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This week on The Children’s Hour we learn about porcupines from the leading researchers in New Mexico, kids in the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Project.


Best Kids Music of 2021

This is a musical edition of The Children's Hour featuring some of the best kids' music released in 2021, including tracks from each of the 2022 Grammy nominees for "Best Children's Album" which reflect the banner year in family friendly releases by people of color.


Musical Christmas

This episode of The Children's Hour is a perfect musical accompaniment for Christmas celebrations. We mix treasured carols and new favorites, and the show becomes a sing-along.


Tell Me A Story

This time on The Children's Hour, it's a full hour of stories and story-songs with authors Todd Parr and Michelle Adam, and many more.


Father Goose

This time on The Children's Hour, the Kids Crew are joined by "The King of The Dance Party" himself: Father Goose Music. Born in Jamaica, Father Goose shares his music, his motivations, and his message of unity. Hear his latest releases, as well as a playlist he chose as our guest dee-jay.


The Doctor Is In

This time on The Children's Hour, the Kids Crew will ask a doctor about her work, the purpose of checkups, and how to become a pediatrician. Dr. Melissa Mason joins us for a lively conversation. Mixed with great music!


Grateful For Grandparents

This week on The Children's Hour, it's the season of gratitude, and we're grateful for some of the most important people in our lives: our grandparents. The Kids have messages and stories to share for and about their own grandparents. We'll also hear kids from Jimmy Carter Middle School telling stories about grandparent love and magic in action. We're honoring grandmas and grandpas this week on The Children's Hour, in a show that's perfect for Thanksgiving weekend. This show is packed with...


Kiwi Land

This week on The Children’s Hour we’ll explore New Zealand through stories and songs, and in conversation with our friends, Kiwi musicians Lucy Hiku from Itty Bitty Beats, and Claudia Robin Gunn. One lives on the north island, and the other on the South Island! We’ll learn about New Zealand’s unique geography, climate, landscape, wildlife, and culture. Expect to hear all New Zealander music, in both English and Maori. This episode comes with a downloadable learning guide so you can learn...


Military Kids

This time on The Children’s Hour, in honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11, we re-visit the Museum of the American Military Family in Tijeras, New Mexico. We learn how having a parent in the armed forces can impact a family, especially children. We speak with Dr. Circe Wessner, the founder of the museum, and to Arthur Harris who himself was both a military child, and a military dad. This show features live music and original compositions from our own Kids Crew member Rowan McJimsey on the...


Keeping Our Cool

This time on The Children’s Hour, we learn strategies to keep our cool with Michelle Renee Pelletier, who teaches kids how to meditate using guided imagery. We’ll try Michelle’s meditation exercise, and reflect on how it makes us feel. Then we’ll meet Evan, a 10 year old who was taught mindfulness at school with Families 4 Peace’s instructor, Scott Cameron. In this excerpt from Peace Talks Radio, we hear how, when and why Evan uses mindfulness at school, and instructor Scott explains how the...


Pumpkin Spice

It’s Halloween on The Children’s Hour, and we’re digging into pumpkins! We learn the history of Jack-o-Lanterns, how many pumpkins we use at Halloween, why we trick-or-treat, and what it means when you see a teal pumpkin. Mixed with excellent music, this episode has a free, downloadable learning guide that meets national educational standards at our website.


Music With Purpose

This week on The Children’s Hour, we learn about what it means to create live music with purpose. Grammy winning children’s musicians, Dan and Claudia Zanes are transforming how their music is enjoyed with their commitment to sensory friendly concerts. We learn what they are doing to make their concerts fully inclusive of people of all abilities, and we hear some of their new release, Let Love Be Your Guide.


Under-Appreciated Animals

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

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! Go to to...


Being A Leader

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

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

Kids are online so much of their lives these days, so 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. Learn more tips for kids to stay safe online! Then we meet the producers and creators of The Rez, a podcast series out of the United Kingdom with a goal to make kindness a habit for children. Meet...


Governing A State

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. Mixed with...


ICKY: A Radio Musical

Hear our pandemic musical, ICKY: A Radio 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.


The Brain

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. This episode has a learning guide that meets educational standards nationwide. Find it at