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Women's Focus

Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

Click to hear the February 11 program.

#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.

Courtesy New Mexico PBS

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

Courtesy 516 ARTS

 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.   

Sat, 4/22: Domestic violence chief looks at how we deal with inequality.


  Sat. 5/20, 12p: Carol Boss talks with Carole Migden, one of four elected women in California who are featured in the award-winning documentary film, Political Animals, which tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century - the gay rights movement. It's through the eyes of these visionary ground-breaking lesbians who took the fight for the cause off the streets and into the halls of government.

Author Kate Moore will speak on Monday May 15 at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque about her book “Radium Girls: The Dark Story Of America’s Shining Women.” It tells the story of the women employed to paint watches and clocks with radium-based paint, starting in World War I. At the time radium was considered a miracle element that many touted would improve health. These women became the first proof of just how deadly radium was.

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Sat. 4/29, 1:30p: “Ethnic Madonnas”, as Lebanese born artist Simone Debbas calls her recent series of Madonnas composed of women from many different countries, are joined by portraits of women from around the world that also reflect her own diverse journey in art and life.

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Sat 4/29, 12p: Do you fear being sexually assaulted? Have you –or somebody you know- been raped? As April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, on Women´s Focus -hosted by Cristina Baccin-, we´ll talk about how the life of a sexual assault victim is affected. Do you wonder if it is possible to overcome a sexual assault? Who are the most vulnerable? What are the best actions to reduce and ultimately, eliminate sexual assaults? What can we do as a community? 

Spring Is Here: Living In Harmony With Nature

Apr 14, 2017
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Sa 4/15, 12p: On Women's Focus, Carol Boss talks with Acupuncturist Dr. Dairne McLaughlin. Learn what to eat, why we eat it and how to stay healthy during spring according to traditional Chinese medicine.  Also, New Mexico women filmmakers talk about the upcoming New Mexico Women in Film Fiesta 2017 and poet Tina Carlson reads from her new book, Ground, Wind, This Body published by University of New Mexico Press.

With Meet Me At The Bamboo Table, Anita Verna Crofts takes us around the world, getting to know people through their food.

Women's Focus Sat. 3/25, 12p: Carol Boss welcome Kristina Jacobsen, a musician and assistant professor at UNM, who examines questions of Indigenous identity and performance in her new book which focuses on the vibrant Navajo country music scene. Two of the women featured, Chucki Begay and Candice Craig, join us for conversation and live music.

Sat. 3/11, 12p: Director Katie Curran visits Carol Boss on Women's Focus to talk about her award-winning documentary. 

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