The Children's Hour

9:00AM Saturday

Eclectic, energetic, enriching radio for kids of all ages. 

Find our podcasts at our website http://ChildrensHour.org

Michelle Esch, Courtesy of Laurie Berkner

Sat. 5/23 9a: On this episode of The Children's 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.

 

Exploring Architecture

Feb 13, 2020
Edie Cherie And The New Mexico Architecture Guide Project

2/15 Sat. 9a: This week on The Children's Hour, we explore architecture with the legendary New Mexican architect and University of New Mexico professor emerita Edie Cherie 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.

The Children’s Hour 1/11 Sat 9a: 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 to open the Passport to People Family Program. The Children's Hour will broadcast live from 9 – 10 am, with anthropologists of the Maxwell Museum answering all questions human related.  Doors open at 8:30, free and open to all. Parking is free along Redondo Drive and surface lots north and south of the Maxwell. 

Best of 2019

Dec 23, 2019
The Children's Hour Inc.

The Children's Hour, 12/28 Sat 9a: 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 12, 2019
NASA.gov

The Children's Hour 12/14 Sat 9a: 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.

Earthquakes & Volcanoes

Nov 26, 2019
Photo by, Kevin Sebold / Wiki, Creative Commons

The Children's Hour 11/30 Sat 9a: 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. 

Katie Stone

The Children's Hour 11/23 Sat 9a: You're invited to join us for a live broadcast from the opening of the Jim Henson exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town Albuquerque. The kids will interview 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 you!  Doors open at 8:30am at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Road NW in Old Town Albuquerque. 

Katie Stone / ChildrensHour.org

The Children's Hour 11/16 Sat 9a: 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. 

Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr / Creative Commons

The Children's Hour 11/9, Sat 9a: Join the KidsCrew 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 Children's Hour Kids Crew.

Russell Lee / Creative Commons

The Children's Hour, 11/2 Sat 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour, we’re all familiar with nursery rhymes like "Row, Row, 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.

Death And Grief

Oct 24, 2019
Vanessa Vassar

The Children’s Hour, 10/26 Sat 9a: This week, 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 you can memorialize someone you love.

Archaeology Day

Oct 15, 2019
Katie Stone

The Children's Hour 10/19 Sat 9a: We’re broadcasting live from the Center for New Mexico Archaeology in Santa Fe to celebrate International Archaeology Day on the only day each year that their doors are open to the public.  The Kids Crew will 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

Unappreciated Animals

Oct 10, 2019
Wiki, creative commons

The Children's Hour, 10/12 Sat 9a: Does an animal have to be adorable to be appreciated? How do under appreciated animals like snakes, bugs, lizards and other critters that humans consider pests, 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

Oct 1, 2019
Gary Newell

The Children's Hour 10/5 9a: This Saturday we're broadcasting live at The Outpost from 9 to 10am on KUNM-fm. It’s a live family show full of jokes and performance, which features some of the Bandelier Elementary jump rope team,  kid comedian Ian Marquez, and musical guests Eileen & The In-Betweens.Everyone is welcome to join us at The Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE in Albuquerque on Saturday October 5.  Doors open at 8:30am.  FREE FAMILY FUN!!

World Music

Sep 17, 2019
Katie Stone

The Children's Hour 9/21 Sat 9a: 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. It's all in an hour! Saturdays 9-10am on KUNM.

The Children's Hour: 9/14 Sat 9a: The award winning children's musical duo Two of A Kind will be performing live from The Children's Hour's own Sunspot 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. It’s a mini concert for kids and families, live in our studio.

Courtesy: Seth Hoffman

The Children's Hour 9/7 Sat 9a: This week we're broadcasting live from the East Mountain Public Library in Tijeras, New Mexico with Bernalillo County Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty at the mic for story time. Sing along with musician and performer Seth Hoffman, and kids can join the crew for the day just by showing up! Families are welcome to join us, the library will open early for our 9am show. See you at the East Mountain Library in Tijeras, New Mexico!

The Wonder of Sound

Aug 25, 2019
Creative Commons

The Children's Hour, 8/31 Sat 9a: This week 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
Wiki, creative commons

The Children's Hour, 8/24 Sat 9a: Birthdays are celebrated in many different ways, but some traditions cross cultural boundaries. We’ll explore birthdays around the world, and find out the story behind the famous Happy Birthday Song. With great music, a family events calendar, The Children's Hour Birthday Club and so much more.  

Radio Astronomy

Aug 13, 2019
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

The Children's Hour 8/17 Sat 9a: 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 7, 2019
Wiki, creative commons

The Children’s Hour 8/3 Sat 9a: We're saying goodbye to summer, and hello to a new school year. The Kids Crew share their favorite, and not so favorite, memories of summertime.

The Children’s Hour 8/3 Sat 9a: Join us at a live broadcast from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque. Learn about the latest in fossil discoveries from museum scientists. Featuring musical guests Rowan and the Youth Jazz Collaborative.  The Children's Hour listeners are invited to be part of this live broadcast, doors open early at 8:30am, arrive by 9am to get into the museum for free. Everyone is welcome at this all ages, family friendly educational event. Bring the whole family! 

Summer Birds

Jul 22, 2019
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Children's Hour, 7/27 Sat 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour 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 15, 2019
Credit: ABQBiopark

The Children's Hour, 7/20 Sat 9a: We're going to the zoo and you're invited! We'll have a FREE live show from the Albuquerque Zoo on the Africa stage with Dr Flynn, the ABQBiopark's mammal curator, and featuring musical guests, the band Zoolojams. 

The Children's Hour 7/13 9a: We'll 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. 

Courtesy Deb Haaland

The Children's Hour, 7/6 Sat 9a:  In a live broadcast from the Central & Unser Library branch on Albuquerque's west side, the kids crew will interview New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland. We'll also have musical guests from Gallup, New Mexico: Rippy & The Sillyettes. All ages are welcome to attend this free event at the library. Doors open early at 8:30am and the show starts at 9am. 

Santa Fe Opera

The Children's Hour, 6/29 - Sat 9a: 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 get involved. Summertime also is a great time to dig into new books, and we’ve got suggestions for kids of all ages. Broadcasting live every Saturday from 9 to 10am.

 

Circo Latino / NHCC

The Children's Hour, 6/22 Sat 9a: We're broadcasting live from the National Hispanic Cultural Center for Circo Family Day this Saturday June 22, and everyone is invited to join us! Learn about Circo Latino, enjoy a performance by the Niños in the National Institute of Flamenco, and try to keep up with master of puns, Chip Saltman. Featuring musical guest Frank Leto. Families of all ages are welcome to join us at the free festival at the NHCC, 1701 Fourth St. NW in Albuquerque.  Doors open at 8:30a, show starts at 9am. Kids Public Radio!

Wiki, Creative Commons

The Children's Hour, 6/15 Sat 9a: This week on the Children’s Hour, we’re honoring all the dads, grandpas, stepdads, and men who make a difference in kids lives. With great music, a family events calendar, our Children’s Hour Birthday Club, and so much more.  Just in time for Father's Day! 

Screentime

Jun 7, 2019
Hosting Canada (https://hostingcanada.org)

The Children's Hour, Sat 6/8 9a: 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.   It's all in an hour! Broadcasting on KUNM Saturdays from 9 to 10am.

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