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 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.

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.

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.

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.

The best-selling jazz record of all time is a universally acknowledged masterpiece, revered as much by rock and classical music fans as by jazz lovers. The album is Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. 
 Kind of Blue brought together seven now-legendary musicians in the prime of their careers: tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb and, of course, trumpeter Miles Davis. From NPR Music.

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.

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

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