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Women's Focus

Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A women's magazine on politics, art, culture, news and information.

Sat. 2/24 12p: Join host Pamelya Herndon for a special tribute to Black History Month. Our guests will be Dr. Cynthia Warrick, President of Stillman College and Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President of Benedict College, the first African American women to serve as President of these Historically Black Colleges. We'll also be joined on the show by Melisande Short-Colomb, one of the descendants of the 272 slaves that Georgetown Priests sold in 1838 to help pay off Georgetown University's debt. Hear her story and journey to become a Georgetown Student at age 63.   

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February 10, 2018: Trump defends former aide accused of spousal abuse; Female candidates flock to midterm races; Sri Lanka requires 25 percent of candidates be women; British officials consider pardoning suffragettes; UN chief warns more women and girls will be subject to female genital mutilation with out accelerated action; Hashtag #MosqueMeTo draws attention to assault during Haj; Iranian protests target mandatory hijabs; Veteran producer connected to Weinstein scandals commits suicide; UN pushes for efforts to overcome biases against women and girls in STEM fields; Girl Scout sees big

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Lara Dale was an actress in the 1980s when she got her first big break in a leading role. But that turned into a nightmare when she fled the set after gradually realizing she might be forced into an explicit sex scene. Dale, who now works as a Foley artist, is now a passionate advocate for protecting people on sets. She talks with Megan Kamerick about an initiative to promote sexual harassment training and a hotline through the Rape Crisis Center. 

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January 20, 2018: Second year of Women's March takes place nationwide this weekend; Women, including Olympic gymnasts,  detail during sentencing how trainer's abuse impacted their lives; World Economic Forum in Davos will be chaired by women after years of criticism; Producers Guild of America releases anti-harassment guidelines; abortion supporters march in Poland; CVS bans digitally altered photos in beauty ads without notation; Sinn Fein led by woman for first time; first female bobsled team from Jamaica; McKinsey and Company find more diversity raises bottom line; new Albuquerque mayor

Sat. 12/16 12p: Whether it be politicians or batterers who use power abusively, they all have the same objective-total control-and they often use similar methods to achieve and maintain that control.


Paola Gianturco

Sat. 1/13 12p: Carol Boss talks with photojournalist Paola Gianturco whose new book "Wonder Girls" documents the change that groups of activist girls age 10-18 are igniting around the world. It includes Malawian girls who convinced Parliament to outlaw child marriage; Ugandan girls advocating for girls' rights at a U.N. meeting; Tongan girls who created and host a weekly radio show to focus attention on Tonga's "undiscussable subject" - child abuse. 

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December 30, 2017: Recy Taylor remembrance; poll finds most Americans think sexual harassment a serious problem, but breaks down on gender and political lines; those who spoke out on harassment in Hollywood named AP Entertainers of the Year; Middle Eastern countries move to liberalize laws regarding women; Israel detains 16-year-old Palestinian girl; Berlin plans safe zone for women during New Years celebrations; Indian artist collects clothing from women subjected to street harassment and assault; Tanzania dissolves premature marriages to underage girls; Denver opens co-working space gear

Sat. 12/23, 12p: On Women's Focus Carol Boss welcomes poets Mary Oishi, Sasha Pimentel and Tanaya Winder for poetry and conversation with reflections on the year just passed and the new year ahead.

Mary Oishi has hosted and read at numerous poetry events in New Mexico such as Poems For Peace,  Albuquerque Poets Against the War, and the January 21, 2017 Albuquerque Women's Rally. Her collection of poetry, Spirit Birds They Told Me, is published by West End Press.

Transcript of beginning of Q&A

#MeToo Monologues (Mary Rives)

Sat. 12/9, 12p: On Women's Focus, Carol Boss talks with local women who will share personal stories about the effects of being sexually violated and how story telling is a healing process for them.  The #MeToo Monologues will be performed in theaters and public spaces throughout America.

Whitney Browne

  Meg Bashwiner is one of the creators of the podcast "Welcome To Night Vale." It's set in an odd fictional town that’s sort of an alternative public radio universe -  community updates feature local weather and news, but also announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers... and of course cultural events. It has grown to be one of the most popular podcasts in the world since its debut in 2012, with over 170 million downloads.  

It’s been quite the year for national politics and Lynn Sweet has had a ringside seat for all of it. Sweet is the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times and has covered national politics since 1994. This is an excerpt of a speech she gave recently at Journalism & Women Symposium’s annual conference in Hot Springs Arkansas. Sweet talks about the challenges facing journalism right now and offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like covering the White House.

Sat. 11/25 12p: The Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts have developed markedly different curriculums. Why did the Boy Scouts open their organization to girls and what does the decision mean to the Girl Scouts organization? On Women's Focus host Pamelya Herndon discusses these issues with Peggy Sanchez Mills, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of NM Trails.

Sat. 11/18, 12p: Carol Boss welcomes Dr. Tererai Trent who grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe and is now one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment.  

Sat. 10/14, 12p: In the first half of Women's Focus, Carol Boss speaks with four guests on a new campaign in which the Rev. William Barber and guest Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis are building a new Poor People's Campaign, for today.

In the second half, guests talk about the 2018 Republican budget that passed in the House and is now in the Senate's hands and the impact on seniors, families and children.

As human beings we really don't like to talk about how our lives will end, which is why fewer than 30 percent of people do any end-of-life planning. But a new festival launching in October in Albuquerque will offer a variety of practical and fun activities designed to encourage people to plan on their terms how they want the end of their lives to look like. The Before I Die Festival takes place Oct. 20-25 and is the first of its kind West of the Mississippi.

Sat 9/9 12p: Every year on Women's Focus, Carol Boss interviews young Israeli and Palestinian women who have attended a Creativity for Peace summer camp in northern New Mexico.  

Russell Thurstons

Sat. 8/27 12p: What you need to know about physical exercise and health studies

Marketing expert shares methods to market ideas, not clothes.

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LISTEN: Valerie Plame worked for years as a covert operative in the CIA, focusing on nuclear proliferation issues. That all changed in 2003 when her husband, Joseph Wilson, wrote an opinion piece questioning the intelligence the Bush Administration was using the justify a war with Iraq. An official in the Administration leaked Plame’s identity to a sympathetic columnist and she resigned from the CIA, leaving that career behind. She chronicled her life as a spy and how it ended in the book "Fair Game," which was also made into a film starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

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August 12, 2017: Anniversary of Peace People founding; Google grapples with fallout from firing employee over memo criticizing diversity; Texas House passes bill requiring separate insurance for abortion; woman ejected over breastfeeding at Victoria and Albert Museum in London; negative political ads hurt female candidates; Nepal tries to outlaw practice of menstrual seclusion; "Hidden Figures" inspires new State Department program; Jordan repeals laws pardoning rapists who marry their victims; Indian women use Twitter to criticize lawmaker who says women shouldn't go out late if they want

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 Around the world pollinators are in crisis. That includes bees, butterflies, moths and more. This has potentially drastic consequences for all of us since more than two thirds of our food crops rely on pollinators, according to the United Nations, and even more of our flowering plants. A new show opening August 19 at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque explores the idea of cross pollination through art with the idea of spurring awareness and action. 

Guests:

7/22--"It's going to change but we're building the rules of the road now....

7/8-- How are women advancing the work environment? What roll will they play in the future?

From Irene, we hear about how other countries encourage boards of directors to include women; from Maggie-registering family friendly workplaces in NM; from Miriam--setting up a home office.

Kwaku Alston

Sat. 7/15, 12p:  On Women's Focus this week  author, naturalist, conservationist and activist Terry Tempest Williams talks with Carol Boss about her most recent book, The Hour of  Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks, published for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  

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July 8, 2017: Remembering Simone Veil; Photos may reveal clues on Amelia Earhart; Street harassment study reveals unexpected findings; women reveal endemic harassment in technology industry; Honduras activists protest gender violence; Canada holds hearing on missing and murdered indigenous women; activists call on Tanzanian president to lift ban on pregnant teens returning to school; Sweden plans women-only rock festival; remembering Susanne Burks

Sat. 6/24, 12p: Republicans have revealed the Senate's version of their "Trumpcare" bill after weeks of meeting in secrecy. Join Carol Boss and her guests on Women's Focus in a conversation about healthcare as a human rights and social justice issue, how the bill would impact New Mexico, and what you can do immediately to be part of the resistance. 

Media outlets have pointed out several examples this week of prominent women being interrupted and talked over by male colleagues. Megan Kamerick talks with Michele Weldon, editorial director of Take The Lead, about her article "Don't Shhhh Me!

Sat, 6/17--Do women have power?  How do they exercise it when they do? Hear from legislators and former legislators.

Sat. 6/10 12p: Carol Boss talks with Adrienne Mansanares, a chief officer with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Shaya Torres from PPH in Albuquerque about the future of the organization considering the current efforts to roll back essential health benefits.   

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