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.)

DEBATE: Is a U.S.-China Space Race Good for Humanity?

Nov 16, 2020

Broadcast: Nov. 22, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


Nearly 70 years ago, the Space Race galvanized international support for scientific achievement and ushered in a new era of technological advancement. And since the historic Apollo 11 mission, the United States has maintained its status as the world's leading nation in space.


But now, China is ramping up its national space industry with huge investments in next-generation technologies that promise to transform military, economic, and political realities here on Earth.

Broadcast: Nov. 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


This program is about the Texas singer-songwriter who Rolling Stone magazine called "an outlaw-country pioneer who wrote some of the genre’s greatest songs".


Shaver died in Waco, Texas in October 2020 from a stroke at the age of 81.


The Story: Veterans Day Special (narrated by Alec Baldwin)

Nov 5, 2020

Broadcast: November 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

This immersive Veterans Day one hour special is narrated by Alec Baldwin and uncovers the backstories of six veterans who have built companies, products and brands that have changed the way we live. 


You’ll hear from war heroes like the actress, turned spy who worked as a double agent for the Union Army, and the gruff Air Force Veteran who became a soft-spoken national treasure. 

Whose Suffrage?

Oct 29, 2020
Courtesy: Library of Congress, Lot 12572, https://www.loc.gov/item/93505051/

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

 100 years ago women gained the right to vote with the 19th amendment. Professors Amanda Nelson and Molly Hood set the stage, and their students are bringing suffragettes to live in the digital, interactive theatre collaborative “Performing History: Women and the Vote.”

Photo: Steve Laufer

Broadcast: October 25, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

"... articulate, thoughtful, moving" Producer Paul Ingles gathers 7 top music writers to talk about their favorite Bruce Springsteen tracks from the music star's now 6 decade career.

 The program opens with a track from Springsteen's newest album Letter to You (due for release Oct. 23) then moves through a seamless suite of conversation and music from Springsteen's catalogue.

Climate Courage

Oct 16, 2020

Broadcast: October 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Reports of wildfires, hurricanes, and extinctions are frightening, yet we rarely hear people talking about the mental health impact of these changes. This hour-long show explores how addressing the mental health impacts of climate change can make us more effective at combating it.

Mindful Stress Reduction

Oct 6, 2020

Broadcast: October 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Part 1: A conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneering medical researcher into the physical and emotional effects of stress, as well as the health benefits of "mindfulness", a technique that allows people to calm their thoughts.

Part 2: Ground-breaking research into "mindfulness" as a non-pharmacological technique to counteract anxiety, depression. pain and other conditions is reviewed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, best-selling author of "Coming to Our Senses." 

How to Humbly Disagree

Oct 1, 2020

Broadcast: October 4, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

If someone disagrees with you, does it mean you should reconsider your position, or does it just mean that person is wrong?  

People like to argue, especially Philosophy Talk listeners! But no matter how hard we try to resolve disputes through rational discourse, sometimes we may still disagree about important issues.

Political Junkie - Great Moments in Presidential Debates (2020)

Sep 23, 2020

Broadcast: Sept. 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


In 1960, the first televised presidential debates were held between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, giving voters a unique opportunity to see the two candidates up close. Since 1976, all the major party nominees for president have participated in televised debates. The issues ranged from domestic concerns to foreign policy. But these debates are also remembered to many dramatic moments and memorable gaffes that have often helped decide the outcome of the elections.

Profile in Peace: Jimmy Carter

Sep 17, 2020

Broadcast: Sept. 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

On this program, we present part of our chat with Former President Jimmy Carter from 2002.

Also, you'll hear an extended conversation with Stu Eizenstat who was President Carter’s Chief Domestic Policy Adviser, and Executive Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff during his presidency. In 2018, Eizenstat published the book Jimmy Carter, the White House Years.

Tito Puente: 'El Rey'

Sep 11, 2020

Broadcast: Sept. 13, at 4:00 p.m. 

A dynamic percussionist, veteran bandleader, masterful arranger and an irrepressible showman, Tito Puente Sr. is forever remembered as El Rey — the King of Latin Music.    


In more than 50 years of fusing American jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Puente was central to the ongoing popularity of Latin music in the U.S.  

Produced by: NPR Music

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Bill Withers: Just As He Is

Sep 3, 2020

Broadcast: Sept. 6, at 4:00 p.m.  

A deep look into the late Bill Withers early life in music that set up the making of his debut album, "Just As I Am." Music including Withers is featured extensively in candid interview clips. as well as his friend, Bobby Womack, drummer James Gadson and journalist Anthony DeCurtis.


Hosted by Nadine Nassar. Produced by Joyride Media.


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And Nothing Less: The Untold Stories of Women's Fight for the Vote

Aug 28, 2020

Broadcast: Aug. 30, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

In the centennial year of the 19th Amendment, Rosario Dawson and Retta guide us through the fight for women’s voting rights, a history that resonates now more than ever. 

A Look at Surf Culture - Part 2

Aug 19, 2020

Broadcast: Aug. 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Blue Dot returns to the beach with Airrion Copeland, a black surfer who produced the documentary ‘WhiteWash’ about challenges black surfers have faced. 


Copeland is the executive director of the environmental group: 5Gyres Institute.


Then listen to an interview with one of the pioneers of women’s pro surfing -- Jericho Poppler.  

The Cultural and Environmental Impacts of Surfing - Part 1

Aug 13, 2020

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

After the killing of George Floyd, Blue Dot's Oceanographer Emeritus Bill Patzert called "Big Wave Dave" to ask him to check out a New York Times Opinion piece titled "The Long Strange Tale of Caliornia's Surf Nazis," by journalist Daniel Duane.


Conversations ensued about racism, localism and environment and how surf culture has reflected those complex currents through time since the Malibu explosion of the early 1960s.


John Lewis: Profile in Peace

Aug 5, 2020

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

The late 17-term Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis is remembered in a special that includes the memorial ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol when his body laid in state in the Rotunda, a week after his death July 17, 2020.


Also included are other tributes, and archival tapes of John Lewis speeches and interviews.  


Produced by: Good Radio Shows Inc.


Louis Armstrong: 'The Trumpeter'

Jul 29, 2020

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

Before Louis Armstrong ever sang a duet with Ella Fitzgerald or Bing Crosby, there was just a lanky young man with a bright, beautiful horn.


That young man transformed the trumpet into a solo instrument capable of astonishing range and lyrical beauty. 


Produced by: NPR Music

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Cycles of Life

Jul 22, 2020


Broadcast: July 26, 2020 at 4 p.m.

As more cities close down streets to traffic, new riders are hopping on bikes every day. Evan Friss, author of On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City, talks about the rise in pandemic pedaling and why New York’s bike share program is so successful. 

COVID Curiosities

Jul 16, 2020

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


Some dogs and cats have become sick with COVID. But it’s not just domestic critters that are vulnerable: zoo animals have fallen ill too.



There’s more strange news about the pandemic, for example scientists who track the coronavirus in our sewage, and computer models that show that flushing the toilet can launch persistent, pathogenic plumes into the room.


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.