Carol Boss


Ways to Connect

Progress Texas

(This program airs Saturday 9/18, but you can stream the interviews now)

Marguerite Kearns, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Sat. 7/24,12p. On Women's Focus:  Carol Boss talks with journalist  Marguerite Kearns about her new book, "The Unfinished Revolution" which, through the lens of her family's history, tells the story of the suffrage movement and the ongoing struggle for women's rights in the U.S.

Sat. Women's Focus 7/10, 12p: It's summer and for many it's a time for relaxing and for reading and it's a time when the annual lists for the best summer reads are published. Carol Boss recorded a fun conversation with 2 NM writers (Lynn C Miller and Christina Squire) who are also "extreme" readers who have newly published mysteries (a genre which is always a favorite in summertime).  We talk about what kind of books make the lists and what are the characteristics of those genres that make them good summer reads (also called "beach reads").

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

Sat. 5/25, 12p:  On Women's Focus this week, Carol Boss talks to Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, about the growing violence against Asian Americans despite increased national attention and political action against anti-Asian hate crimes; also, the impact of the recent signing of the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act into law on the Asian community nation-wide.

Sat 5/15 12p Women's Focus:  Of all the stories of WWII and the Holocaust, one of the most extraordinary has remained hidden until now: the daring resistance efforts of Jewish women in the ghettos of the Nazi occupation.  Carol Boss speaks with author Judy Batalion - her new book, "The Light of Days",  tells the stories  of these brave young women during the darkest of times and the invaluable role they played fighting against and surviving Hitler's "final solution".  "The Light of Days" has been optioned by Steven Spielberg and will become a major motion picture.

Global Justice Ecology Project

Sat. 4/24, 12p:  On this week's Women's Focus Carol Boss speaks with Anne Petermann, founder and executive director of Global Justice Ecology Project which works locally, nationally and internationally to address ecological destruction and social injustice. Carol also features an interview with Jennifer Steinhauer, NY Times reporter and author of "The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress", which chronicles the first year in Congress of the women who won seats after the historic 2018 midterm election.

Sat. 4/10, 12p:  This weekend  on Women's Focus, Carol Boss talks with poet, essayist Diana Whitney about the power of poetry. Her new book, "you don't have to be everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves", is a collection of diverse voices of women who address among other things, the complex feelings of coming-of-age. The 68 poets include Naomi Shihab Nye, Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou, and Amanda Gorman.

In The Wild

Mar 18, 2021
National Geographic

Sat. 3/20, 12p:  On Women's Focus, Carol Boss talks to wildlife veterinarian Gabby Wild, who has cared for and saved animals around the world.  

Sister Helen Prejean

Jan 22, 2021
Scott Langley

Sat. 1/23 Women's Focus,12p: Carol Boss will be featuring one of the earliest interviews with Sister Helen Prejean that she recorded in 1995 after Sister Helen's book Dead Man Walking was published. 

Equal Means Equal

Jan 8, 2021

Sat 1/9 12p: The ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) received its 38th state ratification in 2020 and it is now very close to becoming the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women equal rights. Carol Boss talks with Kamala Lopez, the producer and director  of "Equal Means Equal", the definitive documentary film on the status of women in America and also longtime activist Sylvia Ramos.

The Suffragist Playbook

Nov 25, 2020

Sat. 11/28, 12p:  Carol Boss speaks to the co-authors of the new book, "The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World".  Both of them grew up in families with strong gifted women who taught them about women's history and both were struck by the women who were active in the suffragist movement.  In their book they share the stories,  tactics and strategies of the suffragists who can teach us the skills for creating change.  Rebecca Roberts is the daughter of the late journalist and author Cokie Roberts and is granddaughter of LIndy Boggs, who served in the U.S.


Sat 10/10,12pm:  On this week's Women's Focus, Carol Boss talks with Nancy Altman, founder and president of Social Security Works (Washington, D.C.) whose mission is to safeguard the economic security of those dependent, now or in the future, on Social Security.  They will discuss many things including why Americans love Social Security as well as current threats to its existence.

All Voting Is Local

Sep 16, 2020
By Jenn Warren, USAID Africa Bureau - Voters at southern Sudan referendum, Public Domain,

Sat. 9/19, 12pm:  Carol Boss talks about All Voting is Local, a project in collaboration with the ACLU, The American Constitution Society and others. They are located in 8 states with a mission to remove discriminatory barriers to the ballot.  Her guests are Kayla Griffin, the Ohio State Campaign Director for All Voting is Local, a lawyer and community organizer who will talk about wrongful voter purges, rejected ballots in Black communities, and attempts to decrease the number of poll workers in Ohio. 


Sat. 8/29, 12pm: Carol Boss speaks with Laura E. Gomez, a professor of law, sociology, and Chicana/Chicano studies at UCLA. She is the author of the new book, Inventing Latinos: A New Story About American Racism (The New Press) as well as Manifest DestiniesMapping Race, and Misconceiving Mothers

Sat 8/15, 12pm  Carol Boss talks with NM Department of Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel on the collaborative, challenging and exhausting work of battling COVID-19.

Sat. 7/25, 12pm: On Women's Focus Carol Boss speaks with New Mexico epidemiologist, Dr. Meghan Brett about Covid-19;  New York Times bestselling author Heather Lende  talks about her decision to run for local office in Haines, Alaska (her new book: "Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics"); and a conversation with Joni Erends (Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety) and Laura Watchempino (Multicultural Alliance, the Laguna-Acoma Coalition For A Safe Environment) concerning the latest developments at WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Project).

Courtesy of Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections

Sat 6/20, 12p:  On Women's Focus, Carol Boss talks to award winning filmmaker Michelle Ferrari whose documentary "The Vote" premieres on New Mexico PBS in early July.
Through narration and footage from the early 1900s, the film focuses on the unsung heroes of the movement during the last decade of their 70 years of activism.  The 19th amendment was ratified in August 1920

Aired Sat 5/30, 12pm: Carol Boss speaks with top-ranked horse trainer, Ginger Gaffney, whose life-affirming memoir, Half Broke, is a story of how both horses and humans seek relationships to survive.

Sat 5/16, 12p: On this week's Women's Focus, Carol Boss talks with NY Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer about her new book where she takes a behind-the-scenes look at a new generation of trailblazing women during their first year in Congress in 2019 and their individual and collective attempts to usher in change in Washington.

The Library of Congress [Public domain]

Sat. 2/15, 12p:  Carol Boss speaks to writer Chris Enss about her new book,"No Place For A Woman: The Struggle For Suffrage In the Wild West".

Lis Linder PHotography

Wed. 1/29, 1:30p: Newpoli is taking Albuquerque and Santa Fe by storm this week.  They are Italy's newest inspiring interpreter of southern Italy's music tradition. Their mesmerizing sound melds traditional Italian folk music, Greek and Turkish grooves. 

Sat. 12/21 12p:   Carol Boss speaks with Representative Deb Haaland, the first Native American woman elected to Congress.  Also featured will be a roundtable conversation on some of the big issues in 2019 with former State Senator Dede Feldman, Heather Ferguson (Exec. Director, Common Cause), Celia Yapita (Chief Program Officer, Catholic Charities) and Camilla Feibelman (Director, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter).

Sat. 11/30, 12p: On Women's Focus, Carol Boss talks with Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, one of this country's largest movements for gun violence prevention. Her newly published book, Fight Like A Mother, chronicles how after Sandy Hook she transformed her despair and anger into action and grew a national organization with millions of supporters and local chapters in all 50 states.

Gregory Kramer

Wed. 11/6, 1:30pm. Afternoon Freeform:  Carol Boss talks with post-punk, psychedelic, glam-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Viva DeConcini about her new 10-episode podcast, "I Love Olivia", a narrative-driven "queer musical tragicomedy."


This image was obtained from the Flickr account of Kate Ter Haar and is being used under a Creative Commons license. No changes were made

Sat. 10/12, 12p: On Women 's Focus, Carol Boss  interviews Allison Stanger about her just-published book, a groundbreaking history of whistleblowing in America and its centrality to the health of American democracy. 

Sat. 9/21, 2p: 516 ARTS presents Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande: Contemporary Artists Respond, developed in partnership with the Art & Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico. It features commissioned and existing artworks highlighting diverse perspectives on varieties of plants and animals, including flowers, trees, fish, birds, and bees—iconic and overlooked—undergoing mass-die off’s and population declines within the Rio Grande watershed. Through the eyes of contemporary artists, the exhibition examines regional flora and fauna and raises ethical and cultural questions about human impact on the natural world. 

Sat 8/31, 12p:  Carol Boss talks to youth leaders from Northern New Mexico and Albuquerque who will be mobilizing thousands of youth and adult allies from across the state to demand immediate action on climate change.

Wed 8/28, 1:30p on Freeform, Carol Boss speaks with sister filmmakers Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic. The two return to their roots to film in the Appalachian Mountains at the world's oldest Fiddler's Convention where some of the best off-the-charts pickin' and fiddlin' are keeping old-time and bluegrass music alive with multiple generations jamming together.




Women Of Woodstock

Aug 12, 2019
Mark Goff

Wed 8/14, 1:30p: This week marks the 50th anniversary of 1969's Woodstock Music and Art Festival at Max Yasgur's Farm in Bethel, NY.  Carol Boss will feature some music from the women of Woodstock (including, of course, Grace, Janis, and Joan!).

Sat. 7/27,12p Women's Focus: Carol Boss speaks with Jamie Bernstein, the daughter of beloved and much-celebrated composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. In her memoir she mines the complexity of her family and the experiences of growing up with a father who was larger-than-life.