2020 was a long year. We don’t have to tell you. It was a constant barrage of reality-shaping events, and it hasn’t stopped. What is different for us now that we are on the verge of—maybe, knock on wood—coming out of the pandemic? How are the leaders we elected approaching their duties now? How are activists applying what they’ve learned to push their causes forward? How are the people who experienced hardship pre-pandemic adapting to a possible post-pandemic life? No More Normal reflects on last year while keeping our focus on the future.
- Archbishop John Wester
- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez
- Steven Allen, director of the New Mexico Prison & Jail Project
- Nadia Fazel, public health lead adviser for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless
- Brooke Tafoya, director of operations for New Day Youth and Family Services
- Karina Pizaro, essential childcare worker
- Melanie Yazzie and Cleo Otero from The Red Nation
- Maggie Toulouse Oliver, secretary of state
- Matt Bieber, spokesperson for the N.M. Department of Health
- Henry Valdez, spokesperson for the N.M. Department of Finance and Administration
NEXT WEEK: The state has done it, recreational marijuana has passed the state Legislature and is soon to be put into the books by the governor. What does that really mean for New Mexico? Find out next week on No More Normal.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
- Vanessa Bowen for the artwork. And NoMoNo trivia: Bowne also designed the show’s logos.
- Zelie Pollon, Yasmin Khan, and Taylor Velazuquez for their contributions. And virtual high-fives to Zelie, Taylor and Megan Kamerick for the editing help.
- Jazztone the Producer, Cheo, Dahm Life, Business School, SunDog and Oh Lawd Records for providing music for the show
- Khaki, Pope Yesyesyall, and Bigawatt produced some of the show’s themes
We dedicate this and every episode to the memory of Hannah Colton. We love and miss you Hannah.
No More Normal is brought to you by Your New Mexico Government, a collaboration between KUNM, New Mexico PBS and the Santa Fe Reporter. Funding for our coverage comes from the New Mexico Local News Fund, the Kellogg Foundation and KUNM listeners like you, with support for public media provided by the Thornburg Foundation.