Megan Kamerick

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Freelance Reporter and Contributor to Women's Focus.

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8:26 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Author Explores Why Dying With Dignity Is So Difficult

Katy Butler
Credit Cristina Taccone

  Journalist Katy Butler’s father was vibrant and healthy when he had a crippling stroke in his late 70s. She chronicles her father's subsequent slide into dementia, near-blindness and misery in her book "Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death." She and her mother sought to give him a peaceful death against a battery of medical technologies, including a pacemaker. The book began as a story in the New York Times magazine and became one of the most downloaded articles in the publication's history.

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Women's Focus
12:17 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Novel Explores Native Life At The Margins

Erika Wurth
Credit Courtesy of Erika Wurth

  Megan Kamerick interviews Native American poet Erika Wurth  about her first novel "Crazy Horse's Girlfriend," which tackles poverty, drug abuse and identity with surprising humor and compassion through the eyes of teenager Margaritte, a smart girl who dreams of bigger things, and may or may not find them.

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Women's Newscast
1:01 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Women's News: Trait Protects Some Latinas From Breast Cancer

DNA Double Helix
Credit Jerome Walker and Dennis Myts via Wikimedia Commons and Creative Commons

  October 25, 2014: Genetic trait protects some Latinas from breast cancer; Boko Haram kidnaps more girls; Iranian women suffer acid attacks; divorce parties on the rise in Iran; ISIS attracts female recruits from the West; online harassment of women grows; Saudi Arabia warns against driving protests; Women of the Wall smuggle in Torah scroll for ceremony; Microsoft CEO apologizes for telling women to trust karma rather than ask for raise.

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Arts
10:35 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Advanced Style Celebrates Panache Of Older Women

Ilona Royce Smithkin (L), Joyce Carpati (middle) and Lynn Dell
Credit Ari Seth Cohen

  Filmmaker Lina Plioplyte describes the creation of the documentary "Advanced Style," which is based on the blog and book of the same name by street photographer Ari Seth Cohen. Together they explore the lives of seven fashionable seniors in New York  to dispel conventional ideas about beauty and aging. Their subjects show wit, creativity, grace and flair. It's currently at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. Learn more and watch a trailer here.

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Global Music
9:32 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

OneBeat Brings Global Collaboration to Albuquerque

Hope Masike of Zimbabwe is one of the OneBeat artists this year.

  Albuquerque native Chris Marianetti, co-founder of Found Sound Nation, talks with Global Music host Megan Kamerick about OneBeat, a new model of cultural diplomacy that brings 25 musicians from 17 countries to the U.S. for one month. They work collaboratively to produce, compose and perform original music and develop strategies for social engagement through music.

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Women's Focus
12:00 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Women Describe Challenges Of Returning From Prison

Even after release, breaking the shackles of prison can be difficult for women.
Credit Pixabay via Creative Commons

At the National Association for Women's national conference in Albuquerque in June 2014, a panel on incarceration examined the challenges women face reintegrating into society after spending time in prison. K.C. Quirk, executive director of Crossroads For Women, was joined by Eugenia Smith and Tracy Bland, both of whom got help at Crossroads and it's affiliated program Maya's Place. Also on the panel was Bette Fleishman, executive director of the New Mexico Women's Justice Project. 

    

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Women's Focus
12:00 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Women's News: Campuses Failing On Assaults

Take Back the Night march.
Credit Wikipedia via Creative Commons

July 12, 2014 Study finds 40 percent of colleges and universities have not conducted sexual assault investigations in the past five years; Syrian families increasingly headed by struggling women; some girls escape Boko Haram, but more than 200 still held hostage; Egyptian doctor stands trial for female genital mutilation following death of girl; Mexican high court orders government to pay damages for imprisoning indigenous woman; Congressional Democrats draft bill to override Supreme Court decision on contraception; Michelle J. Howard becomes first female four-star admiral in U.S.

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Local News
5:45 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

International Folk Art Market Sees First Artists From Taiwan, Bangladesh

Quilt from Bangladesh.
Courtesy of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

This weekend the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, IFAM, will feature an array of crafts from 150 master artists from 60 countries.

IFAM offers an opportunity for many craft people to support themselves and their communities, while also preserving cultural heritage and skills.

This year, Taiwan and Bangladesh are represented for the first time.

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Women's Focus
7:13 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Women's News: Women Bear Brunt Of ISIS Violence

An Iraqi woman watches from the gate of her home as U.S. Army soldiers and Iraqi army soldiers conduct a joint patrol in Mosul, Iraq, on March 1, 2008. The U.S. Army soldiers are attached to Heavy Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
Credit DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson, U.S. Air Force. Via Creative Commons.

June 21, 2014  Women face violence and rape from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS); women sterilized without consent in California prisons; Moroccan prime minister says women should stay at home; activists pressure Canadian government on missing aboriginal women; American Apparel fires CEO Dov Charney after years of sexual harassment complaints; girls called sluts for sexting, but prudes if they don't; new campaign focuses on economic security for women and families; Gary King targeted for wage discrimination in campaign ads; guard arrested for abusing women at Metropolitan Detention

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Women's Focus
6:46 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Documentary Explores Anita Hill's Legacy - Extended Interview

Credit Courtesy of Freida Lee Mock

It was a watershed event for American women, and American history.  In 1991, African-American law professor Anita Hill walked into a political firestorm when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation process for Clarence Thomas, the first African-American nominee to the Supreme Court.

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Women's Focus
6:33 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Andrea Feucht Talks Food, Blogging

Andrea Feucht
Credit Daniel Barsotti

Megan Kamerick talks with Andrea Feucht, author of "The Foodlover's Guide to Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos," about how she got into food writing and science coverage, her writing process and her tips for starting, and maintaining, a blog. Find her blog here.

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Women's Focus
6:23 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Women's News: Maya Angelou Remembered

Maya Angelou
Credit Wikipedia via Creative Commons

May 31, 2014     Remembering Maya Angelou; Santa Barbara shooter left misogynist rants; perils of rural poverty revealed in rape and murder case in India; first menstrual hygiene awareness day; Forbes names 100 most powerful women; Sudan woman sentenced to lashes and death for adultery and apostasy; Texas woman files suit after giving birth in solitary confinement and baby died; Sweden elects feminist party to EU parliament; teen pregnancy declines, but remains high in New Mexico.

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Local News
5:28 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Documentary Explores Anita Hill's Legacy

Credit Courtesy of Freida Lee Mock

  In 1991, African-American law professor Anita Hill walked into a political firestorm when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation process for Clarence Thomas, the first African-American nominee to the Supreme Court.

In a calm, dignified voice, she detailed the alleged sexual harassment she suffered from Thomas when he headed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It was a turning point in American history and ignited a national debate about gender equity, sexual misconduct and power in the workplace.

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Women's Focus
9:58 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Digital Latin America Explores Art And Technology

Artist Jessica Angel created two immersive pieces for Digital Latin America at 516 ARTS.
Credit Courtesy 516 ARTS

Artists Jessica Angel and Claudia X. Valdes join Suzanne Sbarge and Teresa Buscemi of 516 ARTS to discuss the new Digital Latin America exhibit, which looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, virtual and real, and political and private, in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
9:47 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Quiet Job Creators: Business Incubators

Tony Gallegos at the South Valley Economic Development Center.
Credit Courtesy of Tony Gallegos

Fri. 4/4 8a: Our guests run two successful business incubators in New Mexico. Tony Gallegos is CEO of the South Valley Economic Development Center and Marie Longserre is president and CEO of the Santa Fe Business Incubator. These organizations have helped entrepreneurs create hundreds of jobs around the state, but they often fly under the radar while big corporate announcements grab the headlines.

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South Valley Economic Development Center

Santa Fe Business Incubator

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Women's Focus
1:41 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Heart Of The City Examines Albuquerque's Core

Mural on downtown Albuquerque building.
Credit Courtesy 516 ARTS

What does the condition of the city’s urban core say about the heart and soul of the city? Heart of the City, organized by 516 ARTS, is a collaborative project and exhibition that examine intersections of art, urban planning, cultural and economical development, education and community dialogue through a variety of lenses to focus on the urban center and identity of the city.

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Women's Focus
5:57 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Exhibit Showcases Artists' Responses To Border

John Deere Tractor Model 790 by Margarita Cabrera
Credit Courtesy 516 ARTS

Kate Bonansinga, author of "Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border," talks about the companion exhibit "Art at the Border: 21st Century Responses" at 516 ARTS. And artist Tania Candiana discusses her piece in the show as well.

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Women's Headline News
12:34 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Court Favors Contraception Requirement

Credit Michael Grimes via Flickr and Creative Commons

September 21, 2013

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Music
9:43 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Rahim AlHaj Promotes Peace Through Music

Rahim AlHaj
Credit Courtesy of Rahim AlHaj

Rahim AlHaj  fled Iraq in 1991 and eventually landed in Albuquerque, where he now lives. He will perform as part of the Peace Talks Radio 10th anniversary celebration on Sept. 13 in Santa Fe.

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Public Affairs
8:33 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

One Million Bones And Genocide

In June 2013, one million bones made by people all over the world were laid out on the National Mall to call attention to genocide.
Credit Courtesy of the Art of Revolution/One Million Bones project

In June of this year, the National Mall in Washington D.C. was the site of a huge art installation. One million bones, crafted by students, educators, artists and activists from around the world, were laid out across this iconic space in the nation's capital. The idea was to make a powerful visual call for action against ongoing genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Somalia and Syria.

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Local News
7:15 am
Fri August 23, 2013

"Breaking Bad" Came For Tax Incentives, Stayed For Albuquerque Ambience

Stewart Lyons
Credit Courtesy of Stewart Lyons

The hit show “Breaking Bad” launched its final episodes recently on AMC. The series is set and filmed in Albuquerque and focuses on chemistry teacher Walter White. He turns to cooking methamphetamine to provide for his family after he is diagnosed with cancer.

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KUNM On NPR
5:10 am
Sun August 11, 2013

Faux Meth Is Big Business In 'Breaking Bad' Town

Keith West and Andre Harrison created "Bathing Bad" bath salts, lotions and soaps, as well as Los Pollos Hermanos seasonings through their spa products company, Great Face and Body.
Megan Kamerick for NPR

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 12:09 pm

On a hot summer afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M., the setting for the hit TV show Breaking Bad, a trolley that resembles a roving adobe house is packed with tourists.

The series follows Walter White, a chemistry teacher who turns to cooking methamphetamine to provide for his family after he gets cancer. The show, which begins its final season Sunday, has attracted critical acclaim, a slew of awards and rabid fans — some of whom have crammed onto the trolley for a tour of Breaking Bad filming sites.

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Women's Headline News
12:24 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Texas Passes Restrictive Abortion Bill

Despite large protests, Texas legislators passed a restrictive abortion bill.
Credit David Weaver Do512.com / Creative Commons

July 13, 2013

Texas Legislature passes restrictive abortion bill while protestors have tampons and other feminine products confiscated; Ireland allows abortion in limited circumstances; Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations; women's rights under assault in Afghanistan; Women of the Wall blocked by Orthodox protestors; U.N. calls for stop to assaults in Egyptian protests;  Church of England votes to ordain women bishops; Wimbledon stories overlook the fact that four British women have won the tournament since 1936; women sue city of Santa Fe over former police officer.

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Local News
3:52 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Nonprofits Help International Folk Art Market Artists Preserve Traditions

Jewelry made from ostrich eggshells are among the crafts that will be showcased by the Omba Arts Trust from Namibia at the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe.
Credit Omba Arts Trust and International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe

More than 190 artists will converge on the Santa Fe this year for the 10th anniversary of the International Folk Art Market July 12-14.  The money they earn will preserve important cultural traditions worldwide and it also offers a stepping stone to economic independence. Many artists find their way to the market through nonprofit groups that help them build their networks and open up new markets.

 

Namibia

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Local News
6:03 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

International Folk Art Market Artists Use Craft To Overcome Genocide

Silk woven in traditional Khmer style from Cambodia.
Credit Jane Bernard

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe. Money earned over three days by these artists allows them to preserve important cultural traditions and develop everything from housing to health centers in poor communities. For two women, reviving traditional art forms has been essential to helping their countries overcome the horrors of genocide.

Rwanda

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Women's Focus
5:06 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Show Puts Contemporary Native Artists In Spotlight

Debra Yepa-Pappan plays with cultural trends and stereotypes in "Hello Kitty Tipi," part of the new 516 ARTS show.
Credit Courtesy 516 ARTS

516 ARTS in Albuquerque will premier "Land, Air, Seed" and "Octopus Dreams" on June 29. The show of contemporary Native artists explores issues of home and exile, displacement, and cultural reappropriation.

Megan Kamerick talks with curators Nancy Marie Mithlo, Suzanne Fricke and Beverly Morris, as well as artist Deborah Jojola of Isleta Pueblo and Suzanne Sbarge of 516 ARTS.

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Public Affairs
4:13 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Report: Third Of Women Suffer Domestic Violence

The World Health Organization says domestic violence is a "global health problem of epidemic proportions."
Credit By United States Mission Geneva (Flickr: Logo of the World Health Organization) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

June 22, 2013

A new report by the World Health Organization finds one in three women around the world suffer domestic violence.

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Women's Headline News
3:54 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Air Force Names Woman To Sex Assault Prevention Office

Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward was named to head the Air Force's sexual assault and prevention office.
Credit By US-Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

June 8, 2013

The Air Force named Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward to head its sexual assault and prevention office after the man heading that effort was arrested for sexual battery.

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Women's Headline News
3:26 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

President Calls Military Assaults A Security Threat

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel takes questions from reporters on the recently announced DoD Sexual Assault Prevention Initiatives during a press conference in the Pentagon on May 7, 2013.
Credit By DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett. (Released) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

May 19, 2013

President Obama calls sexual assault in the military a threat to national security.

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Women's Headline News
2:57 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

India Rocked By More Rape Protests

Protest sign in New Delhi
Credit Google Images via Creative Commons

April 27, 2013

The rape of a young girl brings protesters out into the streets once more in India.

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