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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.



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
Creative Commons

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
Gareth Rasberry, Creative Commons Wiki

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. 

Mouzzy via Flickr / Creative Commons License

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!

Creative Commons

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
Sierra | kris krüg | CC BY-SA 2.0

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.    

Creative Commons, Wiki

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. 

Dinosaurs Of New Mexico

May 15, 2015
nmstatefossil.org

Sat. 5/16 9a: Dinosaurs ruled New Mexico for hundreds of millions of years. This week on The Children's Hour, we'll learn about some of the dinosaurs who lived here from 3rd graders in Mrs. Estes class at Albuquerque's Manzano Mesa Elementary School. We'll also have great music, a family events calendar, and the KUNM Kids Birthday Club. You can count on us to start your Saturday right! 

Women in Science

Apr 29, 2015

Saturday, May 2 on The Children's Hour we heard kids from Mr. Pence's class at Jimmy Carter Middle School educating us about women scientists. With great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and a family events calendar, start every Saturday with us. 

Epic Pi Day

Mar 13, 2015
http://susanmidlarsky.com

Sat. 3/14, 9am:  It was Pi Day on The Children's Hour, and Einstein's birthday! Albert was with us in the studio. We enjoyed the epic Pi Day moment, at 9:26am.  

Spoonerisms!

Jan 30, 2015

Saturday, 1/31 at 9am on The Children's Hour, Anna and Julia covered spoonerisms. We promise, it wasn't a lack of pies - or a pack of lies! The good folks from Animal Humane also joined us, plus we learned about new science classes for kids at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. The KUNM Kids Birthday Club, great music and a family events calendar. Wake up with The Children's Hour every Saturday!

Asteroids And Comets

Jan 23, 2015
http://rosetta.esa.int / European Space Agency

Get up with us, 1/24 at 9am on The Children's Hour. We mean really far up. We'll be exploring comets, asteroids and learn about classes for kids at The Balloon Museum. The fun starts at 9am on KUNM.Our KUNM Kids Birthday Club, family events calendar, and great music, all in an hour.  

Sandhill Cranes

Jan 1, 2015
John Hamilton Farr, Taos, NM / http://www.jfarr.com

1/3, Sat. 9am:  Every cold season, tens of thousands of sandhill cranes  spend their winters in New Mexico. What are they doing here? How long have they been coming? How and why do they make their trumpeting calls?  We'll learn all about the magestic sandhill crane with UNM professor Dr. Crhsitopher Witt, Curator of Birds at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. Plus, our KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, and great music.  Join us!

Toxic Toys & The Invention of the Phonograph

Dec 4, 2014

Sat. 11/29:  What makes a toy toxic?  We'll learn how to identify toys that present a danger for children with Jacob Peters from the New Mexico Public Interest Research Group.  Also, hear the first recording ever made, by Thomas Edison, and presented November 29, 1877.  

Brush 'Em If You've Got 'Em!

Oct 31, 2014
http://www.toothachesremedies.net

    

Sat, 11/1 9am:  Want to have your candy and eat it too? Just in time for the day after Halloween, we bring you University of New Mexico student dental hygienists to talk about oral hygiene and kids.  It's the tooth and nothing but the tooth on The Children's Hour. 

Poop Happens, Then What?

Oct 21, 2014
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

  

 Sat. 10/25, 9am:  It all comes out in the end, they say, and when it does, where does it go? We learned exactly what happens with Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority educator Sharon Savinski. Plus, we explored the methane world of flatulence. It stinks!  

Digging In - Archaeology in New Mexico

Oct 8, 2014
US National Park Service

    

Sat. 10/11, 9am:  New Mexico has a human history dating back over 12,000 years.  Archaeologist Eric Blinman, from the Museum of New Mexico, will join us in the studio to teach us about archeology. We'll learn about the job of the archaeologist, plus find out what to do if you discover an ancient artifact in the woods, or even in your back yard.  With great music, our family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more, we'll dig into our past. 

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