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A discussion with young Republican Samuel LeDoux and young Democrat Danila Zidovsky about hope and political engagement.

Danila Zidovsky

This week, we will sit down with Samuel LeDoux, a young Republican who attended the inauguration, and Danila Zidovsky, a young Democrat who attended the women's march in Santa Fe. Both will share why they are hopeful about the future and what they are doing to stay engaged in local politics. And Gene Grant leads a discussion on the latest news headlines with The Line Panel.

Are you taking action this week to engage in politics at the local or national level? Tell us why or why not in the comments below, or share your thoughts with the NMiF community on Facebook and Twitter


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. Hosted by Gene Grant, New Mexico in Focus 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."

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.

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How UNM Instructors Are Using Current Political News In The Classroom

New Mexico in Focus

January 20, 2017- The nation appears to be deeply divided when it comes to politics. This week, producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with UNM instructors to hear how they are handling difficult political conversations in the classroom. They also discuss how they are each using current events to help students connect to the issues in their courses.

Michael Rocca, Political Science
Rafael Martinez, American Studies
Finnie Coleman, English Language & Literature
Harry Van Buren, Anderson School