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Dreams

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. 

Wildlife Rescue

Jun 26, 2017
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7/1 9a: This edition of The Children's Hour featured friends from Wildlife Rescue Inc. New Mexico, along with 5 baby bunnies, 2 baby squirrels and a barn owl. They taught us about when and how to intervene to help wild animals in trouble.  With great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more. The full show is available for streaming at the link until July 15, 2017 at 9am. 

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6/3 When we turn on the tap, where does our water come from? And when we flush, where does that go?  We’ll talk with Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority educator, Erin Keck about our water systems. 

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Communities held marches across the nation over the weekend in support of science and scientific research.

Laura Paskus is the environment reporter for NMPoliticalReport. She covered march planning and the Las Cruces march and spoke with KUNM’s Elaine Baumgartel.

Spring Is Here: Living In Harmony With Nature

Apr 14, 2017
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Sa 4/15, 12p: On Women's Focus, Carol Boss talks with Acupuncturist Dr. Dairne McLaughlin. Learn what to eat, why we eat it and how to stay healthy during spring according to traditional Chinese medicine.  Also, New Mexico women filmmakers talk about the upcoming New Mexico Women in Film Fiesta 2017 and poet Tina Carlson reads from her new book, Ground, Wind, This Body published by University of New Mexico Press.

Bugging KUNM

Mar 13, 2017
ABQ Biopark

KUNM was bugged on this episode of  The Children’s Hour when we hosted ABQ Biopark Curator of Entomology, Jason Schaller along with some of his six legged friends in the studio for a show about insects. We’ll put a bug in your ear with great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more. 

Storytelling

Mar 8, 2017
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Sat 3/11 9a: This Saturday on The Children’s Hour, we’ll make peace through storytelling with Sarah Malone. Plus, we’ll continue to explore remarkable women in American history - this week the pioneer of bioinformetrics, Dr. Margaret Oakley Dayhoff.  

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The KUNM Kids learned about the Very Large Array radio telescope in Socorro, New Mexico. We found out about what astronomers are discovering at the VLA and how radio astronomy works. With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more.  Originally broadcast February 25, 2017, 9 to 10am on KUNMfm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Weather Or Not

Dec 14, 2016
National Weather Service Albuquerque

Sat 12/17, 9a:  The Children's Hour will have meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque to talk about the temperatures across the globe.  It may be freezing in the morning, but 2016 was anything but cold. Plus, our friends from the Abq BioPark Botanic Gardens have a lot more going on than just the River of Lights. Daytime is gorgeous at the gardens, and there are many activities for families throughout the winter break.  With our family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, great music and so much more: Saturday from 9 to 10am on The Children's Hour.

Dating The Earth

Nov 10, 2016
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How does one date Planet Earth?  How old is the earth, and how do scientists figure out the age of rocks? Geochronologist, Dr. Matt Heizler from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology at New Mexico Tech answers all these questions and many more, including how moon dust is involved in increasing our understanding.  

Plus, we spoke with the National Institute of Flamenco's education director, Jacqueline Garcia about what they offer kids and families. 

Valle del Oro National Wildlife Refuge / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Sat. 9/17 9a:  This Saturday on The Children's Hour, the seasons are shifting; we will learn about the science of the autumnal equinox. And, we’ll find out about a birthday party for the only urban wildlife refuge in the western US, located right here in Albuquerque.  Plus, Santa Fe author Robert Wilder will introduce us to his hilarious new young adult book, Nickle, a story about love, loss and loyalty.  Live and local every Saturday starting at 9am -  The Children’s Hour - right here on KUNM.

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.

Climate Activist Kids

May 24, 2016
Our Children's Trust, CC

The Children's Hour welcomed kids who are actively trying to save the planet. Aji Piper joined us from Seattle to talk about the lawsuit that he and 19 other kids are involved with to hold governments accountable for pollution. The kids are winning their cases, and that's good news for us all. This show was recorded live at KUNM on May 28, 2016.


Albuquerque's Valle Vista Elementary School 4th Graders from Mrs. Dawson's class joined the KUNM Kids in the studio to talk about how bird watching at the Valle del Oro was a life changing experience. Not only did these kids learn about our feathered friends in the Bosque, but the program enabled them to be citizen scientists. Plus, we found out about a celebration of public art in Albuquerque. Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more this week on The Children's Hour. This show broadcast live from the KUNM studios on April 23, 2016.

Tribal College Students Simulate Mars

Mar 30, 2016
Elaine Baumgartel / KUNM


A small battery operated rover rolls back and forth across a tiled floor. It slowly jerks past foam boulders and a green Martian cutout. A few feet away a student types on a computer, controlling the vehicle. The mini-Mars yard room is in full swing at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Science Of Spring

Mar 17, 2016
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Sat. 3/19, 9a: The Children's Hour bounces into spring with a show dedicated to celebrating the lengthening daylight and warming weather, and saying farewell to winter. What makes it winter one day and spring the next? We'll discover the science of springtime.  Plus, find out how you can get a scholarship to Hummingbird Music Camp with the Sky Velvet Vassar foundation. With great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more, spend an hour with the KUNM Kids!

Dr. Jonathan Wolfe

Sat 2/27/16, 9am: We were joined by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham in our studios, who was thoroughly grilled by the kids in the studio about everything from balancing her personal and public lives, super delegate status, and what led her to dedicate her life to public service.  Plus, we had an in-studio performance from some of the cast of The Growing Stage's latest show, Pinkalicious. And, we learned how kids can be involved in Roboquerque 2016. 

Martian Rocks

Feb 17, 2016
University of New Mexico, Carl Agee

Sat 2/20, 9a:  What's out of this world but right on this planet?  Martian meteorites! This week on The Children's Hour, Zoltan Vaci from the Institute of Meteoritics at UNM, brings these cosmic wonders down to earth, specifically to our studio.  Cosmic rocks, great music, The KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more this week on The Children's Hour. 

Wild Things

Feb 3, 2016
Cristina Ortega

Sat. 2/6, 9a: The wild things of New Mexico are sometimes visitors and sometimes lifelong residents. We'll be joined by wildlife biologist Wendy Brown and learn about a few of our feathered, furry and rooted wild things living in the neighborhood.  With excellent music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more; The Children's Hour is a great start to any Saturday. 

Alligators All Around

Jan 26, 2016
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Sat. 1/30, 9am:  The Children's Hour welcomes a docent alligator from the Albuquerque Zoo along with herpetologist Katie Anderson. We'll talk about frogs, toads, lizards and crocs of the Americas and learn about one special frog whose species depends upon zoos to survive total extinction.  Great music the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more. 

Fractals

Jan 22, 2016
The Fractal Foundation

Sat. 1/23, 9a: The Children's Hour explores the magic, math and art of fractals, with the Fractal Foundation. Plus, do we have nine planets again in our solar system? Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more, every Saturday from 9-10am. 

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The University of New Mexico may eliminate a program that trains future educators how to teach natural sciences.

UNM’s Natural Sciences Program has been training primary education majors for 20 years. Professor Mel Strong says students learn not only how to understand natural sciences, but how to teach them as well.

Scientific Kids

Nov 20, 2015
Kari Barrera

    

The Children's Hour, 11/21 9am:  New Mexico has brilliant scientists of all ages residing across our state. We'll talk with a group of students who want to be able to compete in our state's Science Olympiad.  Plus, we'll hear about what kind of programming is at Ghost Ranch for kids and families.  We'll also feature Naomi Shihab Nye reading her essay: Gate A4.  With excellent music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more, all in one hour just for kids!

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This Saturday on The Children's Hour, find out about the Super Blood Harvest Moon, making its appearance this weekend in our evening skies on Sunday. We'll also explore the amazing power of solar energy.  With our family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, great music and so much more, start your Saturdays with us at 9am.   

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Sep 18, 2015
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Get ready to walk the plank! It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day this Saturday on The Children's Hour. We'll raise the Jolly Roger and call on all me hearty mates to join in the fun and celebration. Plus our pals from the Valle De Oro will enlighten us about what's going on down by the riverside.  And, we'll let you know about a celestial event happening Sunday that you won't want to miss.  All in a wee hour this Saturday at 9am.    

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Sat. 8/22, 9a: National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones talks with The Children's Hour crew about supercell storms, lightning safety and El Niño.  Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, and of course, lots of silliness. Wake up on Saturdays with a smile and a song, 9 to 10am. 

Geology Of New Mexico

Jul 21, 2015
American Geological Union (agu.org)

Sat. July 25, 9am: The Children’s Hour will explore the unique geology of New Mexico with Dr. Barry Kues, professor emeritus of Geology at UNM. We’ll also find out about classes for rock hounds of all ages. Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more.   

Thinking Like A Pollinator

Jul 16, 2015
Bill Bumgarner

Sat. 7/18, 9am: The Children's Hour will be thinking like pollinators with beekeepers from the New Mexico Beekeepers Association to teach us all about these magnificent and powerful creatures, upon whom our lives depend. Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more. Bee with us!

UFOs in Roswell

Jul 9, 2015
ufodb.com

July 11, 9am: The Children’s Hour digs into the Roswell Incident with the SciFi Channel archeologist who excavated the site, Dr. William Doleman.  What did Dr. Doleman and his team find at the remote desert landing site?  Hakim Bellamy reads his poem about Nepal: Boys School for Better Living. Plus, we celebrate the birthday of EB White. Join us for great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more.  

Rainy New Mexico

Jun 17, 2015
Ari Levaux, High Country News

The Children's Hour wonders, with all the rain this spring, is New Mexico still in a drought?  Where does our water come from, anyway? Journalist and environmental reporter John Fleck joins The Children’s Hour in the studio to talk about water and the west. We'll also interview Maia Weinstock about her efforts to get the Lego company to have more women scientists and professionals, including a true to life US Supreme Court. Plus great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more. 

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