This week, New Mexico in Focus spotlights a special interview with several key players in a documentary called “The Providers.” The film will be featured on the PBS series “Independent Lens” next week. “The Providers” focuses on the challenge of treating addiction in rural New Mexico.

Correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with both the filmmakers and two of the featured rural healthcare practitioners to talk about the film...and the problem at its core. “The Providers” airs Monday, April 8 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 at 10 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the push by House Republicans to repeal a gun law through a rarely used referendum process. They also examine the new law increasing New Mexico’s minimum wage for the first time in 10 years, and look at the state’s opioid crisis in light of recent lawsuits and newly-approved treatments.

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.

Host
Gene Grant

Studio Guests
Laura Green, filmmaker, “The Providers”
Anna Moot-Levin, filmmaker, “The Providers”
Leslie Hayes, Española physician featured in “The Providers”
Chris Ruge, nurse practitioner featured in “The Providers”

Line Panelists
Justine Fox-Young, former NM state representative
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Giovanna Rossi, president, Collective Action Strategies; host, “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)
Harry Van Buren, professor in the UNM Anderson School of Management

Correspondent
​Megan Kamerick

Host
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.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and viewers like you.

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