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Peace Talks Radio, Top News Stories of 2014

This week, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS learns about the history of Peace Talks Radio. This nationally-syndicated radio program is produced each month in Albuquerque and airs on stations around the country. Co-founders Paul Ingles and Suzanne Kryder tell host Gene Grant why they started a program on peacemaking and non-violent conflict resolution after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Host Carol Boss also shares how she brings out compelling stories in her interviews with individuals who have overcome challenges, while also holding on to values of non-violence.

This week, the special Line opinion panel of local journalists continues to count down the top news stories of 2014. Gene Grant leads the conversation about issues such as the 2014 mid-term elections, child well-being in New Mexico, the economy over the past twelve months, the leak and subsequent closure at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) earlier this year, and the Department of Justice investigation into the use of force within the Albuquerque Police Department.

Paul Ingles, co-founder and producer of Peace Talks Radio
Suzanne Kryder, co-founder and host of Peace Talks Radio
Carol Boss, host of Peace Talks Radio

Russell Contreras, Associated Press
Gwyneth Doland, NMiF Correspondent and UNM Communications & Journalism Instructor
Patrick Malone, Santa Fe New Mexican
Rachel Sams, Albuquerque Business First

Host: Gene Grant

The Co-Producers of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS are Megan Kamerick and Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 824 for air December 26, 2014

Episode 823 | APD and Mental Health – Web Extra

NMiF Producer Megan Kamerick continues her conversation about the Albuquerque Police Department and encounters with people who have mental health problems. They talk about the training officers receive and the issues highlighted by the Department of Justice on the use of force against this population. They also discuss issues contributing to these confrontations, including a lack of supportive housing and other services, and whether these problems could be a catalyst to make things better.