This week’s New Mexico in Focus Producer Sarah Gustavus interviews documentary editor Paul Barnes, a Santa Fe resident who is one of the editors of the Ken Burns epic 10-part, 18-hour series The Vietnam War, which begins airing on NM PBS, Ch.5.1, Sunday. Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

The longtime Burns’ collaborator talks about how the project came together and discusses the impact of the war that still reverberates in American society. 

Additionally, Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with the candidates in district 1 in this year’s city council races in Albuquerque.

Finally, NMiF Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists reflect on the legacy of Senator Pete Domenici, who passed away this week. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, he retired in 2009 as the longest running senator from the state of New Mexico.

The Line panelists also look at protests that occurred during last week’s Entrada re-enactment in Santa Fe, and discuss the upcoming ABQ mayoral race. Early voting starts this week in Albuquerque.

NMiF 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

  • Paul Barnes, editor on The Vietnam War  
  • Javier Benavidez, District 1 Candidate
  • Johnny F. Luévano Jr., District 1 Candidate
  • Sandra Mills, District 1 Candidate
  • Ken Sanchez, District 1 Candidate (Incumbent)

Line panelists

  • Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
  • Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
  • Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP


  • Sarah Gustavus
  • Megan Kamerick


  • 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.

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

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