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  • Penguins

    Jul 18 2021

    The Kids Crew is joined by Charles Bergman who is a writer, photographer, and speaker and longtime professor at Pacific Lutheran University. He also wrote Every Penguin in the World: A Quest to See Them All. We learn about different species of penguins, their habits, and more interesting facts! Chinstrap penguin photo by Derek Oyen Not only does Mr. Bergman share his penguin interactions, but our crew also share their love of the penguins at the Albuquerque BioPark’s Penguin Exhibit where...more

  • Drying Out

    Jul 11 2021

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we are joined by Laura Paskus, a climate change and drought author, and environmental journalist with New Mexico PBS. She released a book, At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate, in September 2020 that discusses how climate change affects the state. Join us as we learn about drought, climate change and what we can do about it. We also talk with meteorologist Daniel Porter from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque about the recent he...more

  • Patriotism & Leadership

    Jul 04 2021

    This time on The Children’s Hour, we have a show on Patriotism & Leadership. What does it mean to be patriotic, according to some bilingual 8th graders at Albuquerque’s Washington Middle School? Then, we travel across Albuquerque to Adobe Acres Elementary, where kids describe what makes for a good leader, and what qualities diminish the job. We also learn about the history of the Pledge of Allegiance. This show is mixed with excellent music. Patriotism And Leadership titleartistalbumd...more

  • Playing with Food

    Jun 20 2021

    This week on The Children’s Hour we are joined by FoodPlay Productions. It is an Emmy Award-winning, nutrition education company that creates fun-fun-filled tools, resources, and programs to make nutrition come alive for children across the country. FoodPlay’s shows, educational resources, and media campaigns have earned a host of national awards, outstanding evaluations, and rave reviews for their innovation and effectiveness in improving the nutrition and health habits of the nation’s y...more

  • Ants On A Log

    Jun 13 2021

    This week on The Children’s Hour we chat with Julie from Ants on a Log, a band that performs music for children and other childlike people that advocates for positivity, social justice, and silliness through song. This 2-person band consists of Julie and Anya from Philadelphia, PA.  The two began writing together, finding driving harmonies and song topics that were silly, serious, environmental, feminist, gender-bending, and just plain fun. In their off-stage lives, Julie is a music ther...more

  • Epic Voices

    Jun 06 2021

    This time on The Children’s Hour we are joined by the Epic Voice Guy himself, Jon Bailey. Maybe his name isn’t familiar but his voice has been heard in thousands of commercials, TV shows, video games, animations, toys, movies, and more. We’ll learn how he came to his career, and what it takes to become a voice actor no matter your age. Then we hear good news from the Extinction Diaries about a butterfly in the United Kingdom that’s making a recovery from extinction. Duk...more

  • HipHop & GoGo With Uncle Devin

    May 30 2021

    This time on The Children’s Hour we learn about the official musical style of Washington DC, GoGo and how it relates to HipHop, with “drumcussionist” and children’s media creator, Uncle Devin. He’s the founder of WeenationRadio which showcases performers of color to family audiences worldwide. Uncle Devin chats with the Kids Crew about HipHop & GoGo and what makes each musical style unique.  He also guest DJ’s our show, so you can expect to hear great mus...more

  • Black Footed Ferret

    May 16 2021

    This week we explore a creature that used to live throughout the mountain west United States, the elusive black footed ferret. Once declared extinct, the highly endangered specialist predator may make a comeback in the North American prairie thanks in part to our guest, Paul Marinari, Senior Curator at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute at the National Zoo. We’ll have an introduction to Elizabeth Ann, a ferret cloned from cells frozen in 1987. Elizabeth Ann at 50 days old Ther...more

  • ICKY: A Radio Musical

    May 16 2021

    Way back in the days before the end of The Big Sick, students everywhere were forced to stare at computer screens featuring live video feeds of their classmates. This was happening in bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens across the country and the world. With the help (and the subconscious musings) of a dreamer named Halley, a team of super heroes discover that unity and togetherness can get them through any sicky situation. Visit the ICKY Page for a learning guide & more   What started as a...more

  • For Our Moms

    May 08 2021

    This time on The Children’s Hour, we’ve created a show for our moms. Just in time for Mother’s Day, our Kids Crew and Katie have messages for their moms. We also have some poetry that flips the table on the mother – child relationship. plus we’ve found some great music that celebrate our mothers and step mothers who make everything in our lives possible. For Our Moms Playlist titleartistalbumdurationlabel Our MomsLouis and Dan and the Invisible BandLet's ...more

  • Pocketful of Poems

    May 02 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour, we partner with our friends at Well Beings Studio to create a show that's about using poetry to heal, support and express yourself. Creating art with kids impacted by medical trauma, Well Beings Studio brings their students' work to The Children's Hour. This is an hour full of poetry. We'll hear poems that heal from children and their families who dealing with cancer, hospitalizations, or disability. Included on this show is Kenn Nesbit, former United Sta...more

  • Kids & Autism

    Apr 25 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour we learn about autism from a father and son who literally wrote the book about it for kids. Justin and David Flood wrote the book A Kid's Book About Autism to help kids understand what autism is, how it impacts people, and how kids without autism can befriend kids with autism. We also hear from renowned scientist with autism, Temple Grandin who has a list of things she wish she knew when she was younger. Then Maya Falcón from our Kids Crew interview...more

  • Being The Change With SaulPaul

    Apr 18 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour we visit with the inspiring and talented children's musician, author, motivational speaker and change-maker SaulPaul, a musician with a message.  The Kids Crew learn about his triumph over adversity, and challenge him to compose a freestyle rap while on the air with us! Then Kids Crew member Evan Daitz reviews the book A Whale of the Wild by Roseanne Parry. We've got an hour of excellent music in a show that will inspire you to Be The Change! Are...more

  • Frogs & Toads

    Apr 11 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour, we learn about frogs and toads, with Senior Zoologist of the ABQ Biopark Zoo's Amphibians and Reptiles, Josh Butler. Josh showed us the Colorado River Toad - the largest toad in the United States which lives in southwestern New Mexico and into Arizona. Poison Dart Frog We have a lot of questions about these ancient creatures. We also hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries who have a warning about the shrinking populations of frogs. We'v...more

  • The US Senate

    Apr 04 2021

    Learn all about the United States Senate on this edition of The Children's Hour. We'll visit with New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich in an interview he says is "a lot harder than I get from CNN." Senator Martin Heinrich - NM The Kids Crew learn about his job, how he knows what his constituents want, and what he's doing about the climate crisis. Then, Zen and Amadeus sit down with their Aunt Elsa, a staffer on Senator Heinrich's team. We learn about the filibuster, what happens day t...more

  • Leaping Lemurs

    Mar 28 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour we're leaping into learning about lemurs with Faye Goodwin, an educator at the Duke Lemur Center. Find out how humans are related to these adorable primates, and discover why they only live in the wild in one place in the world. We'll explore the many species of lemurs, and hear what must happen for lemurs to survive. Plus the kids from the Extinction Diaries highlight how these creatures are incredibly vulnerable for becoming extinct. Duke University L...more

  • Making ¢ent$ of Money

    Mar 21 2021

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we try to make sense of money with Dr. Reilly White from the University of New Mexico, Associate Professor of Finance at the Anderson School of Management. We learn the history of currency and how interest, donations, and savings works. Is a dollar really worth its value in gold? Why gold? What would happen if there was no money at all? Loaded with great music - learn with us! Making Cents Of Money Playlist titleartistalbumdurationlabel My Si...more

  • Twinkle Time

    Mar 14 2021

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we’re joined by the Lady Gaga of children's music, Twinkle! She's an award winning, bilingual children’s musician, performer, voice actress and TV star. Twinkle is the host of Twinkle Time, and she’s performing daily on YouTube for kids and families. We’ll learn about her life as a child actress, what motivates her music, and how she produces every one of her songs in both Spanish and English. Twinkle is guest DJ-ing this show, and you’ll hear music from ...more

  • Kids Save The World

    Mar 07 2021

    This week on The Children's Hour meet kids who are standing up to demand adults take action on the issues that directly impact their lives. We’ll be joined by Our Children's Trust attorney Nate Bellinger, and the crew talks with Mica Kantor, a 12 year old plaintiff in a case against the Montana government over the state's inaction on climate change. We have an update about the Montana case. Read the press release here! Kids Crew members Julia and Kaia will teach us about Greta Thunberg...more

  • Growing With Kids

    Feb 28 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour we're growing with kids, in a visit with farmer Joseph Brophy Toledo from the Flower Hill Institute in Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico. We learn about their farming research lab and where kids fit in. We also meet Kateri Seva from the Albuquerque Public School Gardens program, and we learn about how gardens fit into the mission of education. Our friends from the Extinction Diaries have some hopeful news about White Rhinos. We've also got excellent mu...more

  • Read & Ride

    Feb 21 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour, we meet Ms. Caitlin Gooch from Saddle Up And Read, an organization that motivates kids to read with horses. Ms. Caitlin Gooch from Saddle Up & Read Evan Daitz reviews My Life In The Fish Tank, and Maya Falcon gives us her review of PANDEMIC 2020: A 9 Year Old's Perspective by Prisha Hedau. The kids in the Extinction Diaries teach us about why some zebras are being born with bizarre stripe patterns, and what that means. We've got great mus...more

  • Black History is American History

    Feb 14 2021

    Dr. Marsha Hardeman We explore Black History through stories from Dr. Marsha Hardeman, Professor of Africana Studies at the University of New Mexico. From innovations we use every day to settling of the American West, Dr. Hardeman gives us good reason to wake every day and say "Thank you Black People!" Find the pictures Dr. Hardeman talks about by scrolling down on this page. We also learn about Civil Rights from our friends at the Earthseed Black Arts Alliance. Miles from the Earths...more

  • Sing & Learn

    Feb 06 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour, we visit with acclaimed children's musician Susie Tallman, whose music makes everyone want to sing along. From the classics to her original work, her music enables kids of all ages to sing and learn. Then, our Kids Crew co-host Zen Menendez introduces us to a newly discovered ancestor of the dinosaur, the Kongonaphon kely. Though it may have been tiny in stature, this creature had a big impact on the dinosaurs of today. Kongonaphon kely, as imagined and dr...more

  • Pandemic Schooling With Dr. Fauci

    Jan 31 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour, the kids want to know more about school in the middle of a pandemic. To learn more, the Kids Crew talked with New Mexico Public Education Secretary Dr. Ryan Stewart. New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Dr. Ryan Stewart We find out what it will take to allow all schools to open for in person education. Then, Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Health sat down with the Kids Crew to explain why Covid-19 is so dangerous, and when kid...more

  • Games People Play

    Jan 17 2021

    What games do you play, and why do you love to play them? This time on The Children's Hour, the Kids Crew share some their favorite games, and Katie reviews the card game, The 5 Second Rule. We also get riddled with questions from our puzzle maker, Riya Joshi, and we hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about the hottest year on record. Mixed with great music! Play along with us! Photo by Hakan Nural on UnSplash titleartistalbumdurationlabel Play My GamesRhythm ChildKindi...more

  • Civics

    Jan 07 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour, we take a dive into the very basics of Civics education with lifelong educator and community leader Arthur Lieber. We explore how kids can help bring our country together, and build a brighter future. Then we hear from our friends at the Extinction Diaries about marine plankton, a tiny ocean critter upon whom life on Earth depends. Mixed with excellent music. Learn with us! Photo by Caleb Perez on Unsplash January 18, 2021 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ...more

  • At The Aquarium

    Jan 03 2021

    This time on The Children's Hour we head under the sea, to the Albuquerque Aquarium. Our program was recorded before a live audience in 2019 and features three of the aquarists. One swims with the sharks, another grows coral, and the third is the keeper of the aquarium's otters. We also hear a Nigerian folktale told by storyteller Ramona King. Mixed with great music, and featuring our Kids Crew & Katie. titleartistalbumdurationlabel Baby BelugaRaffi & Yo-Yo MaBaby Beluga (40th A...more

  • Roadrunners

    Jan 02 2021

    New Mexico's State Bird is famous as a cartoon character, but it turns out not much was known by scientists about the roadrunner until University of New Mexico undergraduate Tina Guo took on these birds for her senior thesis. We talk with Tina Guo, and her mentor, Dr. Christopher Witt from the Museum of Southwestern Biology. Learn about the lives, habits, and peculiarities of these charismatic feathery friends. titleartistalbumdurationlabel Early BirdThe Okee Dokee BrothersSo...more

  • At Keshet Dance

    Jan 02 2021

    This rerun was broadcast on KUNM-fm only on January 2, 2021. This show was supposed to be broadcast live in January 2020 from Keshet Arts with dance instructors and students, and live music by Felix y Los Gatos. Join us for an hour of dance education, music, and fun.

  • Best of 2020

    Dec 27 2020

    This time on The Children's Hour we are celebrating the best of 2020, which came to us in the form of Children's Music! The Kindie music industry exploded with creativity, releasing hundreds of amazing songs. We hear from longtime children's favorites like Laurie Berkner and Raffi, as well as soon to be legendary artists like Pierce Freelon and SaulPaul. Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on UnSplash Kick back with some hot cocoa and enjoy the tunes on this musical adventure through 2020 with The C...more

  • Holidays 2020

    Dec 14 2020

    We're celebrating the holidays on The Children's Hour with some of our favorite traditional and nontraditional Christmas, Hanukkah and wintery songs. Our Kids Crew share how they celebrate the holidays, including walking Las Posadas, lighting luminaras and menorahs, and surprise visits from Santa. Happy Holidays from all of us at The Children's Hour! Holiday 2020 Playlist titleartistalbumlabelduration Santa Claus Is Coming to TownSusie TallmanA Child's Christmas, Holiday Songs & ...more

  • Get Inspired With The Alphabet Rockers

    Dec 04 2020

    We're getting inspired by the two time Grammy nominated Alphabet Rockers founders, Kaitlyn McGaw and Tommy Shepherd. Plus we hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about how sharks are used in cosmetics and other products. This show has excellent music, and will inspire kids of all ages to become change makers. Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change. Known as the preeminent children’s hip hop artists to focus on social change and racial justice, they are consciousness in moti...more

  • Skunks

    Nov 29 2020

    This episode of The Children's Hour is going to stink, as we learn all about skunks with the founder and director of The Dragoo Institute for the Betterment of Skunks and Skunk Reputations, Dr. Jerry Dragoo. We'll find out where skunks are found, why they smell, and how to avoid getting sprayed. Dr. Dragoo is a world renowned mephitologist, or biologist who studies skunks. Plus Kids Crewmember, Evan Daitz has a review of the trilogy A Boy Called Bat, in which Dr. Dragoo is a character.  A...more

  • Gratitude Is An Attitude

    Nov 24 2020

    This week on The Children's Hour we have an interview with Ziggy Marley, a book review and we learn about a rediscovered chameleon that was thought to be extinct.

  • Science Fiction

    Nov 13 2020

    This week on The Children's Hour, we explore the genre of science fiction with our musical friends from Ramah, New Mexico, MeriDean. This type of storytelling allows our imagination to become immersed in other worldly places, with advanced technologies, on exoplanets, or flying through space, and using actual science to help us believe the impossible. With excerpts of famous works of "Sci-Fi" like The War of the Worlds, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Slaughterhouse Five, and original piec...more

  • Puppets

    Nov 07 2020

    This week on The Children's Hour, we explore Puppets with a tribute to one of the master puppeteers on Sesame Street, The Muppets, Star Wars and more, Jim Henson, the Kids Crew talk with his daughter Cheryl Henson, and we're all treated to a one of a kind performance by the captivating Loren Kahn Puppet Theater. Featuring great music by Jim Henson as Ernie, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, Bob and the Anything Muppets, The Muppets, The Pop Ups, Andrew Bird, Sesame Street, and String Plane...more

  • Practicing Peace

    Nov 02 2020

    How do we stay calm and centered during times of anxiety, and how do we practice being peaceful? The Children's Hour Kids Crew explore strategies together, and with Andy Mason, a singer songwriter from Santa Fe New Mexico who helps kids find their inner strength through music.We also have a visit with our puzzle maker Riya Joshi, and we have two book reviews from kids on the crew. Illuminata reviews “If I Were a Tree, What Would I Be?” by Margaret Cheasebro, and Evan brings us his comments about...more

  • Pandemic Halloween

    Oct 26 2020

    What could be more spooky than a pandemic Halloween? The Kids Crew are joined by Drs. Bop 'n Pop, who are on a mission to help normalize lifesaving public health behaviors for children and families through their songs and videos. We get an update from the doctors about how Covid can be contained and we find out how to have a safe Halloween, in spite of the pandemic. Plus the kids in the Extinction Diaries update us on the arctic caribou, a creature bound to its fragile environment. Hear pl...more

  • Presidential Elections

    Oct 12 2020

    This time on The Children's Hour, we learn all about how Presidential Elections work. We feature New Mexico Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver who walks us through the election process. Then we learn all about the Electoral College with an actual elector, Dr. Pamelya Herndon. Why do we have this indirect way of voting for President and Vice President? The Kids Crew explore whether the process is fair, and what it would take to change it. Plus we find out how kids can get involved at the ...more

  • Celebrating Indigenous People

    Oct 05 2020

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we learn about Indigenous Peoples Day. Plus we are treated to live music from an all women mariachi band, Mariachi Flor del Alma, we’ve got a book review of Under The Cottonwood Tree, a new graphic novel for kids based on an ancient New Mexican folk tale, and the Extinction Diaries cover the bird die-off that happened late this summer in the southwestern United States. ...more

  • Balloons

    Sep 28 2020

    On this episode of The Children's Hour, we explore balloons! We learn what makes the drifting hot air balloons stay afloat in the sky, and we learn the history of how balloons came to be a mode of transportation. We also hear the Balloonist's Prayer, and we take a trip in a hot air balloon with one of our Kids Crew members. Plus, we visit with the artists behind Airigami, who make giant sculptures and even clothing out of latex balloons. The kids in the Extinction Diaries talk about what happens...more

  • The Post Office

    Sep 22 2020

    On this episode of The Children's Hour, we learn all about the Post Office from the American Postal Workers Union Local 380 President, Ken Fajardo. Mr. Fajardo has worked at the United States Postal Service for over 30 years, and explains what happens when a letter goes through the mail. He also talks about the current controversies surrounding the USPS today. Plus, we meet The Children's Hour's new puzzlemaker, Riya Joshi who challenges the Kids Crew to a puzzle on the air. Also, the kids in th...more

  • Folk Art

    Sep 07 2020

    This week on The Children's Hour we learn all about Folk Art from Leslie Fagre, the education director at  the Museum of International Folk Art, and from Armando Ortega, an 8th generation weaver from the world renown Chimayo Ortega weaving family. Plus we’ve got a review of a book about a folk art family, and we hear from the Extinction Diaries who will update us about lemurs. All of this is mixed with great music, including a new track from SaulPaul. The Children’s Hour is supported by t...more

  • A Visit With Raffi

    Sep 01 2020

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we visit with the world’s most beloved children’s musician, Raffi! He’ll share some of his brand new work with us, and answer our many questions. Plus, Albuquerque’s new Poet Laureate Mary Oishi has a poem for us, and the kids in the Extinction Diaries have some good news about elephant shrews. Here's some links to the songs you heard Raffi perform today, that are not available on CD but only online: Portland Moms - Song about Black Lives Matter protes...more

  • Unpolluting Earth

    Aug 24 2020

    This episode of The Children's Hour focuses on pollution, which is a problem around the globe, but there are ways to un-pollute dirty and contaminated places. How we do that is explained by chemist and journalist Dr. Marina Philip, and we check in with mycologist Peter McCoy from the world's first school for mycology, Mycologos about how mushrooms can transform some of our most toxic pollutants into building materials and more. We also hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about the probl...more

  • Bugs

    Aug 16 2020

    This episode of The Children's Hour will bug you! We get bugged with the ABQ Biopark's Curator of Entomology, Jason Schaller. Jason's passion for insects is infectious. We explore Jason's stand out, favorite bugs around North America region by region. Plus we hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about the plight of insects around the world. Mixed with great music, jokes, and plenty of kids commentary to entertain and educate children of all ages. The Children’s Hour is supported b...more

  • Covid & Kids Update

    Aug 10 2020

    The Covid-19 pandemic is still spreading in much of the United States, but how does that impact kids? The Kids Crew visit with New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Kathyleen Kunkel about the virus, learn how children can help us all get control of its creeping spread. Find out what makes a “super spreader” and how schools will be impacted by the deadly disease. Even though there’s much uncertainty about the future, we get some answers from Secretary Kunkel. Plus we hear from the kids in the...more

  • Petroglyphs

    Aug 04 2020

    This time on The Children’s Hour, we explore petroglyphs with Ranger David Ottaviano from Petroglyph National Monument, and Todd Scissons, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer with Acoma Pueblo. Learn who made these ancient rock carvings, why they are so common in the desert Southwest, and what they mean to the people whose ancestors made them. Plus we find out about the Junior Ranger Program with the National Parks Service, and we hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about a rare and ne...more

  • Cooking With Kids

    Jul 28 2020

    Are you hungry, because we're cooking on this episode of The Children's Hour. We'll be making a kale salad with Kids Cook's Sara Robbins. The recipe is below and we hope you'll make it with us! Plus the kids on the crew share their favorite recipes, and we have even more that we're posting here. Just scroll down for photos, videos and more to help you get cooking with kids! We'll also hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about what's going on with hummingbirds.

  • Bill of Rights Part 4: 8th, 9th, 10th Amendments

    Jul 21 2020

    In the final episode of our series on the Bill of Rights, The Children's Hour focuses on the 8th, 9th and 10th Amendments. We learn with Micah McCoy from the ACLU New Mexico the meaning behind these amendments, and how we change our Constitution. Plus the kids in the Extinction Diaries cover what's going on with the coral reefs around the world. Mixed with great music and conversation, join us every week for The Children's Hour! The Children’s Hour is supported by the Cultural Services De...more

  • Bill of Rights Part 3: 4th – 7th Amendments

    Jul 13 2020

    We continue our series on the Bill of Rights this week on The Children's Hour with an episode about the 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th Amendments with Micah McCoy from the ACLU New Mexico. Learn if we really have a right to privacy, and what rights we have if we are charged with a crime. Plus the kids from the Extinction Diaries tell us about the effects of extinction on humans. We mix it all with great music, and conversation. The Children’s Hour is supported by the Cultural Services Department a...more

  • Bill of Rights Part 2: 2nd & 3rd Amendment

    Jul 07 2020

    We continue our exploration of the Bill of Rights this week on The Children's Hour with a show about the 2nd and 3rd Amendments with Micah McCoy from the ACLU-NM. We learn many ways the 2nd Amendment is interpreted, and why it's so contentious. Then we discover the reason soldiers can't just move into our houses. Plus we hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about the Sixth Great Extinction. We also pay homage to the late, great Rudolfo Anaya. The Children’s Hour is support...more

  • Bill of Rights Part 1

    Jun 30 2020

    This time on The Children’s Hour, we start a four part series on the Bill of Rights with Micah McCoy from the ACLU New Mexico. Plus, 4th graders in Mrs. Rincón’s classroom at Adobe Acres Elementary in Albuquerque tell us what makes a good leader. And, we explore Pangolins with our friends from the Extinction Diaries. durationtitleartistalbumlabel 02:50Good Morning FreedomBlue MinkGood Morning Freedom: The Anthology2002 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 02:58The Prea...more

  • Anti-Racist Kids

    Jun 23 2020

    This episode of The Children's Hour is about being an anti-racist kid. The Crew interview behavioral psychologists Dr. Rebecca Ezechukwu and Dr. Danielle Riddle-Price about what racism is, and how to be anti-racist. Then the Kids Crew speak with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on his work, and what he's doing to combat racism. With great music, and gripping conversations, join us! durationtitleartistalbumlabel 03:27Woke up This Morning with My Mind on FreedomHoll...more

  • Father’s Day Special 2020

    Jun 15 2020

    The Children's Hour presents a Father’s Day Special. This edition of The Children’s Hour features messages from kids in our listening audience and from our Kids Crew about their fathers, we learn the history of Father's Day, plus we hear from award winning poet Hakim Bellamy about what black fathers must teach their sons in America today. durationtitleartistalbumlabel 05:15Just the Two of UsWill SmithWill Smith: Greatest Hits1987, 1988, 1990, 1991 Zomba Recording LLC, 1997 Colum...more

  • Kids & Camping

    Jun 08 2020

    It’s the season for sleeping outside under the stars, and The Children’s Hour kids learn more about how to avoid bears, stay safe in bad weather, and be prepared for campfires and camping from our friends Jordan Stone and Naina Panthaki at Cottonwood Gulch, and head meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, Kerry Jones. durationtitleartistalbumlabel 03:11Campin'The Okee Dokee BrothersSongs for Singin'2020 Okee Dokee Music LLC 03:56Camping TripTracey Si...more

  • Puzzling The Children’s Hour

    Jun 08 2020

    On this edition of The Children's Hour, we get puzzled by the world's most syndicated daily puzzle maker, David L. Hoyt, author of the Jumble Puzzle found in more than 600 newspapers every day, worldwide. We'll create a puzzle together during the show that kids can play!  Plus we learn about the Doomsday Seed Vault from our friends at the Extinction Diaries. David L. Hoyt has created a special webpage for Children’s Hour listeners to dig in deeper, and get puzzled. This site includes the puzz...more

  • Wild Wolves

    May 25 2020

    This episode of The Children's Hour explores wild wolves. Documentary film maker Elke Duerr explains why wolves should live in the wild. Kids from the Extinction Diaries let us know about the Red Wolf's current condition, and how close they are to extinction. We also hear from the US Fish & Wildlife Service Project Coordinator for the Mexican Grey Wolf Recovery Project, John Oakleaf. Finally, we meet the carnivore supervisor at the ABQ Biopark Zoo, Toni Esparza, who helps ensure these keystone p...more

  • Laurie Berkner

    May 17 2020

    Photo by Michelle Esch, used courtesy of Laurie Berkner On this episode of The Childrens Hour we're joined by the legendary children's musician Laurie Berkner for a mini concert and conversation. Plus we'll find out about what's going on with albatrosses, and we learn about a newly discovered species of dinosaur, the Dineobellator notehesperus. Zen and Amadeus also talked about microraptors - click to learn more and the Zhenyuanlong dinosaur. We also featured the Extinction Diaries ...more

  • Mushrooms

    May 11 2020

    On this episode of The Children’s Hour we explore mushrooms with mycology educator and author, Peter McCoy. We’ll learn about how the fruits of fungi are the smallest parts of these incredible organisms, which can be found everywhere in nature from the tops of mountains to the bottom of the sea, and how they are a part of all living and dead creatures on Earth. There are many resources to learn more about mushrooms. We like this site with resources for teachers, parents, and kids from the North...more

  • Mother’s Day Special

    May 03 2020

    For Mother's Day, this week on The Children’s Hour we have a special program honoring our mothers through messages from kids on our crew and in our audience for their moms, and through music, poetry and science. We’ll find out what it’s like for bird moms, and we’ll learn the history of Mothers Day. durationtitleartistalbumlabel 03:38MomismsAnita RenfroeMomisms - Single2007 Bluebonnet Hills Music 02:19Hippie MomBig Bang BoomBecause I Said So!2012 Big Bang Boom 03:23Mama's GirlEm...more

  • Funnyman Bill Harley

    Apr 21 2020

    This week on The Children's Hour, the funniest storyteller of our time, Grammy winning singer and songwriter Bill Harley joins us in a mini concert from his studio in Massachusetts. The Kids Crew interview Bill about his work, family life, and latest projects, and Bill performs songs and tells a story for us. It's an hour of laughter, joy, and lightness for the whole family. durationtitleartistalbumlabelcomposer 03:00I Don't Wanna Wait AnymoreBill HarleyLive on The Children's HourTh...more

  • Being a Refugee

    Apr 15 2020

    The Children's Hour explores what it's like to be a refugee with two-time Grammy-winning Oud virtuoso, Rahim AlHaj. What makes a person flee their home to become a stranger in a strange land? What gets left behind, and what do they carry with them? Rahim shares his personal story, and plays some music on the world's oldest string instrument. durationtitleartistalbumlabel 03:14Last Night I Had the Strangest DreamJohnny CashAmerican VI: Ain't No Grave2010 American Recordings, LLC & Th...more

  • Citizen Science & Porcupines

    Apr 08 2020

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we learn all about porcupines. Kids are leading the research into these mysterious and elusive creatures in the Middle Rio Grande Valley with the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Project - BEMP. It's just one project of citizen science we'll explore. Find out how you can be part of a mission to help NASA grow green chile in space. We've got great music on this show too. Find citizen science resources from BEMP here. Learn about CoCoRahs! There are more than 30...more

  • Water Treatment

    Apr 01 2020

    This week on The Children’s Hour, where does our tap water come from, and where does it end up when we flush or wash it down the drain? We learn about Water Treatment with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority's education director, Erin Keck. Our water system is circular, from the Rio Grande and back again. In the meantime, it goes through pipes to homes, and down the drains when it's dirty. How do they clean it for drinking, and then clean it again after it's gross? And what...more

  • Kids & Covid-19

    Mar 25 2020

    This week on The Children’s Hour, kids take on Covid-19. We talk with Dr. Anthony Fleg from UNM Family Practice and the Native Health Initiative, and he offers his tips for reducing our stress and anxiety. Plus kids from our listening audience and crew share how they’re coping with being out of school, and practicing social distancing. We also hear from a school social worker Ruth Graunke about strategies to stay calm in crisis, and we visit with Alice Lu McCoy, from the New Mexico Developmental...more

  • Making ¢ent$ of Money

    Mar 16 2020

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we try to make cents of money with Dr. Reilly White from the University of New Mexico, Associate Professor of Finance at the Anderson School of Management. We learn the history of currency and how interest, donations, and savings works. With great music and more! durationtitleartistalbumlabel 04:15My Sisters and Brothers (Live)Jerry Garcia BandGarciaLive, Vol. Two: August 5th, 1990 Greek Theatre (Live) 1990 & 2013 Jerry Garcia Family LLC Under Exclusi...more

  • Pi Day With Einstein

    Mar 09 2020

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we celebrate Pi Day with Einstein: the Nobel Prize winning scientist joins us "immm-person" in our studio. It's his birthday on March 14! We’ll also learn about the number Pi and how one family makes Pi Day a holiday. It's Women's History Month, and we also celebrate the birthday of the legendary RGB: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

  • Mastering The Rubik’s Cube

    Mar 05 2020

    This episode of The Children's Hour was recorded live at Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque. On the show, we met kids who have mastered the Rubik’s Cube and learn their secrets. Sisters Julia and Lilliana are teaching other kids how to solve the Cube in under 30 seconds. Plus we feature three talented young performers: Chloe Nixon, Julia Megofna & Rowan McJimsey as our musical guests.

  • Resilience & Adaptation

    Feb 25 2020

    This week on The Children’s Hour we’ll explore resilience and adaptation in the face of climate change with the folks from Climate Advocates Voces Unidas, CAVU. Humans and other animals have remarkable adaptations to change, and are demonstrating resilience. How do we teach that to kids? Plus we’ll hear from child prodigy Kayden Kelly about young musicians whose talents far exceed expectations. Natural TimeWagogoSingleWagogo UnpredictableAngelica HaleFeel the Magic - EP 2019 Ang...more

  • Brain Science

    Feb 19 2020

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we’ll poke around brain science with neuroscientists from The Mind Research Network at the University of New Mexico. Find out how our brains work, develop and are studied. Plus the kids review the new Sonic The Hedgehog movie, and we have a history lesson about Harriet Tubman. titleartistalbumlabel Morning Is ComingSting & Shaggy44/876 (Deluxe)A&M/Interscope Records; 2018 A&M Records I Sit and Think (Bilbo's Song)Daniel the BraveForest Frolic201...more

  • What is Architecture?

    Feb 12 2020

    This week on The Children's Hour, we explore architecture with the legendary New Mexican architect and University of New Mexico professor emerita Edie Cherry in a live broadcast from the Special Collections branch library. With musical guests, the Squash Blossom Boys, and featuring The Children's Hour Kids Crew, and librarians. titleartist Fishin' FeverSquash Blossom Boys WoodchuckSquash Blossom Boys Cruisin' CentralSquash Blossom Boys Stars AboveSquash Blossom Boys ...more

  • Pollinator Protectors

    Feb 06 2020

    This week on The Children's Hour, meet kids who are pollinator protectors with Wild Friends of New Mexico. These students from the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy successfully lobbied the state legislature for a license plate, in order to raise funds to build pollinator friendly medians and roadways. We also find out more about their school, where classes are taught in sign language. And we meet Cecil Williams, a photographer who helped capture Civil Rights History with his lens. Recorded l...more

  • Play Time

    Jan 31 2020

    This week on The Children’s Hour, how do you play? We sent kid reporters knee-deep into a living video game to find out what that’s like, and we meet toy and history maker, Dr. Lisa, who’s creating multicultural dolls to represent kids of all shapes and colors.  The Fresh Dolls help kids see themselves in their toys. Play along with us! We've got great music and so much more!     titleartistalbum Play My GamesRhythm ChildKindie Reggae Apples Peaches Pumpkin PieBrave ComboPo...more

  • Dance

    Jan 21 2020

    Kids love to dance, and it turns out dance loves kids of all ages. The social, psychological, academic and health benefits of dancing are enormous. We explore the history, styles and benefits of dance, with historians and instructors from Keshet Arts. Featuring Felix y Los Gatos! The Keshet Arts mural “Momentous Momentum Moments” by Mick Burson

  • Mentors

    Jan 15 2020

    What is a mentor, and how does having a mentor make a difference in a kid’s life? Learn what mentors do with the time they spend with kids. Big Brothers Big Sisters bring mentors and kids to our studio for a conversation with the Kids Crew. Plus, we learn why kids think Albuquerque is cool. With great music, jokes, a Bill Harley story, and so much more.    The Children's Hour Mentors playlist titleartistalbum You're My Best FriendQueenThe Platinum Collection (Greatest Hits I, II & ...more

  • Anthropology

    Jan 06 2020

    What is Anthropology, and how does understanding human evolutionary history help us understand people today? The Children’s Hour celebrates a year on the road exploring what makes us human at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. Recorded live at The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, we learn about human evolutionary history, and how we're related to our ancient ape ancestors. With great music by Wookiefoot, Poi Dog Pondering, They Might Be Giants, Wilman...more

  • Whistles And Flutes

    Jan 05 2020

    On this episode of The Children's Hour, we explore whistles and flutes through stories, poetry and music, with special guests Crawford McCallum, Enid Howarth, and flutist Ingrid Berg.   With music by Andrew Bird, Billy Kelly, Maria Muldaur, Mouth Music & more.

  • Kids & Screens

    Dec 31 2019

    How much screen time is too much for kids? This week on The Children's Hour we explore digital devices, addiction, and kids. Our crew discuss their own use of screens, and what they think about how they use their devices.  Dr. Kristina Sowar visits our studio to answer our questions about the mental health impacts of screentime on kids. We also hear from technology pioneer Dom Sagolla who has advice for kids about self control and screens. Image courtesy of: Hosting Canada (https://hostingcan...more

  • Best of 2019

    Dec 23 2019

    On the next episode of The Children's Hour radio show and podcast, we take a look back at some of our favorite clips and music from 2019. We spoke with New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, author Kwame Alexander, kids concerned about the climate, and many others. Featuring music recorded at our many live programs.

  • Kids In Space

    Dec 06 2019

    This week on The Children's Hour, hear our chat with astronaut Christina Koch who is aboard the International Space Station recorded live at the University of New Mexico with an audience of over 600 students. This was a rare and out of this world opportunity for students to engage with NASA astronauts, space experts and other space enthusiasts in an interactive atmosphere. Astronaut Christina Koch, photo courtesy of NASA The Kids Crew also spoke with UNM Biologist David Hanson about hi...more

  • Mother Goose

    Dec 03 2019

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we’re going to the goose and she’s not cooked! It’s Mother Goose with her stories, songs and rhymes featuring the band Meri Dean recorded in a live performance at the South Valley Library in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Featuring diddles and fiddles, jumping cows, running dishes and spoons, and you!

  • Earthquakes & Volcanoes

    Nov 26 2019

    This week on The Children's Hour, it's not earth shattering information that earthquakes and volcanoes are among the most destructive events on our planet. Join us for an exploration of the science behind them with Dr. Mousumi Roy professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico with a special interest in earth science.   Learn more about earthquakes and volcanos at the US Geological Survey website on Natural Disasters. Here are some places from the Smithsonian and...more

  • Puppets & Jim Henson

    Nov 18 2019

    The Children’s Hour broadcasted live from the opening of the Jim Henson exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town Albuquerque. The kids interviewed Cheryl Henson, Jim’s daughter about growing up on Sesame Street. With live music from KUNM’s own Allison Davis and Friends, local puppeteer Loren Kahn and an audience of listeners just like you! Learn about the life of Jim Henson, and hear a story about the search for truth.

  • Unlocking Family History & Frida Kahlo

    Nov 13 2019

    How can we unlock family stories through songs? Musician and educator Michael Napolitano from Michael and the Rockness Monsters gives us tips on how to learn your family history through music at your holiday tables.  Then, second graders in Ms. Antillon's classroom in downtown Albuquerque's Coronado Elementary School teach us about the legendary Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo.  The kids talked about these paintings, The Frame: The Frame by Frida Kahlo And they talked about The Little ...more

  • Live From Museum of American Military Family

    Nov 04 2019

    This week on The Children's Hour, join us for a live broadcast from the Museum of the American Military Family in Tijeras, New Mexico. How does having a parent serving in the armed forces impact a family? This museum is set up to look like a military family's home during World War 2 and is filled with memorabilia and more. Featuring musical guest, Rowan McJimsey and the Boy Scouts of New Mexico Troop 185.

  • Songs Of A New Mexican Childhood

    Oct 30 2019

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we’re all familiar with nursery rhymes like row your boat, but what’s the soundtrack of a New Mexican childhood? Dr. Enrique LaMadrid explores the folk songs of New Mexico with our kids crew, in a lively discussion that includes some tunes meant to sing along. Airing first on KUNM-fm Saturday November 2 2019, 9-10am MST, livestream anywhere at  or listen to the podcast later.  Photo by Russell Lee

  • Death & Grief

    Oct 24 2019

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we explore how kids cope with death and grief. Our Kids Crew interview our friends from the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico, children’s book Evan & The Skygoats author Vanessa Vassar,  and death educator Gail Rubin. Plus we hear from Sage and Sky about the death their beloved dog, Sumi. We'll learn what are the best things to say to someone in mourning, and what we absolutely should never say. Find out the history of Halloween and Day of the Dead, and how ...more

  • Archaeology

    Oct 15 2019

    This week on The Children’s Hour we go inside the Center for New Mexico Archaeology in Santa Fe, NM. The Kids Crew talk with scientists from the Center,  including anthropologists working in the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture’s Laboratory of Anthropology, about what they do, and how the more than 8 million artifacts in the Center are used and preserved. Featuring archaeologist and musical guest, Marlon Magdalena from the Jemez Historic Site and Pueblo. Inside the stacks at the Center for ...more

  • Unappreciated Animals

    Oct 10 2019

    Does an animal have to be adorable to be appreciated? This week on The Children's Hour, we're covering unappreciated animals.  How do commonly animals like snakes, bugs, lizards and others fit into the web of life? Our friend Bethany Dunn, Science Education Coordinator from the Albuquerque Biopark will bring some misunderstood species to our studio to help us learn to love them.

  • Live At The Outpost

    Sep 30 2019

    This week on The Children's Hour, in a live broadcast from The Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, we feature musical guests, Eileen & The In-Betweens, kid comedian Ian Marquez, Maxi the singing chihuahua, and so much more. Tom Guralnick, Executive Director at the Outpost and his singing chihuahua Maxi The Children’s Hour is a production of The Children’s Hour Inc., a New Mexico nonprofit dedicated to creating broadcast media with kids.

  • Climate Change

    Sep 27 2019

    This week on The Children’s Hour, how do weather and climate interact? To find out, the kids interview climatologist Dr. Dave Gutzler and meteorologist Dr. Dierdra Kahn about our changing climate. Plus, the crew talked with kids attending the school strike for climate about what they hope to accomplish. A warming planet makes some places extra hot, like cities. We'll find out why that happens, and what we can do about it.

  • World Music

    Sep 17 2019

    This week on The Children’s Hour, travel to distant lands through song as we explore world music. Featuring performances recorded at Globalquerque 2019's school time show before an audience of a thousand kids by the Yup'ik band, Pamyua and the Garifuna Collective from Belize. The kids also interview the best selling author of more than 20 novels for young readers, Rick Riordan. Rick Riordan With music from Music For Little People, Agnés Akouakou, Bob Marley, Lucibela, the Yangdong G...more

  • Two Of A Kind Mini Concert

    Sep 10 2019

    On this edition of The Children's Hour, the award winning children's musical duo Two of A Kind perform a mini concert live in our Sunspot Solar Studio. The band tells stories through music, movement, humor and audience participation, covering themes like reading and social issues, such as conflict resolution and diversity.

  • The Children’s Hour: Live From The East Mountain Library

    Sep 04 2019

    The Children's Hour broadcast live from the East Mountain Public Library in Tijeras New Mexico. Bernalillo County Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty explained her job, and what life in the mountains is like. With our musical guest, teacher, singer-songwriter Seth Hoffman. Also hear a brand new release by Jon Sampson, a title track from Peter Lenton & Friends, and from former Albuquerque'an Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band.

  • The Wonder of Sound

    Aug 25 2019

    This week on The Children's Hour we explore the wonder of sound. Sounds can transport you to another time, bring you to unseen places, tell stories with no words, all using your ears and your imagination. Journey with us on a trip through your mind. We'll provide the sound effects.

  • Birthdays

    Aug 19 2019

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we explore birthdays. Birthdays are celebrated in many different ways, but some traditions cross cultural boundaries. The Kids Crew explore birthdays around the world, and find out the story behind the famous Happy Birthday Song.

  • Radio Astronomy

    Aug 13 2019

    This week on The Children’s Hour, in a galaxy far, far away, we can tell there’s a black hole at its center. We know this because of the Very Large Array, a huge radio telescope in central New Mexico that is the most precise radio telescope in the world.  Get spaced out with us as we learn all about radio astronomy from educators at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

  • Goodbye Summer

    Aug 07 2019

    This week on The Children’s Hour, we’re saying goodbye to summer. The kids crew share our favorite, and not so favorite, memories of summertime, and we’ll set some goals for the start of the school year. With a story by Bill Harley, great music and more.

  • Live From The Dinosaur Museum

    Aug 03 2019

    In a live broadcast from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque, we learned about paleontology from the museum curators of paleontology, and the museum educators. With musical guests Rowan and the Youth Jazz Collaborative.         With music by Andrew & Polly, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, Laurie Berkner, Gunnar Madsen, and Nancy Stewart.

  • Summer Birds

    Jul 23 2019

    Learn about the summer birds of the Rio Grande Valley with our young naturalist friend, Adya Radcliffe and Laurel Ladwig, a graduate student in the UNM Dept. of Geography & Environmental Studies. Then, hear from 4th graders who spent a year birding at the Valle Del Oro, and wrote poetry about their favorite birds.

  • Going To The Zoo

    Jul 16 2019

    This week The Children’s Hour went to the zoo in a broadcast from the Albuquerque Zoo's Africa stage between the hyenas and chimps, with Mammal Curator, Dr. Erin Flynn, and zookeeper Alegria Lacy and one of the McCaw parrot's she helps train, Salsa. With live music by the band Zoolojams, learn about how zoos are helping to save critically endangered species, and find out what a zookeeper’s job is like.

  • Chamber Music And Molly of Denali

    Jul 09 2019

    This week on The Children's Hour, learn about chamber music from Leanne DeVane from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. How is chamber music different from symphonies, and are kids really welcome at concerts? Listen for composer jokes and music imitating nature. We also talk with Maya Salganek, a producer at the groundbreaking PBS Kids show, Molly of Denali, along with her son Keet, one of the voice actors in the series. The animated TV program promotes early childhood literacy and multi...more

  • Live From The Library With Congresswoman Deb Haaland

    Jul 01 2019

    In a live broadcast from Albuquerque's Central and Unser Library, The Children's Hour Kids Crew interview Congresswoman Deb Haaland. Featuring, musical guests, The Sillyettes from Gallup, New Mexico.

  • Summertime Means Opera And Reading

    Jun 26 2019

    This week on The Children’s Hour: Summertime means going to the pool, picnics in the park, and for Santa Fe New Mexico, summertime is opera season.  We visited the world renown Santa Fe Opera to find out more about what opera is, and how kids can be involved. Summertime also is a great time to dig into new books, and we’ve got suggestions for kids of all ages. The Santa Fe Opera House

  • Live From The National Hispanic Cultural Center

    Jun 15 2019

    The Children's Hour broadcast from the National Hispanic Cultural Center, with a variety show for children with music, jokes, dance and of course, kids! We learn about the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and their kids physical arts program, Circo Latino. Hear a flamenco performance by niños in the National Institute of Flamenco, and just try to keep up with punny guy Chip Saltman. Featuring award winning musical guest Frank Leto. Additional music added to the podcast includes a son...more

  • Screentime

    Jun 05 2019

    How much screentime is too much for kids? This week on The Children's Hour we explore digital devices, addiction, and kids. Our crew discuss their own use of screens, and what they think about how they use their devices.  Dr. Kristina Sowar visits our studio to answer our questions about the mental health impacts of screentime on kids. We also hear from technology pioneer Dom Sagolla who has advice for kids about self control and screens. Our playlist this week included Cheryl Wheeler, Se...more

  • Live From Open Space Visitor Center With Mayor Tim Keller

    May 28 2019

    The Children's Hour broadcast from Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitor’s Center with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. The Kids Crew followed up on our interview from when he first took office, and found out about what he’s accomplished so far. With featured musical guest Robb Janov, and a special performance by the New Mexico Peace Choir.

  • Wilderness Kids

    May 25 2019

    This time on The Children’s Hour, what happens when the wilderness is the classroom? Teacher Jen Chavez Miller and her 8th graders from Albuquerque’s South Valley Academy explored the wilderness of New Mexico together on day trips, overnight, and for a week in the Gila Wilderness. Hear how kids react to their walk on the wild side. The students put together two videos to capture their experiences that you can see here and here.  Plus Julia talks with Kwame Alexander about his award winning books...more

  • Live From The Library

    May 18 2019

    The Children's Hour broadcasted live from the Los Griegos Library in Albuquerque's historic Los Griegos neighborhood. Dive into the Summer Reading program, hear storytellers Scott and Johanna Hongell Darsee, and learn about Albuquerque Public Schools' Refugee and Newcomers Program.  With musical guest, Maya Falcón from The Children's Hour Kids Crew.

  • Roadrunners

    May 08 2019

    New Mexico’s state bird is famous as a cartoon character, but what’s the real deal with roadrunners?  The Children's Hour kids crew interview Dr. Christopher Witt from the Museum of Southwestern Biology about our the legendary roadrunner. We also speak with UNM student and roadrunner researcher, Tina Guo about a groundbreaking project to study New Mexico's roadrunners. Find out about a new musical written by a high school student, Colin Miller about a young man with autism st...more

  • Live From The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

    Apr 29 2019

    The Children's Hour broadcast live from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Featuring cultural educator and storyteller Jon Ghahate (Laguna/Zuni) and live indigenous music with Steven Toya of Zia Pueblo. Learn about the Pueblo people and their ancestors who have called New Mexico home for thousands of years.

  • Language & Learning

    Apr 27 2019

    This week on The Children's Hour we explore bilingual books with authors Ana Baca and Anna Nogar, who teach us about writing books in multiple languages. Plus the we had Sean Etigson and the Full Circle Singers from Bosque School, who explore the Bard, William Shakespeare through music, poetry, and his unusual use of language.

  • Looking For Nature

    Apr 13 2019

    Do you love looking for nature? Then you're ready for the City Nature Challenge! Laurel Ladwig explains how citizen scientists just like you help collect the data we need to better understand animal populations. Plus, young naturalist, Adya talks about the birds of New Mexico springtime. We also feature Isa, with her poem for Autism Acceptance Month. With music by Lori Henriques, Vered, The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society who performed the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem called "The Chil...more

  • The Children’s Hour Live From Explora

    Apr 06 2019

    In a live broadcast from Albuquerque's hands on science museum, Explora, The Children's Hour learns about the science of wind with STEM educators, plus we have a breezy story from museum staffers. With live music by Rowan McJimsay, and more songs by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, Jessie Baylin, Joe Ely, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Zee Avi, and Flaco Jiménez.

  • Wild Friends And Running Medicine

    Mar 30 2019

    Kids can be part of making new laws, and this week on The Children's Hour we follow up with students from Wild Friends New Mexico about New Mexico's SB 234, a bill to protect pollinators in this year’s New Mexico Legislature. Then, we talked with kids in Running Medicine about how running together with family has impacted their lives. With music by The Panda Conspiracy, Cheryl Wheeler, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mahem, Elizabeth Mitchell, Sesame Street, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jim Stoltz, Nancy Stewar...more

  • Live From The Taylor Ranch Library

    Mar 23 2019

    In a live broadcast at Albuquerque's Taylor Ranch Library, The Children's Hour heard from Albuquerque's former poet laureate Hakim Bellamy. We also learned from the Taylor Ranch librarians about what's happening at the library this spring, and we had musical guests, Samantha Daitz and Lisa Donald from the Sky Velvet Vassar Music Foundation.

  • Music Lessons

    Mar 09 2019

    This time on The Children's Hour, it's never too late to learn a new instrument, but it’s also not too early with programs that cater to kids. We’ll find out about two of them in New Mexico: UNM’s Music Prep School in Albuquerque, and the Santa Fe Youth Symphony.

  • The Children’s Hour Live From The Outpost

    Mar 02 2019

    In a live Children's Hour broadcast from the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque with a live audience full of kids, Recycleman, Kevin Kinane brought instruments for every child and adult to play along with him, and we featured the kids in the ABQ Jazz Quartet as our musical guests. We celebrated Dr. Seuss's 115th birthday, and welcomed Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month with a poem by a kid affected with CP.

  • What Does A State Auditor Do?

    Feb 23 2019

    New Mexico counts on its State Auditor but exactly what does our elected state auditor do? As part of our ongoing civics education series, the Children’s Hour kids interviewed New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colon live in studio. We also learned about hair discrimination. New Mexico State Auditor, Brian Colón

  • Meow Wolf

    Feb 12 2019

    Jump into the Multiverse with the The Children's Hour, broadcast before a live audience from Meow Wolf, Santa Fe's premier family friendly interactive art installation. Learn the story of Meow Wolf, how it got its name and what makes it so cool. With live music by Santa Fe troubadour Joe West & Friends.

  • A Governor’s Job And Butterflies

    Feb 09 2019

    What is a State Governor's job, and how do her decisions impact kids? The Children's Hour kids crew members Lila and Sienna Allen sat down with New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to find out what her plan is to improve the lives of children across our state. Learn what's going to happen with state assessment tests, and what her plans are for addressing climate change. Plus, they flitter and flutter, but how much do you really know about butterflies? As spring is approaching, we though...more

  • Live At The Aquarium

    Feb 02 2019

    Broadcasting from the ABQBiopark's Aquarium in front of the shark tank with about 100 people in our audience, The Children's Hour kids interviewed the aquarist Damien about what it's like to dive with the sharks. Otter keeper Ashley taught us about our river otters, Mayhem and Chaos. We also learned how Adam grows coral at the Biopark.  "Why The Sun and the Moon Live In The Sky" was performed by storyteller Ramona King, and Rowan McJimsay gave us live music.  Storyteller Ramona King Pianis...more

  • Clean Energy & Plastic

    Jan 26 2019

    What is Clean Energy? Kids from the Global Warming Express tell us why clean energy is so important.  Plus, we meet some of the kids who are behind the movement to ban single use plastics in Albuquerque.

  • Live At The Tony Hillerman Library

    Jan 13 2019

    The Children's Hour broadcast live from the Tony Hillerman Branch Library in Albuquerque. Daughter Anne Hillerman explained why we named a library after author Tony Hillerman. We had live original music from Sage Harrington kids in the Bosque Song School. Librarian Laura Metzler read us Tony Hillerman's "Buster Mesquite's Cowboy Band" and we learned about the Albuquerque Rose Garden, home to more than 1000 roses. With music by Two of a Kind, Jeffrey James Harvey, They Might Be Giants, Nog...more

  • Understanding State Legislatures

    Jan 12 2019

    How does a state's Legislature work? New Mexico State Representative Elizabeth Thomson, and the Wild Friends of New Mexico help us understand the process of making an idea into a law using the legislative process. Kids in Wild Friends have teamed up with Rep. Thomson this year to try to protect New Mexico pollinators. Learn how kids can be a part of their effort and how to participate in the State of New Mexico Legislative Session.  Some of the Wild Friends of New Mexico With music by the Alph...more

  • Firefighters

    Jan 05 2019

    When there's an emergency, firefighters are usually the first to respond. This week on The Children's Hour, the kids visit with firefighters about their work, and the many ways they connect with our community.  In a conversation with Captain Emily Kane, we learn about women who are fire fighters, and what a day in the life of a firefighter is like. Albuquerque Fire Rescue Captain Emily Kane With music performed live by Rowan McJimsey, Chuc Taylor, Brian Vogan, Mary Lambert, Dennis Beyer, ...more

  • Best Kids Music 2018

    Dec 29 2018

    We play some of what we think are the best kids songs from 2018, and we play all the Grammy nominees for 2018's Best Children's Release, plus more of our favorites that came out this year. Find out what happens when a dog or cat ends up in "the pound". Bernalillo County Animal Welfare brought in a furry adoptable kitten named Mittens and told the tale of her journey, and where she goes from here.

  • Sing-a-long With Andy Mason

    Dec 22 2018

    This week on The Children's Hour we have sing-a-long holiday music with Andy Mason from Santa Fe, New Mexico in a with The Children's Hour kids crew and Katie Stone. Andy will play his tune that won the "Best Children's Song" at the New Mexico Music Awards. Also, hear the world debut of Milla Marmaras' song "Christmas Means Giving." The Kids Crew picked holiday music that's sure to warm your heart on a cold morning. Andy Mason With music by Andy Mason, Pentatonix, Milla Marmaras, Shoshoni Elde...more

  • Geologic History of the Sandia Mountains

    Dec 16 2018

    This week on The Children's Hour, fifth graders in Mrs. Charles' class at La Mesa Elementary School in Albuquerque teach us about the geologic history of the Sandia Mountains, including how they were created and what treasures they hold.  Mrs. Charles' Fifth Graders The Sandia Mountains in New Mexico

  • Storyriders & Our Children’s Trust

    Dec 08 2018

    This week on The Children's Hour we learn about how some Albuquerque 4th and 5th graders are riding bikes to learn literacy and cultural education through a special after school program called Story Riders. We also got an update from Our Children's Trust about the children who are suing the Federal Government for not doing enough to curb climate change, and violating the civil rights of children across our nation.

  • Treasuring Our Money

    Dec 01 2018

    This week on The Children's Hour we learn what a treasurer does. Bernalillo County Treasurer Nancy Bearce explains her work. It's more than just collecting property taxes. Find out how a government treasurer's work impacts every person in the district, including kids. Bernalillo County NM Treasurer, Nancy Bearce and the Kids Crew Also John Lanza, author of The Art of Allowance, explains how kids can be treasurers for themselves, and how parents can help. Find out how much kids should be sa...more

  • Kids and Vaccinations

    Nov 19 2018

    This week on The Children's Hour, 'tis the season for the flu and colds, but some of the sicknesses that kids get can be prevented with vaccinations. Dr. William Dehority from UNM Pediatrics Division of Infectious Diseases educates us all about vaccinations. Why do we use vaccines, and what diseases do they prevent? How do they work? Are vaccinations safe and effective? Dr. Dehority explains the myths and rumors about vaccination. Dr. Walter Doherity, UNM Assistant Professor in the Department...more

  • Healthy Food Choices

    Nov 17 2018

    Healthy food choices can seem to be hard to make, but nutritionist Patricia Keane from UNM's Prevention Research Center has info on how to find the right balance for kids. With nearly 2 in 5 New Mexican children who don't know where they'll get their next meal, you can be part of the solution to childhood hunger nationwide. Katie and nutritionist Patrica Keane

  • Songs of a New Mexican Childhood

    Nov 10 2018

    This week on The Children's Hour, traditional Southwest Hispanic folk music includes many beloved children’s songs. An expert in New Mexico folklore and music, Dr. Enrique Lamadrid shares songs and their stories of a traditional New Mexican childhood. Sing along with us! Photo: Russell Lee taken in New Mexico in 1940 We featured music by the UNM Farrolitos Choir and UNM Lobitos Choir, both part of UNM Music Prep program, under the direction of Julia Church Hoffman. We also had music by Eli...more

  • Teal Pumpkins On Halloween

    Oct 27 2018

    Halloween is supposed to be a little spooky, but for kids with food allergies, it can be justifiably terrifying. Learn how you can make trick or treating a fun for everyone with Charlotte Joseph from the Food Allergy Support New Mexico.  Find out about the Teal Pumpkin Project. We've got a ghost story by Bill Harley, and music by Trout Fishing in America, Kyle Dine, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Donovan, Anne Hill, Ralph Covert, Newell Oler, Sho Mo & The Monkey Bunch and more.  Broadcasting li...more

  • How Do Elections Work?

    Oct 20 2018

    This week on The Children's Hour, we learn how elections work with Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover who explains the whole process. Also, what happens when three field reporters head into the Rio Grande Community Farm corn maze? They get lost! With music by Dana Lyons, Elizabeth Mitchell, Peter Lenton and Friends, Raffi, The Citizens' Band, Grady Tate, Big Bird, and The Handsome Family.

  • Spiders

    Sep 29 2018

    Don't get creeped out, but this week on The Children's Hour it's all about spiders! New Mexico is home to hundreds of species of spiders.  Dr. Sandra Brantley and Dr. Rachel Alfarro fromUNM’s Museum of Southwestern Biology's Arthropod Division helps us understand, and maybe even learn to love, the arthropods among us. Find out which are venomous and how we can live together harmoniously. Dr. Sandra Brantley, UNM With music by Aaron Nigel Smith with Dan Zanes, O.A.R, NRBQ, Jeff & Paig...more

  • Exploring the Arctic

    Sep 15 2018

    What does it mean to be an explorer? Jen Chavez Miller is an 8th grade teacher who just returned from exploring Arctic Svalbard. The Arctic is experiencing unprecedented melting due to climate change. Find out how curiosity and exploration are essential tools for all kids to have a full understanding of the world. Arctic seal, photo by Jen Chavez Miller With music by Sonia, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Billy Gilman, They Might Be Giants and Black Umfolosi.

  • Chaco Canyon

    Aug 18 2018

    Take a trip to Chaco Canyon with The Children's Hour with our special guests, Hilary Grabowska, Park Ranger (Interpretation) at Chaco, Wendy Bustard, Chaco Curator, Brenna Lissoway, Chaco Archivist, and 6 year old Rowan Lissoway who recently earned his Junior Ranger badge at Chaco. This UNESCO world heritage site was the center of pueblo civilization just 1000 years ago, and then was abandoned. Learn the story of Chaco Canyon and what it offers for families today. The National Park Ser...more

  • Father’s Day on The Children’s Hour

    Jun 16 2018

    We're honoring all the dads in celebration of Father's Day 2018. Plus find out how one smart kid didn't stay lost for long at an amusement park. Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash With music by New Mexico's Bayou Seco, Seldom Scene, Alan Jackson, Justin Roberts, Frankie Yankovic, Keith Munslow, Imagination Movers, Hugh Blumenfeld, Red Yarn, Willie Nelson, David Bowie, Donavon Frankenreiter, and Michael Parent.

  • Sonyk Vortex In Concert

    May 26 2018

    It’s officially summer break on The Children’s Hour, so to have a great party, we have a live mini concert with the kids in Sonyk Vortex. Plus, we talk with 4th graders who are in the Wild Friends Program about pollinators in Albuquerque. The band members of Sonyk Vortex

  • Classical Summertime

    May 19 2018

    This time on The Children's Hour, we're celebrating the end of school with some live music. Seth Hoffman plays us his Ode To Teachers. Hear award winning teenage classical bass player, Toby Vigneau play for us, and delight in a tango performed live by virtuoso violinist Dr. Cármelo delosSantos. Carmelo de los Santos, Kim Friedenberg, and Toby Vigneau

  • Celebrating Moms

    May 09 2018

    The Children's Hour celebrates all the moms for Mother's Day. In the studio we interviewed 14 year old Hawthorne Bolger Witherspoon, an artist who’s work illustrates a new book called South Valley, written by Jimmy Santiago Baca. And, we heard the winning essay of Youth Aldo Leopold Writing Contest read by its winner, Akshay Warrier. Katie the mom with her kids

  • Fossilized Footprints At White Sands

    May 05 2018

    New Mexico is a hotspot for anthropology. We interviewed David Bustos from White Sands National Monument about some ancient footprints he discovered, and the story they tell about giant sloths. Human print inside giant sloth print, fossilized at White Sands National Monument

  • Recycleman

    Apr 28 2018

    On this show, we had a live concert in studio with Recycleman, Kevin Kinane who recruits every person in the room to be part of the band. Then a local Girl Scout Troop will tell us why and how kindness rocks.

  • Supernatural New Mexico

    Apr 21 2018

    New Mexico isn't just home to spectacular natural wonders, it's also home to many supernatural wonders. This week we'll be joined by kids from Jimmy Carter Middle School's Junior National Honors Society for a lesson about the strange phenomenon around our state, from UFOs to the Chupacabra, find out where ghosts live in Albuquerque, and hear the tale of La Llorona.

  • Art Song Vocalists & Being Prepared For Emergencies

    Apr 14 2018

    This episode of The Children's Hour Radio Show featured young winners from last year's Vocal Artistry Art Song Competition performing live in our studio. Plus, are you ready in case of an emergency? We talked with Albuquerque Fire Department's Lt. Ruiz about emergency preparedness.

  • The Children’s Hour With Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller

    Apr 07 2018

    We introduce Albuquerque's new mayor, Mayor Tim Keller in an interview with The Children's Hour Kids Crew.  The Mayor speaks about his love of heavy metal music, the goals his team has for Albuquerque, and his strategies for overcoming dyslexia. Mayor Tim Keller on The Children's Hour

  • Navajo and Spanish Dual Language Kids From La Mesa Elementary Students

    Mar 24 2018

    This week on The Children's Hour, we learn about a unique class at La Mesa Elementary which is the only Navajo dual language elementary program in Albuquerque Public Schools. Then, we went down the hall to hear Mrs. Charles' fifth grade Spanish - English bilingual class on why studying science is essential in this warming world.   A Navajo student at La Mesa elementary school

  • Media Literacy

    Jan 13 2018

    What does it mean to be media literate? How can you tell when you are being advertised to as you watch television or movies? This show was originally broadcast in 2002 with the late, legendary Bob McCannon, who was an expert in educating kids about being media savvy. The late Bob McCannon was a media literacy educator in New Mexico

  • Privacy and Kids

    Jun 28 2017

    We hear a lot about privacy in the news, but what is it? Do kids have the right to their privacy? How can kids preserve their privacy online, and what difference does it make anyway?  The ACLU New Mexico explains privacy on this episode of The Children’s Hour. Understand privacy in the digital era, especially as it affects children.  Plus, learn about one of the founders of the ACLU, Helen Keller.

  • Endangered Species

    Dec 03 2016

    On this edition of The Children’s Hour, we learned about endangered animals with our friends from Jimmy Carter Middle School in Albuquerque. The jaguar is critically endangered

  • Migration In New Mexico

    Sep 07 2016

    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 . Summer Tanager

  • Rippy And The Sillyettes

    Sep 01 2016

    This week we had a live performance from the band Rippy and the Sillyettes from Gallup, New Mexico. The girls in the band performed their original music, including a song about the late Ashlynne Mike. Rippy & The Sillyettes

  • Weather

    Aug 24 2016

    July 2016 marked the 16th month in a row of record setting high temperatures across the planet, including in New Mexico. National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones joined the Kids Crew and Katie on The Children’s Hour to talk about the weather. Rainbow over Albuquerque

  • Safe Kids

    Aug 08 2016

    The Children's Hour explored some simple strategies to promote safe habits for kids with special guest, an Albuquerque Police officer and our friend Brennan.

  • Helper Dogs

    Aug 04 2016

    The Children's Hour crew welcomed into the studios our furry friends and their human companions from Assistance Dogs of the West. From picking up pencils to making way in a crowd for their charge, we learned all about the important jobs helper dogs do, how they learn these things, and how kids can be a part of it.

  • Every Kid Outdoors

    Jul 28 2016

    The Children's Hour Kids Crew explored the "Every Kid Outdoors" initiative, where every 4th grader in America can get a free family pass to all national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and historical sites.

  • Giving Back: A Talk With Donovan Smith

    Jul 13 2016

    The Children's Hour welcomed Donovan Smith, a 13 year old making a difference in the lives of homeless people. Having learned first hand the challenge of living a life without a home, Donovan chooses to give back to those in the community who are the most vulnerable and in need. Donovan Smith

  • Sandia Cave

    Jul 06 2016

    This week on The Children’s Hour we learned about the mysteries of Sandia Cave from the rangers who work to preserve and protect it. The cave has been a shelter for animals and humans, for more than 10,000 years. Today kids can crawl all the way to the back of the cave, to get a feeling for live as a cave dweller.

  • Symbols Of Enchantment

    May 31 2016

    The Children's Hour welcomed 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.

  • Climate Activist Kids

    May 24 2016

    The Children's Hour Kids Crew are joined by kids who are actively trying to save the planet as part of Our Children's Trust. 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.

  • Andy Mason Performs

    May 20 2016

    The Children's Hour Kids Crew welcomed singer and songwriter, Andy Mason from Portales, New Mexico with a live, in studio concert. Plus we found out when to expect the end of the world.

  • Spring Rituals

    Apr 28 2016

    The Children's Hour hosted kids from Jimmy Carter Middle School who told us how cultures around the world welcome spring. From exploding snowmen, drowning dolls, rolling down a hill with cheese, and flinging colored powder at friends, people worldwide have unique ways of saying goodbye to winter. The celebration of Marzanna

  • Valle Vista Bird Watchers

    Apr 20 2016

    Albuquerque's Valle Vista Elementary School 4th Graders from Mrs. Dawson's class joined The Children's Hour Kids Crew 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.

  • The Kids Visit Meow Wolf

    Mar 31 2016

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

  • Rock and Rhythm Orchestra

    Mar 11 2016

    The Children's Hour welcomed a few of the kids from the Rock & Rhythm Youth Orchestra to our studio. Plus, we had a live performance from Neil and Abby. The Rock and Rhythm Orchestra 2016, photo Rob Janov

  • Hakim Bellamy Reads Samuel’s Story

    Feb 11 2016

    This time on The Children's Hour, poet and author Hakim Bellamy joined us into the studio to read his new children's book, Samuel's Story. What do you want to be when you grow up? Samuel wrestles with that question as he considers his options.

  • Scientific Kids

    Nov 20 2015

    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. Members of the Albuquerque Homeschool Science Olympiad Team

  • Senator Martin Heinrich

    Nov 06 2015

    What does a sitting US Senator actually do? Direct from Washington DC, Senator Martin Heinrich will field questions from our intrepid crew. Senator Martin Heinrich on The Children's Hour