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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Call In Show
3:51 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Student Loans: A Blessing Or A Curse?

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

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Call In Show
8:39 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Are Pit Bulls the Problem?

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?  

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Call In Show
10:08 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Cleaning Up the Fuel Spill at Kirtland Air Force Base

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?  

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Call In Show
12:33 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Albuquerque's First Poet Laureate: Hakim Bellamy

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!  

Call in live during the show 277-5866, toll free 877-899-5866, or email to  

Call In Show
1:46 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Can't My Taxes Just Be Easy This Year?

Thu. 4/12 8a: What's your biggest tax question this year, besides 'do I have to?'  

Guests: Demesia Padilla, NM Secretary of Taxation and Revenue; Betsy Donnelly and Michele Jordan, IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service

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Call In Show
1:22 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Do You Know What Your State Government Is Doing?

Thu. 4/5 8a:  Should government information be available to the public? Which information should citizens have access to? All information? Or are there some types of government information that should remain unavailable? New Mexico earned a D- in a recent State Integrity Investigation report on governmental accountability.  

Guests: Gwyneth Doland, New Mexico Foundation for Open Government; Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico


Call In Show
8:25 am
Fri March 23, 2012

The Media and Learning and Teaching Around Issues of Race, Privilege, and Oppression

Photo: Rufino/Creative Commons

Thu. 3/29 8a: How does media play a role in your racial identity?  How did you learn about people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds?  What do you think will help build bridges across differences?  We'll take your calls and discuss with local media advocates and journalists who focus on issues of race, ethnicity, and representation. 

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Call In Show
11:07 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Impacts of the Health Care Overhaul in New Mexico: One Year Out

Photo: clevercupcakes (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Thu. 3/22 8a:  It's been a year since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law and soon the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the its constitutionality.  How has the law changed your healthcare situation?  What have been the impacts across New Mexico?  

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Call In Show
1:33 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Beyond Newspaper...What's Next for Recycling in New Mexico

Graph from Albuquerque's Integrated Waste Management Plan showing unrealized potential for recycling, based on 2008 numbers

Thu 3/15 8am: When it comes to recycling in New Mexico, there is nowhere to go but up. And that’s the plan! Major efforts are underway to improve the state’s recycling rate, but what will it take to get us caught up with the rest of the nation?  What would it take to get YOU in the recycling spirit?


Find out where to recycle almost anything here.

Albuquerque's Open Space Visitor's Center will be hosting a Recycled Art Fair on April 21.  More info here.

And you'll always fine more conservation news on our blog: earth air waves

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Call In Show
1:12 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Staffing Cuts and Program Delays at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Thu. 3/8 8a: LANL recently announced plans to cut the permanent lab workforce by over 10%.   Would you like to see more or less funding for projects at LANL?  And what about the Obama Administration's announcement that LANL's controversial $6 billion plutonium facility project will be delayed 5 years? 

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Call In Show
11:50 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Fixing the Public Regulation Commission?

Thu. 3/1 8a: Is the Public Regulation Commission in trouble?  It regulates telecommunications, utilities, insurance, and a host of other industries and agencies in New Mexico.  Will measures passed this legislative session resolve the issues you see at the PRC?  

We'd like to hear from you!  Call in live 277-5866 or toll free 877-899-5866 or email  You can also leave comments online.

Call In Show
1:46 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, (D) NM, Takes Your Questions Live

Senator Tom Udall

Thu. 2/23 8a: Is the influence of money in politics a problem?   Or do you think our elections system works?  Are enough public lands protected from industry and human use?   Or would you like to see more commercial and public activity on state and federal lands in New Mexico?  

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Call In Show
1:43 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Legislative Wrap Up: What Happened? What Happens Now?

Photo: Mr. T in DC via Flickr, creative commons license

Thu. 2/16 8a: How is this year's legislative session wrapping up in Santa Fe?  Are you pleased with the budget package and allocation of state funds?  Were there measures you wanted to see pass that died in committee?  We'll take your calls and hear from lawmakers on the KUNM Call In Show this week.  We'd like to hear from you live during the show!

 277-5866 or toll-free 877-899-5866

Call In Show
6:37 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Native American Language Education in New Mexico

Photo: Council of Indian Nations

Thu. 2/9 8a:  How are Native American languages taught in schools in New Mexico?  What are the unique language needs and histories of Native American communities here?  And what can our education professionals learn from what Indigenous Language scholars are doing?  We'll continue last week's conversation about language education today on the KUNM Call In Show.  We'd like to hear from you!  You can email us at or call in live during the show.  277-5866 or toll free 877-899-5866

Guests: Dr. Christine Sims, Asst. Professor, Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, UNM; Dr. Rebecca Blum-Martinez, Professor, Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, UNM

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Call In Show
1:31 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Dual Language Education: ¿Si o no?

Photo by Erwin Horment, creative commons

Thu. 2/2 8a: As a community do we value the ability to speak multiple languages?  What are the benefits and challenges of dual language education programs?  And exactly who are we talking about when we say English Language Learners?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we had a conversation about dual language education in New Mexico. 

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KUNM Call-In Show
2:44 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Recycling Water

In the US, purple pipes are used to distinguish reclaimed water from potable water.

Wed. 01/18 8a: Looking for new solutions to meet New Mexico’s water needs. This week on the KUNM Call-in Show we’ll talk about whether the use of low-quality water—including sewage—could help decrease the burden on our over-taxed water supply.  If scientists could assure you that water reclaimed from your drains was pure enough to drink…would you grab a glass and swallow it down? 

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KUNM Call-In Show
7:33 am
Tue January 10, 2012

New Frontiers in Psychiatry: 'Psychosomatic' Isn't Such A Dirty Word Anymore

Hagmann et al, Creative Commons 2.5, Plos Biology

Thu. 1/12 8a: The mind/body connection, it's all the rage these days with yoga and meditation practices becoming more and more mainstream.  So what are medical researchers discovering about the chemistry of the mind/body relationship?  This week on the KUNM Call-In Show we heard from doctors who work with the terminally and mentally ill, exploring strategies that treat the mind and the body.

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KUNM Call-In Show
7:24 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Keeping That Healthy Eating Resolution

Photo: Creative Commons Flickr/Dan4th

Thu. 1/5 8a: It's no secret that the way to maintain a healthy weight involves healthy eating habits and regular exercise.   So what makes keeping that New Year's resolution to drop a few pounds so difficult?  On the KUNM Call-In Show January 5th, we'll discuss the impediments to healthy weight loss and strategies for healthy eating.  

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Call In Show
9:33 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Chronicling the Bush Family and Journalism Today: A Conversation with Journalist Russ Baker

Thu. 12/15 8a: What has been the impact of the Bush family on the history of the U.S.?  And what is the state of journalism today, with newspapers struggling to survive and bloggers becoming journalists?  This week on the KUNM Call-In Show, we spent the hour speaking with the award winning investigative journalist Russ Baker.  

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KUNM Call-In Show
1:05 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Just What Is Sexual Harassment, Anyway?

Photograph by flickr user EverJean used under Creative Commons licenses.

Thu. 12/8 8a: Where is the line between telling a raunchy joke and sexually harassing a co-worker?  How do you know if behavior that makes you uncomfortable at work is sexual harassment?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we discuss the issue of sexual harassment- the legalities and the larger cultural context.  

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KUNM Call-In Show
12:32 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Visibility of Disability

Thu. 12/1 8a: What do you see when you see someone with a disability?  Are you disabled and do people see you or treat you differently as a result?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show a discussion the visibility of disability.  Questions or comments? Email

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KUNM Call-In Show
12:59 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Coping With Holiday Stress

Photo by Steven de Polo, flickr creative commons

Thu. 10/17 8a: Do the holidays stress you out?  Do you eat or drink too much?  Feel some dread about family events?  Do you forget to take some down time to yourself?  This week on the KUNM Call-In Show we'll talk about ways to reduce stress during the holiday season.  

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KUNM Call-In Show
12:40 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

The New Generation of Agriculturalists

Thu. 11/10 8a: What should the top priorities be for the next generation of farmers and ranchers?  What are these young people doing to manage land and water resources?  

We'll hear from presenters at the Quivira Coalition's annual conference and from local youth leaders on the KUNM Call-In Show this week.  



  • Boe Lopez: Young Cattlemen's Leadership Committee, NM Cattlegrower's Association                                        
  • Bryce AndrewsClark Fork Coalition, Missoula, Montana                                                                                           
  • Sarahlee Lawrence: Rainshadow Organics, Terrebonne, Oregon

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KUNM Call-In Show
2:17 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Reproductive Health Care and Sex Ed. for Young Women in New Mexico


Thu. 11/3 8a: What are the biggest problems facing young women you know in New Mexico?   Education?  Jobs?  What about access to sex education and reproductive healthcare?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we discussed sex education and reproductive justice  for young women in New Mexico.  

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KUNM Call-In Show
11:31 am
Mon October 17, 2011

What Makes A Successful Protest Movement?

Camp Coyote on the UNM Campus in Albuquerque. Protesters' permit was not extended by UNM's Administration this week and 30 protesters were arrested Tuesday night for failing to leave the location.
Photo: Bradford Beck

Thur. 10/27 8a: We'll continue our conversation on protest movements and Occupy Wall Street this week on the KUNM Call-In Show.  

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Public Affairs
9:38 am
Mon October 17, 2011

How Can Small Businesses Create Jobs?

nDevilTV:Creative Commons

Thur. 9/15 8a: How Can Small Businesses Create Jobs? 


Marie Lapina, Medical Practice Solutions


Emily Gillette, Chef Link Commercial Kitchen Supply

Dave mead, Array Technologies Incorporated

Public Affairs
8:52 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Who Cares About Conservation?

Photo by Wolfgang Staudt

Did you miss the KUNM Call-In Show this week on attitudes about conservation?  You can stream it online now!  Recent polls show some surprising results about the perspectives of Hispanic/Latinos in New Mexico and young people.  You can email with your comments.

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Public Affairs
2:00 pm
Thu October 6, 2011


Thurs. 10/6 at 8am: Are you having trouble paying your mortgage?  Do you have friends or family who have lost their homes to foreclosure?  What does the recent increase in foreclosures mean for New Mexico?

On the KUNM Call In Show this week we'll discuss foreclosures and what some organizations are doing to slow the trend.  We'd like to hear from you!  You can send us an email at, or call in live during the show: 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866.


Public Affairs
11:55 am
Thu September 22, 2011

New Mexico Redistricting

Thu. 9/29 at 8am: Who should draw voting district maps? Courts? Lawmakers? Citizens? This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss redistricting, what did and didn't happen in the special session, and what's next for voting districts in New Mexico.

Who should draw voting district maps? Courts? Lawmakers? Citizens? This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss redistricting, what did and didn't happen in the special session, and what's next for voting districts in New Mexico.

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Public Affairs
12:35 pm
Thu September 1, 2011


Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe Smithsonian Magazine

Thurs. 9/8 at 8am: What are your childhood memories of Zozobra? Were you afraid of Old Man Gloom? Or did you yell and scream with the crowd while sitting on your mom or dad's shoulders?

Share your experiences of Zozobra by calling 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. You can also email the show at

More about the burning of Zozobra


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