Science

The Children's Hour
4:39 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Toxic Toys & The Invention of the Phonograph

The Edison Phonograph debuted on November 29, 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.  

The Children's Hour
11:02 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Brush 'Em If You've Got 'Em!

Credit 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. 

The Children's Hour
3:35 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Poop Happens, Then What?

Inside the San Juan - Chama Drinking Water Treatment Plant
Credit 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!  

The Children's Hour
9:49 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Digging In - Archaeology in New Mexico

Chaco Canyon Chetro Ketl great kiva plaza
Credit 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. 

The Children's Hour
9:13 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Valle de Oro's Birthday Party

Walking along the acequia at the Valle de Oro
Credit 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.  

The Children's Hour
7:37 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Fossils on Public Lands in New Mexico

Phil Gensler talks with us from the studios at KUNM about paleontology on public lands
Credit 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.  

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The Children's Hour
10:07 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Celebrating Smokey the Bear's 70th Birthday

Judy Bell and Smokey Bear
Credit 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.  

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The Children's Hour
1:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Rio Grande, Past, Present & Future

The Rio Grande is the heart of New Mexico
Credit 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.

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The Children's Hour
8:26 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Cooper's Hawks and Kids

A Cooper's Hawk in flight
Credit 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.  

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The Children's Hour
12:59 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Summer Solstice & New Mexico Wildfires

Happy Summer Solstice!
Credit 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. 

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The Children's Hour
12:29 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Tornado Season in New Mexico

Credit 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.  

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the children's Hour
2:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

The Butterfly Show

Black swallowtail that Emma hatched
Credit 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!  

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The Children's Hour
8:28 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Dinosaurs of New Mexico

Bistahieversor: The New Mexico Tyrannosaur
Credit 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. 

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The Children's Hour
11:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Birding With Kids & The Cowbird Mafia

Young birder looking through a scope
Credit 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. 

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The Children's Hour
9:01 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Green Roofs & What is a Scientist?

A green roof in the desert
Credit 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.  

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The Children's Hour
10:20 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Dinosaur Nests

A cast of Troodon formosus eggs and nest structure from Egg Mountain, Montana.
Credit 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.  

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The Children's Hour
8:58 am
Thu March 6, 2014

States of Matter & Nanotechnology Explained

In the not-so-distant future, nanotechnology could be used to treat cancer
Credit 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.

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The Children's Hour
1:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Hug an Engineer Day!

Senator Martin Heinrich, Explora and fractals
Credit 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. 

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The Children's Hour
8:39 am
Sun December 22, 2013

What is Dark Matter?

More than meets the eye: Dark Matter makes up more than 25% of the universe, while only 4% is what we can see.
Credit 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.

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The Children's Hour
7:54 am
Thu December 12, 2013

The Ice Age in New Mexico

The Ice Age 10,000 years ago
Credit 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.

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Entertainment
8:27 am
Fri November 8, 2013

GET SPACED OUT ON THE CHILDREN'S HOUR

Comet ISON on the morning of Oct. 8, seen with the 0.8-meter Schulman Telescope at the University of Arizona SkyCenter atop Mount Lemmon.
Credit 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!

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