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This week, New Mexico in Focus features a mix of new and encore interviews on issues important to New Mexicans.

Hunger - The holidays are often a time when the reality of hunger in our communities is brought to the forefront; However, many New Mexicans struggle to put food on the table throughout the year. New Mexico in Focus Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with a local leader to talk about the myths and misconceptions about hunger in New Mexico.

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.

Earlier this fall, Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policies, came to Albuquerque to speak at an event with the local chapter of Veterans for Peace.  He spoke with producer Sarah Gustavus and ABQ city councilor Rey Garduño about N.M.’s role in the national conversation about international policy.

NMiF also re-visits notable conversations from the past year. They include a discussion about Albuquerque’s Pay Equity Ordinance that went into effect July 1st, fracking in communities across the state, and the national farm to table movement.

GUESTS:

·         Dan Barber, chef and author of "The Third Plate"

·         Martha Burk, author, political psychologist, and women’s issues expert

·         Wally Drangmeister, New Mexico Oil & Gas Association

·         Rey Garduño, Albuquerque city councilor

·         Krista Kelley, Adelante Development Center

·         Ray McGovern, former CIA Analyst

·         Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, Western Environmental Law Center

CORRESPONDENTS:

·         Gwyneth Doland

·         Sarah Gustavus

·         Megan Kamerick

HOST/COMMENTATOR:

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus.  The associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation. The Holly Holm segment was originally produced by Kelsie Kloepfer, a UNM Political Science Dept. intern.

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