This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland looks at the undergraduate program in Russian language and culture at The University of New Mexico, where students can prepare for jobs that require a specialized knowledge of Russia. Doland sits down with students and instructors to hear how they are navigating new questions about the part of the world they study.

Also this week, Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate several top stories in the news, including tax proposals and defeats, the end of the short-lived WisePies era at The Pit, and a look at the crowded field of candidates for the next mayor of Albuquerque.

The show 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

  • Brittany Chacon, UNM student
  • Joseluis Ayala, UNM student
  • Tanya Ivanova-Sullivan, Associate Professor of Russian, UNM
  • Irina Vasilyeva Meier, Russian Faculty, UNM

 Line Panelists

  • Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
  • Marsha Garcia, Strategies 360
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
  • Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres


  • Gwyneth Doland, NMiF Correspondent

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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