This week on NMiF, correspondent Russell Contreras sits down with cartoonist and writer Lalo Alcaraz. They discuss Alcaraz’s work as a cultural consultant on the new film “Coco” and how he sees his role as a cartoonist in the current political climate.

Additionally, producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with two local health providers to talk about health literacy and how everyone can learn new skills to navigate the health care system.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists take on some of the top stories in the news this week, including the election of Albuquerque’s next mayor, results of a recently released UNM athletics’ audit, and calls for new procedures when police interact with people experiencing mental health issues.

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
Lalo Alcaraz, cartoonist and writer
Kathryn M. Anderson, senior health literacy specialist at UNMH
Lisa Lostetter, nurse and lactation specialist

Line Panelists
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor at UNM Anderson School of Management         

Russell Contreras and Sarah Gustavus

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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