Women's Focus

Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

Creative Startups

  The creative industry sector in New Mexico is a huge part of New Mexico's economy, employing even more people than construction and manufacturing combined. That's according to a 2014 study by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

Megan Kamerick

  Martha Burk talks with Megan Kamerick about the city of Albuquerque's pay equity ordinance. It's one of the only such efforts at a municipal level in the country and it's drawing interest from numerous other cities. The ordinance gives companies a 5 percent preference in bids for city contracts if they can demonstrate they have no more than a 10 percent gap in pay between men and women. 


  Susan Loubet talks with Dani McClain, contributing writer and fellow at the Nation Institute, where she focuses on race and reproductive justice. Her article "Long-Acting Contraception Makes Teen Pregnancy Rates Plummet. So Why Are Some Women Still Skeptical?" appeared in the October 28, 2015 issue of The Nation.

New Mexico PBS

Megan Kamerick spoke with Holly Holm in April 2014 about her career in boxing then in mixed martial arts. Holm caused a major upset on November 14 when she knocked out Ronda Rousey in the second round with a kick to the head to take the UFC bantam weight championship.

You can see the whole interview from New Mexico in Focus online here.

Sat, 11/14-DOH top priorities for NM- #1, # 2: Dramatically Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Change Public Health to Wellness 

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Sat. 10/31 12p: Yes, Spider Woman is joining Carol Boss on Women's Focus this week.  Spider Woman is, in fact, Sandra Brantley with UNM's Biology department.  She's a biologist-ecologist whose specialty is spiders and what more perfect day to talk about all things spiders than Halloween.  

10/24-Denver. "I say YES to the dress" says Addy, getting ready to take part in this year's Be Beautiful Be Yourself event.

 Sat. 10/17 12p: Carol Boss speaks with three young women from "Creativity for Peace", a program in Northern New Mexico that works to create peace, compassion and friendship between Israeli and Palestinians girls.  Nuran, Johanna and Sarah, participants in Creativity for Peace's Young Leader Program, will talk about their personal experiences of breaking down barriers of anger and prejudice and learning to pave the way for peace in their communities and across borders.

Sat. 10/10 New Mexico.-Adelaide (Addy) Monet Holman will travel from Roswell, New Mexico to Denver to model in this year's Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show event, which raises funding for Down syndrome research. 

Sat. 9/26 12p: Carol Boss talks with Kymberly Pinder, Dean of UNM's College of Fine Arts. Kymberly is the co-curator of "Necessary Force: Art in the Police State", the new much-talked about exhibition at UNM's Fine Arts Museum.  Joining Dean Pinder will be two of the photographers represented in the show, discussing the need to speak to life in a society that is increasingly policed on many levels.

Sat, 9/19, 12pm. Sara Koplik presents "A case study of the failure of Afghanistan to embrace the talents of its non-Islamic minorities" in her just-published book, A Political and Economic History of the Jews of Afghanistan

Mary Lynn Gillespie Photography

Megan Feldman Bettancourt is a journalist who is originally from New Mexico, and is now based in Denver. She became intrigued by the story of Azim Khamisa, who's son was murdered and who decided to work with the grandfather of his son's killer to spread the idea of forgiveness.

Sat. 8/8 12p: Carol Boss talks to 92 year old Pearl Burns  an avid hiker known for her vast knowledge of New Mexico wildflowers.  She has co-written an authoritative and beautiful guide describing over 350 wildflowers and flowering shrubs that grow in the state's Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia and Manzano Mountains.  Pearl has led countless wildflower hikes for the U.S. Forest Service and the Albuquerque Open Space program.

Christopher Paquette, Philadelphia, Pa., via Wikimedia Commons

Sat. 7/18 12p: Dairne McLaughlin, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine will talk about this season of the heart and small intestine, "the home of joy and sorrow".   She'll have lots of tips on foods to beat the heat and on finding passion and joy in the things we do.


Creating Healthy Houses and Workplaces

Gun Violence And Racism

Jun 24, 2015
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Sat. 6/27 12p: Carol Boss hosts a conversation about gun violence and racism.  Her guests are Miranda Viscoli with New Mexicans for Gun Safety; Mary Shoemaker, whose son was shot and killed by police in Northern New Mexico one year ago; and Tonya Covington, a trained mediator and anti-racism trainer for 30 years and a member of the Albuquerque NAACP.  Covington was in Charleston recently where most of her family lives and visited Mother Emmanuel Church where she met Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the 9 men and women killed last week at the church.



6/20/15 Gloria Steinem explains, with irony, the rationale behind the women's crossing of the DMZ from South to North Korea and back,  when she talks to Susan Loubet for Women's Focus, "we've tried isolation for 70 years, why not try human contact." 

Steinem was at Bennington College to deliver 2015 Commencement Address. She was also questioned by students before an audience of college and community. 

Students asked Gloria about feminist community and including transgender, and then, issues in which her thinking had changed over the years.

William P. Gottlieb and Creative Commons

Megan Kamerick talks with filmmaker Carol Bash about her new documentary  "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band."

Mary Lou Williams was one of the great innovators in jazz. She was a pianist and composer who shaped this music and mentored many of its greatest artists. And like jazz, she improvised, adapting with each passing decade. But there are still many people who don't know anything about her. Filmmaker Carol Bash traces the arc of her life and music  in the documentary, which will air on KNME Channel 5 on Friday June 26 at 10 p.m.

Sat. 5/23 12:00p: Carol Boss hosts a conversation about cardiac health for women with cardiologist Karen Sopko, Dorothee Hutchinson with Project Heart Start, Mary Beth el Gouhary and Marlene Naranjo.  Marlene was with her best friend Mary Beth when the latter suddenly collapsed onto the floor and her heart stopped. Having recently completed a course in CPR, Marlene quickly began compressions and saved her friend's life.

  May 16, 2015  Austin city staff seek help in dealing with women; Russian official defends older men marrying teen girls; Human Rights Watch calls for end to virginity tests on female recruits to Indonesian military; African female musicians record  for "Poverty Is Sexist" campaign; More than 100 women raped in DRC; Women's Court convenes in Sarajevo; Harriet Tubman wins online poll to put a woman on $20 bill; Men's rights groups upset over "Mad Max" film's feminist message; Women's wages lag around the world; Pittsburgh pop-up store charges women less due to wage gap; Albuquerque City Cou

By United States Department of State (Official Photo at Department of State page) via Wikimedia Commons

  April 11, 2015 Hillary Clinton to announce presidential campaign run; Beijing to prosecute feminist protestors; Iran to allow women to attend sporting events; France to impose fines and jail for excessively thing models; WHO seeks to limit Caesarean sections; Rolling Stone retracts gang rape story; Pakistani woman starts rickshaw service for women; Equal Pay Day; NFL names first female coach; group names finalists for women on $20 bill;  women in New Mexico lag in employment and earnings.

Courtesy Beth Baker

04/11/15 Journalist Beth Baker explores how people are devising innovating ways to live as they approach retirement in her book “With A Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older." Megan Kamerick talks wtih Baker about how people are exploring options that ensure they are surrounded by a circle of friends, family, and neighbors.

And Megan also talks with some New Mexicans about similar projects that can help people avoid the detrimental effects of aging in isolation.





Sat. 1/10/15:  Writer, scholar, and former fighter L.A. Jennings tells the story of women boxers, wrestlers, and martial arts fighters-their history, motives, victories, and how they fought to join in professional sports.

Sat, 10/25, Santa Fe: New York Times Science/health writer Gretchen Reynolds quotes latest research showing the health benefits of movement.

Sat, 12/20 12pm: Interview with Rebecca Haines about her book, The Princess Problem, Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years offers tips on combating this obsession and talks about the consequences of doing nothing.  Haines is an educator, author, and researcher on children's media culture. She offers sound, sensible, parent-tested advice.

  Sat. 12/13 12p:  Carol Boss is very excited to welcome to our studio,Terry Tempest Williams.She's the author of one of Carol's most favorite books, ever - the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, as well as many other books and essays. Terry has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life.

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.

Travel For Women

Nov 13, 2014

Sat. 11/15 12p: Let's be inspired by women traveling--around the world and New Mexico.

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.

Poetry Foundation

 Sat. 11/8 12p:  Carol Boss talks with celebrated Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, the author and editor of  more than 30 volumes of poetry, essays, short stories, novels and anthologies. Naomi's father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother an American of German and Swiss descent.

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.