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: 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.

Broadcast: December 10, 2017 at 4pm

Water is essential for life – that we know. But the honeycomb lattice that forms when you chill it to zero degrees Celsius is also inexorably intertwined with life.

Ice is more than a repository for water that would otherwise raise sea levels. It’s part of Earth’s cooling system, a barrier preventing decaying organic matter from releasing methane gas, and a vault entombing ancient bacteria and other microbes.

Broadcast: December 3. 2017 at 4pm

On this special edition of Peace Talks Radio, we recall the several years when musician John Lennon and his wife, performance artist Yoko Ono, were among the most high profile peace advocates on the planet. 

John was shot dead outside his apartment in New York in 1980 – 11 years after he wrote the song that – since its creation in 1969, has been a fixture at just about any gathering for peace.  

Broadcast: November 26, 2017 at 4pm.

An audio Thanksgiving feast. We binge on fattening stories, then purge with a documentary on refusing food: Joe Frank describes a typically twisted family "Thanksgiving Dinner" (from his program "Pilgrim").

Broadcast: November 19, 2017 at 4pm

On Thanksgiving night, November 25, 1976, The Band held a "farewell to the road" concert called "The Last Waltz."

Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Hawkins, Ronnie Wood, Ringo Starr were among the performers who came to honor and play with one of the most beloved bands in rock and roll.  Robbie Robertson describes in detail how it evolved from a concert to an event, how he convinced Martin Scorcese to film it and how he never expected it would become what it is today.

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.