Let's Talk New Mexico

Let's Talk New Mexico, Thursdays at 8a. Call 277-5866 to participate live on the show.

We've done a remodel of what you know as the KUNM Call In Show. We've updated the name of the show and our theme music. We'll be diversifying the format of the show in coming months and years to include a wide range of methods for bringing you the voices of New Mexicans in discussions of our most pressing issues and challenges, and to share advancements and artistic achievements. We'll also continue to share the audio of our shows online and in our podcast on iTunes. 

Questions? Comments? Email KUNM News Director Elaine Baumgartel.

Ways to Connect

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

Mar 14, 2012

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

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? 

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 callinshow@kunm.org.  You can also leave comments online.

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?  

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


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 callinshow@kunm.org 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

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. 

Recycling Water

Jan 18, 2012

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? 

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.

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.  

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.  

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.  

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 callinshow@kunm.org.

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.  

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

Image: psdgraphics.com

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.  

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.  

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

Wolfgang Staudt / Creative Commons via Flickr

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 callinshow@kunm.org with your comments.


Oct 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 callinshow@kunm.org, or call in live during the show: 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866.


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.


Sep 1, 2011
Aaron Newsom

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 callinshow@kunm.org.

More about the burning of Zozobra


Thurs. 9/1 at 8am: Drought has hit New Mexico hard. The state has sued the Bureau of Reclamation over water and farmers are paying to pump groundwater as river sources dry up. How is this year's drought affecting the Rio Grande River and the communities that depend on it?

Call in your comments and questions at 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. Email the show at callinshow@kunm.org.


Em Hall, UNM School of Law

Thurs. 8/25 at 8am: We'll take your calls on nurse staffing levels and quality of patient care in New Mexico hospitals.

Call in your comments and questions at 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. Email the show at .

Nic McPhee/Creative Commons / Creative Commons

Thurs. 8/11 at 8am:  State Treasurer James Lewis joins us for the full hour to discuss New Mexico finances. How will the recently passed debt ceiling deal affect federal dollars flowing into the state?

Join the discussion next Thursday at 8am. Email questions to callinshow@kunm.org


Thurs. 7/21 at 8am: What's up with the state's energy conservation building codes? A version of the code requiring a 20% reduction in energy use from 2006 levels was repealed last month by a state commission, but some cities may use their own building codes. We'll host a panel discussion and take your calls live.

Email your questions today to callinshow@kunm.org.

During the show, you can call in your comments and questions at 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866.




Bernardo Ortega Guerrero of Veracruz, Mexico, and others bound for deportation. (Austin American-Statesman, May 29, 2011)

Thurs. 7/7 at 8am: The Obama Administration has deported more undocumented immigrants than any previous administration. Collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local police and sheriff's departments has made it possible to identify more people who are living in the US illegally. Should local law enforcement be giving information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

Join the discussion, Thursday morning at 8am.


Thurs. 6/30 at 8am: This Thursday on the Call-In Show we will discuss the fire situation in Los Alamos. Share your questions, comments and concerns, Thursday morning at 8am.

Here are the numbers to dial: 277-KUNM or toll-free 1-877-899-5866.
You can also email the show at callinshow@kunm.org.

See the KUNM homepage for useful links regarding the wildfires in New Mexico.


Creative Commons from banspy

Thurs. 6/23 at 8am: This week on the KUNM Call In Show, Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz will answer your questions about APD's use of deadly force.


Thurs. 6/9 at 8am: Smoke from the Arizona wildfires blankets New Mexico. We'll be discussing the impact on New Mexicans with meteorologists, state health officials, health care providers and fire managers.

Guests TBA