New Mexico People Places and Ideas

The first Friday of the month at 8am.

Stephen Spitz hosts this monthly talk show featuring in-depth interviews with people who have an impact on New Mexico history, politics, public policy and culture.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
8:28 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Dede Feldman: Inside The New Mexico Senate

  Fri. 6/6 8a: Politics and process inside New Mexico’s “Roundhouse” are notoriously complex with legislative success dependent on personal connections, the power of lobbyists, and basic deal making.  Our guest, former progressive Senator Dede Feldman, will give us an insider’s account of what goes on behind closed doors.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
3:47 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Can we turn Albuquerque’s economy around?

View of downtown Albuquerque skyline
Credit Asaavedra32 / Wikimedia Commons


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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.


South Valley Economic Development Center

Santa Fe Business Incubator

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
10:06 am
Wed February 5, 2014

How To Change And Manage Challenging Relationships

Dr. Marilyn Mason talks about her new book "Becoming a Genuine Leader."

Fri. 2/7 8a: Our guest this month is Santa Fe resident Marilyn Mason. Dr. Mason is an internationally recognized consultant and speaker on leadership and coaching.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
11:52 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Will the poor always be with us?

Interview with Scott Miller.

Fri. 11/1 8a: Albuquerque based Scott Miller, of Circles USA (formerly, “Move the Mountain”), says no, and believes we can totally end poverty by simply focusing on one family at a time. Absurd, you might say, but Miller counters that this standard reaction is part of the reason the US have had so little success in alleviating poverty.

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New Mexico People Places And Ideas
8:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

A Talk With Comedian Jack Handey

Our guest is the most famous comedian you have never seen and didn’t even believe existed. His name is Jack Handey (yes that’s his real name), and the name is undoubtedly familiar to fans of Saturday Night Live. Jack Handey, a long time resident of Santa Fe, is the person responsible for SNL’s consistently hilarious series,  “Deep Thoughts”, along with many other sketches. On SNL Deep Thoughts was an interstitial segment between sketches that was introduced by Phil Hartman and read live by Handey (neither actually appeared on screen). Handey’s one-liners proved to be extremely popular.

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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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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
10:25 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Our Growing Water Crisis

Matt and Kim Rudge Flickr

Fri. 7/5 8a: Our water supply is shrinking, we are in the midst of a seemingly endless drought and our groundwater buffer is gone. In the shadow of global climate change and under constant pressure from population growth, agriculture and a struggling Rio Grande ecosystem, something has to change.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
11:52 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Can We solve New Mexico’s Water Shortages? How Did We Get Here?

Fri. 7/5 8a:  Our water supply is shrinking, we are in the midst of a seemingly endless drought and our groundwater buffer is gone. In the shadow of global climate change and under constant pressure from population growth, agriculture and a struggling Rio Grande ecosystem, something has to change.Dr. Fred M. Phillips directs the hydrology program in the department of earth and environmental sciences at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Dr. Philips joins host Stephen Spitz to to explain how this happened, and explore our limited policy choices.

New Mexico People Places and Ideas
9:21 am
Mon June 3, 2013

The Brain Scan of a Psychopath. Can We Use it to Predict Crime?

  Fri. 6/7 8a. :What is going on in the mind of a school shooter, a mass murderer, or a serial rapist? Is that mind different from a mass fraudster like Bernie Madoff? We summarily dismiss these criminals as pure  “evil” but are they? Often they are psychopaths – wrongdoers who repeatedly act impulsively, and lack of empathy, guilt and remorse for the harm caused; they know right from wrong cognitively, but don't have a feeling for what's right and wrong.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
8:46 am
Fri April 5, 2013

"Trampling Out the Vintage" Cesar Chavez and the UFW.

Fri. 4/5 8a:  Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union are American icons, and the UFW is a prime example of a union that fought for higher wages and better working conditions against impossible odds.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
4:01 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Education Reform in New Mexico

D Sharon Pruitt Flickr

Fri. 3/1 8a: Can anything really be done to improve  K – 12 Education in New Mexico? Improve education is the answer you usually get to New Mexico’s seemingly intractable problems. But, how do you do that? 

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
8:29 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher - The Life of Photographer Edward Curtis

This month’s guest is New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize winner author Timothy Egan whose latest work is a biography, Short Nights of the Shadow CatcherShadow catcher was the name given to acclaimed photographer Edward Curtis by American Indians as he traveled the country taking their photos and documenting their tradions, language and culture in the early 20th Century.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
2:43 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Prenatal Health and Early Child Development

Last month we talked with Paul Tough, the author of "How Children Succeed", about scientific studies showing that a baby’s early “attachment” to a parent promotes long term character skills such as perseverance, curiosity, and self-control. These character traits have been shown in randomized trials to lead to success in school and later in life. This month we look at a large, scale Albuquerque program designed to encourage early attachment, develop a baby’s cognitive skills, and promote good health in the mother. In St.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
1:39 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Desert America : Northern New Mexico Through the Eyes of Author Ruben Martinez

Fri. 10/5  8 am: Ruben Martinez is a journalist, author, musician, and professor of literature and writing at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In Desert America he writes of his time in Northern New Mexico - a world of "outrageous wealth and devastating poverty, sublime beauty and ecological ruin".  His wife to be, a medical anthropologist was preparing her dissertation on the social and historical dimensions of heroin addiction, suggested the move.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
1:17 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Creativity and the Brain, Making the Connection

Photo by Spec-ta-cles Flickr

Fri. 3/09 8a: Our guest is Dr. Rex Jung, MD and Ph.D. Dr. Jung is a Professor of Neurosurgery at UNMH, a Research Scientist at Albuquerque’s Mind Research Network, and a practicing clinical neuropsychologist. 

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
11:37 am
Tue December 20, 2011

"Navajos Wear Nikes" Interview With Author Jim Kristofic

Fri. 9/8 8a: When people ask author Jim Kristofic, who is blue-eyed and brown haired, where he is from, and learn that he grew up on an Indian Reservation, they usually ask, “So are you an Indian?”  In his memoir,Navajos Wear Nikes, Kristofic writes that he tries to answer this question the way his Navajo friends would, not with a simple yes or no, but with stories.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
1:46 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

The Economics of Health Care Reform

Fri. 11/11 8a: Republicans, along with many on the Left, continue to question the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed under President Obama.

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New Mexico People Places and Ideas
10:21 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Focus on Early Childhood Programs

Fri. 8/12 at 8am: Stephen Spitz talks with Dr. M. Rebecca Kilburn, Director of Child Policy for the Rand Corporation about early childhood programs in New Mexico.

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Public Affairs
12:09 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Allen Sanchez on St. Joseph's Early Childhood Programs

Fri. 6/10 at 8am: Both President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan say that the biggest and best change we can make to education is to provide all children with access to universal pre-kindergarten (UPK). One of the most intensive, comprehensive UPK programs in the country is being carried out right here in New Mexico by St. Joseph Community Health.

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Public Affairs
11:08 am
Fri May 6, 2011

A Very Short Course on the Evolution of Western Science

Dr. Lattman

Fri. 5/13 at 8am: Although known as the vacation home for many a movie and media star, New Mexico's climate has also pulled in many other amazing transplants such as our guest this month, Dr. Laurence H. Lattman. Dr. Lattman, who, among other things, is the Past President and Professor Emeritus of Geology of New Mexico Tech, will sketch for us the development of Western science.

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1:59 pm
Sat April 2, 2011

A Discussion About Healthcare in New Mexico

Fri. 4/8 at 8am: Many continue to question the benefits of the Health Reform Act passed under President Obama. To address these questions, Stephen Spitz is joined by Dr. Paul Cochran, the former Medical Director and head of Cardiology for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

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Public Affairs
3:15 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

60 for 60: Shaping Law in New Mexico Since 1950

Fri. 3/11 at 8am: For the last 60 years, UNM law graduates and faculty have shaped the practice of law and legal education in New Mexico. "60 for 60" is the just-released book highlighting the colorful stories of people who led the way. Dean Kevin Washburn and two colleagues join host Stephen Spitz to talk about how these accomplishments have impacted New Mexico and its unique cultures.

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10:00 am
Mon November 8, 2010

New Mexico assistant political science professor Dr. Gabriel Sanchez on the 2010 elections

Dr. Gabriel Sanchez

The November, 2010 election is shaping up to be one of the most interesting in years and will be the subject of this month's program. Critical to the success of both parties in New Mexico will be the Hispanic vote.

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Public Affairs
11:11 am
Fri October 8, 2010

An Interview with Max Evans

Join host Stephen Spitz for what promises to be a very entertaining half-hour with one of New Mexico's premier writers.

New Mexico author Max Evans is best known for The Rounders, which along with a later book, Hi Lo Country, were turned into popular Hollywood movies. Evans is also the recipient of numerous writing awards, including the 1990 Levi Strauss Saddleman Award for lifetime achievement in Western literature.

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9:07 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Wisdom of the Dine'

Fri. 9/10 - Navajo (Dine') spiritual healer Larry Tyler discusses the leadership role of medicine men, and their role in bringing health, balance and harmony to the community.

Not many of us know much about Dine' spiritual practices or have ever spoken with a real medicine man.

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1:02 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

An Interview with White House Photographer Eric Draper

Eric Draper - White House Photographer

Fri. 8/13: From Albuquerque Tribune to White House photographer, Rio Rancho's Eric Draper has taken photos that are ingrained in the public eye. Find out how he got there, and how he managed to capture these moments.

Picture in your mind President George W. Bush, bullhorn in hand, with a group of firemen crowed around him at Ground Zero or picture the former President, wearing a cowboy hat, and driving his truck, at his Crawford, Texas ranch. These mental images come from actual photographs taken by today's guest, White House photographer Eric Draper.

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4:19 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Green Energy

Dr. Glenn Kuswa, who has worked on nuclear power issues for more than 30 years, joins host Stephen Spitz as we explore whether the increased use of nuclear power should be part of our response to climate change.

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Public Affairs
3:29 pm
Wed May 26, 2010

The Gulf Oil Spill & Green Energy in New Mexico

Ned Godshall
University of New Mexico

Fri. 6/11: Inventor and entrepreneur Ned Godshall joins us to talk about the costs and considerable benefits of green energy innovation in New Mexico.

The Gulf oil spill has once again reminded us that the full environmental cost of drilling for oil and gas is not in the competitive mix. So, how competitive is green energy right now and by how much do we have to increase taxes or regulations on carbon based fuels to make green energy competitive?

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Public Affairs
12:30 pm
Fri April 30, 2010

Drugs & Border Violence

Fri. 5/14: NM People, Places & Ideas looks at recent violence along the US-Mexico border, and the roles of corruption and drug trafficking.

Horrific daily murders are again on the increase in near-by Juarez, Mexico with the recent public assassination of three American counselor employees in broad daylight making national headlines.

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