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.)

Broadcast: February 10, 2019 at 4 P.M.

Remember how you would make a mixtape of songs for the love of your life… or the person you had a crush on that week? Well, PRX has a crush on public radio listeners and is bringing them Mixtape: The PRX Remix Valentine’s special. 

Broadcast: February 3, 2019 at 4pm  

A one-hour program of jazz music, exploring the black-pride movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Perfect for Black History Month (February).

Broadcast on January 27, 2019 @ 4pm  

Time passes like an arrow, but what if it flew like a boomerang?  Scientists are learning how to reverse time’s most relentless march: aging.  But before we rewind time, let’s try to define it, because there’s plenty of debate about just what time is – a fundamental component of the universe or a construct of our consciousness?

Broadcast on January 20, 2019 @ 4pm

In this hour of "The Blues & Beyond", songs and stories that connect with the spirit of the Martin Luther King Day holiday. We'll hear from Sam Cooke, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Copeland, as well as his daughter Shemekia Copeland, and from B. B. King, and others, including Big Bill Broonzy. 

Broadcast on January 13, 2019 @ 4pm

Positive psychology is an emerging science that investigates the qualities, attitudes, and practices that enable people to thrive and be happy. So what does this research reveal about human happiness? Are some of us just born with happier dispositions than others? How (if at all) do health, wealth, family relations, and community ties affect our happiness? 

Broadcast on December 16, 2018 @ 4 PM.

Silicon Valley once promised to solve many of the world’s problems with a technological revolution. But now, the tech hub is the center of much scrutiny, and for many, that scrutiny is warranted. From privacy violations to flawed business models to a lack of diversity and representation, Silicon Valley has seemingly betrayed its idealism.

Broadcast on December 9, 2018 @ 4 PM.

We’re all missing out on important messages, and no amount of refreshing your browser will help. That’s because eavesdropping on the communications of non-human species requires decoding their non-written signals. Dive into Arctic waters where scientists make first-ever recordings of the socializing clicks and squeals of narwhals. Discover an instant messaging system used by plants. And, how microbes communicate to one another to plan their attacks.  

Broadcast of December 2, 2018 @ 4 PM.

Beatle fans and musicians gather to re-experience The Beatles' top-selling album, which came to be known as The White Album. 11 of the best tunes from the double album get the spotlight treatment.  

November 22, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of one of The Beatles' most remarkable releases. The two-album set was officially called THE BEATLES, but it became known forever after as The White Album. It was the top-selling of all The Beatles' albums and ranks #11 on the all-time album sales list.  

Broadcast on November 25, 2018 @ 4 PM.  

William Apess, a Pequot man who came of age during the Jacksonian era, has been called the Native American Frederick Douglas. Drew Lopenzinas book "Through an Indian's Looking Glass" helps us understand this comparison. His book recounts Apesss history challenging the dominant power structure using the pen, the pulpit, and protest. 

Broadcast on November 18, 2018 @ 4 PM.

This is the season of the Ghost Supper, where tribes in the Great Lakes region honor ancestors and loved ones with traditional and favorite dishes.  Lee Sprague is teaching young people how to harvest and eat the foods that once sustained their tribal ancestors.  

Broadcast November  11, 2018 @ 4 PM.

SEGMENT 1: In time for Veterans Day weekend, we hear profiles of American soldiers who, after military service, returned home to face another battle – the effects of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). SEGMENT 2: We hear from veterans who wrestle with “moral injury,” which occurs after a violation of conscience, based on events they witnessed or participated in while on military duty.

  Broadcast November 4, 2018 @ 4 PM

Broadcast on October 28, 2018 @ 4 PM  

The House of Blues Radio Hour is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd).  In this episode, Elwood brings out the ghosts, goblins, and demons with Halloween-ready blues from Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and many more.

Broadcast on October 21, 2018, @ 4 PM  

Broadcast October 14, 2018 at 4 PM

Rarely has a jazz instrument been so completely redefined as the organ was at the hands of Jimmy Smith. In his wake, the Hammond B3 organ gained wide-spread popularity and attracted a suite of talented adherents. B3 players Jimmy Smith, “Baby Face” Willette and Shirley Scott in this hour of Jazz at 100 as we continue to explore Soul Jazz in the 1960s

Broadcast October 7, 2018 at 4 PM.

When will California suffer “the big one”? A geologist recently described the San Andreas fault as “locked and loaded.” And was it only a rock from space that did in the dinosaurs, or were they victims of volcanos? Also, the man who was the first to take the temperature of

Broadcast on September 30, 2018 @  4 PM  

What would make you happier at work? Being unhappy at work hurts creativity and productivity. It's bad for our health, our home lives and the company's bottom line. We’ll delve into the newest research that illuminates what makes our jobs more meaningful, engaging, and fulfilling.

Broadcast September 23, 2018 @ 4 PM.

The Dot goes deep Blue on this episode as we explore the mysterious and immense submarine canyon that lies below the surface of Monterey Bay.

Monterey is known for its famed Monterey Bay Aquarium but did you know it also has a separate scientific research center? Based in Moss Landing at the very head of the Submarine Canyon, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is one of the world's leading oceanographic and marine biology/ecology research centers.


Broadcast on September 16, 2018 @ 4pm

Two new nationwide public radio collaborations. The first hour special is presented by NPR and KQED Public Radio. The second hour special is presented by NPR and Chicago Public Radio.

Broadcast: September 9, 2018 at 4 PM.

Two new nationwide public radio collaborations. The first hour special is presented by NPR and KQED Public Radio. The second hour special is presented by NPR and Chicago Public Radio. Hour One: Secret, underground, unknown, unofficial, below the radar kitchen stories from across America, narrated by Frances McDormand, including: Hidden Kitchens Calling; An Unexpected Kitchen: The George Foreman Grill; NASCAR Kitchens: Feed the Speed; Listener Phone Messages: An Impromptu Trucker’s Buffet & The Tool Box Kitchen; A Raw Milk Coven; Milk Cow Blues: The Apple Family Farm and the Indiana Cow Share Association; America Eats: A Hidden Archive; The Forager: Hunting and Gathering with Angelo Garro; along with listener phone messages and the sound and music of place. Long description: A midnight cabyard kitchen on the streets of San Francisco, makeshift kitchens crammed in the racing pits of NASCAR, a secret civil rights kitchen tucked away in a house in Montgomery, the most unexpected hidden kitchen of all, The George Foreman Grill.