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Hampton Sides, Mishandling of Rape Kits in New Mexico, Project Feed the Hood, The Line

Hampton Sides

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with historian, author, and Santa Fe resident Hampton Sides. His newest book, “On Desperate Ground,” tells the story of one of the most harrowing clashes in American history, the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, during the Korean War. Hampton Sides discusses the advantage of perspective when writing about history and the importance of facts in this era of “truth decay.”

Host Gene Grant talks with Connie Monahan, the state coordinator of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE), concerning new revelations about the handling of rape test kits in New Mexico.  SANE is an arm of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.

This month “Our Land” correspondent Laura Paskus revisits Project Feed the Hood, a food justice program in Albuquerque that connects communities with healthy food and young people with the land (and a paycheck).  Begun out of the Southwest Organizing Project, a 38-year old nonprofit focused on social justice, Project Feed the Hood operates the Ilsa and Rey Garduño Community Garden, and pilot programs at ten schools.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at how some economists are urging lawmakers to rein in the budget surplus. They also debate the grading system used by the Public Education Department to grade teacher prep programs at the state’s colleges, and discuss how the “blue wave” in the last midterm election owed a lot to New Mexico’s “graying,” or older, population.

Host: Gene Grant

Megan Kamerick
Laura Paskus

Studio Guests:
Connie Monahan, state coordinator, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE), of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. (NMCSAP)

Hampton Sides, author of “On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle”

Line Panelists:
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
Giovanna Rossi, president, Collective Action Strategies; host, “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)

In-depth with Deb Haaland, The Line

Deb Haaland

This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant sits down with one of the state’s newest members of the U.S. Congress. Deb Haaland made history last month by becoming one of the first female Native American candidates to win a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives. In one of her first in-depth interviews, Haaland talks about what her victory means for Native representation in Washington, D.C. She also lays out her top priorities for the next two years, and her approach to constituent services back here in the First Congressional District.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists also discuss the latest developments in the handling of rape kits in New Mexico, in light of a new CNN investigation. That report found many instances where rape kits were destroyed prematurely by police departments, including in Farmington, New Mexico. The Line panelists also look at the hotly contested race to lead the state Republican Party, and the news that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Host: Gene Grant

Studio Guests:
Deb Haaland, Congresswoman Elect, New Mexico’s First Congressional District

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC
Adrian Carver, executive director, Equality New Mexico
Dan Foley, former NM House minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney