This week on New Mexico in Focus correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with UNM Political Science Professor Emerita Christine Sierra. Sierra has blazed many trails in her life. She was among the first Mexican-America women to get a doctorate in political science and helped build the field of Latino/Latina political studies. She talks about her life and scholarship, as well as the current political landscape around immigration and activism in the Latino community.

Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss a new poll laying out the public’s top issues headed into this year’s midterm elections. The group also tackle a new website set up to promote Gov. Susana Martinez’s legacy, just as a new poll shows her approval rating has fallen to 35 percent. Plus, they discuss a new lawsuit alleging deficiencies in the state’s foster care system.

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.

Studio Guest
Christine Sierra, UNM Political Science Professor Emerita & Author

Megan Kamerick

Line Panelists
Sophie Martin, Attorney
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Mark Boitano, Former State Senator
Adrian Carver, Executive Director, Equality New Mexico 

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.

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