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You know all those times when the reporter says that the government official, public agency or politician refused to comment? We're digging into issues of press access and government transparency this week and here are some recent KUNM examples. 

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KUNM Call In Show 3/16 8a: President Trump has called the press the enemy of the American people. But that attitude from government leaders is nothing new here in New Mexico. It's Sunshine Week, so we’ll be talking about the essential local stories that reporters had to fight to get, and sunlight as a disinfectant in the dark corners of power.

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KUNM Call In Show 3/9 8a: Violent crimes have stolen headlines over the last year, while property crimes remain a persistently unpleasant part of life all over New Mexico. Lawmakers in Santa Fe are debating how to reduce crime—but with little money available to do it. Which ideas could reduce crime and save money? Which sound good but cost a lot and have no guarantee? And which proposals have more to do with politics than anything else? 

Borderlands Under Trump

Feb 27, 2017
Marisa Demarco

KUNM Call In Show 3/2 8a: Call now toll-free 1-877-899-5866. President Trump has issued executive orders that beef up immigration enforcement, and that also affect refugees and travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries. Is toughening rules on immigrants and refugees a good thing for New Mexico? What are the implications of these rules, and how are local elected officials responding? 

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KUNM Call In Show 2/23 8a: Public education is one of the largest expenses for the state.  We'll compare out our state’s funding model to other states across the country and debate legislation introduced this year to address school funding. Where do you think the state should invest in education? How would you measure quality in public education? We'd like to hear from you, email callinshow@kunm.org or call in live during the show. 

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KUNM Callin Show 2/16 8a: New Mexico expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and the number of people covered by the program will grow to more than 900,000 by the end of June. That's about 44 percent of the state's population.

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KUNM Call In Show 2/9 8a: With fresh leadership in the state Legislature has come new enthusiasm for reforms aimed at cracking down on potential corruption and bringing more transparency to government. Lawmakers have already voted to advance some of these proposals. Will they pass? Would a statewide ethics commission make you more confident in the integrity of our political system? 

KUNM Special 2/2 8a: KUNM has been investigating the impacts of heroin addiction on children and families in Rio Arriba County, N.M. The region's had one of the country’s highest overdose rates for decades. Ed Williams' reporting follows the lives of families and community health leaders, providing an intimate view of the opioid epidemic from the perspective of the people who have been living through it for generations.

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KUNM Call In Show 1/26 8a: Lawmakers have converged on Santa Fe for a two-month session during which their most pressing problem will be fixing a big hole in the state’s budget. This week we’ll talk about the governor’s proposal to cut already trimmed state funding and ask state employees to pay more into their retirement funds. We'll hear from Democratic lawmakers who say it’s not fair to make workers pay more before eliminating tax breaks for the wealthy and big business. 

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KUNM Call in Show 1/12 8a: State lawmakers return to Santa Fe next week for a 60-day session during which they'll have to make some tough decisions about the budget, education, criminal justice, government accountability and more. 

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KUNM Year-End Show 12/22 8a: There were so many big stories in New Mexico this year that it was hard to pare down a list. Instead, our panel of journalists is going to be talking about four themes: child abuse and wellbeing, N.M. law enforcement, politics and SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Sarah Gustavus

KUNM Call In Show 12/15 8a: State lawmakers learned this month the projected state budget will be $69 million short in the current fiscal year and revenue projections are down for the next fiscal year. New Mexico’s economy is highly dependent on oil and gas revenues. Could a recreational cannabis industry, similar to neighboring Colorado, change the economic outlook for the state?

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KUNM Call In Show 12/8 8a: The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the violent backlash by law enforcement have galvanized many American Indian activists. Thousands have joined the effort, arguing the pipeline would threaten the water supply and destroy Native American ancestral lands. Many celebrated an announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers this week that it would deny a permit for construction on a key part of the pipeline. But it's not clear what will happen regarding the project under the Trump Administration.

How will this impact energy development on tribal lands and sacred places in New Mexico?

KUNM Call In Show 11/17 8a: New Mexicans have been growing grapes for more than 400 years. Wine is a part of our religious and cultural history--but what part will it play in our future? 

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KUNM Call In Show 11/10 8a: Call toll-free 1-877-899-5866. What happens now that the 2016 election is over? We'll talk to political observers all over New Mexico. Did money spent by candidates translate into votes? Will local power structures shift and how? What local ballot questions passed or failed? We want to hear from you, too. How was your experience voting? How will the outcome of the election impact you and your community? Email callinshow@kunm.org or call in live during the show!

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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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KUNM Call In Show 10/6 8a: New Mexico is having a love affair with local breweries and distilleries. This week we’ll talk about the economic impact that breweries and distilleries are having on the state. What do you think? How can we help grow and support the industry? How can we make sure it contributes fairly to the economy? 

Priorities For The Special Session

Sep 26, 2016
Gwyneth Doland

KUNM Call In Show 9/29/ 8a: Governor Susana Martinez expected to soon call lawmakers back to Santa Fe for a special session. They must deal with a budget deficit from the last fiscal year and a projected drop in revenue for the current fiscal year. But the governor also wants them to consider her proposal to bring back the death penalty in some cases. New Mexico abolished the death penalty in 2009.

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KUNM Call In Show 9/15 8a: A lot of New Mexicans don't vote in general elections - often nearly half the people who can legally vote here don't. And the stakes are high this November with a hotly contested presidential election at the top of the ticket. We’ll talk about why so many New Mexicans don't vote. Is it hard for you to make it to the polls? Are you turned off by the candidates that you have to choose from? Or are you ineligible to vote?

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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.

Discipline In Our Schools

Aug 23, 2016
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KUNM Call In Show 8/25 8a: 

Students are back in classrooms across New Mexico. In the coming year, teachers and administrators will have to make decisions about how to discipline students. Is discipline fair in school districts across the state? Are all students treated the same when they are disciplined? Do you have concerns about how your children or grandchildren are being disciplined during the school day? How can we ensure that punishment in schools is equitable, particularly for students of color and students with disabilities? 

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KUNM Call In Show 8/18 8a: 

  

In New Mexico there has always been tension between humans and the wild animals who share our state, so how should we manage that tension? If a bear mauls a marathon runner, should it be shot? How should we deal with coyotes who prey on our pets, wolves that snatch calves or cougars that come just a little too close to the kids? 

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KUNM Call In Show 8/11 8a: 

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. workers don’t have the option of staying home with pay when they aren’t feeling well. There aren’t any federal laws about who gets sick leave, but the issue could go before Albuquerque voters in November.

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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? 

Sarah Gustavus

KUNM Call In Show 7/28 8a: New Mexico is known for its incredible outdoor beauty. Are you taking advantage of opportunities to hike, bike, paddle or camp in state and national parks this summer? What does time in the outdoors mean to you? What keeps you from spending more time in nature? 

Part Two: Obama's Years

Jul 19, 2016

Thu. 7/21 8a: In the second hour of “Obama’s Years,” Morning Edition host Steve Inkseep asks how President Obama thinks the country has changed during his presidency.  The Call In Show returns next week at its regular time.

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KUNM Call In Show 7/14 8a: This week, we want to hear your response to recent police shootings of African Americans—and the killing of five Dallas police officers. How do you think the shootings of officers in Dallas have affected the national conversation on race and policing? What are the ripple effects of these deaths right here at home in New Mexico? How has the widespread anger and fear affected police officers and their ability to do their jobs? How are activists taking care of themselves in the face of a problem that's hard to gain ground with? 

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KUNM Call In Show 6/30 8a: 

  

Applications to New Mexico’s medical marijuana program have been surging lately, and the state hasn’t been able to keep up. Now, with many patients waiting longer for marijuana prescriptions, the state auditor is warning the Department of Health to speed up its process or face a special audit.

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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.

Mauro Walden-Montoya

 

KUNM Call In Show 6/16 8a:

In the wake of a tragic hate crime at an Orlando, Florida nightclub that left 49 people dead, how do we talk about violence against America’s LGBTQ community and people of color? We’ll dive into issues including bigotry, violence and the national debate over gun policy.

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