This week on New Mexico in Focus features an interview with Janet Napolitano, President Barack Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary. Napolitano argues that, since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the United States needs to focus its attention and resources on actual threats to the country, instead of what she terms “security theatre.” She talked with NMIF Correspondent Megan Kamerick about what those threats are, and what they are not.
In this month’s installment of Our Land, correspondent Laura Paskus travels to the remote Gila Wilderness for an in-depth report on the battle over the Gila River. Once again, a proposal for a diversion on the southwestern New Mexico waterway has people who live along the river – and those who have other interests – trying to either save the river or reroute its waters to serve agricultural and business purposes.
Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists look at the sickening wave of mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton and elsewhere. They debate whether calling out domestic terrorism will force a change in the conversation. The Line also looks at transparency in matters concerning the Department of Public Safety under the state’s former and current administrations. The Line’s final topic concerns the disproportionately high rate of opioids dispensed by one drugstore in Española.
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.
- Pete Domenici, Jr., attorney, New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity
- Norman Gaume, retired director, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission
- Todd Schulke, co-founder, Center for Biological Diversity
- Megan Kamerick
- Laura Paskus
- Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science professor
- Eric Griego, former NM state senator
- Sophie Martin, attorney
- Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital
- Gene Grant
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.
NMiF 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 Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.
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