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.)

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.

Uprooted: The 1950s plan to erase Indian Country

Nov 20, 2019

Broadcast: Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

In the 1950s, government pamphlets and films promised that Native people who agreed to relocation would find a better life in cities. But when they arrived, they were met with open discrimination and struggled to find good jobs and housing. As their numbers in cities grew, however, Native Americans from hundreds of different tribes found each other and solidified their political power. They created American Indian Centers and schools, and formed activist organizations like the American Indian Movement. 

Broadcast: Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

The remarkable musical journey of Emmylou Harris is explored in this one-hour version of a special from music documentarian Paul Ingles. Guests include musicians Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Watkins, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Cooper and David Gans and writers and scholars Ann Powers, Anthony DeCurtis, Holly George-Warren, Mark Kemp and Beverly Keel.  

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Battlefields, Boeings, and Basketball Courts

Nov 6, 2019

Broadcast: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
The war in Vietnam touched many different lives, in many different ways. This special Veteran's Day episode of With Good Reason shares memories from an NBA All-Star who played pickup games with the troops in the jungle; a soldier who navigated the Mekong Delta in a patrol boat while his baby daughter was born back home; a flight attendant who firmly told the soldiers, "See you on the way back"; and a young marine whose life was saved by the sacrifice of a friend.

Jazz Haunts for Halloween

Oct 29, 2019

Broadcast: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.

Smoke dreams, sorcerors, ghosts, and stalking monsters! We'll experience those paranormal jazz encounters with those spectors through the music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Lenny Tristano, and Red Norvo in this hour. And we'll also recount the mysterious ends of four notable jazz musicians and hear some of their recordings.

Produced by: WFIU

Broadcast: Oct. 27, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 

Since scary movies are Hollywood's bread and butter we'll showcase examples of good and not so good remakes of classic horror films, includng Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Carrie, War of the Worlds and a few more.

Produced by The Score with Edmund Stone.

Broadcast: Oct. 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 

Episode 4

This episode delves into one of the most damaging spy cases this country has ever known, and explains how casinos, algorithms, and data surveillance will transform spying in the modern age.


"I'll Be Seeing You" is a special four-part radio series featuring original reporting on a variety of subjects connected by rapidly shifting technology.

How the U.S. Hacked ISIS

Oct 9, 2019

Broadcast: Oct. 13, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 

Episode 3:
Cracking into the Most Secretive and Deadly Terrorist Organization in the World.

We go behind-the-scenes of a military unit to reveal, for the first time, how soldiers cracked into ISIS's network and launched missions against the most dangerous terrorist organization in the world.

"I'll Be Seeing You" is a special four-part radio series featuring original reporting on a variety of subjects connected by rapidly shifting technology.

Broadcast: Oct.6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 

I'll Be Seeing You is a special four-part radio series  featuring original reporting on a variety of subjects connected by rapidly shifting technology.

Episode 2: Elephants & AI: Can Artificial Intelligence Save Elephants?  

We go to Malawi to look at how researchers are tailoring AI in their efforts to find poachers, and how a team at Cornell who are using machine learning to understand elephant language.

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

I'll Be Seeing You is a special four-part radio series featuring original reporting on a variety of subjects connected by rapidly shifting technology.

Episode 1: The Mysterious Death Of The Hacker Who Turned In Chelsea Manning. Adrian Lamo was a hero in the hacker community for years. Everything changed when he began exchanging messages with U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

Bruce Springsteen: The Story of Born to Run

Sep 18, 2019
Photo: Steve Laufer

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

In celebrating the Boss's 70th Birthday (on September 23rd, 2019), we present this one hour documentary telling the inside story of Bruce Springsteen's classic album, Born To Run. The program also contains rare outtakes & alternate versions of songs from the Born To Run recording sessions.

Skeptic Check: Brain Gain

Sep 11, 2019

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

Looking to boost your brainpower? Luckily, there are products promising to help. Smart drugs, neurofeedback exercises, and brain-training video games all promise to improve your gray matter’s performance. But it’s uncertain whether these products really work. 

Selling the Sights

Sep 3, 2019
photo: Steve Laufer

Broadcast: September 8, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  

William Mackintosh is the author of the book "Selling the Sights: The Invention of the Tourist in American Culture". In the early 19th century, Americans began to journey away from home, simply for the sake of travelling, giving rise to a new cultural phenomenon: the tourist. Nancy McGehee says that from public artworks to popular foodie trails, small towns and rural areas are finding ways to enrich their communities through tourism. 

City-dwellers escape to national and state parks for the beautiful sights and the fresh air. Chris Zajchowski says that, unfortunately when those tourists travel for clean air, they bring polluted air with them.