Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos

This month marks 40 years since the US withdrawal of all American troops in Vietnam. Many news outlets around the country are looking back at the end of the Vietnam War through the stories from different perspectives.

But not much attention has been given to the lasting impact of the war on neighboring Laos.

Two New Mexico journalists with years of experience living and reporting in Southeast Asia bring this issue to the attention of readers in“Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos.”

Author Karen Coates and photographer Jerry Redfern sat down with our correspondent Gwyneth Doland to talk about the images featured in the book and the stories they heard from people in the villages of Laos.


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Earth Day 2015, CYFD priorities, National Library Week

This week, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS asked community members with a range of experience working on environmental issues to discuss what they see for the future of water, the land and environmental business in New Mexico. Host Gene Grant sits down with a special Line opinion panel to discuss environmental issues as groups around the world prepare to celebrate Earth Day 2015.

CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson sits down with Megan Kamerick to talk about her priorities for the department. Jacobson says the department will focus on ways to prevent child abuse. She also aims to recruit and retain more caseworkers.

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It’s National Library Week. NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with Dean Smith and Deborah Hassi from the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library. They talk about how the libraries help support early childhood learning and professional development for adults.


Monique Jacobson, Cabinet Secretary – CYFD
Deborah Hassi, Youth Services Manager – Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library
Dean Smith, Library Director – Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library

Mackenzie Greene-Powell, UNM Graduate Student
Carolyn Parrs, Mind over Markets
Laura Paskus, Journalist
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Attorney with Sanchez Legal Solutions

Sarah Gustavus, @SarahGustavus
Megan Kamerick, host of Public Square @megankamerick

Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is 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 840 for air April 17, 2015