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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

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  • Sat. 6/25 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.This2-person band consists of Julie and Anya from Philadelphia, PA. The two began writing together, finding driving harmonies and song topics that were silly, serious, environmental, feminist, gender-bending, and just plain fun.
  • Sat. 6/18 9a: This week we have a special musical edition of The Children's Hour that honors our dads, just in time for Father's Day. We celebrate with music, poetry and history.
  • Sat. 6/11 9a: There’s no better time than summertime to take a family adventure. This time on The Children’s Hour we’re joined by Christina M. Selby, author of the new book New Mexico Family Outdoor Adventure Guide. She's an expert in taking families on adventure travels and gives us some tips on jumping into a new adventures with children.
  • Sat. 6/4 9a: This time on The Children's Hour we learn about two of the most endangered big wild cats: tigers and snow leopards. The Kids Crew visit with the Senior Carnivore Keeper at the ABQ Biopark, Casey Taylor who teaches us basic tiger facts, and what is stressing them in the wild. We also hear from Sarah Vogel at the World Wildlife Fund about how each one of us can impact conservation of tigers in our everyday purchases.Snow leopards are elusive and difficult to study. Marissa Niranjan from the Snow Leopard Trust explains the unique challenges these big cats face as their range and numbers in the wild are greatly diminished.To research snow leopards, scientists study high resolution photographs of the mountains in their range to track and study the cats' movements, family groups, and hunting patterns. Visit https://childrenshour.org/tigers to see if you can find the snow leopards in the photos.Mixed with great music, learn about tigers and snow leopards with The Children's Hour!
  • Sat. 5/28 9a: This time on The Children's Hour, we go far out into space with Dr. Katie Mack, author of the book The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking). Astro Katie is a theoretical astrophysicist whose current focus is on the timeline of the universe, from its birth through its death, billions of years from now. Dr. Mack explains the shape of the universe, and its composition. We explore black holes, and learn if the notion of an ever expanding universe still holds true. We have a lot of questions for Dr. Mack, and the show is mixed with an excellent "universal" soundtrack. Get spaced out with us!
  • Sat. 5/21 9a: This time on The Children's Hour, we will hear traditional stories that have been passed down through the generations and which teach children a lesson. These are called Folktales.This episode will feature a performance of the story of La Llorona, told by storyteller Dr. Rosalia Pacheco. Her presentation is possible thanks to a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council's Speaker's Bureau.We'll hear more folktales that are very familiar throughout the show, including Abiyoyo, Henny Penny, and The Emperor's New Clothes. Plus we play songs that take our folk tales and set them to music, as well as songs that have been passed down from parents to children for generations.
  • Sat 5/14 9a: This time on The Children's Hour, we explore imagination, boredom, and the benefits of both. Our special guests, Kids Imagine Nation are a band out of California who specialize in making the imaginary seem real. Their playful music will get you dancing!Then we explore "down time" in a poem about doing nothing by Jack Prelutsky. Are you bored? Find out the purpose of boredom, and learn how to make repetitive tasks more fun by playing tricks on your brain!All of this is mixed with music to ignite the imaginations of our listeners everywhere!
  • Sat. 4/30 9a: What's wild about your backyard? This time on The Children's Hour we explore creating a backyard or balcony to attract wildlife, in a visit with a "more than human geographer" Laurel Ladwig. She's part of a movement of conservationists encouraging people to increase habitats around our homes. Planting flowers and other plants in order to attract wildlife to our yards helps critters who need more nectar, pollen, shade and food to survive in our artificial urban environments.Some wild creatures are dangerous like rattlesnakes, but others only look scary, like vinegaroons. Both live in Kids' Crewmember Cade's yard in the southwestern mountains. How can we encourage species that we enjoy while discouraging species we would rather not attract?We learn about why it's so important to seek out plants which are native to where we live. Here's an online site where you can learn more about what species can thrive around you, and survive the effects of climate change.The kids also meet Jim Battaglia from Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico, to learn what to do when we find injured wild animals in our yards, parks and playgrounds.This show is mixed with excellent music to encourage everyone to get outside, and plant something.
  • Sat. 4/23 9a: This time on The Children's Hour we celebrate our planet, the only place in the known universe that can sustain human life. We are joined by the authors of the new book for kids called The Tantrum That Saved The World, renown climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann and illustrator and author Megan Herbert.This book tells the story of a child fed up with adults not listening to her or take action to address the perils of climate change. Our Kids Crew talk with Dr. Mann and Ms. Herbert about how kids are playing a crucial role in getting the grownups to take notice and listen.We're joined also by two climate activist kids from The Global Warming Express. Kaia and Marina are dedicated to raising awareness about climate change because they want a future for their grandchildren.This show is mixed with excellent music to inspire kids everywhere to treasure and protect our Mother Earth.
  • Sat. 4/16 9a: This time on The Children's Hour, the winner of the 2022 Grammy for Best Children's Release, Falu is our guest for the whole hour.An 11th generation singer of sacred raga music, Falu has set out to transform the Indian music scene to create a new genre: Indian Children's Music.We learn and hear the 22 note scale that gives East Indian music it's signature sound. Falu inspires us with her messages for children worldwide.We'll also hear tracks from the Grammy winning release, A Colorful World.It's a musical hour with a musical game changer, Falu.