Science

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. 

Valle de Oro's Birthday Party

Sep 18, 2014
Photo by Don J. Usner / Trust For Public Lands

Sat. 9/20, 9a:  The Valle de Oro is a National Wildlife Refuge located in Albuquerque, at the site of the former Price's Dairy. This magical place is home to New Mexico's wild wonders, including turtles, roadrunners, coyotes, porcupines, and many more critters and special plants.  

We'll also explain the science of autumn, and celebrate a very special Santa Fe author's birthday.  

Fossils on Public Lands in New Mexico

Aug 10, 2014
Jonathan Wolfe

    

  Sat. 8/16, 9am:  New Mexico is covered in fossils of ancient plants and animals, including dinosaurs, marine life, mastodons, saber tooth cats and more, dating back hundreds of millions of years.  Phil Gensler, Regional Paleontologist for the Bureau of Land Management’s southwestern district will join us to teach us about finding the signs of ancient life on New Mexico’s public lands.  

Celebrating Smokey the Bear's 70th Birthday

Aug 8, 2014
Courtesy of New Mexico State Forestry Division / http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us

Sat. 8/9, 9am:  New Mexico's most beloved bear, we will celebrate Smokey the Bear's 70th birthday. Plus, the cast of Tarzan will perform live, and we'll learn about Engineering for Kids. Also, a memorial for musician Jerry Garcia, lots of KUNM Kids Birthday Club members get shout-outs, and all through we'll play great music ... all in one hour.  

The Rio Grande, Past, Present & Future

Jul 17, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Grande

Sat. 7/19, 9am:  The Rio Grande is the heart of New Mexico. We'll learn how the river looked in the past, what it's doing now, and what we can expect for the future. The Rio Grande stretches a magical 2,401 miles, from its source in Colorado, all the way to the far southern border of the United States. Joining us is Jennifer Scheutz from the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Project.  Plus, the cast of James and the Giant Peach will roll through the studio.

Cooper's Hawks and Kids

Jul 11, 2014
www.lloydspitalnikphotos.com

  Sat. 7/12, 9am:  Cooper's Hawks are prolific in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. Wildlife bird expert Kristen Madden will join us to discuss how kids can identify, protect and keep safe from nesting Cooper's Hawks. We'll also have a visit from Theatre-in-the-Making kids performing Shakespeare,  and The Doubleclicks will give us an exclusive, in-studio concert.  

Summer Solstice & New Mexico Wildfires

Jun 18, 2014
http://www.freegreatimages.com

Sat. 6/21, 9am:  It's officially the first day of summer and we're celebrating by learning the science of the summer solstice.  Also, Porfirio Chavarria, a wildfire firefighter will join us to talk about how to keep safe during wildfire season, especially for those who live in areas where forests and humans converge. 

Tornado Season in New Mexico

May 27, 2014
Getty Images

Sat. 5/31, 9am:  Tornado season is here in New Mexico, learn how to stay safe with meteorologist Kerry Jones, from the National Weather Service. Plus we'll be joined by friends from the CardBoard Playhouse with a live performance from their latest production, and the Santa Fe Opera will tell us about their kid's summer program.  Plus, great music, our KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and our family events calendar.  

The Butterfly Show

May 15, 2014
Katie Stone

Sat. 5/17, 9am:  We'll be spending the hour learning about butterflies of New Mexico, plus we'll have a visit from the folks at the Albuquerque Railyards. Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and our events calendar for families, join us!  

Dinosaurs of New Mexico

May 1, 2014
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TeddyBlackBear2040 / New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

  Sat. 5/3, 9am:  Join Mrs. Estes' 3rd graders from Manzano Mesa Elementary as we learn about the dinosaurs of New Mexico. 

Birding With Kids & The Cowbird Mafia

Mar 26, 2014
http://billofthebirds.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-spring-of-young-birders-field-trips.html

  Sat. 3/29, 9am:  Looking for birds is easy when you know the basics of birding. We'll also cover the cowbird mafia, taking over nests nationwide. Birds of a feather, let's flock together on Saturday morning. 

Green Roofs & What is a Scientist?

Mar 19, 2014
Ed Caldwell / sunset.com

  Sat. 3/22, 9am:  We'll explore what is a scientist and what do scientists do all day?  Plus we'll talk about Green Roofs, and how growing plants on our buildings helps the environement.  

Dinosaur Nests

Mar 13, 2014
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/science/eggshell/eggshell_case1.php / University of California, Berkeley

  Sat. 3/15, 9am:  Paleontologists visit us Saturday on the show to talk about the amazing nests of Maiasaura, Orodromeus, and Troodon eggs found on Egg Mountain, Montana. Dinosaur lovers, you won't want to miss this one.  

States of Matter & Nanotechnology Explained

Mar 6, 2014
http://www.wonderwhizkids.com/index.php/nanotechnology

  Sat. 3/8, 9am:  Nanotechnology is transforming medicine, but what is it exactly? We'll learn all about the amazing blend of chemistry, biology and technology that makes nanotechnology a reality.

Hug an Engineer Day!

Feb 19, 2014
Katie Stone

 

 2/22, 9am:  It's National Engineering Week, and we are honoring engineers among us, including Senator Martin Heinrich who will join us in the studio along with folks from Explora Science Museum and the Fractal Foundation. 

What is Dark Matter?

Dec 22, 2013
UNM Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Children's Hour - 12/28 9am:  On the cutting edge of astrophysics, Dark Matter is the thing that space is missing.  Dr. Dinesh Loomba from UNM's Physics and Astronomy department will enlighten us about this mysterious cosmological matter.

The Ice Age in New Mexico

Dec 12, 2013
Mauricio Antonio

The Children's Hour - 12/14 9am:  We'll learn about the Ice Age in New Mexico with scientist Gary Morgan from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. Saber tooth cats, wooly mammoths and humans populated our state 10,000 years ago, when the world went cold.  Grab a cup of cocoa and warm up with us as we delve into the Ice Age.  Plus, we'll have the history of the day, great music, a family events calendar and the KUNM Kids Birthday Club.

GET SPACED OUT ON THE CHILDREN'S HOUR

Nov 8, 2013
Credit: Adam Block / http://CaelumObservatory.com

Sat. 11/9, 9am:   

Get spaced out with us on The Children's Hour, where we'll learn about Comet Ison and the many opportunities you have to see it. Folks from the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will give us information about this comet, and the two others in our skies right now. Plus, we'll have the good people from Recycle Santa Fe with all you need to know about the nation's largest and oldest recycled art market. Join us at 9am, every Saturday morning!