This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant talks with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) advocate Terri O’Hare about what it’s like to navigate Albuquerque as a person with a disability.
Jim Linnell, UNM Theatre Professor Emeritus, is the author of “Take It Lying Down: Finding My Feet After a Spinal Cord Injury.” Linnell was six months from retirement as the dean of UNM’s College of Fine Arts when he suffered a freak accident that left him almost totally paralyzed. In his book, and in his frank discussion with correspondent Megan Kamerick, he chronicles his struggle to regain independence as he looks back over his life and ponders his future.
Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss Bernalillo County’s passage of a new paid leave law and the Albuquerque City Council’s look into whether a similar “leave for any reason” law would work for the city. The Line panelists also talk state spending, as New Mexico predicts another whopping surplus headed into the next fiscal year. The Line’s final topic is the GOP’s hope of flipping New Mexico from a blue to a red state in 2020.
New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Friday at 7 p.m. and repeats Sunday at 7 a.m. on Chanel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.
Terri O’Hare, ADA advocate
Jim Linnell, UNM Theatre Professor Emeritus, author of “Take It Lying Down”
Janice Arnold-Jones, former NM state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm
Cathryn McGill, NM Black Leadership Council
New Mexico in Focus is the 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 art 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.