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Megan Kamerick

Morning Edition Host

Megan has been a journalist for 22 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus and Weekend Edition, the Global Music Show - and her job as Morning Edition Host - fulfilling a long-held wish to learn radio.

In 2012, she moved into television with New Mexico PBS where she produced “Public Square” and “New Mexico in Focus.” Megan has produced stories for National Public Radio, Latino USA and Marketplace. She’s passionate about getting women’s voices into media and is the former president of the Journalism & Women Symposium. Her TED talk on women and media has more than 272,000 views. She’s the vice president of communications for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Rio Grande Chapter. In the spare time she manages to scrape together she goes hiking with her husband and dog, seeks out cool cultural happenings, goes to movies and travels.

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New Mexico Democrats Condemn Veto Of Court FundsThe Associated Press

Senate Democrats are criticizing as irresponsible and disheartening a veto of emergency court funding by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

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Universities Warn International Students, Faculty Against Traveling – Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press

Major universities around New Mexico issued warnings to some students and faculty against international travel in the wake of an executive order issued by President Donald Trump.

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New Mexico Education Dept. Seeks Teacher Evaluation FixesThe Associated Press

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is asking lawmakers to pass legislation aimed at reducing the percentage student test scores count on teacher evaluations.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Approve Emergency Court FundingThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Legislature has approved emergency funding to cover the cost of juries, court interpreters and clerk's offices for several months in response to a funding crisis in the Judiciary.

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Oil Rights Near Chaco Canyon Sell For $3 Million Despite ProtestsThe Associated Press

The Bureau of land Management has auctioned oil and gas drilling rights in northwest New Mexico despite protests from Native Americans and environmentalists.

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New Mexico Legislature Considers Legalizing MarijuanaThe Associated Press

Democratic state lawmakers say the time is ripe for New Mexico to legalize and tax marijuana sales for recreational use as the state grapples with a budget deficit and plunging revenues.

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Bills To Reinstate New Mexico's Solar Tax Credit Move AheadThe Associated Press

Bipartisan efforts are making headway in the New Mexico House and Senate to reinstate a tax credit that spurred nearly a quarter billion dollars of investment in roof-top solar and related jobs before expiring last year.

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New Mexico House Approves School Spending Cuts – The Associated Press

The New Mexico House of Representatives has approved funding cuts of 2 percent to most school districts across the state, while exempting districts with low cash reserves.

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New Mexico Targets Takata, Auto Makers Over Faulty Air Bags - By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

New Mexico has announced a lawsuit against Japanese manufacturer Takata and a long list of auto makers in connection with the sale of cars with dangerous air bag inflators.

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New Mexico Considers Automated Voter Registration – The Associated Press

New Mexico lawmakers are proposing a change to the state constitution that would automatically provide voter registration through driver's license records unless individuals chose not to participate.

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Unlike some of the most well-known national parks, one of the newer additions won't have mountains with snow-capped peaks or desert canyons. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will offer something different: the story of how scientists created the world's first atomic bomb. But how the story will be told is surrounded by controversy.

In downtown Los Alamos, N.M., a group of tourists follow guide Jim Shipley through Fuller Lodge, which became a gathering place during the Manhattan Project.

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December 31, 2016: Woman who confirmed dark matter dies; Carrie Fisher dies, followed by her mother, Debbie Reynolds; new study finds patients fare better with female doctors; West Virginia will have female major

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The first Indigenous Comic Con took place in November 2016 in Albuquerque.

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New Mexico Firmly Backs Hillary Clinton As Electors VoteAssociated Press

All five of New Mexico's electors have cast their votes for Hillary Clinton while expressing disappointment about the outcome of the presidential election.

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December 17, 2016: Women's post-inaugration march gets permit; University of Minnesota president defends decision on football players accused of assault; Egyptian authorities arrest women's rights advocate;

Our guests are Elba Saavedra, program director with Comadre a Comadre, and Cathy Landavazo, a breast cancer survivor who is now a peer educator and navigator for other women.

  Our guest will be Lisa Cacari Stone, Assistant Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and an Associate Professor in the College of Population Health at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

Stone was the lead researcher on a new study examining the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health equity in New Mexico.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/13 8a: The 2016 presidential election has been polarizing. Many of the biggest divides are over class, gender and race. We'll talk about how this election is highlighting voter attitudes on these important topics.

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Ten years ago 516 ARTS opened in downtown Albuquerque and has since become one of the most important contemporary art institutions in New Mexico. Founder and Executive Director Suzanne Sbarge talks about "Decade," the show celebrating the 10th anniversary of 516. 

Also on the show are choreographer Lisa Nevada and artists Jessica Angel and Andrea Polli who are creating installations for the exhibition. 

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September 17, 2016: UN calls on France to withdraw burkini bans; Indian girls attacked with acid after man sentenced to death in murder; Egyptian activists hail law cracking down on FGM; women in Saudi Arabia protest restrictions on Twitter; first female governor of Arizona dies; California lawmakers pass law in response to Brock Turner's lenient sentence; more teens resorting to sex work to afford food; Tennessee lawmakers vote to expel lawmaker after sexual harassment allegations; constitutional amendment in New Mexico likely overturns law designed to block women from participating in po

  University Showcase Fri 09/16 8a: Our guests will be Professor Gordon Rahn, director of the New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project at the University of New Mexico School of Law, as well as Anthony Ray Hinton, who was exonerated in 2015 after 30 years on Alabama's death row, and Jennifer Thompson, whose testimony helped convict Ronald Cotton of rape. He was later exonerated via DNA evidence.

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Leaders Hold Special Meeting After Girl's Death – The Associated Press

City and county officials have called a special meeting to address the brutal slaying of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl in the hopes of identifying opportunities for the community to better protect children.

Officials say they will be seeking funding for more social workers, and exploring solutions for drug treatment, mental health services and child abuse prevention.

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Workers At New Mexico Plant Practice Handling Nuclear Waste – The Associated Press & The Carlsbad Current-Arugus  

Workers at New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are completing training exercises as they prepare to resume handling nuclear waste.

  When artist Jessamyn Lovell had her identity stolen she became obsessed with the woman who did it - Erin Hart. She hired a private investigator to track Hart and documented the experience, which became the show Dear Erin Hart. That followed previous work she did called No Trespassing where she tracked her father and photographed him as a way to come to terms with their troubled relationship. She spoke about these shows with This American Life.

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KUNM Call In Show 9/1 8a:

New Mexico produces the majority of chile in the U.S. according to the New Mexico Chile Association, and the crop brings millions the state. This fruit has become an integral part of our economy and our culture. Yet the industry faces serious challenges, with declining acreage and labor shortages.

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KUNM Call In Show 7/28 8a: New Mexico’s economy is struggling, particularly as energy prices remain low. That has brought job losses and shrinking revenues. Our unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the country. What is hampering New Mexico from diversifying its economy? What are the strengths in our communities that we can tap to grow our existing businesses, while helping new companies launch? 

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KUNM Call In Show 6/23 8a: 

 

The Manhattan Project National Historical Park was formally established last year and plans are underway to create facilities in Los Alamos, Oakridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington. The idea is to tell the stories behind the creation of the first atomic bomb. But critics worry the new park could glorify or gloss over controversial issues, such as using the weapons on Japan, and the impacts on communities from nuclear weapons testing.

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06/18 Megan Kamerick talks with Suzanne Sbarge of 516 ARTS, and curators Suzanne Fricke, Traci Quinn and Suzanna Finley about PhotoSummer, a collaborative initiative of exhibitions, workshops and events promoting contemporary photography in New Mexico. It's organized by 516 ARTS, CENTER of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico Art Museum.

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KUNM Call In Show 6/2 8a: 

Officials are expecting a high turnout in New Mexico’s primary election June 7th.  Donald Trump has already won enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination for president. Bernie Sanders shows no signs of dropping out even as Hillary Clinton scoops up more delegates for the Democratic party nomination. But there are many state and local races. Republicans are seeking to hold on to the state House of Representatives and possibly take control of the state Senate. 

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  Megan Kamerick talks with Suzanne Sbarge and Theresa Buscemi of 516 ARTS about the Fulcrum Fund, which will make grants for the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs. This is the first year of the program and the deadline to apply is June 15, 2016.

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