This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with Nikki Nojima Louis, who was among 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated in camps across the West during World War II.

Nojima Louis now lives in Albuquerque and works with the New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League, creating plays based on the oral histories of people like her who were imprisoned. Recently, she joined a protest with other internment survivors at Fort Sill in Oklahoma where Japanese men were interned during the war. There are plans to use the site to house young migrants crossing the Mexican border.

Correspondent Antonia Gonzales talks with producer Maya Salganek about Molly of Denali, a new PBS Kids series that tells the story of a 10-year-old Alaska Native girl. The show weaves together literacy skills and Native values. It’s the first nationally distributed children’s television series to feature a Native American lead character. Salganek was born and raised in Santa Fe.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the chile war heating up between Colorado and New Mexico. The group also looks at Gov. Lujan Grisham’s appointment of a task force to work on cannabis legalization, as well as proposed changes to the state’s medical marijuana program. The Line’s final topic is on Attorney General Hector Balderas’ push to change the state’s sex offender laws in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

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

  • Nikki Nojima Louis, New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League
  • Maya Salganek, interstitial producer, Molly of Denali

Correspondents

  • Antonia Gonzales
  • Megan Kamerick

Line Panelists

  • Michael Bird, public health consultant
  • Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & KKOB
  • Inez Russell Gomez, Santa Fe New Mexican
  • Mary T. Torres, attorney

Host

  • 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.

NMiF 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 Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and viewers like you.

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