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. 

For older programs, see archives page.
Current and recent programs, see below.

(KAZU reserves this time slot for public radio documentaries and seasonal programs.)

Rappers & Rhymers and Sounding Black

Jun 15, 2021

Broadcast June 20, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.


Part 3, from the series: "Black Radio Telling It Like It Was".


From the 1940s onward, legendary Black deejays created unique, ear-catching styles. 

Jack Cooper & Al Beson and WDIA, The Goodwill Station

Jun 10, 2021

Broadcast June 13, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

Part 2, from the series: "Black Radio Telling It Like It Was".

Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was - Part One

Jun 3, 2021

Broadcast: June 6th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Part 1: "In the Beginning" and "Pride and Enlightenment".

This program opens by traveling to the 1920s to hear how Black Americans fought for space on radio airwaves. Then, we hear about programs in the 1940s that dramatized issues and concerns in the Black community.

Songwriting to Heal Soldier's Trauma

May 27, 2021

Broadcast: May 30, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

On her 2018 album project, "Rifles & Rosary Beads", singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier shares the stories of American veterans by writing the songs with them.

Gauthier collaborated with the nonprofit "Songwriting With: Soldiers" to co-write the album's 11 tracks with veterans and their families. She talks about how the experience seemed to help the vets to heal their trauma and serve as a humbling inspiration for herself.  Two seemingly disparate sides came together to make great art. 

Photo ©Steve Laufer

Broadcast: May 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Musicians, music writers and fans recall what made Bob Dylan’s fifteenth studio album the #1 favorite in a 2012 Rolling Stone Magazine fan poll of all of Dylan’s albums.

Host Paul Ingles talks with Kevin Odegard, Billy Peterson, and Bill Berg - three of the session musicians on "Blood on the Tracks" .

Broadcast: May 16, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

NPR grew up alongside a post-Watergate journalism ethos that shaped the media industry for decades. Hosted by Audie Cornish and featuring other NPR journalists, we'll unpack that ethos: how it developed in the newsroom and changed over time, through today.

The 1871 Mother's Day Proclamation for Peace

May 6, 2021

Broadcast: May 9, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

The story of Julia Ward Howe's 1871 Proclamation for Peace and her call for a universal Mother's Day to promote peace and disarmament, plus the author of a book called "Long Time Passing: Mothers Talk About War and Terror."

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The Universal Title

Apr 27, 2021

Broadcast: May 2, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

There may be no other actor on the world’s stage whose life has been as heavily documented as Muhammad Ali's. Yet for all the ways the legendary athlete and humanitarian’s life has been scrutinized and celebrated, few have attempted to tell the story of what he valued most: his spiritual evolution.


Living on Earth: 2021 Earthday Special

Apr 22, 2021

Broadcast: April 25, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.  

As Living on Earth celebrates 30 years on the air, we share an Earth Day special that examines this decisive moment for the human species and our challenging relationship with our planet. We meet people who envision a future reshaped by an emerging energy system and new power structures. We take a big-picture view of Earth as a complex and sustaining organism known as Gaia. And we survey the values that can guide us along this path towards ecological harmony.

The Last Stargazers: A Conversation with Astronomer Emily Levesque

Apr 12, 2021
Photo: Dennis Wise

Broadcast: April 18, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Blue Dot Series: Life long amateur astronomer Dave Schlom is joined by professional astronomer Emily Levesque to talk about her recently published book: The Last Stargazers: True Tales of The Colorful and Vanishing World of Observational Astronomy. A kind love letter to her fellow professionals, Emily takes us on a tour of some of the world's greatest observatories perched on remote mountain tops and explains how professional astronomy is actually practiced.

Confronting Suicide & Support for Reporters Covering Trauma

Apr 5, 2021

Broadcast: April 11, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Each year about a million people in the United States attempt to take their own lives. Another ten million people seriously consider suicide. Those rates have been rising in the coronavirus pandemic. These statistics became very real for us at Peace Talks Radio recently when a talented young producer named Hannah Colton, who did several episodes for us, took her own life in November of 2020.

Neanderthal in the Family

Mar 31, 2021

Broadcast: April 4th at 4:00 p.m.

Back off, you Neanderthal! It sounds as if you’ve just been dissed, but maybe you should take it as a compliment. Find out how our assessment of Neanderthals has undergone a radical rethinking, and hear about the influence they still have as they live on in our DNA, including our response to Covid 19.

Plus, how Neanderthal mini-brains grown in a lab will teach us about the evolution of Homo sapiens.  


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The Music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Mar 26, 2021

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

Sister Rosetta Tharpe may have been the first National gospel star.  She played and sang from a young age on the church circuit with her mother and evolved into a fantastic guitar player and songwriter. She was controversial for taking her act to prominent night clubs such as The Cotton Club in the 30's and 40's.


This show gives some history behind the music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and includes a variety of her music.


Talk Music With Me: Bonnie Raitt

Mar 19, 2021

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

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt talks with Paul Ingles about her life and career in this extended interview.

Bonnie talks about her early influences, her early days as a 20-something blues phenom, her brush with addiction and obscurity, then her rise back to the top with a string of Grammy awards and commercial success.

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

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent a lifetime championing her two passions: equal rights and classical music, often referencing the similarities between the courtroom and the concert hall. WFMT presents a new 1-hour special as family and friends, including her son Jim Ginsburg, Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Lawrence Brownlee, Francesca Zambello, and Nina Totenburg, honor Ginsburg’s legacy and devotion to music.


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.  

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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.

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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.