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.)

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. 

Ella Fitzgerald, 'First Lady of Song'

Feb 21, 2020

Broadcast: Feb. 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Her voice is instantly recognizable. Her youthful exuberance, pure sound and positive energy just make you feel good. Her incredible technical abilities were self-evident, but when she sang, she radiated a joy consistent with her own character both on and off the bandstand. 

Produced by: NPR Music

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Langston Hughes - I Too Sing America

Feb 10, 2020

Broadcast: Feb. 16, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.

Produced by: WQXR

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Broadcast: Feb. 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

In 1943, Duke Ellington debuted a landmark 43-minute musical portrayal of the African-American experience at Carnegie Hall. We'll hear music from it as well as commentary from Wynton Marsalis, Ellington biographer Harvey Cohen, and Ellington himself.

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Ida B. Wells' Battle to Uncover the Truth

Jan 29, 2020

Broadcast: Feb. 2, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. 

Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime. A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death.

Comedy and the Culture Wars

Jan 22, 2020

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

How could laughing at each other help us better live together?

Comedy can often give offense, especially when it concerns such sensitive topics as race, gender, and sexuality. Should comedy like that be shunned, boycotted, even banned? Can it be enjoyed without danger? Or could it even, at its best, be the road to a better society? Could it somehow help us all to live together, and to come to terms with intractable social issues we’ll never fully put behind us? 

King Stories: (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

Jan 16, 2020
image by Nicolene DuToit

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

King Stories is a one hour documentary of captivating stories told by close friends and associates of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Host Julian Bond, along with insiders—Ralph Abernathy, David Garrow, Dick Gregory, Mark Lane and Larry Williams—share rarely documented stories about the personal and private sides of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enter the Subconscious

Jan 8, 2020

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

Religious scholars, neuroscientists, and psychoanalysts agree – there is a deep reservoir of activity beneath our conscious minds. Peter Vishton (William & Mary) shares how the unconscious mind may be making decisions for us, too quick for our conscious mind to realize. 

And: Daniel Hirshberg (University of Mary Washington) explores the subconscious with his Contemplative Studies students by wiring meditating students up to brain-imaging headsets. Plus: Graham Schweig (Christopher Newport University) has been practicing meditation for more than 50 years. He says “deepening the heart” is the real aim of many of India’s yoga traditions.

original photo: Seth Shostak

Broadcast: Jan. 5, 2020, at 4 p.m.

Why create more landfill? Resist the urge to toss those old sneakers or last year’s smart phone. Instead, let global junk entrepreneurs repurpose them as they turn trash to treasure. Meanwhile, right-to-repair advocates fight for legislation that would help you fix your electronic devices. And, if you toss food scraps down the drain, are you contributing to a “fatberg” horror in the sewer? 

Broadcast: Dec. 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie

As 2019 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. Ken interviews their colleagues, friends and the journalists who covered them, to reflect on their passions and chronicle their accomplishments.   

A Very Crooner Christmas!

Dec 18, 2019

Broadcast: Dec. 22, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Happy Holidays, all you Great American Songbook fans out there. We have a special collection this hour of some favorite songs for Christmas by some of the best known crooners from the Great American Songbook, including Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, and more.

We’ll also hear the story behind some now ubiquitous Christmas songs, like “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” and “I Heard The Bells On Christmas” Day.” Hosted by Mark Chilla.

"Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns" Radio Companion

Dec 11, 2019

Broadcast: December 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

The filmmakers behind "Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns" offer an inside view of how they created the documentary series and share highlights from what they discovered along the way.

For 8 years, a group of filmmakers and historians aimed their focus on country music. They discovered all they could about the artists, the traditions, and especially the songs. 

The Sound of Science in the Sea

Dec 4, 2019

Broadcast: Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4:00 p.m.

Acoustic Research at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Host Dave Schlom traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) where he learned about many of the institute's scientific programs. In this episode we look at the use of sound to study the oceans and the life that inhabits them.

Spotlight on Indigenous Relocation

Nov 27, 2019

Broadcast: Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

An honest, insightful discussion of the ongoing trauma and mental health impacts from the U.S. government’s American Indian Relocation Program. 

The Relocation program was designed in the 1950s to assimilate Indigenous people into white-centric society and eliminate tribal governments and culture. Indigenous experts delve into the impacts of historical trauma in their community and the resiliency factors that empower so many to overcome persistent systems of discrimination.