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Journalist Amy Goodman, Poet Ludella Awad, Food Stamp Application Changes

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This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with Amy Goodman, nationally-renowned journalist and host of DEMOCRACY NOW!, to talk about the 2016 elections and the value of independent media. Goodman was in New Mexico recently to discuss the issues and people profiled in her new book “Democracy Now: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America.

Sarah also speaks with Ludella Awad, a 16-year-old poet and author from Albuquerque. Awad is Syrian-American and her latest book of poetry is “Sad Piano Music in Syria.” Awad tells NMIF how she got started writing, and how her own reactions to news coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Syria inspired her work for the new book.

Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss some of the top news stories from the past week, including reports that young people in New Mexico have suffered high rates of trauma.

The Line also discusses testimony in federal court from some HSD employees that their supervisors changed food stamp applications to deny people access to emergency benefits.

Guests:
Amy Goodman, independent journalist and host of Democracy Now!
Ludella Awad, poet and author

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
Laura Sanchez-Riv├ęt, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Correspondent:
Sarah Gustavus

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 944 airs May 6, 2016 at 7:00pm on Ch.5.1

Efforts to Reduce Child Abuse, School-based Health Clinic, Upcoming New Mexico Primaries

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The number of reported cases of child abuse and neglect has risen in recent years, according to reports from the New Mexico Department of Health. This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, producer Sarah Gustavus examines some interventions that have proven effective at helping parents address the needs of their children and keep them safe. KUNM 89.9 FM and KNME/New Mexico PBS teamed up to report on efforts to reduce child abuse. Tune in to KUNM this week during Morning Edition and All Things Considered to hear public health reporter Marisa Demarco’s coverage on child abuse prevention.

Producer Sarah Gustavus also goes to Highland High School this week, to learn how one school-based health clinic is partnering with other school staff to meet the needs of a diverse student population. She speaks with Nancy Rodriguez, executive director of the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care about school based health across the state.

Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the upcoming New Mexico primaries, a recent announcement on the superintendent for Albuquerque Public Schools and a new report that shows 10 percent of children in New Mexico have a parent that has been incarcerated.

LINE PANELISTS:
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Phil C. Marquez, Talk Radio, Inc.
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com

CORRESPONDENTS:
Sarah Gustavus

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 943 airs April 29, 2016 at 7:00pm on Ch.5.1