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Sci Girls Training at NM PBS


A science club for girls ages 8-13!


Do you run activities/clubs for your afterschool program?
Do you have access to a computer lab?
Are you ready to do innovative science activities that build confidence in girls to lead them into careers in STEM?

September 6th 9:00am-4:30pm
New Mexico PBS-KNME Studio

Come to a special SciGirls training and receive:

  • $50.00 stipend for each participant
  • A full day training session provided by SciGirls Certified Trainers from Twin Cities Minnesota PBS
  • Professional development opportunity on STEM instruction
  • Free materials, such as guides, DVD’s and everything you need to start a SciGirls Club!
  • Website tools as a place to connect and share
  • Learn how to conduct great activities to support STEM

Please apply today! Space is limited!
RSVP: or 505-277-4087

New Fall Line-up: Children’s Programs


Begins Monday, Sept. 1


    • PBS KIDS reaches more kids ages 2-8, and more moms with kids under age 12, than any other kids TV network, and nearly 99% of homes in the U.S.
    • PBS KIDS averages more than 12 million unique visitors per month online, and more than 1.5 million users stream video on the PBS KIDS Video App each month.
    • PBS KIDS reached 11.9 million low-income families last year, many of whom do not have access to cable or satellite TV.

    NEW SCHEDULE – Monday – Friday
    Please Note: When two children’s programs air back-to-back, each program will be a different episode. Want to learn more? Scroll further down…

    6:30 am – SUPER WHY!
    7:30 am – MARTHA SPEAKS
    8:00 am – CURIOUS GEORGE
    8:30 am – CURIOUS GEORGE
    10:00 am – SESAME STREET
    11:00 am – DINOSAUR TRAIN
    11:30 am – PEG + CAT

    2:00 pm – SCIGIRLS (Airs on Fridays only)
    2:30 pm – SESAME STREET (30 minutes)
    3:30 pm – ARTHUR
    4:00 pm – WILD KRATTS
    4:30 pm – WILD KRATTS

    On Monday, September 1, New Mexico PBS, Ch. 5.1 will launch its new Fall Children’s Program Lineup, airing Monday-Friday.

    Furthering a commitment to using the power of media to educate and entertain America’s children, PBS KIDS and SESAME STREET will introduce a bonus half-hour SESAME STREET program, also on September 1, on-air and on digital platforms. The additional half-hour program will air on NM PBS, Ch. 5.1, weekday afternoons at 2:30 p.m., complementing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

    For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute show will also be available for free online at, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS KIDS Roku channel. By offering this bonus half hour of SESAME STREET in an additional timeslot, and through a growing number of digital services, PBS KIDS hopes to reach even more children with one of America’s most beloved and educationally powerful children’s series.

    “With this new half-hour program, we are excited to build on SESAME STREET’s 45-year legacy on PBS with a format that will make the series more accessible on mobile devices, where PBS KIDS’ reach is growing exponentially,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “In just the past year, the number of users streaming video on the incredibly popular PBS KIDS Video App increased 34%. The new half-hour format will give PBS KIDS the opportunity to offer SESAME STREET to even more families, making it easy for parents to help their kids build essential school readiness skills with one of their favorite shows.”

Franz Joachim looks back on his first year as General Manager & CEO


1. Franz, what is your proudest moment in your first year as GM for NM PBS?

I am most proud of the reception I’ve received from the staff at New Mexico PBS. It’s always a challenge taking on a new position, but when you are an internal candidate you come with a lot of baggage. Long standing relationships must change and everybody looks at you just a little bit differently. But the staff has been incredibly supportive and patient, never failing to help me figure out something new, calling me out on dumb moves and helping to guide me into smarter positions. I could not do it without my friends at New Mexico PBS and certainly would not have enjoyed it without their patient support.

2. What are you excited about in your second year? What’s coming up for New Mexico PBS?

We are entering into a new era in broadcasting. The FCC is going to make changes in how broadcasters operate and New Mexico PBS is well positioned to help form and guide the public television corner of the industry.

Building on past successes with New Mexico in Focus, Colores!, Public Square and Connect we’ve successfully secured funding for two more years of Public Square, look forward to holding NMiF special debates with candidates for Governor, Congress and the US Senate and are working on a multiyear funding commitment for Colores!. And I am convinced that we will secure funding for a new season of Connect.

Our pledge drives continue to outperform the system and as the overall economy slowly improves we see what looks to be a long awaited turnaround in underwriting revenues.
From the outside it may seem boring, but I am truly excited by the strength and stability that we show across all areas from financial to content to infrastructure.

3. Did you meet any inspiring people this last year?

I meet a lot of inspiring people, but just this week I met with the tribal council of the Santa Clara pueblo. The Cerro Grande and Los Conchas wildfires have destroyed the Santa Clara watershed. The pueblo is at grave risk of being wiped out by flooding from normal monsoon activity. More than 1200 years of history may end with an afternoon of normal monsoon rains. But this group is not giving up. They have an aggressive plan to rebuild the watershed, keep the village and the tribe intact and reestablish the native habitat that is all but gone. They have been incredibly effective at partnering with the federal and state governments and are now reaching out the non-profit community to ask advice on the best way to move their plan forward.

The tribal governor was very eloquent in telling us how embarrassed he was to ask for help. For generations the tribe saw themselves as givers, not takers, but for the good of the tribe and the good of the larger community they had to get over their pride and reach out and ask for help. In doing so they learned that to ask for help was not to take, but to open themselves up to the larger community and invite them in to share in the life of the tribe. The Sheriff was equally eloquent in describing the personal transformation he went through as he worked in the canyon every day. He started by asking himself what he and the tribe had done wrong to deserve the wrath of the Great Spirit. But to survive and move forward he’s come to realize that maybe they are there to find a way through this so that other communities suffering similar losses can learn from them and also survive and learn to thrive.

This group has accepted that change was forced upon them. They are learning to accept it, adapt to it and figure out a way to live in a world that has irrevocably changed while holding on to their identity.

4. What programs moved you this last year?

The NMiF episode that featured Eric Griego discussing the murders of his brother and his family by his nephew Nehemiah Griego. OK, maybe that was a bit more than a year ago, but it still resonates.

Last years American Graduate Day that featured two of the students followed in the documentary Our Time is Now. And every time Our Time is Now repeats I watch it. Those kids are amazing.

The Address, quite a departure for Ken Burns and beautifully done. It made me re-memorize the Gettysburg Address and reminded me why it is such beautiful prose.

After Tiller, a hard hitting but incredibly insightful look late term abortion. We shouldn’t shy away from topics that make us uncomfortable. We will broadcast it the first week in September.

5. What goals do you have for your next five years at NM PBS?

Ouch! Ask me in 4 years! OK, I’d love to revamp and expand this building to bring in our folks in the 1200 building and possibly provide space for KUNM, MTS, academic departments like IFDM and C&J. That’s a really tall order and probably more than five years worth of work, but maybe we can get it underway. I want to resume regular increases in funding from the state legislature and grow endowments. I want to keep this station healthy and move it to an even more stable and diversified funding profile. None of this is magic; it’s just hard work. Otherwise, just the day to day improving relations with our partner stations KENW and KRWG; making sure our licensee’s value us, are proud of us and most of all understand us; and most importantly keeping the faith with our viewers and members.

New Programs Premiere in the August Pledge Drive

All Programs Below are Listed in Chronological Order & Air on Ch. 5.1 & Ch. 9.1
August 11 – 24

Ch. 5.1 – Saturday 8/23, 12:00 Noon

Gather around the table to learn why eating with family and friends is not only fun, but important for health and well-being, and can create lasting bonds between the generations. Experts from the food and medical worlds offer demonstrations of terrific, easy-to-make recipes, tips on enjoyable and stress-free ways to prepare meals, and the latest research on the benefits of eating together.


Ch. 5.1 – Thursday 8/14 at 10:00 pm; Sunday 8/17 at 6:00 pm
Take a meditative, cinematic journey through the breathtaking scenery of the American West’s iconic red rock country, including Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon National Parks — all set to music by some of the world’s greatest classical composers, including Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven.


Ch. 5.1 – Monday 8/18 at 7:00 pm; Sunday 8/24 at 2:00 pm

Celebrate Oscar-winning composer and test pilot, who wrote high-flying songs for his legendary pals, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby: “Swinging on a Star” and “Moonlight Becomes You” for Crosby & “Come Fly With Me” for Sinatra, plus ”Call Me Irresponsible,” “The Tender Trap,” ”All the Way,” “High Hopes,” “Here’s That Rainy Day” and many more. The program includes interviews with Frank Sinatra, Jr., Harry Crosby, Tony Bennett, Woody Allen, Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine, John Pizzarelli and others, along with archival film and television clips of his timeless songs.


Ch. 5.1 – Tuesday 8/12 at 7:00 pm; Saturday 8/16 at 12:00 pm Noon
Ch. 9.1 – Wednesday 8/13 at 10:30 pm; Friday 8/15 at 7:00 pm; and Sunday 8/17 at 9:00 pm

Break free from dieting once and for all with practical, effective advice from Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a New York Times best-selling author, leading expert and board-certified physician who specializes in the prevention and reversal of disease using nutritional solutions. The program includes cooking demonstrations; advice on staying active, vibrant and healthy later in life; and nutritional methods to prevent and even reverse obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and more.


Ch. 5.1 – Monday 8/11 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, 8/17 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, 8/24 at 12:00 pm

From “Love Me Tender” to “Only You,” “Wake Up Little Suzie” to “Dream Lover” and ” Long Tall Sally” to “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” this new MY MUSIC special spotlights the happy days of the 50s and early 60s with archival footage of the greatest pop and rock hit makers of the era in their prime. Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, from the original Sha Na Na lineup, hosts.


Ch. 9.1 – Saturday 8/16 at 10:00 pm

Savor a mix of fond memories from the past four seasons of “Downton Abbey” and get a taste of the upcoming fifth season. Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon hosts the program, which includes behind-the-scenes footage, fondly remembered moments from the first four seasons, and interviews with Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, providing an overview and context for the series and what to expect next. Recall the high points of the “Downton Abbey” storyline, its memorable cast of characters, and both the great joy and wrenching sadness taking place at the abbey.


Ch. 5.1 – Monday 8/11 at 9:00 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Monday 8/11 at 10:00 pm

Celebrate the legacy of Woody Guthrie’s singer-songwriter “children” in a rousing live concert featuring Noel Paul Stookey, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, Holly Near and others. Songs include “The Last Thing on My Mind,” “Pass the Music On,” “I Am Willing,” “If I Had a Hammer” and more.

MAKERS: Women In Comedy

Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Contemporary comics talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.

Net-iquette Premiere

Attend a FREE Screening Saturday, August 23 6:00pm at the Kimo Theatre

Airs on Ch.5.1: Thursday, September 11 at 7:00pm

“I’ve had kids come in very upset, very depressed, very distraught because something they posted, or something that got posted about them, has spread in a way that is not contained. They’ve lost control of that image, that information.”
Elisa Montrose-Roback, LMFT
Bosque Mental Health

“Where do you think predators go to find children?
Where children are going to be.”
Lois Kinch, Special Agent, NM Attorney General’s Office
NM Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

“You would interview a candidate … and then you search their name online and you find out what pops up. It’s not only what you may put on line or what people may put on their site about you, it’s the context.”
LeAnne Collins
Human Resources Director

Our youth (digital natives) have grown up in a cyber world that is seamlessly integrated with our daily lives. Most parents and other adults (digital immigrants) are not completely familiar with all the various internet apps, tools and sites that allow people to connect in good and bad ways. Many times children are more comfortable in that world than the adults who are supposed to look out for them. While we teach our youth the etiquette of various social interactions: restaurant behavior, etc; many adults don’t understand enough to give them guidelines for the on-line world. This is a documentary that will help.

“Net-iquette” is a comprehensive media campaign centered around a half hour documentary that is followed by a half hour studio program to help youth, parents and educators throughout New Mexico understand the potential dangers associated with use of the internet and social media; from stalking and cyber-bullying to sext-ing and future employment issues. “Unless you’re under the age of 20, you really don’t fully understand the world of social media and the internet,” says producer/director Chris Schueler. “And the truth is, it’s an entirely different way to communicate that can be very effective, but also very dangerous.”

“This is crucial information for teens and for parents,” says Thom Turbett, President of the Board of SafeTeen New Mexico. “And in addition to the full documentary that we’ll distribute to all the school districts and the PTA’s, we have shorter training videos that can be used as well.”

Produced by multiple Emmy © Award winning director/producer, Chris Schueler, the project is presented by The City of Albuquerque, Cooperative Educational Services, Intel Security, NM Office of the Attorney General, Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico, New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, New Mexico School Boards Association, New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Parent Teacher Association in association with KOB-TV 4, KNME-TV 5, KENW-TV 3, and KRWG-TV 22.

“We turn the viewers screen into various social media pages, as they hear from experts and youth about what really happens on the web.” says Chris Schueler, Executive Director of SafeTeen and the producer of the film, “ I’ve got to say, I’ve certainly changed my habits on line and encouraged all my friends to do the same. Some of this will really scare you.” In addition to the documentary, the one hour program will also include a live half hour follow up show that will focus on solutions.

The Albuquerque Mayors Youth Advisory Board is involved in the project through production, marketing and distribution work. They have assisted with a facebook page and are overseeing the Gala Premiere, which is slated for August 23 at 6pm at the Kimo Theatre. The premiere is open to the public for free and doors open at 5pm. In addition to the documentary, there are shorter, targeted videos created for Middle Schools, High Schools and Parents. For information please visit or



As you may have heard, the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW came to Albuquerque on Saturday, July 19. The ROADSHOW rolled into New Mexico and taped three new episodes, which will air in 2015.

People came from all over the state – and beyond – to have their treasures appraised. One woman interviewed by area media travelled from Denver, CO!

Click on the links below to see some of the NM set, and hear some local stories. Executive Producer Marsha Bemko was also interviewed by NM radio stations. You can listen to those interview below, as well.


KUNM – All Things Considered – Aired Friday 7/18 at 5:45 pm
Length: 4:59

94 ROCK – Aired Live, Friday 7/18
Length: 17:08

THE PEAK (with Jackie, Tony & Donnie) – Aired Live, Friday 7/18
(AA – Music from the 90′s, 2K & Today)


‘Antiques Roadshow’ comes to Albuquerque
Sunday, July 20, 2014

— TV —

KOB 4 Eyewitness News (NBC)
Antiques Roadshow returns to Albuquerque
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Length: 2:41

KRQE-TV News, Ch.13 (CBS)
‘Antiques Roadshow’ visits ABQ
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Length: 00:56

KOAT Action 7 News (ABC)
‘Antiques Roadshow’ to film in Duke City
July 7, 2014!bjmtH5

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW airs on New Mexico PBS on:
Ch.5.1 – Mondays at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m., and repeats on
Ch.9.1 – Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN Special Interview

A Special interview with GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
Airs: Friday, AUGUST 1 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 5.1 and
Repeats: Sunday, August 3 at 7:00 a.m.
On Ch. 9.1, Saturday, August 2 at 5 p.m.


Albuquerque, NM – A legend among readers of fantasy and science fiction, New Mexico’s George R.R. Martin has become a mainstream phenomenon with the publication of his series of GAME OF THRONES novels, and the hit HBO series of the same name.

In a segment of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, Martin talks with correspondent Gwyneth Doland about the craft of fiction, and the popularity of GAME OF THRONES.

NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during Pledge Drives.

Hosted by Gene Grant, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and arts issues and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the “news of the moment.”

Involved, informed, in-depth media: watch NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS again online at shortly thereafter.

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Megan Kamerick. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.


“If Eight People In Albuquerque Can Do It — Why Can’t Congress?”


Airs Thursday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. on Ch.5.1

Albuquerque takes center stage in the great Congressional policy debates when eight people, four Democrats and four Republicans, attempt to balance the federal budget in a weekend! In a new form of the reality show, these eight regular people are locked in a room at Central New Mexico Community College and asked to balance the federal budget.

The show, BIG BAD BUDGET, asks the question, “If eight people in Albuquerque can do it, why can’t Congress?” The result airs Thursday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. on Ch.5.1.

For the eight people, it’s just like Congress. They are given the U.S. Treasury budget figures, but they are not experts. The idea is to find out if regular people can solve the problems that Congress cannot solve.

They are asked to either cut spending or raise taxes and see a savings of $750 billion. They fight, argue, cajole, dig in, bluff, strategize, and ultimately….well, that will be revealed when the show airs.

Can they do it? Can eight people from Albuquerque find a way to solve a major political problem? Can they show Congress the way?

The program seeks to find out if regular people, out of the glare of Washington, can find a way to work together and overcome the obstacles? They are being filmed as they try to see their way to a solution, and you as the viewer can see the inside workings of how problems can be solved. “BIG BAD BUDGET” is a Film by Tom Carroll.


Monday 7/7 AND Friday 7/11 at 4:00 pm on Ch.5.1

This Special Episode:
The Wild Kratts crew lament the extinction of different animals in recent history and how they’ll never ever be able to see them. Aviva decides that it’s finally time to unveil her most secret invention yet – the Time Trampoline! Using the trampoline, the Wild Kratts jump back in time to meet the extinct species. Science Concept: Extinction – different types of animals can go extinct and disappear from the planet in a number of ways – habitat loss, overhunting, etc. Once an animal goes extinct, it is lost forever.

Animals can take you anywhere in science! Creature teachers Chris and Martin Kratt take 6- to 8-year olds and their families along on extraordinary animal-powered adventures in WILD KRATTS, a PBS KIDS series. The show transforms the Kratt Brothers, creators of the award-winning Kratts’ Creatures and Emmy-winning Zoboomafoo, into animated versions of themselves, allowing the real-life zoologists to visit wild animals in their little-seen habitats and showcase key science concepts along the way.

From elephants using physics to suck gallons of water with their trunks to a fleet of peregrine falcons that harness the force of gravity to speed through the air, each of the 40 new half-hour episodes of WILD KRATTS presents age-appropriate science inspired by the natural abilities of the animals that the Kratt brothers – and young viewers – meet. The debut series is a co-production of The Kratt Brothers Company and Emmy-winning 9 Story Entertainment.