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: November 12, 2017 at 4pm

At first, there wasn’t a name for the kind of music that Fats Domino played. He called it rhythm and blues. But Domino’s songs stretched beyond that category. 

In the late 1940s, Domino was working at a mattress factory in New Orleans and playing piano at night. He’d just gotten married … and both his waistline and fan base were expanding. That’s when the bandleader Billy Diamond first called him “Fats” — and predicted he’d have an outsized career.

Broadcast: November 5, 2017 at 4pm

In the 1960s, it took almost three weeks to cross the sea from America to Vietnam. Three weeks for young men in crowded cabins with salt water showers and absolutely nothing to do but think about home, the war, and what might be next. In this special episode we focus on a single troopship, the General Nelson M. Walker, and a few of the soldiers who traveled on it.

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.


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.


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

In this hour, it's the life and music of John Coltrane. We’ll talk with our jazz historian and renowned Coltrane scholar Lewis Porter about Trane’s early roots growing up in rural North Carolina, and get to know the softer side of John Coltrane the balladeer. And we’ll explore John Coltrane’s redemption story and his transformation from heroin addict to spiritual icon, and sit down for a conversation with Ravi Coltrane about how his father’s music unexpectedly inspired him to carry on the family legacy.


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.

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