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, or call in live during the show.

277-KUNM(5866) and toll-free 877-899-KUNM(5866)

Thu. 6/11 8a: Scientists are still searching for the root cause of the February 14th radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), but theories are being narrowed down and action being taken to protect workers and citizens.  We'll learn the latest developments from New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn and others.  Are you getting enough information from government agencies overseeing the investigation and charged with remedying the situation to feel safe?


Scheduled guests:

Staci Matlock

Reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican

@jbtaylor via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 5/29 8a: 

New Mexico's primary election is next Tuesday, June 3. The most high profile race is for a face-off against incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez. It pits 5 Democrats against one another, but there is plenty of intrigue across the ballot. 

How have you decided amongst the candidates... or have you? Are you an Independent who wishes you could vote in the primary?

Will NM's Medical Marijuana Program Be Snuffed Out?

May 21, 2014
Rusty Blazenhoff via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/22 8a:  New Mexico’s Department of Health has announced proposed rule changes to the state's medical marijuana program. The changes include increased fees for patients and for growers.

The Q Speaks via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/15 8a: On Sunday May 18th, hundreds of people will participate in Albuquerque's 5th Annual Safari Run to raise funds for Global Health Partnerships (GHP).

Wolfram Burner via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/8 8a: The federal government is now inquiring into the handling of sexual assault cases on 55 college campuses across the country. No New Mexico schools appear on the recently-released list of schools under investigation, but the University of New Mexico, for one, has been proactive in setting up programs related to sexual assault prevention and support for survivors of assault.  

Wayan Vota via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/1 8a: Do you enjoy the internet as we now know it?  How might the Federal Communication Commission's proposed rule changes regarding net neutrality - the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites - affect you personally or in your business or profession? Or change the way you experience the internet?  

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/24 8a: In the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice's findings that the Albuquerque Police Department violated the constitutional rights of citizens with excessive use of force, an officer shot and killed another person this week. 

That makes two dozen people killed by police officers in Albuquerque since 2010. 

What should APD be doing immediately to address the issues outlined in the DOJ report? And what will the roll out of a plan for reform look like? 

APD's Mental Health Quandry

Apr 16, 2014
Wikimedia Commons

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/17 8a:  The Albuquerque Police Department recently made national headlines for the shooting of a man in the Sandia foothills who was mentally ill.

How can Albuquerque police learn to interact with people with mental illness more effectively? What improvements does the U.S. Department of Justice say they need to make?

  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/3 8a:  As Albuquerque makes national news for a series of police shootings and vigorous citizen protests, we take a look at what has shaped the interactions between citizens and the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).  What has been recommended to improve interactions and curb the use of deadly force…what has been done and has not been done, and what can we now do?  


Jeff Proctor, KRQE

Peter Simonson, ACLU

Alan Wagman, Police Oversight Task Force

Steve A. Johnson via flickr

KUNM Call-In Show Thu. 3/20 8a:  The US has been adding fluoride to water supplies for almost 70 years, and no conclusive evidence links its use to poor public health.  But in many communities, including Santa Fe and Albuquerque, the topic is highly controversial.   This week on the KUNM Call-In Show, we'll talk with advocates on both sides of the issue in advance of an April 9 town hall in Albuquerque.

Ajnagraphy via compfight

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/13 8a: New Mexico is perpetually at or near the bottom of state child well-being rankings. New Mexico's children are and have been at risk for abuse, poverty, hunger, and other issues that affect their ability to learn, grow, and be health.  

Public domain image.

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/6 8a: Over a dozen employees at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad recently tested positive for radiation after sensors detected a radiation leak deep underground. We'll take your questions about the WIPP radiation leak and find out more about the health of the workers who were exposed.

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


877-899-5866 (toll-free)

Host: Kathleen Sabo  Guests: 

What Is Public Health?

Feb 20, 2014 / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/20 8a:  What is public health?  Maybe the term makes you think of vaccinations or controlling and preventing diseases like diabetes and influenza.  But the field is much larger than that.  

Call 277-5866 in Albuquerque or toll-free 1-877-899-5866.

puroticorico via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu.

Why Aren't More New Mexicans Enrolled In Medicaid?

Jan 22, 2014

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/23 8a: Medicaid Expansion is underway in New Mexico.  We'll talk with several people directly involved in enrolling and outreach, working to get more people covered.  Are you wanting to enroll but haven't, or are you concerned about the number of uninsured New Mexicans? 

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


KUNM Call In Show Thu. 1/9 8a: What are the news stories you're most interested in hearing about this year? Are there issues you're watching? We'll hear from New Mexico journalists about what they will be covering this year.

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


rockydoggydog via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/19 8a: Are you a classically-trained chef, experimenting with and enlarging upon traditional New Mexican recipes? Or maybe you have embraced living off the land, growing and cooking in traditional, family ways? You'll have something to say about New Mexico's rich traditions of holiday foods and cooking!  We'll take your calls as we explore New Mexico holiday foods- how we prepare, cherish and use them to create enduring holiday tastes and memories. 

Leasepics / Flickr

KUNM Call-In Show Thu. 12/12: The topic of guns has long been a controversial issue. Advocates for gun control say there needs to be more restrictions for gun sales while advocates for gun rights say more restrictions go against the constitution. 

With the the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut this week, we'll be discussing how to find common ground in the discussion of guns.

Public domain image via Wikimedia Commons

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/5 8a: The City of Rio Rancho experienced an 80 per cent increase in its population from the year 2000 to 2013. Neighbor to the state's largest city, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho continues to grow and has blossomed into New Mexico's third-largest city.  

We'll take a close look at the rapid growth - has the city been able to meet the challenges of providing essential services and health care, protecting the environment and creating jobs?

Max Klingensmith

  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/21 8a: KUNM marks "American Education Week" (November 18-22, 2013) with a program devoted to the current issues surrounding the implementation of the NMTeach system by the NM Public Education Department (PED).  

Join us as we examine newly implemented initiatives related to teacher evaluations and testing requirements under the Common Core Standards Initiative.  

Are the changes beneficial for our students and teachers?  We'll look forward to hearing from you!  

Photo: Wes Naman/Naman Photography

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/14 8a: Can mere words connect us?  Unite and celebrate us in all our bubbling diversity?  Albuquerque's inaugural poet laureate, Hakim Bellamy, and Santa Fe's second poet laureate, Valerie Martinez will look back at their tenure and experiences in their positions.  Don McIver, member of Albuquerque's Poet Laureate Organizing Committee, will also be in studio to talk about the program's goals and what's coming up for the program in the future.

Report Card: Healthcare Exchange Enrollment

Nov 4, 2013
Omono via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thur. 11/7 8a : The insurance exchange has gone live, but critics say it's on life-support. Is it fair to judge the program after only five weeks?

Blending Traditions

Oct 30, 2013
Glen Van Etten / Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu 10/31 8a: A time of remembrance.  A scary time.  A solemn time.  A joyful time.  All of the above?

Whether we observe or celebrate Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, All Saints Day, All Souls Day, or a mix of all, this time of year brings an opportunity to share in communal rituals that remind, unite and excite.  Join us as we look at the evolution and blending of traditions in New Mexico and beyond. / U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

KUNM Call In Show Thu 10/24 8a: With the government shutdown behind us, how can New Mexico move forward in ways that will strengthen the economy and provide opportunities and well-being for citizens?  

We'll talk with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich about his thoughts and actions in support of growing the middle class, college affordability and a federal minimum wage.  We'll also discuss how immigration reform and a focus on energy efficiency can benefit New Mexicans.  

Wonderlane via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/10 8a: New Mexico has historically had a shortage of dental care providers, especially in rural parts of the state and in low income communities. 


KUNM Call In Show 10/3 8a: The federal government has shut down after lawmakers failed to agree on a budget. We took calls this week on what the shutdown means for New Mexico.

Michael Coleman of the Albuquerque Journal Washington Bureau describes the scene in Washington, D.C., during and after the government shutdown. 

Rob Nikolewski, journalist from, talks about how the federal shutdown is affecting New Mexicans.

Coleman discusses how long we can expect the shutdown to go on.

clevercupcakes via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 9/26 8a: We've been hearing about the roll out of the Affordable Care Act for years now, but what does the full implementation of the healthcare law actually mean for New Mexicans? Who is eligible for tax credits for insurance premiums? What about people who are happy with their employer provided health insurance?

Paul Anglada via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 9/12 8a: Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has proposed developing the bosque along the Rio Grande- some people are happy and excited, others are mounting an opposition. What do you think? 

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


georges-dahdouh via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 9/5 8a: Should the US intervene in Syria after that country's military is accused of using chemical weapons on Syrian civilians? We'll hear from activists and political science scholars on the ongoing crisis and what options are available.

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


Geoff Peters 604 via Flickr

  KUNM Call In Show 8/22 8a: New Mexico has been in the news recently as a result of language diversity issues and events.