The Children's Hour

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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. 

Holidays 2020

Dec 16, 2020

Sat 12/19 9a: We’ll be celebrating 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 Las Posadas, lighting luminaras and menorahs, and more! 

Sat. 12/12 9a: 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.


Dec 2, 2020

Sat. 12/5 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.  Plus Kids Crewmember, Evan Daitz has a review of the trilogy A Boy Called Bat, where Dr.

Sat. 11/28 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour … What are you grateful for? This year we may have to change our attitude to find our gratitude. We’ll make it easy with a visit from Grammy winning children’s artist, Ziggy Marley. His new release, More Family Time will have you singing and dancing. Plus Maya Malone has a review of Your Voice Is Your Superpower: A Beginner’s Guide To Freedom Of Speech And The First Amendment by Jessica and Sandy Bohrer, a daughter and father team who are both Constitutional lawyers.

Science Fiction

Nov 18, 2020
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Sat. 11/21 9a: 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.


Nov 11, 2020
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Sat. 11/14 9a: 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 Planet.  Join us for an hour which will inspire aspiring puppeteers of all ages!

Practicing Peace

Nov 4, 2020
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Sat. 11/7 at 9a: 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 “Dylan’s Birthday Present” by Dr. Victor D.O. Santos.

Pandemic Halloween

Oct 28, 2020
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Sat. 10/31 9a: 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.


Oct 21, 2020

Sat. 10/24 9a: On this episode of The Children’s Hour, the Kids Crew talk with an exoplanetologist, Dr. Diana Dragomir. We discover what an exoplanet is, and how astronomers find them in a vast sea of stars. Learn if there’s life outside our solar system, and how you can help in the search. Plus we’ll hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about the current condition of the Amazon rainforest.

Presidential Elections

Oct 14, 2020
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Sat. 10/17 9a: 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 polls.

Dwayne Wabegijig - Photo used with permission from the artist.

Sat. 10/10 9a: This week on The Children’s Hour, we learn about Indigenous Peoples Day.


Sep 29, 2020
Dr. Jonathan Wolfe, used with permission

Sat. 10/3 9a: 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.

The Post Office

Sep 23, 2020
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Sat 9/26 9a: 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.

Global Music

Sep 16, 2020

Sat. 9/19 9a: This time on The Children’s Hour, we take a trip around the world of global music with songs from New Zealand, South Africa, Europe, Russia, Ukraine and more, including a recording of a live performance for kids and an interview from the band Pamyua from Alaska.

Folk Art

Sep 9, 2020


A Visit With Raffi

Sep 1, 2020

Sat. 9/5 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 brand new work with us, and answer our many questions.

UnPolluting Earth

Aug 24, 2020

Sat. 8/29 9a: Pollution 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.


Aug 18, 2020

Sat. 8/22 9a: 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.

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
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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

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.