This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant and a special Line opinion panel of local journalists begin a countdown of the top stories of 2017. They discuss five of those topics this week, including the veto showdown at the Roundhouse and the impact of President Trump’s administration on New Mexico during the past year.

Additionally, correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with two experts who delve into the histories of both early New Mexico and Florida. Aimee Villarreal was a producer and researcher on an animated film about the historic Pueblo Revolt of 1680 in New Mexico. Kathleen Deagan is an anthropologist and archeologist whose work is featured in a documentary about Spanish Florida.

The documentary, Secrets Of Spanish Florida: A Secrets of the Dead, will air on New Mexico PBS Ch.5.1, on Dec. 26, at 7 p.m.

NMiF 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
Kathleen A. Deagan, anthropologist and archeologist, University of Florida
Aimee Villarreal, professor of Mexican American studies, Our Lady of the Lake University

Line Panelists
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal
Matt Grubs, staff writer, Santa Fe Reporter
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Antonia Gonzales

Gene Grant

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. 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.”

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

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