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Bats

Jun 20, 2017
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6/24 9a: This episode of The Children’s Hour had live bats in the studio to help us learn more about these incredible flying mammals that live in our backyard.  Plus we found out how kids can get a scholarship to summer music camp.  With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. 

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As Republicans work to fulfill their promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the future of healthcare in the U.S. is up in the air. In New Mexico, health insurance carriers have to submit their proposed premium rates by this weekend. After state officials review them, the public will have 10 days to weigh in.

Breakfast

Jun 5, 2017
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6/10: Join us for breakfast on The Children's Hour! The KUNM Kids will explore breakfasts from around the world, and we'll share our favorite recipes with you. 

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Sat. 6/3, 2:30p: Luna Llena (Full Moon) is a new Latin band based in Albuquerque (New Mexico)  playing Cuban music. The band is led by Romeo and Ricky Carrido who will be interviewed by Cristina Baccin. Ricky Carrido became a sworn batá drummer (Omo Añá, the deity that lives in the batá drum) from the batá set by the name Obbá koso from Matanzas, Cuba. He has worked with Baracutanga, Pandemonium, Wagogo, Calle 66, and Radio La Chusma.

Rashad Mahmood, KUNM

New Mexico environment officials say they’ll present a plan to clean up a toxic underground plume at a public meeting Thursday evening in Albuquerque.

Keeping It Classy

May 2, 2017
UNM Music Department

Sat 5/6 9a: This Saturday on The Children’s Hour, learn about the UNM Summer Music Institute series with UNM Fine Arts faculty Kimberley Fredenburgh and Cármelo de los Santos. We’ll have a mini live concert in the studio. 

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Sat 4/29 9a:  This week on The Children's Hour we'll learn the history of Albuquerque with Jimmy Carter Middle School's Junior Honor's Society students and the KUNM Kids.  Plus, we'll have a visit from Winnie The Pooh and friends.

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

All around the state, evidence from sexual assault cases sits untested. Per capita, New Mexico’s backlog of sexual assault evidence kits is the worst in the nation, according to our state auditor. Most of those kits are in Albuquerque. Even though legislators have passed measures about the backlog, and Mayor Richard Berry proposed putting $1 million toward shrinking it, advocates say it’s getting worse every month. 

Katie Stone

Sat. 4/15 9a: This week on The Children's Hour, Mrs. Hawk's fifth grade class teach us about the history of their school. Just north of Old Town, Duranes Elementary is one of Albuquerque's oldest public schools. Many of these students have parents and grandparents who attended Duranes.  These kids are sure to inspire other students to learn more about their own schools. 

What Does Good Government Look Like To You?

Mar 31, 2017
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To get a sense of how New Mexicans feel about good government and accountability in advance of our interactive community event on Tuesday April 4, 2017, we sent People, Power, and Democracy reporter Jeremy Zeilik to find out.

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A new report breaks down potential years of life lost when people die before the age of 75 and younger people are dying earlier.  

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The Los Alamos School District is going to pull out of the National School Lunch Program next year.

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Students with disabilities in New Mexico are subjected to physical restraint and seclusion at a much higher rate than other students. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would limit the practices.

Seventy six percent of public school students in New Mexico who are subjected to restraints are students with disabilities, according to data from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. There are no federal laws regulating restraint and seclusion.

Ed Williams

When someone addicted to heroin or prescription wants to quit, the first step is to find a detox center where they can safely go through withdrawals from the drug, but people in northern New Mexico who are trying to get help often can’t find it.

Police Chief: Families Crying Out For Help

Feb 1, 2017
Ed Williams / KUNM

When a public health crisis gets out of control, it can overwhelm law enforcement agencies. That’s what’s happened with the Española Police Department as it deals with a decades-old opioid epidemic and all the crime that goes with it. 

Española Preschool Addresses Trauma, Addiction

Jan 30, 2017
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Research shows early childhood education is one of the most effective ways to prevent drug use later in life. That’s especially important in Rio Arriba County, where an opioid epidemic has been raging for decades. 

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Española  has had one of the highest rates of heroin addiction in the country for decades. It’s a public health crisis that can create particular challenges for pregnant moms and the doctors that treat them.  

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December 31, 2016: Woman who confirmed dark matter dies; Carrie Fisher dies, followed by her mother, Debbie Reynolds; new study finds patients fare better with female doctors; West Virginia will have female major

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

New Mexico has one of the worst sexual assault rates in the nation. And thousands of envelopes of DNA evidence that could help identify repeat sexual offenders are sitting untested. We're taking a look at what it takes for survivors to provide that evidence in the first place.

Endangered Species

Nov 29, 2016
US Fish & Wildlife Service

On this edition of The Children’s Hour, we learned about endangered animals with our friends from Jimmy Carter Middle School in Albuquerque. Plus, what’s the real story behind the Nutcracker?  We found out with puppeteers and actors from AuxDog Theater Company. With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. Originally broadcast on Saturday, December 3, 2016. 

Republican Hangs On To House Seat

Nov 9, 2016
Sarah Maestas Barnes

Democrats took back control of the New Mexico House of Representatives in Tuesday election. But some Republican representatives were able to hold on to their seats.

Sarah Maestas Barnes of northeast Albuquerque was one of a handful of state representatives who withstood Democrats’ efforts.

The national elections have been especially polarizing, but Maestas Barnes said Republicans and Democrats in New Mexico are going to have to avoid the sharp partisanship that dominated the national elections.

Audubon New Mexico

Fall is in the air and so are the birds. Find out which species migrate and which make New Mexico their home year round with our friends from Audubon New Mexico.

Community Groups Take On Santolina In Court

Aug 31, 2016
Victoria Edwards/KUNM

Stories of outsiders coming to New Mexico to exploit the state's resources are nothing new – think Spanish colonization.

That’s how many critics see Santolina, a 22-square-mile development proposed for an area west of Albuquerque. But opponents of the project are fighting back in court.

Kate Russell Photography

The traditional folk music of New Mexico has been celebrated for the past 16 years at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe with Nuestra Música, a concert celebrating the music traditions of the state.

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July marked the 16th month in a row of record setting high temperatures across the planet, including in New Mexico. Meteorologist Kerry Jones joined the KUNM Kids on The Children’s Hour Saturday at 9am to talk about the weather and the climate.

Competing For The Facebook Data Center

Aug 19, 2016
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Facebook is going to have to choose where to put its new data center: New Mexico or Utah.

The social media company stores its users’ uploads, mostly millions and millions of photos, on servers. Communities want these data centers because they inject cash back into the hosting community. 

Symbols Of Enchantment

May 31, 2016
Rebel Donut

The Children's Hour featured musician and educator, Curious Chris who took us through the various symbols representing New Mexico. From the Zia to the coelophysis, turquoise to yucca flowers the Land of Enchantment's state symbols showcase our unique culture, landscape and history. The KUNM Kids explored these official markers through music and stories.  This show was recorded live at KUNM on June 4, 2016.

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We sent kids with a microphone into Santa Fe's multidemensional art installation, Meow Wolf.

Originally broadcast on The Children's Hour on KUNM April 2, 2016. 

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

A law in Texas that opponents say could cause the shutdown of all but 10 abortion clinics there is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court in early March. In the meantime, some women seeking the procedure have been coming to neighboring New Mexico instead.

NM 'Could Get Hammered' By El Niño

Sep 24, 2015
Rita Daniels

Mild temperatures and the turning of the leaves are reminders that summer is officially over. In the coming months New Mexico is well positioned to trap significant amounts of moisture from the third strongest El Niño on record

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