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.

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Report Card: Healthcare Exchange Enrollment

Nov 4, 2013
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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
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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.  

In Depth With U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

Oct 23, 2013 / 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.  

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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. 

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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.

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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?

Can Albuquerque Build A Better Bosque?

Sep 10, 2013
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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. 


What To Do About Syria?

Sep 4, 2013
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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. 


The Challenges of Language Diversity in New Mexico

Aug 21, 2013
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  KUNM Call In Show 8/22 8a: New Mexico has been in the news recently as a result of language diversity issues and events. 

Abortion Debate Flares Up In Albuquerque

Aug 14, 2013

  KUNM Call In Show 8/15 8a: Following closely in the footsteps of Texas, Albuquerque has become the latest abortion battleground in our nation.  

While the Albuquerque City Clerk verifies signatures on the first of its kind abortion ban ballot initiative to be introduced at a municipal level, coalitions are being formed on both sides of the issue, protests have been held, and rallies are being scheduled.  

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There’s been a lot of uncertainty about what new management by out-of-state firms will mean for behavioral health providers in New Mexico. Thursday morning on the KUNM Call In Show some of that uncertainty was dispelled by Diana McWilliams of the state Human Services Department .

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KUNM Call In Show 8/1 8a: We've known about climate change for 30 years, why are we still debating the topic?

This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss the challenges climate change activists face in their work.

We'd like to hear from you! What do you do with your knowledge of climate change? Do you change your habits? Do you feel powerless in the face of such a huge global process? 

Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show!


Talking About Race + EXTRAS

Jul 23, 2013

KUNM Call In Show 7/25 8a: As the waves of reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict continue to wash over the nation, we'll take a look at how we think about race... and how we don't think about race. What are conscious behaviors and what are perhaps not-so-conscious behaviors? 

So after the live show was over, several guests stuck around, there was still so much to talk about. So consider this part 2 of the show, sans callers. 


Living With Bears

Jul 11, 2013
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KUNM Call In Show 7/11 8a: Bears are walking into urban backyards, leading police on foothills neighborhood chases and even wandering close to the Santa Fe Plaza.  And it's because of the drought.

How can we live with bears? How can we avoid living to closely with them?  And do what they mean within our food chain and our psyche?

Host: Kathleen Sabo


Why Are New Mexico Seniors Not Getting Enough To Eat?

Jun 26, 2013
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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 6/27/13 8a: One out of five New Mexico seniors doesn't get enough to eat. Why is there such food insecurity among the elderly here and what can be done? Are there seniors in your neighborhood who need assistance with meals? We'd like to hear from you! Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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Host: Deborah Martinez, Poverty and Public Health Reporter


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On the KUNM Call In Show this week, guests discussed what privacy is worth and expressed concerns about NSA activities and the increase in use of drones for government and commercial surveillance. 

Peter Simonson, Executive Director of the ACLU-NM gave this stark description of what invasion of privacy might look like on an everyday basis. 


Former Taos Police Chief Rick Anglada pointed out that the balance between privacy and security is not a simple or comfortable thing to achieve.

KUNM Call In Show 6/13 8a: this year Governor Susana Martinez signed the Fair Pay For Women Act into law and it goes into effect on Friday. The mostly bipartisan legislative effort will make it easier for women claiming pay discrimination to get into court.  But will the law lead to equal pay for women in a state that has been near the bottom in pay equity?  How will the law affect small businesses, corporations and the women it was designed to assist?  We’ll hear from the legislation’s sponsor, proponents and those who may be affected most. And we'd like to hear from you!

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KUNM Call In Show 6/6 8a: The 2013 wildfire season is in full swing in New Mexico. Drought is extreme across much of the state and two fires sparked by downed power lines are still growing in the Santa Fe National Forest. We'll have updates on the Tres Lagunas and Thompson Ridge fires, and take a look at what utility companies are doing to prevent power lines from starting more fires.  

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

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State of the RE:Union Thu. 5/30 8a: In this American Graduate special, State of the Re:Union takes a closer look at school, community, and the drop out crisis in this country.

With reporting from both urban and rural schools, and interviews with education experts, State of the RE:Union goes “ back to the basics”, looking at strategies that get to the heart of what makes students want to learn. 

State of the RE:Union Thu. 5/23 8a: More than two million veterans have come home so far from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. For returning veterans, reintegrating into society can be a challenge.

How do you find your place, when you’ve changed and the people you love don’t recognize you? When that old life is gone and you have to start a new one from scratch.

State of the Re:Union explores reintegration and asks the question: how do you come back home from war?

UNM Tuition and Fees Hikes - Whom Do They Serve?

May 15, 2013
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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/16 8a: While the cost of attending the University of New Mexico remains a relative bargain compared to other state universities, undergraduate tuition and fees have almost doubled in a decade, tripled in 15 years.  We'll hear from administration and student representatives about the rationale behind the recent two-tiered increase and we'll look at the potential effect the increase may have on the UNM student body.

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  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/6 8a: What do you get when you combine students who have artistic vision with artists who have serious skills? We'll hear from the folks at Meow Wolf, an arts organization, and the high school students they've paired up with about the transformative experience of making multi-media installations as part of the Albuquerque Museum's Lead With The Arts after school arts program. 

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/2 8a: Are you feeling sad, numb, or tired in the wake of recent violent events like the Boston Marathon bombing and the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas? Are you arguing more with loved ones? Do you feel mentally drained? You could be experiencing the long-distance impacts of these events.

What can you do to help yourself and your family cope with these feelings? How can you explain these things to children?

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  KUNM Call In Show Thu. 4/25 8a: Do you commute on a bicycle to work? Do you want to? Or is it just fun time on bikes for you? We'll have details on the BikeABQ Bike Swap event and take your calls about bicycles, cycling, and safety. You can email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.




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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/28 8a: Last week, Santa Fe officials announced they believed same-sex marriage is legal under current New Mexico law. The ACLU-New Mexico has filed a lawsuit on behalf of several same sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in Bernalillo County. Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court hears arguments in two same sex marriage cases this week.  

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 KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/21 8a: Governor Susana Martinez says she'll sign the budget bill passed by lawmakers in a last minute deal right before the 2013 60-day session adjourned. She vetoed then signed the "Breaking Bad" bill that increases tax incentives for TV shows to produce in New Mexico. What else went down this session? We'll take your calls and comments! Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/14 8a: The Department of Energy has proposed to store nuclear waste from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.  

We'll take your calls and comments. You can also email or post your comments online

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/7 8a: The sequester is on and the country is bracing for the impact of automatic federal budget cuts. We'll discuss the impact of the cuts here in New Mexico, and we'd like to hear from you. Do you own a small business? Are you worried about staying afloat? Are you a federal employee? Do you have information about your job security? Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/28 8a: Over the past ten years, the producers of Peace Talks Radio have been chasing the stories that explore non-violent conflict resolution and peacemaking.  We'll hear from series producers Paul Ingles, Suzanne Kryder, and Carol Boss about their work teasing out these stories of what is good in the world.  How did they find people who promote, create, and support peace in their communities? We'd also like to hear from you!  

KUNM Call In Show 2/21 8a: When and how was marijuana first used by humans? How does the herb chemically impact the human brain? And what are some of the cultural aspects of the substance's prohibition in the U.S.?  We'll speak with Martin A. Lee, author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific.  We'd like to hear from you! Email, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

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