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12 26 side1t2

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.

GUESTS:
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

LINE PANELISTS:
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

12 19 wide apd

APD’s Reforms in Police Training, 2014 Top News Stories

This week on New Mexico in Focus, members of the Albuquerque Police Department’s Crisis intervention Team join mental health advocates to discuss some specific reforms in police training. The Department of Justice report released earlier this year on use of force by APD officers pointed to a need to address how officers deal with people who are mentally ill. The consent decree between the DOJ and the City of Albuquerque calls for improved training and additional resources to address concerns in this area.

Also in this week’s program, we feature a special Line opinion panel of local journalists who are ready to reflect on the year’s top news stories. Over the next two weeks, Gene Grant and the panelists will look at the impact of these issues on life in our state this year. Some of the stories include the Kirtland jet fuel spill, immigration, the ongoing impact of a years-long drought and the state’s behavioral health system.

Host: Gene Grant

Guests:
Nancy Koenigsberg, Disability Rights New Mexico
Dr. Nils Rosenbaum, APD Crisis Intervention Team
Lisa Simpson, Attorney
Lt. Glenn St. Onge, APD Crisis Intervention Team and APD Crisis Outreach and Support Team

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

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 823 for air December 19, 2014