The Children's Hour

9:00AM Saturday

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

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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? 

Twinkle Time

Mar 10, 2021
Alberto Vega

Sat. 3/13 9a: 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 artists from around the world.

Kids Save The World

Mar 3, 2021

Sat. 3/6 9a: 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.

Kids Crew members Julia and Kaia will teach us about Greta Thunberg and her Fridays For Future campaign.

Growing With Kids

Feb 24, 2021
Albuquerque Public School Gardens

Sat. 2/27 9a: 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 got great music on this show, too. Learn with us!

Read & Ride

Feb 17, 2021
Saddle Up And Read

Sat. 2/20 9a: This time on The Childrens Hour, we meet Ms. Caitlyn Gooch from Saddle Up & Read, an organization that motivates kids to read with horses.

Evan Daitz reviews My Life In The Fish Tank, and Maya Falcon gives us her review of PANDEMIC 2020: A 9 Year Olds 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 music on this show, too. Learn with us!

Eye On Ebony on Unsplash

Sat. 2/13 9a: 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.

Sing & Learn

Feb 3, 2021

Sat 2/6 9a: 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.

Pandemic Schooling

Jan 27, 2021

Sat. 1/30 9a: 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. 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 kids can expect they will be getting the vaccine. 

This show is packed with great information! Learn with us!

Games People Play

Jan 20, 2021

Sat 1/23 9a: 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!


Jan 13, 2021
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Sat. 1/16 9a: 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!

At The Aquarium

Jan 6, 2021

Sat. 1/9 9a: 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 acclaimed storyteller, Ramona King. Mixed with great music, and featuring our Kids Crew & Katie. 


Dec 30, 2020

Sat. 1/2 9a: Only on KUNM-fm January 2, 2021 at 9am, catch our show that 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. Since this episode was never broadcast on KUNM, we wanted our Albuquerque audience to hear it. Join us for an hour of dance education, music and fun. 

Best of 2020

Dec 23, 2020

Sat 12/26 9a: 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.