This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick interviews Santa Fe author Caroline Fraser, whose book, “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams Of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for biography. “Prairie Fires” puts Wilder’s life in historical context alongside key events, from the settlement of the Great Plains to the Dustbowl.

Also this week, NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists continue to look at candidates in advance of the June primary, focusing this week on the gubernatorial race. The Line also looks at how poorly nursing homes are ranked in the state, and examines whether New Mexico’s law allows the Public Education Department to implement the fixes it wants for failing schools.

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 and appears online. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Studio Guest

  • Caroline Fraser, author and Pulitzer Prize-winner for “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

Line Panelists

  • Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
  • Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
  • Sophie Martin, attorney
  • Zackary Quintero, J.D. candidate at UNM’s School of Law, and vice president of the Student Trial Lawyers Association


  • Megan Kamerick


  • Gene Grant

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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