Krista Almanzan

After Monterey County voters approved a fracking ban last November, oil companies and royalty owners quickly filed six lawsuits against the county.  Those have all been consolidated into one trial.  Phase one began 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.

KAZU is a proud sponsor of the Second Harvest Food Bank. At a time of year when most families will gather at tables filled with food and cheer, we want to make sure that every family in Santa Cruz County will have food on their table. The proceeds from Second Harvest Food Bank’s Holiday Food & Fund drive provides healthy food  year-round to children, families, veterans, the elderly, and others in need. Every $1 donated is turned into 4 healthy meals. Be a Hunger Hero and fight hunger with us. Please donate now at thefoodbank.org

KAZU is a proud media sponsor of the United Nations Association's 18th annual International Documentary Film Festival. This year's festival features stories from Greece, Costa Rica, Italy, Nigeria, The Salinas Valley , and more.

7pm, November 3rd and 4th at Cal State Monterey Bay's World Theatre.

More information can be found at unamontereybay.org

Joy! a new holiday spectacular featuring circus performers, dance and live music is a dazzling extravaganza for the whole family. This magical madcap holiday show is set to the Candy Land-flavored live music of award-winning a cappella group SoVoSo and features world-class circus, dancers and acrobats, including Cirque du Soleil soloists Jeff Raz and Diane Wasnak. At the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium November 24-26th and at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose December 1st - 3rd. Produced by Tandy Beal and Company.

Tickets at tandybeal.com/joy.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office says arson caused the Bear Fire in Boulder Creek.  The same man accused of looting an evacuated home during the fire now faces arson charges.  

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents the classic Christmas story, "The Nutcracker." 

This production includes more than 70 dancers in sumptuous costumes and beautiful scenery with music performed by a full, professional orchestra. Choreographed by Robert Kelley. Orchestra conducted by Pamela Martin. All performances at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Gather the family for this beautiful holiday production.

(Tickets on sale now)

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.

Erika Mahoney

Helicopters flying near Carmel River State Beach Wednesday will be carrying boulders and large pieces of redwood trees to the lower Carmel River. The material will create new habitat for the federally threatened steelhead trout.