Correspondent and environmental journalist Laura Paskus follows up on a story by Algernon D’Ammassa of the Las Cruces Sun-News that reported people were finding dead migratory birds across the state of New Mexico. Paskus talks to New Mexico State University ornithologist Martha Desmond and Audubon New Mexico’s Jonathan Hayes to find out what might be causing the bird deaths. 

Rev. William Barber II is the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, an economic justice effort first envisioned by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960s. Rev. Barber calls America’s staggering poverty numbers a moral problem worthy of attention in the current presidential campaign, as well as in political contests across the country. Correspondent Russell Contreras spoke with the reverend recently about what’s missing from the conversation about poverty. 

A lot is on the table when it comes to the legalization of recreational cannabis in New Mexico. Legislators are divided, advocates are frustrated, and some are worried legalization would hurt the medical cannabis program. A new podcast from NMPBS and the New Mexico Political Report explores these questions and more. NMIF correspondent Bryce Dix sat down with Growing Forward hosts Andy Lyman and Megan Kamerick to talk about what’s in store for listeners for the podcast that premieres Sept. 29. 

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss navigating a child’s education during the coronavirus pandemic. While some school districts are sticking with online classes through the end of the semester, others have opted to start a hybrid learning model this week, where students and teachers ease back into in-classroom sessions. Line panelists also debate the fate of controversial statues in Santa Fe and Albuquerque – those that have been removed and those that are still standing.   

New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME-HD) and appears online shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME-HD) Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 (WORLD) on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.     

In Focus Interviews

Our Land: Why Are Birds Dying? 

Laura Paskus 

Martha Desmond, ornithologist, New Mexico State University 
Jonathan Hayes, executive director, Audubon New Mexico 

The Moral Problem of America’s Poverty 

Russell Contreras

Rev. William J. Barber II, co-chair, Poor People’s Campaign 

Previewing Growing Forward: A Cannabis Podcast 

Bryce Dix 

Megan Kamerick, co-host, Growing Forward podcast 
Andy Lyman, co-host, Growing Forward podcast 

The Line Opinion Panel 

Line Panelists 
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR  
Julie Ann Grimm, editor and publisher, Santa Fe Reporter   
Laura Sanchez, attorney  

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.

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