Call-In Show

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 callinshow@kunm.org, or call in live during the show.

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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?

Guests: 

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

• Sen. John Arthur Smith (D-Deming)

US EPA

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 callinshow@kunm.org, post comments online or call in live during the show.  

Dystopos

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 callinshow@kunm.org, 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 callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments below or call in live during the show. 

Guests:

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 callinshow@kunm.org or call in live during the show.

Guests:

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 callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

Guests:

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 callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

Guests:

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 callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

Panelists:

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.

Guests:

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 callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

Guests: 

Jena g. . Einar E. Kvaran aka 98.20.23.52 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!

Guests:

Wikimedia Commons

KUNM Call In Show 3/19 8a:

Lawmaker activity increases to a near-frenzy in the last days of a session. This year's 60-day legislative session wraps up on Saturday and on the show this week we'll look at what proposals still have a chance of making it to the governor's desk. 

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

Guests: 

baumig via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 3/12 8a: 

Lawmakers in Santa Fe are considering proposals that would raise the state's minimum wage. The cities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces have already done this and lawmakers are also reviewing a measure that would prevent more cities from raising their minimum wages. 

Who benefits from an increase in the minimum wage? Who is harmed? And at what point does a minimum wage equal a living wage? 

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

ChrisGoldNY via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 3/5 8a: 

Critics say short term loans trap New Mexicans in a cycle of poverty. Often borrowers end up paying more than the amount of the loan in interest. But lending industry supporters say people who take out storefront loans know exactly what they are getting into and that there aren't other easy ways to get small loans quickly.

State lawmakers in Santa Fe are considering changes to how the storefront loan industry is regulated. Should we let the free market work it out or do New Mexicans need protection from what some call predatory lending? 

frankieleon via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 2/26 8a: 

Public education knows no boundaries. Students are affluent and they're poor. They come from rural and urban communities. Some speak English and some are just learning. This week we'll look at how students are affected differently by public education reforms.

We'd like to hear from you!

Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments below or call in live during the show.

Guests:

MyTudut via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 2/19 8a: 

When the New Mexico legislature convenes in Santa Fe, lobbyists flock to the Roundhouse to pitch their clients' issues and legislation. Often those pitches involve free food, drinks and other gifts.

We'll look at the industries that spend the most money to convince lawmakers to support their ideas. We'll also ask how lobbyists affect which bills are passed and which measures stall.

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

Guests: 

Johnny Clark via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 2/12 8a: 

Oil and gas development may be moving closer to Chaco Canyon National Historical Park and the many tribal communities in northwestern New Mexico. Residents there, along with archaeologists and advocates, are questioning the burgeoning development. 

What effect might encroachment have upon these communities? What about nearby ancient sites? How can we strike a balance between modern day energy needs, healthy communities and the preservation of ancient sites? 

StockMonkeys.com via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 2/5 8a: 

New Mexico's economy is heavily reliant on government jobs, tourism and oil and gas revenues. It's stagnant now and many forecasts predict more of the same. What are lawmakers in Santa Fe proposing to stimulate business activity and job growth?  Are any NM communities demonstrating economic success, and what can we learn from them?  

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

Guests:

Wikimedia Commons

KUNM Call In Show 1/29 8a: 

This year's legislative session is underway in Santa Fe. What will Republican leadership of the state House mean? Will long simmering issues like driver's licenses for foreign nationals, right-to-work and abortion restrictions find some traction this year?

We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show, Thursday morning at 8 here on KUNM. 

Guests:

Thien V. via Flickr CC

KUNM Call In Show Thu 1/22 8a: 

What options are available to survivors of on-campus sexual assault in New Mexico? How can we make campuses safer? What can be done to improve the way universities and colleges handle sexual assault?

We'd like to hear from you. Email callinshow@kunm.org, add your comments to this post, Tweet @KUNMHealth, or call in live during the show.

Guests:

Miki Ann via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/15 8a: 

New Mexico lawmakers will consider what is known as "right-to-work" legislation during this year’s legislative session.

What union-related requirements and union activity does current state and federal law allow in the workplace? The public sector? The private sector? What would proposed legislation change and who would benefit? Who would be harmed?

We’d like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show.  

Guests:

Ed Williams

Editor's Note: Due to technical difficulties the entire show was not recorded.     

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/8 8a: 

When will President Obama's immigration executive action go into effect? And who will it affect in New Mexico? This week we'll have specifics on the changes, who is eligible and where and how to get help navigating the new rules. 

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

Guests:

N.M. News In 2014

Dec 18, 2014
Marisa Demarco / KUNM

 

KUNM Call In Show 12/18 8a: 

New Mexico was in the national spotlight a lot this year. What are the story threads journalists followed? Local reporters join us in the studio to talk about topics like: the Albuquerque Police Department shootings, the immigration center in Artesia, transparency, the Roswell school shooting and mental health. 

What do you think are the top stories of 2014?

Wikimedia

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?

Guests:

@BeWellNM on Twitter

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/4 8a: 

The Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period is underway, and officials are reporting positive developments in early enrollment numbers.

What has your experience with the health care law been? Do you have questions about coverage?  We'll be talking about the progress and process of the enrollment period in New Mexico with experts from the state insurance exchange and local outreach workers.

Guests:

Screenshot from video provided by APD through an IPRA request

    

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/13 8a: 

The Department of Justice is requiring APD to figure out how to respond to people in mental health crisis with the goal of decreasing the use of force in those situations. The agreement between the DOJ and Albuquerque’s police force also calls for APD to provide crisis intervention training to all officers.

Thru. 12/25 8a: The winter holiday tradition continues as the Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in "Best of the Best" hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist, Gwen Macsai.

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