KUNM Call In Show 12/11 8a: The New Mexico Environment Department has fined the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory a total of $54 million related to two incidents at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository earlier this year. An underground fire and a release of radiation in February contaminated 22 workers and shuttered the facility.
What are the fines for? And what must WIPP and LANL do to come into compliance with hazardous waste permits? Are the fines enough?
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry signed an agreement this week with the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the city's police department. Mayor Berry, APD Chief Gorden Eden and the head civilian trainer at the Albuquerque Police Academy, Joe Wolf, will join us to discuss the agreement and reform of APD.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque have announced a plan to reform the Albuquerque Police Department. What are the details of the plan and how are the initiatives intended to change APD's use of force practices and interactions with people with mental illnesses?
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As election day draws near, we take a wide-ranging look at all things election-related: the ads, the money, the issues, the candidates, the endorsements, the trends and possible outcomes and how they may shape our future in New Mexico and beyond.
Have you already voted? Will you vote? Are you voting for change or for things to continue as they are? We'd like to hear from you! Post your comments online, email email@example.com, or call in live during the show.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/23 8a: What public health issues are New Mexico candidates talking about in their campaigns? What are politicians and elected officials not talking about? We'll have an in depth discussion with KUNM's Public Health New Mexico reporting team - Ed Williams and Marisa Demarco.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/16 8a: Tucked amid the items on the November 4th general election ballot are 5 proposed constitutional amendments and 3 general obligation bond questions New Mexicans will be asked to vote on statewide.
KUNM Call In Show 10/9 8a: Call 277-5866 or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. With the proliferation of political action committees (PACs) and super-PACs, candidates for office have access to increasing amounts of campaign funding. Where is the election financing coming from in New Mexico, and who is receiving it? Does having the most money guarantee victory for a candidate? Join us, as we take a look at current candidate funding and explore how the burgeoning legacy of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission impacts elections in New Mexico.
Thu. 10/2 8am: The New Mexico Public Education Department has recently instituted many education reforms. Do you believe these reforms will have a positive impact? Will a candidate's stance on education-related issues influence your vote this November? Join us on the call-in show as we talk with experts, candidates and you, about the role education issues may play in the upcoming election.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 9/18 8a: New Mexico is in what has been termed a "double-dip recession." We are at or near the top of lists of states where food insecurity impacts the greatest percentage of residents, and our job growth is among the worst in the U.S.
The Santa Fe City Council approved a measure decriminalizing marijuana. Albuquerque's Mayor Richard Berry vetoed a similar proposal. And now the Bernalillo County Commission is planning to ask voters if they think possession of small amounts of marijuana should mean fines instead of jail sentences.
We'll ask what decriminalization means for individuals and government agencies in New Mexico. Is decriminalization a stepping stone to legalization on a statewide level? What are the benefits? What are potential pitfalls?
Images from protests in Ferguson, Missouri have outlined the reality of racial inequality and police militarization throughout the United States. We'll continue last week's conversation and ask law enforcement officials, does this create an "us v. them" mindset for police? What about in communities?
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Images from the ongoing protests in Ferguson, MO have starkly outlined the reality of racial inequality and police militarization throughout the United States. Has this led to an "us v. them" mindset both within a police force and for community members? And how much do the levels of fear and distrust increase when the make-up of a department doesn't reflect a community's ethnic and/or racial composition?
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 7/10 8a: Recent evaluations have left some teachers with more questions than answers. How were results determined and what do they mean for careers and salaries? Do teacher evaluations help or hinder teaching efforts, students and communities?
Can we make our forests fireproof? Do we want to? Recent large, devastating fires in New Mexico have swept away livelihoods, and threatened and destroyed watersheds and animal habitats. The U.S. Forest Service has undertaken projects to thin forests through prescribed burns and the removal of hazardous fuels...but to what effect? We'll talk with residents, activists, the Forest Service - and YOU! - about how - and if - the needs and desires of stakeholders (human and animal) can be balanced in this time of drought and high fire danger.
Thu. 6/11 8a: Scientists are still searching for the root cause of the February 14th radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), but theories are being narrowed down and action being taken to protect workers and citizens. We'll learn the latest developments from New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn and others. Are you getting enough information from government agencies overseeing the investigation and charged with remedying the situation to feel safe?
New Mexico's primary election is next Tuesday, June 3. The most high profile race is for a face-off against incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez. It pits 5 Democrats against one another, but there is plenty of intrigue across the ballot.
How have you decided amongst the candidates... or have you? Are you an Independent who wishes you could vote in the primary?
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/8 8a: The federal government is now inquiring into the handling of sexual assault cases on 55 college campuses across the country. No New Mexico schools appear on the recently-released list of schools under investigation, but the University of New Mexico, for one, has been proactive in setting up programs related to sexual assault prevention and support for survivors of assault.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/1 8a: Do you enjoy the internet as we now know it? How might the Federal Communication Commission's proposed rule changes regarding net neutrality - the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites - affect you personally or in your business or profession? Or change the way you experience the internet?
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/24 8a: In the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice's findings that the Albuquerque Police Department violated the constitutional rights of citizens with excessive use of force, an officer shot and killed another person this week.
That makes two dozen people killed by police officers in Albuquerque since 2010.
What should APD be doing immediately to address the issues outlined in the DOJ report? And what will the roll out of a plan for reform look like?
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/3 8a: As Albuquerque makes national news for a series of police shootings and vigorous citizen protests, we take a look at what has shaped the interactions between citizens and the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). What has been recommended to improve interactions and curb the use of deadly force…what has been done and has not been done, and what can we now do?
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/13 8a: New Mexico is perpetually at or near the bottom of state child well-being rankings. New Mexico's children are and have been at risk for abuse, poverty, hunger, and other issues that affect their ability to learn, grow, and be health.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/6 8a: Over a dozen employees at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad recently tested positive for radiation after sensors detected a radiation leak deep underground. We'll take your questions about the WIPP radiation leak and find out more about the health of the workers who were exposed.
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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/16 8a: New Mexico’s annual legislative session begins on January 21st. Thirty-day sessions such as this one are mandated to handle the state’s budget matters.
But what can we really expect to be debated and passed with talk of driver’s licenses, education issues, indigent health care funding, the behavioral health care system and the economy and jobs circulating and potentially appearing before lawmakers?
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/9 8a: What are the news stories you're most interested in hearing about this year? Are there issues you're watching? We'll hear from New Mexico journalists about what they will be covering this year.
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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/19 8a: Are you a classically-trained chef, experimenting with and enlarging upon traditional New Mexican recipes? Or maybe you have embraced living off the land, growing and cooking in traditional, family ways? You'll have something to say about New Mexico's rich traditions of holiday foods and cooking! We'll take your calls as we explore New Mexico holiday foods- how we prepare, cherish and use them to create enduring holiday tastes and memories.
KUNM Call-In Show Thu. 12/12: The topic of guns has long been a controversial issue. Advocates for gun control say there needs to be more restrictions for gun sales while advocates for gun rights say more restrictions go against the constitution.
With the the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut this week, we'll be discussing how to find common ground in the discussion of guns.
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/5 8a: The City of Rio Rancho experienced an 80 per cent increase in its population from the year 2000 to 2013. Neighbor to the state's largest city, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho continues to grow and has blossomed into New Mexico's third-largest city.
We'll take a close look at the rapid growth - has the city been able to meet the challenges of providing essential services and health care, protecting the environment and creating jobs?
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/21 8a: KUNM marks "American Education Week" (November 18-22, 2013) with a program devoted to the current issues surrounding the implementation of the NMTeach system by the NM Public Education Department (PED).
Join us as we examine newly implemented initiatives related to teacher evaluations and testing requirements under the Common Core Standards Initiative.
Are the changes beneficial for our students and teachers? We'll look forward to hearing from you!
KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/14 8a: Can mere words connect us? Unite and celebrate us in all our bubbling diversity? Albuquerque's inaugural poet laureate, Hakim Bellamy, and Santa Fe's second poet laureate, Valerie Martinez will look back at their tenure and experiences in their positions. Don McIver, member of Albuquerque's Poet Laureate Organizing Committee, will also be in studio to talk about the program's goals and what's coming up for the program in the future.