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New Mexico in Focus learns about the history of nationally-syndicated radio program, Peace Talks Radio. Co-founders Paul Ingles and Suzanne Kryder explain to host Gene Grant their creation of a peacemaking and non-violent conflict resolution after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Host Carol Boss also shares her interviews with individuals who have overcome challenges, keeping in mind the values of non-violence.

The program airs Friday Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday, Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1 and again on Sunday, Dec. 28 at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

Also this week, the continued countdown of the top news stories of 2014. Gene Grant leads the conversation about issues such as the 2014 mid-term elections, child well-being in New Mexico, the economy over the past twelve months, the leak and subsequent closure at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) earlier this year and the Department of Justice investigation of the excessive use of force within the Albuquerque Police Department.

Guests:
* Paul Ingles, co-founder and producer of Peace Talks Radio
* Suzanne Kryder, co-founder and host of Peace Talks Radio
* Carol Boss, host of Peace Talks Radio

Line panelists:
* Russell Contreras, Associated Press
* Gwyneth Doland, NMiF correspondent and UNM Communication & Journalism instructor
* Patrick Malone, Santa Fe New Mexican
* Rachel Sams, Albuquerque Business First

Host/Commentator:
* Gene Grant

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Co-producers of New Mexico in Focus are Megan Kamerick and Floyd E. Vasquez Jr. Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Media Contact: Evy Todd (505) 277- 1218, email: etodd@newmexicopbs.org