A discussion about Native comics with Lee Francis, our interview with Dolores Huerta, and the mental health of New Mexico’s youth (Behavioral Health Series)

Native Comics on New Mexico in Focus

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick leads a conversation about behavioral health services for teens across the state.

Earlier this year, correspondent Russell Contreras sat down with civil rights leader and New Mexico native Dolores Huerta, who co-founded what is now the United Farm Workers (UFW) along with Cesar Chávez.  This week we feature their full conversation, where Huerta talks about the current political climate in the United States, her history of organizing, and why she is hopeful for the future.

And NMiF re-broadcasts Megan Kamerick’s interview about the Indigenous comics scene with Lee Francis of Native Realities Press and Dale Deforest, creator of the Hero Twins comics. Francis opened Red Planet Books and Comics in Albuquerque earlier this month.

Host: Gene Grant

Russell Contreras
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights leader
Michele Herling, executive director of the Compassionate Touch Network
Maika Padilla, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council in Albuquerque
Dr. George Davis, retired specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry
Dr. Andrew Hsi, director of the Institute for Resilience, Health and Justice at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Lee Francis, Native Realities Press
Dale DeForest, creator of the Hero Twins comic

Line Panelists: No Line


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at www.newmexicoinfocus.org. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m.(pre-empted March 26) and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m (pre-empted March 25) and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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