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Amy Goodman, Author Sam Quinones, Gun Violence Series, Comfort Dogs in New Mexico

Gene Grant

This week, New Mexico in Focus features a rebroadcast of some recent key interviews, a special segment from the PBS NewsHour, and some first-hand accounts from individuals who have had close encounters with guns and gun violence.

New Mexico in Focus producer Sarah Gustavus sat down earlier this year with journalist and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman when she was in New Mexico to discuss the issues and people profiled in her new book, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America. They talked about the 2016 elections and the value of independent media.

Correspondent Megan Kamerick visits with journalist Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. He was in our studio in the spring to talk about the rise of heroin and opiate addiction across the United States and its impact on communities throughout New Mexico.

In the spring semester, New Mexico in Focus worked with students from the New Mexico News Port, a student-run lab in the Department of Communications and Journalism at UNM, on a series of interviews with people about gun violence. This week, our program features excerpts from those interviews.

Also featured this week is a report from the PBS News Hour. Comfort dogs are taking on a new role in the courtroom by providing support to kids who are called on to testify about difficult subjects. The dogs receive training in New Mexico, and special correspondent Kathleen McCleary brings us an inside view of how the dogs work.

Guests:
Amy Goodman, journalist, author and host of Democracy Now!
Sam Quinones, journalist, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”

Correspondents:
Gwyneth Doland
Megan Kamerick
Kathleen McCleary, Special Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour
New Mexico News Port Students

Host:
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 952 airs July 1, 2016 at 7:00pm on Ch.5.1

The Fire Line, Mental Health and Firearms, The Line

Fernanda Santos

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with Fernanda Santos to talk about one of the deadliest days in American firefighting, when 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots perished in a 2013 Arizona blaze. Santos, a journalist and the Phoenix bureau chief for the New York Times, is the author of The Fire Line.

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland leads a discussion about mental health and access to firearms. Should people who have a mental illness have limited access to guns? What training do law enforcement officers need to help address the combination of mental illness and guns in the community?

Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the continuing threat from wildfires, the high rate of immigrant deportations in New Mexico, and the concerns from legislators that the state may face additional budget cuts.

Guests:
Dr. Dan Duhigg, psychiatrist serving on APD’s Mental Health Response and Advisory Committee
Stephan Marshall, director of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and a former FBI agent
Fernanda Santos, Phoenix bureau chief for the New York Times, author of “The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting”

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Eric Griego, former New Mexico state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com

Correspondents:
Gwyneth Doland
Megan Kamerick

Host:
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 951 airs June 24, 2016 at 7:00pm on Ch.5.1