This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant sits down with Yvette Kaufman-Bell, executive director of the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs, to discuss strategies for improving the health of African American children in our state.

High school students with Working Classroom, a local organization that provides trainings to young artists, actors and media makers, spent a day in the NMPBS studio recently to talk about journalism and the education system. The conversation they had about improving the school experience is excerpted in this week’s program.

Many of the families arriving at the U.S. - Mexico border are seeking asylum. Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with Jennifer Moore from the University of New Mexico School of Law to discuss current international law and how refugees seek protection.

And Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss New Mexico’s political leaders’ reactions to what has been happening at the U.S. – Mexico border, and President Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he would be signing an executive order to end process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.  The Line also look at the role of government in assisting local and state economies.

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.


  • Gene Grant 


  • Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests

Line Panelists

  • Dan Foley, former House minority whip
  • Justine Fox-Young, former state representative
  • Eric Griego, former state senator
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with associate producer Kathy Wimmer. 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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