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 September 2, 2018 at 4 PM: 

Globalization ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. But in the United States jobs are disappearing, and the American working class is losing ground. Is globalization to blame? Did the push toward global integration leave our most vulnerable populations behind, making them the losers of this grand experiment? Or is globalization being used as a scapegoat for a wider range of failed public policies and unprecedented advances in technology? The debaters are Thea Lee, Jason Furman, Jared Bernstein, and James Manyika.

Broadcast Sunday August 5, 2018 at 4pm:

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. HOST: Alex Chadwick In this hour: "Educating Esme" - A teacher's diary. During her first year teaching fifth grade in a Chicago public school, Esme kept a journal, from which this program is made. Produced with Esme Codell and WBEZ Chicago.

Broadcast Sunday August 12, 2018 at 4pm:

Eight out of 10 children born in America today will never know a night sky dark enough to see the Milky Way. In our modern world, where nights are getting brighter, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Paul Bogard (James Madison University) is the author of the new book “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in the Age of Artificial Light.” He believes we now suffer from light pollution and that the lack of darkness at night is affecting our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Plus: When women compare themselves to other people, they actually lose IQ points. Read Montague (Virginia Tech) completed a study that suggests being in groups can have a dumbing-down effect on certain individuals.

Broadcast Sunday August 5, 2018 at 4pm:

When Louis Armstrong died in July of 1971, his friend Duke Ellington summed up Louis's genius by saying, “Louis Armstrong was born poor... died rich... and never hurt anyone in between." Author Gary Giddins discusses Louis Armstrong’s life in music. Many seminal Armstrong recordings are featured.

Broadcast Sunday July 29, 2018 at 4pm:

Sleep is the new skinny. Americans are obsessed with a good night's rest- after decades of viewing sleep as a waste of time for people who have nothing better to do. We'll explore how sleep impacts our health, and the multimillion dollar industry trying to sell us better sleep. Also; insomnia, working the night shift, nightmares - and what we can learn from the sleeping habits of primates.

Broadcast Sunday July 22, 2018 at 4pm:

Dinosaurs are once again stomping their way across the silver screen. But these colossal beasts stole the show long before CGI brought them roaring to life in the Jurassic Park blockbusters. Dinosaurs had global dominance for the better part of 165 million years. In this episode, we talk with Kenneth Lacovara, the paleontologist who dug up the largest land lizard known so far, Dreadnoughtus.

Broadcast Sunday July 15, 2018 at 4pm:

A special edition of HumaNature formatted for air. Felicia Friesema and Steve Julian had a “miracle relationship.” They carved out an oasis in the middle of Los Angeles. But then they found themselves facing one of the most fundamental aspects of nature: death.

Broadcast Sunday July 8, 2018 at 4pm:

As the 1960s began Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers were fueled by the compositions of Wayne Shorter with the front line of Shorter and Lee Morgan. In 1961, this transitioned to the last great Messengers lineup of the 1960s – and it was one of the best ever – Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Cedar Walton on piano and Jymie Merritt on bass, propelled by compositions by Shorter, Fuller, Walton. The 1960s edition of the Jazz Messengers in this hour of Jazz at 100.

Broadcast Sunday July 1, 2018 at 4pm:

So you think you don’t have any plans for July 4th?  WRONG!  SAD!  Celebrate the holiday and pick up a few new legal explanations from Rudy Guiliani when the Capitol Steps poke fun at today’s news with their brand new, one-hour 4th of July special.  Call your friends!  Call your lawyer!  Call your lawyer’s lawyer!  This special promises to be huge, fantastic, tremendous…the highest ratings ever, believe me.

If there’s anything both sides can agree on, it’s that we all could use a good laugh.  Tune out and tune in as the Capitol Steps rhyme the news of the day. 

Broadcast Sunday June 24, 2018 at 4pm:

This week's adventure is from North State Public Radio. Big Wave Dave talks surfing! Featuring a conversation between San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Bruce Jenkins and retired NASA Oceanographer Bill Patzert, we dive deep under the swells of the world of big waves with an emphasis on Mavericks -- the biggest surf wave on the west coast located in Half Moon Bay. Mark Sponsler rides big waves like Mavericks and has a website called Stormsurf that forecasts wave conditions for surfers -- he shares his insights on waves -- what makes the perfect surfing wave? We also talk to Surfer Magazine staff photographer Frank Quirarte who takes his camera into the big break at Mavericks on a personal water craft and rescues surfers trapped in the cauldron of whitewater. 

Broadcast Sunday June 17, 2018 at 4pm:

An hour-long program of classic jazz, celebrating an American holiday marking the formal end of slavery. "The Juneteenth Jazz Jamboree" is a musical and historical celebration of a significant African-American holiday that marks the formal end of slavery and has evolved into a tradition of food, games, music, and remembrance of ancestors. The program includes freedom-related jazz from John Coltrane, Louis Jordan, Max Roach with Abbey Lincoln, Paul Robeson with Count Basie, Charles Lloyd, Carmen McRae and more (including musical tributes to African-American icons such as Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis), as well as background and insights from African-American emancipation-celebration historian William Wiggins. Hosted by David Brent Johnson.

Broadcast Sunday June 10, 2018 at 4pm:

The Studs Terkel edge on the radio was, first of all, picking guests who would sound more interesting 50, 60 years later: Mahalia Jackson, Bucky Fuller, Toni Morrison, Bertrand Russell. Simone de Beauvoir on her Second Sex. Federico Fellini on La Dolce Vita. David Mamet on his Glengarry, Glen Ross. Aaron Copland, Dizzy Gillespie. James Baldwin from 1961, Woody Allen in his twenties. Janis Joplin, Tennessee Williams. John Cage. The other great mark of Studs Terkel radio was that these weren’t interviews – except when Marlon Brando wanted a second hour to interview Studs. They were conversations – emphasis not on facts or even opinions but rather “feeling tone,” emotion and experience.

Broadcast Sunday June 3, 2018 at 4pm:

SEGMENT 1: A return visit to the Seeds of Peace summer camp, when teenagers from opposing sides of conflict regions, including the Middle East, arrive for amazing encounters of dialogue and fun.

SEGMENT 2: When we're in a disagreement, it's sometimes hard simply to listen to the other person. But skillful listening is a core practice of conflict resolution and, potentially, a doorway to improved relations and greater self-understanding.

Broadcast Sunday May 27, 2018 at 4pm:

Since 2004, Jack Johnson has hosted annual concerts in Hawaii featuring his musician friends to raise money for the Kokua Foundation he and his wife created to support environmental education programs. This one hour radio special features the best, one-of-a-kind collaborations from past festivals. 

Broadcast Sunday May 20th, 2018 at 4pm:

Part 2 of a special series from Ken Rudin's Political Junkie -- 1968: 50 Years Later. The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, but there is turmoil both inside the hall and outside. Anti-Vietnam War demonstrators and police clash violently in the streets. The Chicago Eight are charged with conspiracy and incitement to riot. Meanwhile, inside the hall, floor fights between establishment and anti-war delegates threaten to tear the party apart. Vice President Hubert Humphrey secures the nomination despite having not competed in any primaries.

Broadcast Sunday May 13, 2018 at 4pm:

This hour, Mothers in all their beautiful, complicated glory.

Deliverance by Francesca Panetta and Lucy Greenwell with presenter Lemn Sissay for Between the Ears (BBC Radio 3, 2015) A sound poem made from the audio diaries of five women in their final days of pregnancy.

Broadcast Sunday May 6, 2018 at 4pm:

Part 1 of a special series from Ken Rudin's Political Junkie -- 1968: 50 Years Later. After a disappointing result in the New Hampshire Primary, President Lyndon B. Johnson drops his bid for re-election. The Gene McCarthy campaign is furious as Bobby Kennedy enters the race. On the Republican side, Richard Nixon launches a political comeback. The nation reels after the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis. And the assassination of RFK on the night of the California primary sends the Democratic Party into a tailspin.

Broadcast Sunday April 29, 2018 at 4pm:

This week's adventure is from WNYC...Alec sits down with comedian Jerry Seinfeld who debuted on both Johnny Carson and HBO when he was 27 years old.  Seinfeld's material stood out.  It wasn't about his upbringing or personal relationships, it was about our universal experience of small things.  Eight years after his HBO debut, he and Larry David created a weekly series that changed both their lives.  After Seinfeld ran for nine seasons, Seinfeld went back to stand-up, and to his audience.  “You have this relationship with the audience that is private between you and them. We have our own thing that nobody can break … once you build that it can't be broken by outside forces.”

Broadcast April 22, 2018 at 4pm:

This week's adventure is from WTJU...In his book Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965, David Rosenthal outlines a group of musicians within the hard bop idiom that he identifies as “experimentalists”, describing them as “…consciously trying to expand jazz’s structural and technical boundaries: for instance, pianist Andrew Hill, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane prior to his 1965 record Ascension. This category would also include Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus, whose playing and compositions were at once experimental and reminiscent of the moods and forms of earlier black music, including jazz of the 1920s and 1930s.

Broadcast Sunday April 15, 2018 at 4pm:

From WFIU...Today African-American heroes and heroines and figures of inspiration are celebrated in American culture, but it wasn’t always so. In the mid-20th century it was sometimes jazz artists who stepped up with musical dedications to people such as Jackie Robinson , Marcus Garvey , Paul Robeson , and Malcolm X . In the next hour we’ll hear some of these tributes from Count Basie, Freddie Hubbard, Oliver Nelson, Max Roach, Lee Morgan, and others.