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Some local advocacy groups are teaming up to provide more resources for children who’ve been sex-trafficked. Right now, there’s not a lot out there to help them recover.


Mar 6, 2018
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The Children's Hour, Sat 3/10 9a: Trees do a lot more for us than we ever do for them. This week we'll learn more about the mighty cottonwood, and other trees of New Mexico. Plus we'll have a live performance from High Desert Pipes and Drums to get us ready for St. Patrick's Day. 

Reading To Dogs

Mar 1, 2018
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The Children's Hour, Sat 3/3 9a: The studio is going to the dogs with our friends from Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library’s Read to The Dogs program. It’s going to be a dog party!

Kids Making History

Feb 21, 2018
Courtesy of Casey Smith

The Children's Hour Sat 2/24 9a: History is being made every day, and kids are part of the story. 14 year old Donovan Smith, an unsung hero of black history himself, will tell us about his latest efforts in making Albuquerque a better place to live. Plus, we’re hearing about kids leading the way in Florida and around the world to make schools safer, but this isn’t the first time kids have been on the front lines for their rights. 

Photo by of Cecil J. Williams, and used with his gracious permission

The Children's Hour Sat 2/10 9a: We’ll continue our celebration of Black History with the story of an unsung hero, Cecil J. Williams, who as a teenage photographer documented some of the most momentous events of the Civil Rights Movement. His iconic photographs told the story of the movement in ways words couldn’t capture. Plus, it’s Valentine’s Day next week and we’ll find out how one Albuquerque family takes the holiday to a whole new level. And find out about the DaVinci exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. 

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The Children's Hour, 2/3 Sat 9a: February is Black History Month, and we'll talk about the unique history black Americans have in our country, and find out about some unsung heroes in the struggle for civil rights, including the story of a brave 15 year old girl named Claudette Colvin. 

Kids In The Roundhouse

Jan 17, 2018
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In New Mexico, the 30 Day legislative session has begun, but what do kids have to do with it? We talked with state senator Bill O’Neill and some of the Wild Friends New Mexico about how kids can be part of the legislative process. Originally broadcast Jan 20, 2018

Media Literacy

Jan 10, 2018
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What is it to be media literate? This show was originally broadcast in 2002 with the late, legendary Bob McCannon, who was an expert in educating kids about being media savvy. rdays, 9 to 10am.

At Your Request

Jan 5, 2018
Cristina Ortega

It's an all request show with our listeners creating a playlist. Originally aired Jan 6 2018.

Puns Aplenty

Dec 28, 2017
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Turnip your radio! It’s a pun-ny show with the KUNM Kids. We’re talking puns with Paul Krza, whose game is playing with words. Puns aplenty, possibly provoking painful groans and moans. Original broadcast date: Dec 30, 2017

Best of 2017

Dec 14, 2017
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The Children's Hour Sat 12/16 9a:  The KUNM Kids present the best of 2017 for kids. We'll play our favorite new songs, review a couple of the best books for kids, and cover movies worth seeing. Plus, what happened on this date in 1773? It wasn't an ordinary tea party! Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and more, all in an hour. 

President Jimmy Carter

Dec 6, 2017
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The Children's Hour featured kids from Jimmy Carter Middle School’s Junior National Honors Society who educated us all about their school’s namesake: our 39th president, Nobel Prize winning humanitarian, Jimmy Carter. From the peanut farm to the White House, there’s a lot to know about President Carter. 

Ralph Covert

The Children’s Hour hosted Grammy nominated Ralph Covert from Ralph’s World in a tiny studio concert with the KUNM Kids. 

Sunny Days, Stormy Days

Nov 23, 2017
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The KUNM Kids will explore the weather with our friend from the National Weather Service, Kerry Jones. 

Animal Humane Society

The Children's Hour 11/4 9a: What should you do when you find a stray dog or cat, and have you been looking for a FURR ever friend?  Animal Humane New Mexico will join the KUNM Kids in the studio with some critters and advice about animal rescue and adoption. 

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The Children's Hour's Spooky Scary Halloween Special starts at 9am Saturday Oct. 28. 


Sep 13, 2017
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The Children's Hour, Sat 9/16 9a:  To sleep, perchance to dream? Dream a little dream with us this Saturday, from 9 to 10am when we talk about dreams. Why do we dream? What do we dream? And how do our dreams at night influence our lifelong dreams. 

Dinosaurs of New Mexico

Aug 24, 2017
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New Mexico is loaded with fossilized bones, and boasts several unique species who lived here millions of years ago.  This episode of the Children’s Hour features educators from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History on the show to talk about dinosaurs of New Mexico.  

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When a kid’s parent gets cancer, it’s confusing and scary for everyone. This edition of The Children’s Hour features kids who have been there. They'll tell us about The Children's Treehouse Foundations CLIMB program at the New Mexico Cancer Center, which has helped them cope. Plus, we'll be joined by kids who are refugees to find out about their next big thing. We’ll also celebrate some notable birthdays, including that of a future king. Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. Original airdate: July 22, 2017

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under President Donald Trump is changing how it effectively prioritizes immigrants for deportation. Immigrant rights advocates in New Mexico say these days, anyone can become a target. That unpredictability is forcing people to make some hard choices. 

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New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the union, and advocates fighting for people in poverty are alarmed at President Trump’s proposed budget.

Feeding Children In New Mexico

Apr 17, 2017
Sarah Gustavus

KUNM Call In Show 4/20 8a. New Mexico students will no longer be singled out if they have debt in the school cafeteria. Our state became the first in the nation recently to outlaw what's known as "lunch shaming," which can include serving students a cold sandwich instead of a hot meal, requiring that they help clean up after the meal or stamping their arm with a message to parents that they owe money in the cafeteria.


When you think of children's television programming, PBS probably comes to mind first.  From Sesame Street to the glory days of The Electric Company, PBS has been a stable for children's educational programming for decades.  

Heath Haussamen / New Mexico In Depth

Gov. Susana Martinez delivered this year’s State of the State address on Tuesday, which also marked the start of the legislative session. 

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

The lack of paid sick leave in the U.S. contributes to the spread of disease and emergency medical costs, according to the American Public Health Association. There are no federal laws about it, but some states and cities have passed their own. Advocates in Albuquerque gathered enough signatures to put the issue before voters in November. 

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KUNM Call In Show 4/28 8a: 

Children who experience abuse and neglect can face lifelong challenges. In New Mexico, reports of child maltreatment have increased over the last several years. We'll discuss how local groups are working to provide families with resources to prevent these issues. 

Courtesy of Dr. Fiona Sinclair

  In order to help babies that are born too early, you’ve got to experiment on fetal tissue. At least that’s what scientists say. A House panel investigation of this kind of research has raised its profile. We went to the University of New Mexico Hospital to find out how fetal tissue is used.


Tonight at 7p on Public Square on New Mexico PBS/KNME, grandparents raising grandkids. When parents die, are incarcerated, or experience addictions or mental illness, often children are raised by their grandparents. Host Megan Kamerick explores the issue with a distinguished panel. 

Heinrich To Introduce New Poverty Legislation

Jun 29, 2015
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U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich announced Monday that he will propose legislation to address poverty across multiple generations. 

Child Homelessness High In New Mexico

Nov 18, 2014
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The number of kids who are homeless is at an all time high in America, according to a new report by the National Center on Child Homelessness, and New Mexico has one of the most severe child homelessness problems in the country.

The report says nearly one in three kids here live in poverty, and while progress has been made in reducing homelessness among veterans and chronically homeless people, children have not received the same attention.