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.)

Sound Opinions Remembers Aretha Franklin

Mar 2, 2021

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

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died in 2018 at age 76. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and career of the legend. They'll discuss her discography, music activism and impact. They also dig into the best selling album of Aretha Franklin's career, Amazing Grace, with Aaron Cohen, who wrote a book about that seminal recording.  


Ethel Payne: The First Lady Of The Black Press

Feb 22, 2021

Broadcast: Feb. 28, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

We talk with acclaimed biographer James McGrath Morris about his just-released biography, Ethel Payne, First Lady Of The Black Press.

Few Americans today have ever heard of Ethel Payne, much less understood the giant role she played in reporting the story -- and advancing the agenda -- of the civil rights movement in America.


Broadcast: Feb. 21, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

In 1952 Billie Holiday began her last great period on record with a series of small-group sessions that capture the twilight glow of a jazz star.

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

Technology and Relationships: A Valentine's Day Special

Feb 12, 2021

Broadcast: Feb. 14, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

For this Valentine's Day, we talk to Debora Spar about how machines shape our destiny, future, and yes, love lives.


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Broadcast Feb. 7, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

To mark the passing of rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley, Paul Ingles hosts a music-intensive hour of cuts from Bo's songbook as well as songs from some of the many rock and pop stars who borrowed his famous beat. 


Why We Need Friends — Especially Now

Jan 27, 2021

Broadcast: Jan. 31, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

We rely on our friends for all kinds of things — companionship, laughter, and right now — support in times of crisis. But it's only recently that scientists have started investigating how friendship works, and why it matters to our well-being and health. 


Broadcast: Jan. 24, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.


We talk with music documentary director Mary Wharton and writer Bill Flanagan.  They’ve collaborated with others to create the documentary we’re spotlighting today called JIMMY CARTER, ROCK AND ROLL PRESIDENT... which looks at how the 39th president’s fondness for music of all kinds really helped drive his successful campaign for president in 1976 and also was in evidence during his presidency as he hosted many great musicians at the White House.

MLK and the Power of Nonviolence

Jan 12, 2021

Broadcast Jan. 17, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

In time for MLK Day, we look back at the stunning display of forgiveness and nonviolence by the traumatized family members of Mother Emanuel church congregants, who were gunned down in 2015, in the wake of the gunman’s conviction.


In the second part of the program, we hear stories of peacemakers who draw from their diverse lives and religious traditions as a basis for breaking down barriers and promoting conflict resolution.  

Into the Deep

Jan 6, 2021
Seth Shostak

Broadcast: Jan. 10, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Have you ever heard worms arguing? Deep-sea scientists use hydrophones to eavesdrop on “mouth-fighting worms.” It’s one of the many ways scientists are trying to catalog the diversity of the deep oceans — estimated to be comparable to a rainforest.


Broadcast on Jan. 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Music documentarian Paul Ingles hosts one hour remembering musicians who passed away in 2020.  This edition spotlights jazz/R&B/soul artists lost. 

The list includes: Ellis Marsalis, Wallace Roney, Lyle Mays, McCoy Tyner, Annie Ross, Ronald Bell (Koll & the Gang), Bonnie Pointer, Jimmy Cobb, Toots Hibbert, Tony Allen, Bucky Pizzarelli and more.

Sound Opinions 2020 Holiday Extravaganza

Dec 22, 2020
Giorgio Trovato / Unsplash

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

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome holiday music collector Andy Cirzan to share his annual mix in the Sound Opinions Holiday Extravaganza.

This year the mix is blues-themed in light of the pandemic.

Profiles in Mental Health and Courage

Dec 16, 2020

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

Courage is the choice to act even when we feel afraid. It gives us the ability to address shame, stigma and silence—and to feel our own strength.

This hour-long show is about how accessing our courage supports our mental health and well-being. Safe Space Radio combines compelling storytelling with practical expert guidance to give you the tools you need to find your own courage. 

How We Survive: Adapting to Climate Change 

Dec 10, 2020

Broadcast: Dec. 13, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Climate change is here. We hear about it more than ever. And experts say we need to adapt—but what does that actually look like?

This one-hour special from Marketplace, led by Molly Wood, explores the role of technology in helping humanity weather the impacts of climate change. The time of complete prevention has passed, and we must turn towards adaptation.

Broadcast: December 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

December 8, 1980, musician John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment building in New York City by a deluded fan.

Producer Paul Ingles asked various people to recall how they heard the news and what John Lennon's music meant to them.

The program also includes excerpts from an interview John and Yoko Ono gave the morning of December 8, The Day John Lennon Died.

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.


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.