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.

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

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KUNM Call In Show 1/10 8a: What do you want to see covered by news media in New Mexico?  Which media outlets are doing it well?  We'll hear from reporters and editors at new online media outlets and discuss news coverage in New Mexico, what is missing, and what they plan to do about it. We'd like to hear from you.  Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 


KUNM Call In Show 12/20 8a: What was the biggest news story of 2012 in New Mexico?  We'll have results from a survey of KUNM listeners and we'll hear from news editors about what they think.  We'll also discuss the most under-reported stories of the year.  We'd like to hear from you!  Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.  

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 12/6 8a: What is the 'fiscal cliff' and what would automatic budget cuts and tax increases mean for New Mexico?  Do you think lawmakers should hold out for the plans they want, or are you concerned about them playing brinksmanship with the state's economic recovery?  

Stephanie Fitzgerald

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/8 8a: There are lots of changes ahead in the state legislature after the election this week!

What does this mean for Republican Governor Susanna Martinez's agenda?  And what about local impacts across the state?  

You can email or post your comments online here.  We'll take your comments and questions live during the show.

277-5866 (locally in Albuquerque)

877-899-5866 (toll-free)


KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/1 8a: What can you expect at the polls this Election Day?  And how are Native American communities working to get out the vote?  We'd like to hear from you! Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show! 


KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/25 8a: Who are Hispanic and Latino voters going to vote for in New Mexico?  And what are the issues of greatest concern to these populations?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss these voters and what recent reporting and polls are showing about voting preferences.  We'd like to hear from you!  Email, post your comments online below, or call in live during the show.


KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/18 8a:  There's less than two weeks left until election day. Today we'll be discussing recent updates on local candidates and campaigns.  E-mail your questions to or post a comment in our comment section below.


Russel Contreras, Associated Press

Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/11 8a: Do you need a photo ID to vote in the general election this year?  When do early voting centers open in your community? Will there be long lines at the polls on Election Day?  We'll take your questions and calls.  Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 


Judith Binder,  League of Women Voters

Daniel Ivey-Soto,  state association of County Clerks

Phil Sisneros, Director of Communications with NM Attorney General's office


Michael Hess

KUNM Call In Show 9/27  8a:  New Mexico has high alpine meadows, desert badlands and everything in between. But it also has its share of challenges when it comes to the environment. Those include historic issues such as mining, grazing and energy development. But there are new pressures as well, such as climate change, drought, and the loss of rural lands to development.

KUNM Call In Show 9/20 8a: New Mexico has the highest rate of poverty in the nation. Recent census data also shows that the number of people living in poverty is on the rise, especially in rural New Mexico. This week on the KUNM Call-In Show, we'll look at the latest numbers and talk about what's being done to assist rural and tribal communities.

Do you live or work a rural county? What do you think would create new opportunities for work or development? Guests: 

clevercupcakes via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 8/30 8a: Should New Mexico expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act?  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government cannot force states to expand the program that provides healthcare to the poor.  Gov. Susana Martinez's administration says the decision has not been made, yet.  We'll hear from a community advocate and a physician.  We'd like to hear from you, too!  Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.  

505-277-5866 or toll-free 866-899-5866



KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/23 8a: The Mars Rover Curiosity is exploring the Martian landscape as we speak! What has the ChemCam laser discovered so far about the planet?  What surprises are in store?  We'll speak with Roger Wiens and Horton Newsom from the Mars Science Laboratory mission's ChemCam team.  We'll also hear from Robert Edmonds, a graduate student in Las Cruces who recently received funding to study dust storms on Mars.  We'd like to hear from you!

@jbtaylor via Flickr / Creative Commons License

KUNM Call In Show 8/16 8a: Secretary of State Dianna Duran is following through on a U.S. Department of Justice letter calling for New Mexico's record of registered voters to be cleaned up for the first time since 2005. But critics are accusing her of voter suppression. Why the voter roll "purge" now? And what does it mean for New Mexico voters? Secretary Duran will join our panel live in the studio for the show. 

New Mexico Voter View Website

Ken Lund via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/9 8a: President Obama signed the HEARTH Act into law this month.  The law provides for tribal authority over leasing of tribal lands for housing and commercial uses.  Will buying a home on pueblo land become easier?  What about business development for tribes?  We'd like to hear from you!  Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 


  • Floyd Tortalita, Acoma Pueblo Housing Authority
  • Arlen Quetawki, Governor of Zuni Pueblo 
New Mexico Voice for Children, / U.S. Census

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 8/2 8a: New Mexico's ranking for child welfare fell from 46th to 49th in the nation, according to the 2012 Kids Count report.  What happened?  What are advocacy groups and government officials doing to help kids in New Mexico?  We'd like to hear from you!  Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.  


Veronica Garcia - Executive Director, NM Voices for Children

Vectorportal via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 7/26 8a: Why aren't local police departments following the law on racial profiling and bias policing?

KUNM Call In Show Thu 7/19 8a: How do law enforcement officers decide whether a crime falls under state and federal hate crimes laws?  Is there a lot of extremist activity in New Mexico?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show, an exclusive interview with the lead FBI agent who investigated the swastika branding case in Farmington.  It was the first case to be charged, prosecuted and to lead to a conviction under the federal Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.  We'll take your calls and comments online.  You can also email  

Courtesy Santa Clara Pueblo

Fri. 7/20 11a : Just over a week ago the Pueblo of Santa Clara in New Mexico declared a state of emergency due to recent flooding and damage as a result of last year’s Las Conchas Fire. They are not the only tribe that is feeling the burn of major fires from months and years gone by. Over the years, devastating fires have not only wiped out wildlife, vegetation and landscapes but, they have also changed and challenged the environments and cultures of many tribes. How have Native nations faced flames even after they have been extinguished?

Thu. 7/12 8a: Natural gas, touted for its environmental, economic, and national security benefits, is often thought of as the fuel that will “bridge” our transition from oil and coal to renewables. The ability to extract natural gas from shale formations through a method called hydraulic fracturing has unleashed vast, untapped sources—by some estimates, the U.S. now sits on a 100-year supply. But possible contamination from toxic chemicals used in the fracking process has been the source of increasing health and environmental concerns.

Thu. 7/5 8a: For all appearances, China has emerged unscathed from the global economic crisis, in stark contrast to its biggest debtor, America. China's admirers point to its ability to mobilize state resources, quick decision-making and business-friendly environment as reasons for its economic ascendency. But can its brand of state-directed capitalism overcome rampant corruption and the threat of growing inequality, or will the American model of innovation and free markets prevail? The debaters include Orville Schell, Peter Schiff, Ian Bremmer, and Minxin Pei.


Campus Progress via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 6/28 8a: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down most of the provisions in Arizona's controversial SB1070 immigration law, leaving one of the most disputed provisions in place- the "papers please" part of the law.  What does this ruling mean for New Mexico?  Would you like to see a similar law passed in New Mexico? 

We also are expecting a Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act healthcare law.  We'll discuss the ruling and its impact on New Mexico. 

aria.richards via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 6/21 8a: How often to public employees use their personal email accounts to do public work? How does this behavior affect the flow of public information? Can anything be done about it?


EraPhernalia Vintage . . . (playin' hook-y ;o) via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 6/14 8a: The New Mexico Supreme Court recently ruled that a woman in a same-sex relationship has parental rights and can sue for custody of a child she raised with her partner.  What does the ruling mean for New Mexico families?  We'd like to hear from you!  You can email, leave comments online, or call in live during the show!

Kari Greer / US Forest Service Gila National Forest

KUNM Call In Show 6/7 8a: For the second year in a row,  New Mexico is seeing record acreage damaged by wildfire. Is this a trend or just random? Why are conditions so ripe for such enormous fires? What can be done to prevent them? We'll also have an update on the Whitewater Baldy Complex fire in the Gila National Forest. We'd like to hear from you!  Email, leave comments online, or call in live during the show. 

277-5866 or toll-free 877-899-5866



Photo: buschap via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 5/31 8a: Are people voting illegally in New Mexico?  Are people being denied their legitimate voting rights?  

Guests: UNM Professor Lonna Atkeson; Jared Hamilton, Hispanos Unidos; Representative Cathryn Brown

Voter ID Laws in the U.S. 

Photo: B.Futureproof via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show 5/24 8a: The number of people in New Mexico who died from prescription drug overdoses shot up by over 60% over the last decade.  What are local authorities doing to stop this trend?  Why such a quick increase?  What causes the increase in sales of prescription drugs?  We'd like to hear from you!  Email, leave a comment online, or call in live during the show.  

Photo: thisisbossi via Flickr

KUNM  Call In Show, Thu. 5/17 8a: How are you going to pay off your student loans?  Was it worth it for you?  Are we buying more college than we can afford?  What other options are there for students?  We'd like to hear from you!  Email, leave comments online, or call in live during the show.  277-5866 or toll free 877-899-5866

Photo: Scott Kinmartin via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/10 8a: Do you think pit bulls are more dangerous than other breeds of dogs? Why do dogs attack people and what do we need to know to prevent dog attacks?  

Photo: OpenThreads via Flickr

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/3 8a: Exactly how are officials cleaning up the decades old fuel oil spill at Kirtland AFB?  Are you concerned about your drinking water in Albuquerque?  Are city and state officials requiring enough of the base clean-up effort?  

Photo: Wes Naman/Naman Photography

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/19 8a: What possesses a poet to scribble the deepest heart secrets and then share them with the world?  And how can naming a poet laureate impact Albuquerque?  What do you want to see and hear from your first, 'Burque?  Hakim Bellamy was named Albuquerque's first Poet Laureate this past weekend and he'll join us live in the studio.  We'd like to hear from you!  

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