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Under-Appreciated Animals

Oct 13, 2021

Sat. 10/16 9a: Does an animal have to be adorable to be appreciated? This week on The Children’s Hour, we’re covering under-appreciated animals.  How do common animals like snakes, ants, cockroaches and others fit into the web of life? Bethany Dunn, Science Education Coordinator from the Albuquerque Biopark brings some misunderstood species to our studio to help us learn to love them.

Every Kid Outside

Oct 6, 2021
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Sat. 10/11 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour, we hear from kids who participated in summertime outdoor learning programs with Environmental Education of New Mexico about the importance of being outside to learn new things.

Then we meet kids from Mrs. Dawson’s 4th grade classroom at Valle Vista Elementary. These students got to go birdwatching one day a week for a whole school year. Learn about how this impacted them. 

This episode has a learning guide!

Being A Leader

Sep 29, 2021

Sat. 10/2 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour, we learn from two people who have dedicated their lives to being leaders in their communities. First, the kids chat with Pierce Freelon, who is a multi-Emmy winning TV and movie producer, children’s musician, educator, and city councilor in the city of Durham, North Carolina. Pierce talks about how he came to wear all these hats, and explains to us what it is a city councilor actually does.

At The Rodeo

Sep 22, 2021

Sat. 9/25 9a: This time on The Children's Hour, we learn what happens at the rodeo. Our guest, Gabby Coughlin has been rodeoing since she was a small child. We find out about the different events in rodeo, and how kids can get involved. 

Then Airdrie from our Kids Crew speaks with Keelin Faulkner, a 14 year old rodeo competitor from Chama, New Mexico. 

This show is mixed with excellent music! 

Kids Online

Sep 15, 2021
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Sat. 9/18 9a: With kids online so much of their lives these days, we wanted to learn more about internet safety and security. With us on this episode of The Children’s Hour is award winning novelist and technologist Cory Doctorow. The Kids Crew learn about privacy and how to keep theirs when going online.

Governing A State

Sep 8, 2021

Sat. 9/11 9a: The kids crew talk with New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham about what her job entails, how to lead during a pandemic, and how governors can help solve the climate crisis. Lily Haussamen, a 10 year old from Las Cruces, New Mexico has a message for all the adults listening to The Children’s Hour about the planet she is inheriting. Then we hear from the Yale Climate Connections about how some South African homes are getting electricity thanks to solar panels and batteries.

ICKY: A Pandemic Radio Musical Remix

Sep 1, 2021

Sat. 9/4 9a: This week we are re-airing our pandemic musical, ICKY. This has an updated playlist, and is a perfect way to kick off the new school year.

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.

The Brain

Aug 26, 2021

Sat. 8/26 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour, we’ll poke around brain science with neuroscientists Nick Aase and Ingrid Lane from The Mind Research Network at the University of New Mexico. Find out how our brains work, develop and are studied.  Plus Amadeus and Zen review the Sonic The Hedgehog movie. All of this is mixed with excellent music! 

Puzzling The Children’s Hour

Aug 18, 2021

Sat. 8/21 9a: 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. Mixed with punny music, get puzzled with us!

A Visit With Raffi

Aug 11, 2021

Sat. 8/14 9a: 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 new work with us, and answer our many questions. Plus, Albuquerque’s Poet Laureate Mary Oishi has a poem for us about her dogs. Finally, the kids in the Extinction Diaries have some good news about elephant shrews.


Aug 4, 2021

Sat. 8/7 9a: 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.

Little Free Libraries

Jul 28, 2021

Sat. 7/31 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour, Katie and the Crew learn about the Little Free Library network with Shelby King, program director and coordinator of the Impact Library Program. 


Jul 15, 2021
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Sat. 7/17 9a: 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!

Drying Out

Jul 7, 2021
Laura Paskus — The Rio Grande is now dry in the summer

Sat. 7/10 9a: 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 Mexicos Changing Climate, in September 2020 that discusses how climate change affects the state.

Patriotism & Leadership

Jun 30, 2021

Sat. 7/3 9a: Just in time for US Independence Day, this week 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.

Playing With Food

Jun 23, 2021

Sat. 6/26 9a: 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.  

For The Dads

Jun 16, 2021

Sat. 6/19 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour we celebrate dads. Just in time for Father’s Day, our Crew shares special messages and memories for their dads, stepfathers, and mentors.

We will also feature the Yale Climate Connection’s project: “Dear Tomorrow”, which asked folks to think of an important person in their lives and to imagine the year 2050. Messages were written to share thoughts about climate change and personal promises were made to take action and ensure a safe and healthy world for future generations. 

Ants On A Log

Jun 9, 2021

Sat. 6/12 9a: 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. 

Epic Voices

Jun 2, 2021

Sat. 6/5 9a: 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 thats making a recovery from extinction.

Hip Hop & GoGo With Uncle Devin

May 26, 2021

Sat. 5/29 9a: This time on The Childrens Hour we learn about the official musical style of Washington DC, GoGo and how it relates to HipHop, with drumcussionist and childrens media creator, Uncle Devin. Hes 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 DJs our show, so you can expect to hear great music the whole hour.

Black Footed Ferret

May 19, 2021

Sat. 5/22 9a: 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.

There’s a lot of great music to sing and dance to while we learn all about black footed ferrets!

ICKY: A Radio Musical

May 12, 2021

Sat 5/15 9a: We made an original pandemic musical!

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.

For Our Moms

May 5, 2021
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Sat 5/8 9a: 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. 

Pocketful of Poems

Apr 28, 2021
National Cancer Institute

Sat 5/1 9a: 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.

Kids & Autism

Apr 21, 2021

Sat. 4/24 9a: 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 Kids Book About  Autism to help kids understand what autism is, how it impacts people, and how kids without autism can befriend kids with autism.  

Being The Change With SaulPaul

Apr 14, 2021

Sat. 4/17 9a: 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!

Frogs & Toads

Apr 7, 2021
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Sat. 4/10 9a: 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. 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've got great music on this show. Learn with us!

The US Senate

Mar 31, 2021
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Sat. 4/3 9a: 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.”  The Kids Crew learn about his job, how he knows what his constituents want, and what he’s doing about the climate crisis. 

Leaping Lemurs

Mar 24, 2021
Duke Lemur Center

Sat 3/27 9a: 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. 

Making ¢ent$ of Money

Mar 17, 2021
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Sat 3/20 9a: 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?