Each month, KNME New Mexico will connect audiences highlighting great ideas in science, medicine, arts and history at the University of New Mexico.  "Connect" premieres Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. on KNME, Ch. 5.1, and again Sunday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. on KNMD, Ch. 9.1.

The show debuts this month with an all-star line-up featuring an interview with UNM History Professor Virginia Scharff, who recently wrote "The Women Jefferson Loved."

Throughout his life, Thomas Jefferson constructed a seemingly impenetrable wall between his public legacy and his private life. Scharff breaks down the barrier between these two spheres to offer an intriguing new portrait of this complicated and influential figure, seen through the lives of the most important people in his life: the women he loved.

Also this week, Eva Chi shares her groundbreaking research into finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease as she seeks answers for what causes proteins to go bad in the brain. Additionally, recipient of President Obama's Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Yasamin Mostofi looks to the future and answers the question of how we get robots to think for themselves.

• Virginia Scharff, professor of History and Director of the Center for the Southwest, University of New Mexico
• Eva Chi, Ph.D. assistant professor, Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, UNM
• Yasamin Mostofi, assistant professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UNM

• Augusta Meyers

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"Connect" is produced by Brad Stoddard and executive producer, Michael Kamins. Production support provided by UNM.

Media Contact: Evy Todd, (505) 277-1218; e-mail: etodd@knme.org