains

Mar 13, 2020

Broadcast date: March 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

One-hour music documentary salutes The Chieftains, Ireland's musical ambassadors to the world. You'll hear music they've recorded throughout their storied career, interviews with the band, comments and tributes from Celtic music historians and special guest artists who have joined them over the years - including Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs and Don Meade. Host: Acclaimed Celtic singer/songwriter Susan McKeown.

Produced by: Paul Chuffo, Joyride Media

Blues Routes Weekly - Billie Holiday

Mar 4, 2020

Broadcast: March 8th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


On International Women’s Day, a look at the scrappy life and beautiful music of Lady Day.


Produced by: Thom Butler

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Sex Post Facto

Feb 25, 2020

Broadcast: March 1, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Birds do it, bees do it, but humans may not do it for much longer.  At least not for having children.  Relying on sex to reproduce could be supplanted by making babies in the lab, where parents-to-be can select genomes that will ensure ideal physical and behavioral traits.

Men hoping to be fathers should act sooner rather than later.  These same advancements in biotechnology could allow women to fertilize their own eggs, making the need for male sperm obsolete.