This week, New Mexico in Focus features local interviews on some of the top issues in the national news including different perspectives in the debate over abortion.

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with two guests with different perspectives on the debate over abortion. Allen Sanchez, from the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, talks about Pope Francis’ recent visit to the U.S. and social issues like abortion. Doland also sits down with Katha Pollitt, an author who writes about feminism and abortion, to discuss her take on the continued local and national debate over abortion.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show 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.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. VISTA volunteers serve in organizations across the country, including in New Mexico, in programs that are addressing poverty. NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus speaks with two former members to discuss the history of the program and how service impacts both members and communities. Author and documentary filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson has spent many years on the U.S-Mexico border. She joins NMIF to reflect on perceptions about immigration and the border.


  • Curtis Cannon, New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism
  • Kathryn Ferguson, author and documentary filmmaker
  • Michael J. Garcia, State Program Director, Corporation for National &Community Service
  • Katha Pollitt, author
  • Allen Sanchez, New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops


  • Gwyneth Doland
  • Sarah Gustavus


  • Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus, along with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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