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Let's Talk New Mexico

Let's Talk New Mexico, Thursdays at 8a. Call 277-5866 to participate live on the show.

We've done a remodel of what you know as the KUNM Call In Show. We've updated the name of the show and our theme music. We'll be diversifying the format of the show in coming months and years to include a wide range of methods for bringing you the voices of New Mexicans in discussions of our most pressing issues and challenges, and to share advancements and artistic achievements. We'll also continue to share the audio of our shows online and in our podcast on iTunes. 

Questions? Comments? Email KUNM News Director Elaine Baumgartel.

Ways to Connect

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Let's Talk New Mexico 9/20 8 am: Prisons in New Mexico don’t have enough medical staff, and advocates say this means people don’t get the help they need—even when their injuries and illnesses are severe. Are you incarcerated? Or do you have friends or family members in state prisons? Are you concerned about their health? Email LetsTalk@kunm.org, tweet #letstalkNM or call in live during the show on Thursday morning: 277-5866.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 9/13 8 am: What do you do to keep the environment clean? Do plastic bans, eating less meat, taking fewer plane trips or carrying reusable silverware really matter? We'll talk about how to make choices that are good for the environment. We'll also look at lessons from tribes and communities across the region that have lived sustainably for generations. 

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Let's Talk New Mexico 8/30 8a: We talk a lot about the need to bring more jobs to New Mexico, but what about remote workers? There are more opportunities for people to find jobs with outside companies and stay rooted in their own community here. But working from home or outside of an office requires internet access and specific skills to be successful. We'd like to hear from you. Email LetsTalk@kunm.org or call in live during the show.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 8/23 8a: Allergies to foods like nuts, milk and seafood are on the rise, and they can be life-threatening. As New Mexico students settle into a new school year, we'll look at what teachers and school staff are doing to look out for all children.

Do your kids have allergies? How does it go for them at school? Have you been able to access life-saving medication like an EpiPen? Email LetsTalk@kunm.org or call in live during the show at 277-5866.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 8/16 8a: Did you know that you can check out cake pans, WiFi hotspots and ukuleles from Albuquerque Public Libraries? You can skip expensive gym bills and work out for free—lift weights, get on a cardio machine—at some community centers. What do you know about that's free? What free resources do you find useful? What do you wish was offered for free? Email LetsTalk@kunm.org, tweet with #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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Let's Talk New Mexico 8/9 8a: One way to help make cities more affordable and accessible is to increase density. If housing is close to businesses, schools and entertainment, people can utilize public transportation and take advantage of new amenities. But some neighborhood leaders in Albuquerque worry that new development in the city may push out existing residents. How can we balance both needs? We'd like to hear from you! Email LetsTalk@kunm.org, tweet with #LetsTalkNM, or call in live during the show. 

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Let's Talk New Mexico 8/2 8a: Research shows that learning about one's own history and culture can keep students engaged and lead to better educational outcomes. A recent court ruling found New Mexico's Public Education Department is failing its Native American students, in part by not providing adequate culturally relevant materials. Did you have access to Native American Studies or classes taught in your Native language?

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Let's Talk New Mexico 7/26 8a: A new chapter in the fight over educational equity in New Mexico has begun. On July 20, 2018, a judge ruled that the state has violated the rights of at-risk students by failing to provide an adequate education. We'll speak with advocates and lawmakers about what the landmark decision means. What does an adequate education mean to you? And how can the state provide it to all students? 

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Let's Talk New Mexico 7/12 8a: Adults aren’t the only ones looking for jobs in New Mexico. Many teens are seeking employment, both in the summer and during the school year. Teens not only need to gain crucial job skills and experience but they may be helping contribute to the immediate financial needs of their families. New Mexico’s youth unemployment rate has ranked among the highest in the nation in recent years.

  • Did you work as a teen? What did you learn from that experience?

More Than Balloons: Let's Talk Festivals in New Mexico

Jun 26, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 6/29 8a: When the weekend rolls around, New Mexicans have many options for entertainment and fun. Festivals offer up an opportunity to break out of the weekend monotony of movies and restaurants. Fermented foods, lavender, Greek culture, and of course hot air balloons are just a few items on the New Mexico festival menu. 

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Let's Talk New Mexico 6/21 8a: Many New Mexicans don’t make enough money to comfortably pay rent or a mortgage, even while working a full-time job. What’s the housing situation for middle-to-low-income people in New Mexico? What’s being done to address a lack of affordable housing? We want to hear from you! Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 6/14 8a:  Research shows when students learn about their own culture and history in school, it can keep them engaged, boost self-esteem, and improve academic performance. Some public schools offer Mexican-American Studies and Chicana and Chicano Studies courses to a small number of students, but most of New Mexico’s Hispanic and Latino students still don’t get that opportunity. Did you take classes like these? What did that mean for your educational experience? Are public schools in New Mexico doing enough to offer those types of classes? We’d like to hear from you! Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.

Let's Talk New Mexico's Closed Primaries

May 29, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/31 8a: New Mexico has a closed primary system, so if you aren’t registered with a major political party, you can’t vote in primary elections. That means about 24 percent of registered voters here are sitting out Tuesday’s primary. Is this a necessary part of the political process, having party members select their nominees? Or does a closed primary system exclude too many voters? We’d like to hear from you! Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.

Let's Talk About How We Define Poverty

May 21, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/24 8a: Poverty is a persistent topic in New Mexico, from news coverage of the latest statistics to legislative hearings on proposals to address high poverty rates in our communities. Nearly 20 percent of New Mexicans are considered to be living in poverty according to the U.S. Census. Are these numbers accurately capturing the real experiences of people across the state? How can we talk about poverty differently, in a way that doesn't define people by their income? What do you think makes someone poor? Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM, or call in live during the show. 

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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/17 8a: Call now 277-5866. People in the U.S. owe more money on student loans than they do on credit cards. And that student loan debt can follow you around for decades. How are you or your kids deciding whether to borrow money for college? Are you a recent graduate with student loan debt? What does that mean for you right now? Have you been making payments on a student loan? How's that going? We'd like to hear from you. Email letstalk@kunm.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 5/10 8a: About one in four New Mexicans has an EBT card in their wallet that they use to buy food. We’re continuing the conversation this week about food assistance and new work requirements that Congress is considering in the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/3 8a: Having a baby is a dangerous prospect for many women in New Mexico. Many hospitals aren’t prepared to deal with life-threatening complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, and not all women have access to quality prenatal care. Women of color are especially at risk. How can we ensure that all new and expectant mothers in our state get the care they need?

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Let's Talk New Mexico 4/26 8a: Call 277-5866. We're talking about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and whether people in our state can access it. We'll also talk about the Farm Bill proposed in Congress, which would increase work requirements for people using SNAP, along with other changes. Have you applied for SNAP? How did the process go for you? Or what do you think of work requirements for people participating in this programs? How can people in New Mexico get the food they need? Email letstalk@KUNM.org, tweet #letstalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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Let's Talk New Mexico 4/18 8a: Call 277-5866. We'll speak with Syrians who live in New Mexico to hear their thoughts on the ongoing war and U.S. military action. We'll also talk about their lives in Syria and now, here. We invite your thoughtful questions for our panel. Email letstalk@KUNM.org, tweet #letstalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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Let's Talk New Mexico 3/29 8a. Call 277-5866. As the temperature rises, so will the number of bicycles on the road. We'll look at how cyclists can be safe and whether communities and drivers are doing their part. Are there enough bike lanes, bike boulevards and bike paths for cyclists to use in your community? Are these efforts enough? Is the responsibility on cyclists or drivers to make roads safe for bicycles?

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 3/15 8a: All around the country, students are walking out of classrooms to call for gun control after a decades of deadly shootings in schools. Young folks are saying they can’t keep waiting, and there is widespread support around the country for some gun control, but lawmakers have made little progress. We’ll hear from students around the state about what it's like to go to school in an era of mass shootings.

Let's Talk School Shootings And Gun Laws

Feb 27, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 3/1, 8a: After 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month, the national conversation has turned again to gun regulations and how to prevent mass shootings.

What do we know from public health research about policies that could prevent gun violence? Do New Mexicans support measures like universal background checks or gun violence restraining orders? Are your views on gun rights or gun control represented in the political process? 

Let's Talk Education And The State Budget

Feb 7, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 2/8 8a: Call now (505) 277-5866. Most New Mexico lawmakers might agree that improving education for our children is a top priority. But in a year when the state’s oil and gas revenues are up, there’s no consensus on just how much money schools need, where that money should come from or how it should be spent. How could our laws and state spending better serve students? This week on Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’re talking education and the state budget. Join us Thursday morning at 8 on KUNM. Call in live during the show or tweet using #LetsTalkNM.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 2/1 8a. Call 277-5866. Division over immigration policy shut down the federal government for three days. And in his State of the Union address this week, President Trump compared immigrants to criminal gangs and terrorists and again called for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. We’ll look closely at issues of race and Latino and Hispanic identity in New Mexico and how they inform policy and political rhetoric on immigration at the local and national levels.

Let's Talk Counting On D.C.

Jan 23, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 1/24 8a: Call now 277-KUNM or 277-5866. This weekend thousands of New Mexicans braced for an uncertain work week after failed budget negotiations in Washington, D.C. led to a three-day government shutdown that ended Monday. 

Between national labs and military bases, public lands and social services, the federal government does a lot in New Mexico. Do you work for or do business with the federal government? How does uncertainty about federal funding affect you?

This week on Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’re talking about what it's like to have so many jobs in our state tied to federal funding. Join the conversation on Twitter with #letstalkNM or call in live during the show.

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 1/18 8a: Call now 277-KUNM or 277-5866. Albuquerque’s City Council passed the Pedestrian Safety Ordinance late last year, which makes it illegal for people to stand near freeway ramps or in medians and to interact with drivers. It’s also illegal for drivers to interact with people standing in those spaces.

 

Do you think the law is helpful to public safety and will help prevent pedestrian deaths or traffic accidents? Or do you think it targets people experiencing extreme poverty in Albuquerque? Is the law a violation of free speech or other constitutionally guaranteed rights?

Let's Talk #MeToo: Part 3

Dec 11, 2017
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Let’s Talk New Mexico 12/14 8a: This month we’ve invited New Mexicans to share their reactions to the national conversation about sexual harassment and assault. #MeToo stories that have shown sexual abuse is common across the country, including right here at home. This week, we turn our attention to young people. Are teens comfortable sharing their stories? How are some young people stepping up to support their friends and peers? Are schools doing enough to address sexual harassment in the classroom and on school and college campuses? We invite you to join the conversation this week.

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 12/7 8a: Emerging reports of sexual abuse and misconduct are toppling more men in power every week. Newspapers are investigating allegations against men in politics and entertainment. Celebrities sparked a flood of #MeToo stories by sharing their experiences on social media. But what do you do when you don’t have that kind of fame or cultural cachet? And when more is at stake than just another job? And what about people who work in businesses without policies or HR departments? Let’s talk #MeToo, and the workers of New Mexico who haven’t yet been centered in this national conversation.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 11/30 8a:  This fall’s sexual assault and harassment allegations against big names like Harvey Weinstein and Charlie Rose have sparked new scrutiny of sexual misconduct in the work world. We know women have faced similar behavior in New Mexico - from the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, maybe to your own office. This week we’ll start an ongoing series of conversations about addressing sexual misconduct and what the #MeToo movement means in our state.

Tweet the hashtag #letstalkNM, email letstalk@kunm.org or call in live during the show.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 11/16 8a: New Mexico is one of dozens of states and communities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters. Many places are promising hefty incentives to land the deal, just as we did unsuccessfully several years ago for a Tesla facility. Should New Mexico offer incentives to lure big companies that could jumpstart our economy? Email letstalk@kunm.org, use the hashtag #letstalkNM on Twitter or call in live during the show.

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