Sunday April 30th, 2017:

We lost power to our transmitter on Sandia peak due to yesterday's inclement weather. Engineers are en route to assess and fix the problem.

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Untold American music history featuring Jack White, Elton John, Alabama Shakes and more premieres May 16th on 5.1

American Epic
In the late 1920s, record companies sent talent scouts across the United States, searching for new artists and sounds. They traveled to remote regions with a recording machine, auditioned thousands of everyday Americans, and issued their music on phonograph records. It was the first time America heard itself, and the artists they discovered transformed American music forever. AMERICAN EPIC, a new three-part documentary, tells the extraordinary story of this trailblazing era when modern music was born.

Learn more here

Science Café: Treasures of the Earth – Gems

April Science Café:


Saturday, April 29
10:00am -12 noon
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science – STEM Theater
1801 Mountain Rd NW
NOTE: this event is now SOLD OUT.

(If responding to the MAMA's MINERALS email, please contact Rose Poston directly at (505) 277-2396 or

Their beauty has captivated us for millennia. Their cost can be extraordinary–some are even considered priceless. Precious gems like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and opal are the ultimate treasures of the earth, and each one is made from a specific–and often torturous–recipe of chemistry, pressure, and heat. The secrets to their sparkle, color, and even strength lie deep inside the gems themselves.

Come to the April New Mexico PBS Science Café, watch a segment of NOVA Treasures of the Earth: Gems and join a discussion with Dr. Virgil Lueth, Senior Mineralogist and Director of the Mineral Museum, NM Tech.  Dr. Lueth will discuss the science and beauty of gem minerals found in New Mexico.  Then learn about the Museum’s new exhibit “The Wonderful World of Opals” with Jayne Aubele, Geologist and Museum Adult Programs Educator.                                                                                

Admission to the café is free, but museum admission fees are not included. If you wish to tour the museum, please visit their admission desk.  RSVP to Rose Poston at 277-2396 or Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Be more curious…be more amazed…come to the New Mexico PBS Science Café
New Mexico PBS Science Cafes are presented with support from Sandia National Lab/Lockheed Martin.


John Nichols Facebook contest rules

John Nichols Facebook contest rules


Click here to submit your photos and enter the contest. 

1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who submit photos to the New Mexico PBS Facebook page and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Campaign is only open to legal residents of New Mexico, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of KNME-TV, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

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3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted on the New Mexico PBS Facebook page starting on March 7 at 5pm Mountain Time and ending Sunday, March 19 at midnight Mountain Time.

4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting a nature-themed photo via the New Mexico PBS Facebook page. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of KNME-TV. You may submit up to three (3) photos. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules.

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Pledge Specials

See program premieres and PBS favorites during our March Pledge Drive, including Hamilton's America, NATURE: Super Hummingbirds, and the season finales of MASTERPIECE: Victoria and Mercy Street.

On Channel 5.1 and Channel 9.1 Starting March 3rd

Great Performances: Hamilton's America

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Hamilton's America
Follow the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

Fri. 3/3 at 9pm on Ch. 5.1
Sun. 3/12 at 9pm on Ch. 5.1
Tues. 3/14 at 7pm on Ch. 9.1

Watch the preview here

Dr. Neal Barnard

The Energy Weight Loss Solution with Neal Barnard, MD
Discover the secrets for boosting energy and losing weight from one of the nation's leading health advocates. Harness the power of specific foods that give youthful energy and vibrant life into our 60s, 70s and 80s - and even beyond.

Sat. 3/4 at 8:30am on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here


Age-proof with Jean Chatzky and Michael Roizen, MD
Live to 100 without breaking a hip - or your bank account! This new program, featuring bestselling authors Dr. Michael Roizen and Jean Chatzky, will give you a practical roadmap toward your very best possible health as you age - physical, mental, and financial!

Sat. 3/4 at 2pm on Ch. 5.1
Sun. 3/19 at 10:30am on Ch. 5.1

Rock Rewind: Dusty Springfield

Rock Rewind (My Music): 1967-1969
Take a time-tripping visit to the psychedelic era with host Tommy James -- Featuring rare vintage TV appearances by the decade's most popular artists including Sonny & Cher, The 5th Dimension, Dusty Springfield, The Supremes and more.

Sat. 3/4 at 8pm on Ch. 5.1
Tues. 3/7 at 8:30pm on Ch. 5.1
Thus. 3/20 at 8:30pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Tom Jones

Tom Jones: A Soundstage Special Event
Don't miss the iconic singer and special guest Grammy winner Alison Krauss. Jones performs signature songs "Delilah," "It's Not Unusual," "Green, Green Grass of Home," "Kiss" and "Thunderball," as well as new material from his recent albums.

Sat. 3/4 at 9:30pm on Ch. 5.1
Mon. 3/6 at 9:30pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 3/18 at 11pm on Ch. 5.1
Mon. 3/20 at 7pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Rick Steves

Rick Steves' Europe: Great German Cities
Travel expert Rick Steves explores five of Germany's most important cities: Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Nurnberg. From Baroque palaces to rowdy beer halls, these cities are wonderful places to explore the country's fascinating culture.

Sun. 3/5 at 5am on Ch. 5.1
Sun. 3/5 at 5pm on Ch. 9.1
Thus. 3/16 at 7pm on Ch. 5.1
Mon. 3/24 at 7pm on Ch. 9.1

Watch a clip here

Ed Slot: Retirement Road Map

Ed Slott's Retirement Road Map 2017
Greedy Wall Street Banks and Uncle Sam are out to grab your hard earned retirement savings. Ed Slott, America's IRA Expert, shows you how to steer clear of the bumps and potholes in your retirement.

Sun. 3/5 at 7am on Ch. 5.1
Fri. 3/10 at 8:30pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 3/11 at 10am on Ch. 5.1
Tues. 3/21 at 7pm on Ch. 9.1
Fri. 3/24 at 8:30pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Deepak Chopra

You Are The Universe With Deepak Chopra, Md
Each of us is a co-creator of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space. This seemingly impossible proposition follows from the current state of science, where outside the public eye, some key mysteries cannot be solved, even though they are the very issues that define reality itself.

Sun. 3/5 at 8:30am on Ch. 5.1
Wed. 3/15 at 8:30pm on Ch. 5.1
Sun. 3/19 at 5pm on Ch. 9.1

Watch the preview here

David Perlmutter, MD

Dr. David Perlmutter's Whole Life Plan
More than a million people around the world have improved their health thanks to Dr. Perlmutter's bestselling books, Grain Brain and Brain Maker. Now he brings these two forces together and puts his ideas into practice in the real world, to show that living your best life is about much more than what you put in your mouth.

Sun. 3/5 at 10:30am on Ch. 5.1
Tues. 3/21 at 9pm on Ch. 9.1
Thus. 3/23 at 7pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Mercy Street

Mercy Street: “House of Bondage” – Season 2 Finale
After Antietam, the Greens suffer a setback and Pinkerton's inquiry heats up. Foster and Samuel visit Foster's family plantation, where they intervene in a difficult labor. The hospital staff unites to oust their chief. Mary's condition worsens.

Sun. 3/5 at 7pm on Ch. 5.1
Tues. 3/7 at 7pm on Ch. 9.1

Watch the preview here

Masterpiece: Victoria

MASTERPIECE: Victoria “Young England” – Season 1 Finale
Follow Victoria's (Jenna Coleman) dramatic story, from the time she becomes queen in 1837 at age 18 through her relationship with Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), her first prime minister, and her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). This program is immediately followed by a VICTORIA AFTER PARTY.

Sun. 3/5 at 8pm on Ch. 5.1
Tues. 3/7 at 8pm on Ch. 9.1

Watch the preview here

Daniel O'Donnell and friends

Daniel O'donnell: Back Home Again
Join the quintessential Irish crooner, singing partner Mary Duff and special guest Derek Ryan for a concert, filmed in Dublin, featuring traditional Irish tunes, inspirational ballads and timeless standards, along with O'Donnell's signature hits.

Sun. 3/5 at 9:30pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 3/11 at 6pm on Ch. 5.1
Fri. 3/17 at 7pm on Ch. 9.1

Watch the preview here

Roy Orbison: A Black and White Night

Roy Orbison: Black & White Night – 30th Anniversary Special
Newly edited & remastered -- Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic concert with an all-star cast including Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes.

Tues. 3/7 at 7pm on Ch. 5.1
Thus. 3/9 at 7pm on Ch. 9.1
Mon. 3/13 at 7pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 3/18 at 9:30pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Stephen Bodian

Meditation For All Of Us
Expert Stephan Bodian shows how to use meditation to reap the benefits of greater happiness, mental clarity and vitality.

Tues. 3/7 at 10pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 3/11 at 3pm on Ch. 5.1
Mon. 3/13 at 10pm on Ch. 5.1
Wed. 3/15 at 10pm on Ch. 9.1
Mon. 3/20 at 10pm on Ch. 5.1
Sun. 3/26 at 4pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Nature: Super Hummingbirds

NATURE “Super Hummingbirds”
With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. For the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. Featuring Albuquerque’s Dr. Christopher Witt & his UNM team. 

Wed. 3/8 at 7pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 3/11 at 7pm on Ch. 9.1
Sun. 3/12 at 9am on Ch. 5.1
Sun. 3/12 at 6pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Cumbres train

Train Special 2017
Experience some of the best trains of North America, from historic steam train and streamliners, to elegant dinner trains including the most luxurious rail liner in the country. There is a special feature on trains of the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon Railroad in AZ, the Rio Grande in Southern CO, and The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in New Mexico. You’ll also meet the men and women that help keep our railroad history alive and on the rails. Look for our New Mexico Pledge Ticket Offer during this broadcast.

Thus. 3/9 at 7pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt: A Man And His Guitar
Join the country music hit-maker with the soulful voice and exceptional guitar prowess along with special guests Marty Stuart and James Otto. This new concert was taped and recorded in an intimate setting at Tennessee's historic Franklin Theater.

Sat. 3/11 at 9:30pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Patsy Cline

Celebrate the life and legacy of the groundbreaking "Crazy" singer who defined modern country music. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, the film features interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Beverly D'Angelo, Wanda Jackson and others.

Mon. 3/13 at 8:30pm on Ch. 5.1
Wed. 3/15 at 8:30pm on Ch. 9.1
Tues. 3/21 at 7pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Nature: The Story of Cats

NATURE: The Story of Cats - Asia to Africa
Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. See how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats.

Wed. 3/15 at 7pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 3/18 at 7pm on Ch. 9.1
Sun. 3/19 at 9am on Ch. 5.1
Sun. 3/19 at 6pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Ken Burns

Ken Burns: America's Storyteller
Join Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sam Waterston, Doris Kearns Goodwin and more for a tribute to the acclaimed filmmaker and an exclusive look at the upcoming production THE VIETNAM WAR

Thus. 3/16 at 9pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 3/18 at 12pm on Ch. 5.1
Sat. 3/18 at 5pm on Ch. 9.1

Watch the preview here

Celtic Women of Destiny

Celtic Woman: Destiny
Enjoy more musical enchantment from Ireland's famed singing group, filmed in Dublin's spectacular 200-year-old Round Room at the Mansion House. Hear new material along with fresh arrangements of their most spellbinding songs.

Fri. 3/17 at 8:30pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Dr. Trevor Cates

Younger Skin From Within With Dr. Trevor Cates
The condition of our skin is a direct reflection of what's going on inside us. This easy-to-follow, 2-week program is different than any traditional treatment. It gets to the heart of the issues manifesting themselves as skin conditions, so they can be eliminated forever. Your skin will begin to clear, you will feel better on the inside, and look more vibrant on the outside.

Sat. 3/18 at 7:30am on Ch. 5.1

Learn more here

Dr. Amy Myers

28 Day Metabolism Makeover With Amy Myers, Md
Just about every aspect of your metabolism depends on thyroid function. Healing and supporting your thyroid is one of the most important ways you can connect to your body-and one of the best ways to achieve optimal health. Thousands of Dr. Amy Myers' patients have achieved it on her plan. Dr. Myers was once diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid dysfunction, and has the unique perspective of a patient as well as a physician.

Sat. 3/18 at 9am on Ch. 5.1

Learn more here

Fernando Varela

Fernando Varela: Coming Home
Join the world-class tenor and special guests Jackie Evancho, William Joseph, Stephen Moccio and Caroline Campbell for a magical evening showcasing musical favorites including "Nessun Dorma," "All By Myself, " "Three Times a Lady" and more.

Sun. 3/19 at 7:30pm on Ch. 5.1

Learn more here

Friar Alessandro

Friar Alessandro: The Voice Of Assisi
Travel to the magnificent hilltop Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy for heavenly music from the friar with the big tenor voice. This program features sacred standards as well as songs that reflect the friar's message of hope, peace and brotherly love.

Sun. 3/19 at 11pm on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Maya Angelou

AMERICAN MASTERS: Maya Angelou - And Still I Rise
Journey through the prolific life of the “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” author and activist who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought. Features new interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Common, the Clintons, and others.

Sun. 3/26 at 9:30am on Ch. 5.1

Watch the preview here

Science Café: Search for the Super Battery

March Science Café:


Saturday, March 25
10:00am -12 noon
VSA North Fourth Art Center
4904 Fourth Street NW

Get tickets here

We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. Though technology has improved in the last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic, and frustratingly short-lived. The quest is on for a “super battery,” and the stakes in this hunt are higher than the phone in your pocket. Climate change, electric cars and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power could hold keys to a greener future...if we can engineer the perfect battery.

Come to the March New Mexico PBS Science Café, watch a segment of NOVA Search for the Super Battery and join a discussion with Leigh Anna M. Steele, Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories whose research is featured in the documentary. Steele will discuss research in the Battery Abuse Testing Lab (BATLab) at Sandia with current and next generation batteries.

Admission to the café is free, but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston at 277-2396 or Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Be more curious…be more amazed…come to the New Mexico PBS Science Café
New Mexico PBS Science Cafes are presented with support from Sandia National Lab/Lockheed Martin.