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.)

Destination Moon

Jun 26, 2019

Broadcast: June 30, 2019 at 4 p.m. 

On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. They had reached the distant  light that humans had admired and looked up to for thousands of years. It was a mission with hundreds of dedicated minds behind it. A dangerous and ambitious mission, that could have failed at many moments. This special episode explores the science that got us to the moon, the politics that push space exploration, and our relationship with the moon. Also - how people around the country remember and celebrated the moon landing.  

Dr. John Photo / Wikicommons image
Derek Bridges - https://bit.ly/2FkX2Se

Broadcast: June 23, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Music historian Paul Ingles takes listeners through a heart-felt retrospective of New Orleans music-legend Mac Rebennack - best known as Dr. John. Rebennack died Thursday, June 6, 2019 from a heart attack at the age of 77. The LA Times heralded him as "a chief architect of the New Orleans sound."


Families: Fathers, Sons & Brothers

Jun 12, 2019

Broadcast: June 16, 2019 at 4 p.m.

These are public radio stories made over many years, by producer Jay Allison -- working together with Christina Egloff, and friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers and whoever would take the loan of one of his tape recorders. They are are stories about life as we find it, and record it.

Four stories:

Skeptic Check: Worrier Mentality

Jun 5, 2019

Broadcast: June 9, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Poisonous snakes, lightning strikes, a rogue rock from space. There are plenty of scary things to fret about, but are we burning adrenaline on the right ones? Stepping into the bathtub is more dangerous than flying from a statistical point of view, but no one signs up for “fear of showering” classes. Find out why we get tripped up by statistics, worry about the wrong things, and how the “intelligence trap” not only leads smart people to make dumb mistakes, but actually causes them to make more.

Bicycle Fever at the Turn of the Century

May 30, 2019

Broadcast: June 2, 2019 at 4 p.m.

In the late nineteenth century, Americans caught bicycle fever. Evan Friss is the author of The Cycling City, about the 1890s when American cities were home to more cyclists than anywhere else in the world. Plus: Veteran animator “Tuck” Tucker talks about illustrating many of the most popular cartoons in recent times, including SpongeBob Squarepants, Hey Arnold!, Family Guy, and The Simpsons.

We've Never Been The Same: A War Story

May 24, 2019

 Broadcast: May 26, 2019 at 4 p.m.

All wars are the same, it is said; only the scenery changes. And the repercussions are pretty much the same too.

Over the course of five years, Adam Piore gathered the stories of the surviving members of Delta Company, a Vietnam-era paratrooper unit; Jay Allison joined him for the last two years when it turned from a book into a radio story. 

Brains and Losses

May 14, 2019

Broadcast: May 19, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Neuroscientists and gerontologists see evidence that people become more vulnerable to financial exploitation as they age. Con artists, fraudsters, even family, friends, and caregivers take money from seniors and abuse their trust. According to researchers, the shame of these crimes prevents victims from reporting or talking about them, creating a crucial public policy issue.


May 10, 2019

 Broadcast: May 12, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Giving birth. Giving support. Being there. Being exhausted. To mark Mother’s Day, this program reflects on some of the ways humans — and other species — juggle fierce love and the never-ending demands of childcare.

Keeping Humans in the Loop

May 2, 2019

Broadcast: May 5, 2019 at 4 p.m.

As our world becomes more challenging, can we maintain control of our own future? Threats arise not just from climate change or inventions such as artificial intelligence, but also from our digital aids: algorithms that classify and define our wants, our needs, and our behavior. Also, could a future in which data about everything is freely available be a good thing?

The Big Speakeasy: Jazz and Prohibition

Apr 24, 2019

Broadcast: April 28, 2019, at 4pm

America in the 1920s: Wall Street was on the rise, cops were on the take, jazz was in the air, and alcohol had been banished—but it certainly hadn’t vanished.  

Shades of Green

Apr 18, 2019

Broadcast: April 21, 2019, at 4pm

In honor of Earth Day, this program is about the many ways people around the world are fighting for the environment.


Only Joni: choosing one child
Living in Houston with flaring smokestacks in the distance stoked Carrie Feibel’s eco-anxieties and worries about overpopulation, still she decided to have a kid … but just one.

The Mystery of Music

Apr 14, 2019

Broadcast: April 14, 2019  

What does it mean to have good (or bad) taste in music?  

Most of us listen to music on a regular basis, but we don't think much about how we listen. Moreover, when we disagree about music, we're usually happy to agree that we just have different personal tastes. But maybe some of us just don't know how to listen to music properly.  

Billie Holiday (Ep. 8)

Apr 1, 2019

Broadcast: April 7, 2019

In this hour, it's the life and music of the great Billie Holiday. Biographer Robert O’Meally speaks about Lady Day’s musical genius and travel the hard road she took on her way to becoming one of jazz’s most beloved voices. And we’ll chat with Jazz at Lincoln Center curator Phil Schaap about the great Louis Armstrong’s role in shaping her musical voice, and talk with the best-selling author who’s channeled Billie Holiday to create a brand new version of her autobiography for young people.

Produced by: Jeff Haas

The Hidden World of Girls - Part 2

Mar 25, 2019
Photo by: Shadi Ghardirian

Broadcast March 31, 2019

(Part 2 of 2)

The Hidden World of Girls is an NPR series exploring the secret life of girls around the world. Girls and the women they become. Stories of coming of age, rituals and rite of passage, secret identities--of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide.

In the tradition of their previous series Hidden Kitchens and Lost & Found Sound, The Kitchen Sisters opened up an NPR phone line and asked listeners to call with their stories, leads and suggestions. 

The Hidden World of Girls - Part 1

Mar 19, 2019
Photo: Shadi Ghardirian

Broadcast March 24, 2019

(Part 1 of 2)

The Hidden World of Girls is an NPR series exploring the secret life of girls around the world. Girls and the women they become. Stories of coming of age, rituals and rite of passage, secret identities--of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide.

Broadcast February 17, 2019

Chieftains and Ry Cooder radio special featuring their unique take on a rarely told chapter of Irish-American history - the story of the "San Patricio Battalion," Irish immigrant soldiers in the US-Mexican War who deserted their US posts to fight for the Mexican side.

The Making of Male Dominance

Mar 6, 2019

Broadcast: March 10, 2019

This one-hour special, co-hosted by John Biewen and Celeste Headlee, goes way beneath the #MeToo headlines to explore questions like: How, and when, did male dominance get started in the first place? (Spoiler: The cave men didn’t invent patriarchy, and it’s been around for only a fraction of human history.) How has patriarchy lasted so long? Some leading (male) Enlightenment thinkers argued that “all men are created equal” should become “all people are created equal.” Why did they lose the argument? (Hint: They lost the skeleton war.) The Making of Male Dominance was adapted from early episodes in the Scene on Radio podcast series, MEN. 

Paul McCartney & Wings: Band on the Run

Feb 28, 2019
'Paul McCartney records drums'
Image: Linda McCartney

 Broadcast March 3, 2019

Radio special explores how great rock albums are often made under unusual circumstances, like the Lagos, Nigeria sessions for "Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney and Wings (1973). Paul, Linda, Denny Laine and arranger Tony Visconti discuss how the album was made between album tracks and previously unreleased 1974 recordings of Wings live in the studio. Produced by: Joyride Media

Buddy Guy

Broadcast: February 24, 2019

One-hour music intensive radio special features legendary bluesman Buddy Guy in his own words and music. Buddy Guy's own comments come from an exclusive interview session, and include many recollections and insights that will heard on your station for the first time. 

Hosted by journalist Anthony DeCurtis, this program also features 15 classic tracks from throughout Guy's career. Buddy Guy tells his own story, looking back on his life and career as only he can. He begins the story with his poor, sharecropping roots in Lettsworth, LA, and guides up through all his stops along the way to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - the first time he met the blues on a John Lee Hooker record, the birth of his trademark guitar style while regularly jamming for customers at a gas station, his explosion on the Chicago blues scene, his influence on many of rock's great guitarists (Clapton, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rolling Stones, John Mayer and many more), and much more. 


Broadcast: February 17, 2019 at 4 P.M.

"Dear Martin" is a program of jazz tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was a jazz fan, and eloquently expressed his admiration for the music in his opening remarks to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival.