This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Antonia Gonzales sits down with academics from The University of New Mexico’s Native American Studies and Chicana/Chicano Studies to learn why graduate degrees in these programs are important and what the future might look like for scholars in their departments.

Correspondent Khalil Ekulona and members of the Albuquerque Sol Football Club discuss the growing popularity of professional soccer in the United States, and how the team intends to raise its profile in New Mexico.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at Attorney General Hector Balderas’ threat of possible legal action against the University of New Mexico over the AG office’s investigation into the institution, and debate a federal judge’s decision to toss out a lawsuit over Chaco-area drilling. The Line also discusses how the clash between federal and state laws affects a young preschooler who is currently prohibited from receiving her seizure-preventing medical cannabis on school grounds.

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
Lloyd Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Native American Studies, UNM 
Irene Vasquez, Ph.D., Department Chair/Professor, Chicana/Chicano Studies, UNM
Larry Espinoza, president, Albuquerque Sol FC
Justin Sells, head coach, Albuquerque Sol FC
Pat Pacheco, player, Albuquerque Sol FC

Line Panelists
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

Khalil Ekulona
Antonia Gonzales

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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