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KAZU News has won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.  The awards are given by the Radio Television Digital News Association to honor outstanding achievements in electrocnic journalism.  

The Big Speakeasy: Jazz and Prohibition

12 hours ago

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.

KAZU is proud to welcome StoryCorps back to the Monterey Bay area.  This time with its Military Voices Initiative.

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.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

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.

Krista Almanzan

The third event of the 2019 Leon Panetta Lecture Series focused on the Role of Nationalism, Globalism and Patriotism.  

Erika Mahoney

As an old saying goes, the only things we can be certain about in life are death and taxes. Presumably, you wrapped up your taxes yesterday. That’s why today is designated National Healthcare Decisions Day.

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.  

City of Monterey


In case of an emergency that requires the evacuation of Pacific Grove, there are only two ways out. On Saturday, emergency planners will test a third route through the normally closed Presidio of Monterey.  

Erika Mahoney

March and April are when harbor seals give birth along the Central Coast. That means moms and pups need their space.

Erika Mahoney

The commercial crab fishing season is being cut nearly in half this year. It ends statewide one week from today. The goal is to prevent whale and sea turtle entanglements in the crab fishing gear.

Krista Almanzan


As insurance companies reassess the fire risk in California, homeowners in Carmel Valley have been getting dropped from their coverage.

UC Santa Cruz alumni—this weekend is for you! Come connect with classmates and professors, walk familiar paths on campus, and participate in lots of music, food, learning, and fun!

Register Now at https://alumniweekend.ucsc.edu/.

Whether you come to walk in support of Mount Madonna School or for the festival, the annual Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Earth Day Celebration in April each year has something for all ages! The celebration features live animals including birds, lizards, and snakes; community networking, green businesses and more. Interested in frogs and turtles? Check out the Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society! Want fun? Check out the solar car races, live music, kids eco-carnival games, delicious foods and more!

Erika Mahoney

The investigation continues into an officer-involved shooting last month that left a Salinas woman dead. Police were called because she allegedly threatened to kill someone. 

Erika Mahoney

Changes in the global recycling market are being felt locally. In the City of Monterey, garbage rates could go up.

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

Erika Mahoney

Carmel Valley has known wildfire risks: steep terrain, seasonally dry brush and lots of open space. It also has limited evacuation routes.

The second event of the 2019 Leon Panetta Lecture Series focused on the Role of the Press and the Congress.

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.

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