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This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with Amy Goodman, nationally-renowned journalist and host of DEMOCRACY NOW!, to talk about the 2016 elections and the value of independent media. Goodman was in New Mexico recently to discuss the issues and people profiled in her new book "Democracy Now: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America."

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. Involved, informed, in-depth media: watch it again online shortly thereafter. 

Gustavus also speaks with Ludella Awad, a 16-year-old poet and author from Albuquerque. Awad is Syrian-American and her latest book of poetry is "Sad Piano Music in Syria." Awad tells NMIF how she got started writing, and how her own reactions to news coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Syria inspired her work for the new book.

Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss some of the top news stories from the past week, including reports that young people in New Mexico have suffered high rates of trauma.

The Line also discusses testimony in federal court from some HSD employees that their supervisors changed food stamp applications to deny people access to emergency benefits.

Guests
Amy Goodman, independent journalist & host of Democracy Now!
Ludella Awad, poet and author       

Line Panelists
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Correspondant
Sarah Gustavus

Host/Comentator
Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus, and Kathy Wimmer is associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus and Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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