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 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.

Broadcast Sunday, April 8th 2018 at 4pm:

Martin Luther King Jr. comes to seem larger in his absence these last 50 years, himself a cosmos, in Walt Whitman speak, containing multitudes—and not contradictions so much as multiples. He was a midnight-oil Ph.D. intellectual, ever self-consciously the descendant of slaves. He was at first a reluctant leader, drafted to mobilize an alliance of plain black and poor people, who made him their captain of a sanctified social revolution. He became a sure strategist of Napoleonic ambition, in non-violence and personal non-anger. At the same time he became a saint by the Christian standard that he’d taken up the cross of Jesus Christ on a path to assassination, knowing he would only save his life by losing it. 

The civic heroism of Martin Luther King Jr. marks a peak in any story of 20th Century America. The basics are familiar: At his death by assassination 50 years ago – he was then just 39 – Dr. King had been the incandescent voice in a 15-year civil rights movement that wrote race out of our law.  He is remembered for it on the holiday calendar, in monuments and street names and avenues in hundreds of cities and towns across the land, on postage stamps around the world. This hour we’re listening for what’s not on the MLK stamps, or in the civics books: the religious conviction, the radicalism about wealth and power, the short lifetime crammed with reading, writing, philosophizing. 

Broadcast April 1, 2018 at 4pm:

You own a cat, or is it vice versa?  Family friendly felines have trained their owners to do their bidding.  Thanks to a successful evolutionary adaptation, they rule your house.

Find out how your cat has you wrapped around its paw.  And it’s not the only animal to outwit us.  Primatologist Frans de Waal shares the surprising intellectual capabilities of chimps, elephants, and bats.  In fact, could it be that we’re simply not smart enough to see how smart animals are?

Broadcast March 25, 2018 at 4pm:

Singer, guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a rare person to emerge in the music world. Her musical legacy includes early Rhythm and Blues and Gospel. She was a master guitarist and could have entertained her audiences with just those skills. We will never see another one quite like her. This one hour program explores her music with Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra with she being the lead singer and guitarist and of course her timeless classic gospel recordings. Your listening audience will enjoy "I Hear Music Above My Head! Sister Rosetta Tharpe."

Broadcast March 18, 2018 at 4pm:

Celebrate St Patrtick's Day with the Irish Heartbeat of Van Morrison and the new duets he recorded with his friends including Steve Winwood, the late Bobby Womack, Mark Knopfler and Michael Buble.

Broadcast March 11, 2018 at 4pm:

This weeks special is from Joyride Media...In 2006, Bruce Springsteen put his own stamp on the legacy of legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger. The big band that Springsteen assembled tore through the protest songs, spirituals and stories that Seeger wrote or passed down from the generations. Anyone who saw the tour knew that Mr. Springsteen knows how to put an amazing band together.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. It’s nearly impossible to fake a laugh. Yet, humans will laugh even if something isn’t funny. Discover the evolutionary function of cracking up and meet the other species that love to giggle (and monkey around).

Also, hilarious science comedy. Yes, science comedy. Plus, teaching machines to write punch lines… and stretching – and splitting – your sides with laughter yoga.

Broadcast February 25, 2018 at 4pm:

Music of the Civil Rights Movement Professional music critics Jim and Greg discuss influential and game-changning music from the 1960s that provided a soundtrack to the civil rights movement. They analyze tracks by artists like Sam Cooke, The Staple Singers, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and more. They also chat with former Chicago WVON DJ Herb Kent.

Broadcast: February 18th, 2018 at 4pm

Written and produced by David Freudberg, this one-hour documentary examines a time when the United States faced an unprecedented refugee crisis: 4 million slaves had been emancipated, primarily from plantations where they’d been held captive, following the bloody Civil War. Most possessed no more than the clothes on their backs and were now suddenly homeless and jobless. Where would they go? How would they reunite with loved ones, who may have been sold to a distant owner and never heard from again?

Broadcast: February 11, 2018 at 4pm

This week's special is from the House of Blues Radio Hour. In this episode, Elwood bends the heart strings with Blues for Valentines Day. Includes music from B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Shemekia Copeland, and many more.

From: Ben Manilla

B​roadcast: Febraury 4, 2018 at 4pm

Starting in the 1950s, Black radio stations around the country became the pulse of African-American communities, and served as their megaphone during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. "Going Black" examines the legacy of Black radio, with a special focus on the legendary WDAS in Philadelphia.

Hosted by Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) music producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble, a 1-hour version and 2-hour version of this documentary special are both available.

Broadcast: January 28, 2018 at 4pm

This week's special is from Joyride Media...Pink Floyd experienced a lot of growing pains in its early years. Drummer Nick Mason walks us through the formation of the group and its steady evolution from 1967 to 1972.

From the contributions and eventual firing of frontman Syd Barrett to being banned by the BBC on its first single to creating avant garde theater, there's a lot of history behind the band before it broke out worldwide with the album "Dark Side of the Moon."

Broadcast: January 21, 2018 at 4pm

We’re calling this episode “Peace Greats: Part 2” as it features memorable moments from programs we’ve done spotlighting Nobel Prize winners.

While our series goes out of its way to feature the less-heralded peace workers throughout history and in our world today, the personalities who rise to the top of world consciousness often do so for very good and powerful reasons that deserve more focused attention.

B​roadcast: January 14, 2018 at 4pm

This is a Peace Talks radio special… from the archive of the series on peacemaking and nonviolent conflict resolution. We’re calling it Peace Greats Part 1 which will feature memorable moments from episodes we’ve done spotlighting Nobel Prize winners or more famous peacemaking names from history - Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Broadcast: January 7, 2018 at 4pm:

Immigration is in the news every day. But we rarely hear the stories of immigrants in their own words.

“At times of rapid social and demographic change, such as the story of immigrant America today, the need for understanding is absolutely crucial. The best way to understand is not with statistics, not with theories, not with politicians trying to stir up emotions. It’s through the simple human stories.

Broadcast: December 31, 2017 at 4pm:

Tis the season! In this KAZU Sunday Sound Adventure, the Capitol Steps prepare and produce their annual year in review, “Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year’s Edition 2017.”

Broadcast: December 24, 2017 at 4pm

This weeks Sunday Sound Adventure is from WFIU Public Media.

Night Lights' annual holiday tribute celebrates the season with plenty of cool-Yule jazz, including Shorty Rogers' take on "The Nutcracker," pianist Bill Evans having some vocal fun with "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (as well as the backstory on how the song came to be written), guitarist Emily Remler offering up a luminous version of "Snowfall," and poet Sascha Feinstein reading his poem about the legendary Miles Davis-Thelonious Monk Christmas Eve 1954 recording session.

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Broadcast: December 17, 2017 at 4pm

This week's special is from Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Otis Redding’s five magnificent years in showbiz transformed the sound of soul music. His grainy, growling, and “squawking” voice kept the music rooted in the older traditions of the black church and black life in America. Yet his secularized sound—tempered with the sweetness of Sam Cooke, the flamboyant flair of Little Richard, and the showmanship of James Brown—also ushered in a new era of African American pop in the ’60s.