Tristan Clum

Program Director

Tristan began his career in public radio in 1988 as a reggae show host and programming assistant at KNMS-FM in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  In the decade that followed, he worked as a public television producer and as an assignment editor for the Albuquerque NBC affiliate.  Tristan graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1992 with a degree in political science.  He has won numerous awards for reporting and anchoring from both the Arizona and the New Mexico Associated Press. 

Ways to Connect

Fri. 12/30 8a: Compelling conversation excerpts from Peace Talks Radio shows on Nobel Peace Prize winners Martti Ahtisaari and Liu Xiaobo; heading off domestic and dating violence; Vietnam veterans finding peace by traveling back to Vietnam, an Alternatives to Violence program in prisons and more. 

1/1 11a: Christian McBride, a jazz bassist, is put to the test by his idol, Freddie Hubbard; a down and out comic considers ending it all until the universe sends him an unlikely sign; and New York writer Adam Gopnik details his daughter’s cosmopolitan imaginary friend. Hosted by The Moth’s Artistic Director, Catherine Burns.

Wed. 12/21 10p: In a break from the usual format, Art of the Song Creativity Radio brings you a special hour of seasonal music. Don't worry. It's definitely not your usual holiday fare!  The program features a full compliment of folk and roots tunes including The Women of Calabashi with a song celebrating the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, Alisa Fineman with Salaam/Shalom, the Roches with an a cappella Hallelujah Chorus and more. Its an enjoyable hour of music with a refreshing twist.

Endangered Reindeer

Dec 19, 2011

Wed. 12/21 8a: Reindeer – also called caribou – are ubiquitous in the world’s northern latitudes, but the populations closest to the North Pole are dwindling because of climate change. Now there is a push to list the large deer as endangered.

The Digital Divide

Dec 19, 2011

Tue. 12/20 8:30a: Few deny anymore that internet access is becoming critical to taking part in political and economic life. So, what does it matter that research shows that higher proportions of African Americans and Latinos than white people are achieving that access through relatively more affordable smartphones rather than home computers?

Mon. 12/19 8:30a: During President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, the President promised to create 5 million green jobs to boost the clean energy sector, lower skyrocketing unemployment and end America’s dependence on foreign oil. Has that happened?

Wed. 12/14 8a: Middlebury College student Abigail Borah interrupted a talk by Todd Stern, the chief U.S. negotiator at the climate summit, with a impassioned plea for a fair and legally binding treaty.

The Moth Radio Hour

Nov 29, 2011

Sun. 12/11 11a: A hiker is pinned underneath a refrigerator-sized boulder deep in the wilderness, a speechwriter describes his most challenging assignment ("Make Al Gore funny"), and a young art student battles her demons in the pursuit of love. 

Thu. 11/24 8a: Where does our food come from? Since we pay close attention to so many aspects of food in the holiday season, host Majora Carter visits the northern reaches of the New York metropolitan area, where Cheryl Rogowski, a fourth-generation farmer, grows 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Thur. 11/24 9a: Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. 

Sun. 11/27 11a: Groundbreaking writer, actress and comedian, Tina Fey hosts The Hidden World of Girls, two new hour-long specials inspired by the NPR series heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Sun. 11/6 11a: From Rockefeller's Standard Oil to GE's first industrial park, Cleveland was a city made by entrepreneurs. But since the polluted Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, it's been trying to shake the moniker of "the mistake on the lake".

Sun. 11/27 11a: Groundbreaking writer, actress and comedian, Tina Fey hosts The Hidden World of Girls, two new hour-long specials inspired by the NPR series heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Sun. 11/13 11a : A company town, where the company is government. In a city where one in four households contain a government employee, the crippling state budget deficit, police layoffs, fire engine brown-outs and park closures could easily signal only the bleakest of futures.

Wed. 12/14 8:30a: Innovations usually arise locally. If conditions are right, they spread globally. That story is playing out around the world today. In India, human rights activist Mallika Dutt designed an elegant media campaign that successfully interrupts domestic violence live in real time.

Wed. 12/21 8:30a: The future belongs to women. Around the world, women are inspiring each other to envision a world where women lead, but quite differently. Women are spontaneously redefining power and shaping it in novel ways.

Wed. 12/28 8:30a: Though still small in the big picture, organic food has come all the way -- from hippie to hip to mainstream since the Sixties. But can organic food and fair food ever feed seven billion people? How can the entire food chain become sustainable? And does sustainability stack up to profitability?

Mon. 10/31 11a: Book of the Month: American Indian Ghost Stories of the West: This is the first book of ghost encounters of American Indians written by an American Indian. 

KUNM will air  “Art of the Song” Wednesday nights at 10:00 starting December 7th.

10/28 at 11a: When it comes to education the most important thing is preparing students to be ready for any and all of life’s challenges. When it comes to preparing our young people for college and a career, how do we make it relevant to their lives? 

Sun. 10/30 at 11am: Wyoming is the least populated state in the US. In this sparsely populated landscape where private property and self-sufficiency are prized, community is built on the (somewhat unwelcome) expectation that distant neighbors might need to rely on one another one day. 


Sun. 10/23 at 11a: After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area, Mississippi Gulf Coast residents were forced to come together to deal with the aftermath. Just as they were starting to get back on their feet, the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster resulted in millions of barrels of oil being dumped into the water just off their shores. These events have made environmentalists out of a lot of Gulf Coast residents who would never have considered themselves as such. 

Fri. 10/7 at 2:30pm: Jose Conde and the Nu Latin Groove join host Mary B for a live performance in the KUNM studios. But don't say we didn't warn you: one dose of their positively infectious rhythms and you won't be able to keep from dancing!

Wisdom of the Dine'

Sep 28, 2010

Fri. 9/10 - Navajo (Dine') spiritual healer Larry Tyler discusses the leadership role of medicine men, and their role in bringing health, balance and harmony to the community.

Not many of us know much about Dine' spiritual practices or have ever spoken with a real medicine man.