This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with local advocates who work with immigrants and refugees in part two in our series on behavioral health needs across our state. And she talks with Kate Moore, author of “The Radium Girls,” about how the poisoning of women who worked in factories with radium may have led to increased protections for workers in the Manhattan Project.

Also on the show this week, producer Sarah Gustavus asks local experts what’s happening around New Mexico to address the gap in meals during the summer months when students can’t rely on breakfast and lunch at school. Gustavus also sits down with New Mexico in Depth data reporter Sandra Fish to talk about the latest reports on fundraising and lobbyist spending in Santa Fe.

Finally, correspondent Gwyneth Doland and Douglas Carver from New Mexico Ethics Watch discuss the role for everyday New Mexicans in the creation of an independent ethics commission.

The show 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

  • Alissa Barnes, Roadrunner Food Bank
  • Kay Bounkeua, New Mexico Asian Family Center     
  • Douglas Carver, NM Ethics Watch
  • Jill Dixon, The Food Depot
  • Sandra Fish, New Mexico in Depth
  • Jessica Goodkind, Refugee Well-being Project
  • Patty Keane, UNM Prevention Research Center
  • Kate Moore, author of “The Radium Girls”
  • Eric Ndaheba, Refugee Well-being Project
  • Emiliano Perea, NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD)
  • Bill Wagner, Centro Sávila

Line Panelists

  • None this week


  • Gwyneth Doland
  • Sarah Gustavus
  • Megan Kamerick

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.

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

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