This week, New Mexico in Focus features Maria Hinojosa, host of the nationally syndicated radio show Latino USA and president and CEO of the Futuro Media Group.

Hinojosa sits down with correspondent Russell Contreras to talk about the representation of Latinos in the media, the current political debate about immigration, and changing identities in the United States.

Maria Hinojosa
Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa.

Correspondent Laura Paskus talks with investigative journalist Jonathan Thompson, former editor of High Country News, about his new book called “River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster.” They discuss what contributed to the Gold King Mine spill and how it may continue to impact the region.

Additionally, host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists review new information about a plea deal in the DWI case of former New Mexico cabinet secretary Ryan Flynn. They also debate racial profiling in New Mexico in light of the recent controversial arrest of two men of color at a Philadelphia Starbucks, and discuss the “immigrant friendly” measures passed by Albuquerque’s City Council.

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. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.  

Studio guests
Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of Latino USA
Jonathan P. Thompson, author of River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind The Gold King Mine Disaster            

Line Panelists
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

Russell Contreras & Laura Paskus

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with associate producer Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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