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.)

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

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.

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 live 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.