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: October 29, 2017 at 4pm

What’s a Halloween show without a look at horror, one of America’s favorite fascinations? Rooted in legend and culture, American horror plays on our fears while often providing a distraction from the real sources of anxiety.  In this episode of BackStory, the Guys look at the different forms horror has taken in American culture, from witches and slave revolts to haunted houses and movie monsters. From: BackStory with the American History Guys

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Broadcast: October 22, 2017 at 4pm

Ready for some good old-fashioned scares this Halloween? Then the Icebox Radio Theater is ready to deliver with a trio stories designed to chill you even if you don't hail from icy climes as we invite you to join us for: Listening in the Dark!

Broadcast: October 15, 2017 at 4pm

Changed your computer password recently?  We all try to stay one step ahead of the hackers, but the fear factor is increasing.  The risks can range from stolen social security numbers to sabotaging a national power grid. 

Broadcast: October 8, 2017 at 4pm

Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis and Esquire Magazine's Jeff Slate join Paul Ingles for a thoughtful and heart-felt review of the special qualities that made the late Tom Petty such an important figure in rock 'n' roll. Music from throughout Tom's 40 year career is featured. From: Paul Ingles

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Broadcast: October 1, 2017 at 4pm

On this edition of Peace Talks Radio, stories about former enemies in war, reconciling between each other to achieve peace within themselves and, they hope, delivering a message about the futility of war.

Broadcast: September 24, 2017 at 4pm

Broadcast: September 17, 2017 at 4pm

Thelonious Monk's sound is one of the most recognizable in modern jazz. An original on and off the bandstand, he was the launch pad of modern bebop, and also created a body of work in its own orbit.  From: NPR Music

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Broadcast: September 10, 2017 at 4pm

In space, no one can hear you scream, but, using the right instruments, scientists can pick up all types of cosmic vibrations – the sort we can turn into sound. We listen to the squeal of black holes crashing into each other. Also, how a theoretical physicist and jazz musician uses music to explore the most vexing questions facing modern cosmology. Plus, how John Coltrane found inspiration in Albert Einstein.  From: Big Picture Science

Broadcast: September 3, 2017 at 4pm.

In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was a book called "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do." The book became a bestseller and even inspired a Broadway musical – something rare for an oral history collection. "Working" struck a nerve, because it elevated the stories of ordinary people and their daily lives. Studs celebrated the un-celebrated.

Broadcast: August 27, 2017 at 4pm.

Frank Sinatra left a permanent mark on 20th Century America in many forms of popular entertainment. As a vocalist, his versions of the country's popular songs set the definitive standard for singers and instrumentalists alike.  From: NPR Music

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Broadcast: August 20, 2017

During a few short weeks in the summer of 1967, thousands of hippies descended on San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to experiment with sexual freedom and mind-blowing drugs, debate social and economic utopias, and listen to loud rock music.

Marco Werman looks back at those hedonistic times through the music and recollections of those who were there 50 years ago, and hears why the world has never been quite the same for many of them. From the BBC.

Broadcast: August 13, 2017 at 4pm.

Broadcast: August 6, 2017 at 4pm.

Miles Davis was the personification of restless spirit, always pushing himself and his music into uncharted territory. He was an innovative lightning rod for musicians from all genres — particularly the brightest young players. Davis created some of the 20th century's most challenging and influential music. From NPR Music.

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Broadcast: July 31, 2017 at 4pm.

In 1984 there were no Route 66 associations, historic signs, fun runs or anything else to promote or identify the road. Only fading landmarks with names like 66 Motel or 66 Diner stood as sentinels of an era gone by. Such is the perspective of this audio documentary. Visit the Kitchen Sisters website to hear this program. From the Kitchen Sisters.

Broadcast: July 23, 2017 at 4pm. 

Watching a total solar eclipse is said to be a life-changing experience. We help you make the most of Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017. No eclipse glasses? A kitchen colander is an excellent Plan B. Plus, what was at stake when eclipse fever hit the country in 1878. Also, is there still science to be done with eclipse observations from the ground? And NASA turns up the heat with a mission to skim the Sun’s surface. From Big Picture Science.

Broadcast: July, 16, 2017 at 4pm.

"The Last: Final Recordings of Jazz Greats" features both studio and live performances made by musicians who passed away shortly thereafter. Many-but not all-of these artists had struggled with substance abuse or other issues that took a toll on their health. Some knew on some level that their lives were ending; others died quite suddenly and unexpectedly. From WFIU

Broadcast: July 9, 2017 at 4pm.

School may be out for the summer, but the overambitious among us still like to accomplish tasks. That’s where we come in, with a homework-filled special holiday episode. 

Guests on Nerdette always assign listeners homework, and we’ve compiled the BEST OF THE BEST into this hour-long Nerdette summer homework special. From WBEZ.

  Broadcast: July 2, 2017 at 4pm.

So you think you don't have any plans for July 4th? WRONG! SAD! Celebrate the holiday and pick up a few classified secrets by listening to the Capitol Steps as they poke fun at today's news with their brand new, one-hour 4th of July romp. This special promises to be huge, fantastic, tremendous...believe me, believe me. If there's anything both sides can agree on, it's that we all could use a laugh. Tune out and tune in as the Capitol Steps rhyme the news of the day.


Broadcast: June 25, 2017 at 4pm.

No blues singer can escape the influence of Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues." For over 100 years, this legendary singer has been and continues to be a major influence on singers and instrumentalists of today. She was larger than life, inexhaustibly creative, and undeniably distinctive. Her legacies of songs speak to everybody; she gave the music its raw, regal poignancy--and marketability.
From NPR Music.

Broadcast: June 18, 2017 at 4pm.

An appreciation of the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, generally recognized as the first pop or rock festival of all-time. It featured 33 acts in 3 days in June in 1967 and catapulted stars like Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who and Jimi Hendrix into the American media spotlight. From Paul Ingles.