Call-In Show

Thursday 8am

Live interviews with community leaders, elected officials, experts, advocates.   

We'd like to hear from you!  Leave a comment online at the bottom of this page, send an email to, or call in live during the show.

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Politicians have been arguing over the idea of resettling Syrian refugees here in the United States—and in New Mexico—in the wake of the Paris attacks. We'll ask whether taking in these refugees represents an unacceptable risk—or whether it's our moral obligation to help those fleeing war. We'd like to hear from you! Email, post your comments on our Facebook page, or call in live during the show.

Mike Tungate via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/19 8a:


In the past few months there's been an exodus of high-profile companies leaving Albuquerque's downtown area, including nearly half of the big banks, a pioneering restaurant and the city's business newspaper. 

That's left people who work and live downtown worried that the decade-old revitalization effort is failing as economic drivers are attracted to other parts of the city. 

Emilie Udell for the Center For Public Integrity

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/12 8a: 

It’s become habit in New Mexico to groan about incompetence and corruption in state government as though it’s something terrible—but out of our control. Ugh, these politicians. What can you do? 

Nicolas Raymond via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/5 8a:


The federal government says New Mexico driver’s licenses don't meet the standards of the REAL ID Act and that we don't get another extension to fix them. 

Are people going to be prevented from using state ID's to get on airplanes? 

John Wardell (Netinho) via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 10/29, 8a: Secretary of State Dianna Duran resigned last week and pleaded guilty to charges including felony embezzlement for taking campaign donations and using them to gamble at local casinos. The deputy secretary of state is filling in, but what happens next?

401(K) 2012 via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 10/16 8a: 


A new water system for the Cebolleta Land Grant down South. A dam in Cabresto, near Taos. The new interchange at Paseo del Norte and I-25 in Albuquerque. The Spaceport. These are the kind of infrastructure projects that move water and people around the state—and maybe someday, outer space. They cost a lot of money, and some or most of that money comes from the state.

josemanuelerre / Creative Commons

KUNM Call In Show 10/1 8a:

Teen pregnancy rates have gone down across the country in recent years, but New Mexico continues to have one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. 

Dave Lea via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 9/17 8a:  

What will the New Mexico of the future look like? How will we address the issues facing our state –  poverty, water, jobs and transportation? This week on the KUNM show we'll talk to former U.S. Senator Fred Harris about his new book, New Mexico 2050.

Nicole Macdonald via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 9/10 8a:

New Mexico is once again grappling with accusations of corruption in state government. Secretary of State Dianna Duran was elected in 2010 as a reform candidate who would straighten things up after scandal had plagued the office. But now she, too, is tarnished by charges she took money from her campaign coffers and spent it at casinos.

malglam via CC

KUNM Call In Show 8/27 8a

Advocates around the state are working to help new moms who want to breastfeed make it happen. They’re embarking on campaigns to normalize breastfeeding and inform women of their rights at work.

Are hospitals helping women start the process? Are New Mexico employers offering their workers clean, private spaces to pump milk? Did you or anyone you know ever face disapproval or judgment for nursing in public? Are businesses friendly to breastfeeding moms?

Johnathan Thompson / High Country News

KUNM Call In Show 8/20 8a: The mustard-yellow plume has passed and the Animas and San Juan rivers are now open again. But how long will the toxic chemicals from the Gold King Mine spill linger? We'll find out what's being done to clean up the rivers - and ask, who should pay for it? Can mining companies be held accountable? Should the EPA pay because they triggered the spill?

We'd like to hear from you! Comment on Facebook or Twitter. 


Rita Daniels

KUNM Call In Show 8/13 8a:

Governor Susana Martinez has declared a state of emergency after the Environmental Protection Agency caused a massive spill of mine waste that has contaminated rivers in New Mexico and Colorado. We'll take a look at the Gold King Mine Spill: what does the pollution mean for communities, wildlife, and the watershed? 

New Mexico State University

KUNM Call In Show 8/6 8a:

*Editor's note: We regret that because of technical difficulties there is no audio archived for this show.


Weeds: Not the kind that you smoke, the kind that are sprouting up in every corner of your yard right now. Goat heads, yellow mustardy things, purslane, lambs' quarters. How can you tell the difference between a plant that will drop spiky demon seeds and a weedy-looking thing that makes pretty flowers? Or tastes good? And once you've identified the ones you want to get rid of, can you do you do it safely and permanently? 

ABQ Biopark

KUNM Call In Show 7/23 8a:

Albuquerque has been home to the Rio Grande Zoo since 1927 and its 64 acres of exhibits delight and teach children of all ages. Now the city is considering a master plan for the zoo’s next 20 years. 

Lena Skipper/UNM Sustainability Studies Program / ABQ Stew Blog

Food trucks are gaining popularity in cities across the country, including right here in New Mexico. Mobile food trucks can be a bargain for aspiring entrepreneurs who don’t have the cash or experience to open a brick and mortar restaurant. 

Washington and Jefferson College

People in Albuquerque are spending more of their paycheck​s​ on rent than ​people in places like New York ​and​ San Francisco​. We'll look at why people in the Duke City, and in parts of northern New Mexico, are spending so much on housing. ​Do you spend a large chunk of your ​paycheck​ on ​rent​?​ ​How does this impact your household budget? We'd like to hear from you! 

Illustration By Thomas James

Note:  The KUNM Call-in Show will be back next week.

Battered Roads

Jun 22, 2015
Stephen Norman via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 6/25 8a:

Many New Mexicans drive long distances for work or to visit family and friends. Have you noticed that the roads are getting worse in some areas? A new report found that about 25 percent of roads in rural New Mexico need to be repaved or repaired. But funding for roads has fallen short in recent years. Poorly maintained roads are a hassle, and can even be dangerous. What do you see in your community?


• Tom Church, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Transportation 

• Sen. John Arthur Smith (D-Deming)


KUNM Call In Show 6/18 8a: 

There are well over 100 abandoned uranium mines in New Mexico, and most of them are on Navajo land. Many communities are still dealing with the health and environmental consequences of uranium contamination from mines that haven’t been cleaned up.

What has uranium mining meant for your community? What should the state, tribal and federal governments be doing to fix the problem?

We’ll be asking those questions this week and we'd like to hear from you! Email, post comments online or call in live during the show.  


KUNM Call In Show 6/11 8a: How are the evaluations serving New Mexico's students and teachers? We talked to teachers nearly a year ago about this. A lot has happened since then. We're checking in to see what's changed and whether new teacher evals are working to improve New Mexico's education system.

We want to hear from you! Email, post your comments online or call in live during the show. Guests:

Auntie P via Flickr / Creative Commons License


KUNM Call In Show Thu. 6/4 8a:   

Keoni Cabral via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/28 8a:  

We all need electricity. But what's a fair price for the energy that powers our homes and businesses?

We want to hear what you think about energy prices. Could your family afford an increase in your electricity bill? Would you be willing to pay more if you knew the power was coming from alternative sources like wind and solar?  

Join our conversation about the cost of energy. Email, post your comments below or call in live during the show. 


Public Domain / U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee

KUNM Call In Show 5/21 8a: 

The Obama administration is pushing for the U.S. to sign on to a new trade agreement - the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. The agreement would include 12 other countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. What do we know about the TPP and how would it impact New Mexico?

We'd like to hear from you! Email or call in live during the show.


red5standingby via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/14 8a:  

The Albuquerque City Council passed a pay equity ordinance last week that provides incentives to companies that pay women at least 90 percent of what they pay men in comparable jobs. The ordinance is being lauded as a national model, but does it go far enough? We'd like to hear from you! Email, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 


Mike Tungate via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 5/7 8a: 

Bernalillo County commissioners are considering a residential development plan to build almost 40,000 new homes west of Albuquerque. Developers say it’s a smart, efficient way to plan for population growth and boost the local economy—but critics say it will hurt public health and burden dwindling water supplies. We’ll talk with Santolina’s planning team, public health researchers and South Valley farmers. 

Nimfolb via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 4/30 8a: 

Several VA healthcare facilities in New Mexico are some of the worst in the nation when it comes to wait times for appointments and case backlogs. We'll find out what veterans are experiencing when they try to get medical care, in VA facilities and elsewhere.

We'd like to hear from you! Email, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 


Green MPs via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 4/23 8a:  

The sun shines most days of the year in New Mexico. How can we harness that power for our energy needs? What does it take to set up a solar power system for a home or business? What are the costs and benefits? How much money could be saved over time?

We'd like to hear from you! Email, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 


U.S. Customs and Border Patrol via flickr

In March the New Mexico state Legislature unanimously passed a bill that would basically eliminate what critics call “policing for profit,” the ability of law enforcement agencies to seize cars, cash and other property police say were used in committing a crime. The practice originated in the 1980s as a tool to fight back against big drug dealers, but civil liberties groups on the right and left of the political spectrum say the lure of big money has now corrupted government agencies, who use the law to pad their coffers.


Intel Free Press / Wikimedia Commons

KUNM Call In Show 4/2 8a:

With high rates of illnesses like diabetes or addiction, rural New Mexicans have some of the most pressing medical needs in the state. But those same residents have the most trouble getting the health care they need. We'll dig into the health needs in rural New Mexico and explore how the Internet is being used to fill some gaps.

We'd like to hear from you! Email, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 


Jena g. . Einar E. Kvaran aka 23:59, 1 June 2009, via Wikimedia Commons

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/26 8a: 

The 2015 legislative session has ended, characterized, in part, by partisanship, rancor and a lack of collaboration and cooperation. 

Where are the big, bold ideas and actions that will address pressing issues in New Mexico? Who is taking action and advancing ideas that will benefit all New Mexicans, including low-income people, people of color and other disenfranchised communities? 

We'll look back at some legislation that passed this session, some that did not, and we'll look forward to hearing from you!