Carol Boss


Ways to Connect

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.

Sat. 7/13, 12p Women's Focus: Carol Boss interviews Dottie Indyke, who is retiring as Executive Director of Creativity For Peace, an organization based in Santa Fe whose mssion is to train young Israeli and Palestinian women to partner as leaders and prepare them to be the next generation of female peace leaders.  

Tomas Castelazo, / Wikimedia Commons

Wed. 7/3, 1:30p On Afternoon Freeform: The day before the 4th, Carol Boss will share lots of music reflecting the immigrant and refugee experience,  Songs from Springsteen to Sting to U2, K'Naan and Pete Seeger; from Coco Tea to Los Tigres del Norte, Gaby Moreno and La Santa Cecelia, Oxomatli and so much more....


Cheap Shots stopped by Afternoon Freeform to play some tunes and talk about the upcoming Albuquerque Folk Fest. More information on the band here.

Sat. 5/18, 12p: Carol Boss talks with Santa Fe doctor Erica Elliott, M.D. about her new book, Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert.  After graduating college in the early 1970's, she accepted a teaching position at a Navajo boarding school in Chinle, Arizona.  As a young Anglo woman, Erica's life was forever changed living among the Dine people. 

Sat. 4/13, 12p: Migrants, most from Guatemala and Honduras,  continue to make the long journey to the Mexican-American border.  From there, busloads of these asylum seekers are coming to Albuquerque to stay a few days until they are bused or flown to other states where they will meet the families who are sponsoring them.

Many organizations and individuals have come together to welcome the migrants to Albuquerque and make sure they are housed, clothed and fed. Joining Carol Boss today on Women's Focus are four women who have committed themselves to doing just that.


Martha Redbone

Wed. 4/10, 1:30p:  Carol Boss talks to Native-American/African-American singer Martha Redbone on Freeform.  Her new musical theater work, Bone Hill, is inspired by her family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains.  It follows her return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, Kentucky where her family has dwelled for centuries.


Mahfouz Abu Turk

Sat. 3/23, 12p: On Women's Focus, Carol Boss talks to Julia Bacha and Geeta Gandbhir whose documentaries of women who risked their lives for peace will be screened on the new series of groundbreaking films, War & Peace II, returning to PBS.

Library of Congress [Public domain]

Sat. 3/9, 12p:  Carol Boss talks with Melanne Verveer (nominated by Barack Obama to serve as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women's Issues) about women worldwide who are preventing conflict and achieving sustainable peace.  Also on the show, women from the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice now celebrating their 35th anniversary.  Sally-Alice Thompson, 95 year old legendary peace activist, will join us in the studio.

Hamed Saber / Creative Commons

Sat. 2/16, 12p Women's Focus: February is the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and Carol Boss talks with Nioucha Homayoonfar whose family moved from the U.S. to her father's homeland of Iran in the mid 1970's.  Growing up during the Revolution, she was caught between two worlds: a free and Western life lived indoors, and a repressive life lived outside the family's home.

William P. Gottlieb

Wed. 2/13, 1:30p: On Freeform Wednesday, Carol Boss features music of some of the many African-American performers whose careers were launched at Harlem's illustrious Apollo Theater spanning over 80 years.


Sat. 1/26, 12p:  Carol Boss speaks with participants in the upcoming Clean Energy Conference in Santa Fe where you can meet representatives of numerous environmental groups from around NM.  Carol also talks with New Mexico residents who are traveling to and volunteering at the border assisting with Central American migrants.

Goldman Environmental Prize

Sat. 1/12, 12p:  On Women's Focus this week, Carol Boss speaks with Destiny Watford.  As a high school student she became an activist as she mobilized and inspired her community and fellow students in Baltimore to take on a campaign to defeat plans to build the nation's largest incinerator near their high school.
She was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, the prestigious and largest international award for grassroots environmental activists.

Robin McPherson from Pexels

Wed. 12/19, 1:30p: Carol Boss has been listening to lots of music from this past year and has selected a few dozen of "the best"  of 2018 to play on Freeform.
Some obvious, some surprises, and some songs you may never have heard before! 

Deb Haaland Campaign

Sat. 12/8 12p: Deb Haaland, one of the first two Native American women (along with Sharice Davids) to be elected to Congress, joins Carol Boss for a live interview.
Stories from the campaign trail and freshman orientation in D.C. as well as conversation about her priorities in Congress and more...

Image designed by Freepik

Wed 11/21, 1:30p:  Will you be cooking on Wednesday?  If so, Freeform host Carol Boss invites herself into your kitchen to spin lots of tunes to enliven your preparation for Thanksgiving.  If you're not cooking, tune in anyway for a fun afternoon!

Women Do It!

Nov 15, 2018
Prayitno via Wikimedia Commons

Sat. 11/17, 12p:  Women's Focus host Carol Boss talks with Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and two of the new State House representatives; Dayan Hochman and Melanie Stansbury who just won their first elections.  Alexandra De Luca,  press secretary for Emily's List, will be joining the conversation.  
Not all the votes are counted yet but it looks like there will be an historic number of women in Congress with over 100 winning seats.  The wins are happening not only on the national level but also in State Houses and Senates. 


By Montanasuffragettes, from Wikimedia Commons

Sat. 9/22, 12p:  Women are running for office in record numbers all over America.  And New Mexico is no exception. On Women's Focus Carol Boss speaks with 3 New Mexico women running for the first time.  We'll talk about GOTV (Get out the Vote) and the things YOU can do as an engaged citizen in the less than 50 days to the mid-term election. Carol will also chat with legendary singer-songwriter/social activist Holly Near.


Celebrating Aretha

Aug 30, 2018
Allison Davis

To celebrate the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin, four dynamic local singers performed on Freeform. Toni Morgan, Tracey Whitney, Abby Maxwell and 15-year-old Chloe Nixon sang the songs of Aretha. Jim Ahrend was on keyboard, and Rick Dorin on guitar.

By Ryan Arrowsmith via Wikimedia Commons

Wed. 8/29, 1:30p: Local singers Tracey Whitney, Abby Maxwell, Toni Morgan (and perhaps a surprise guest) join Carol Boss on Freeform to perform some of their favorite Aretha Franklin songs and talk about her influence on them as well as her legacy.

By Claire Fackler, CINMS, NOAA. (NOAA Photo Library: sanc0063) [CC BY 2.0 ( or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Women's Focus Sat. 8/18, 12p: Carol Boss speaks with nature writer Susan Hand Shetterly whose new book, "Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge", breathes life and wild beauty into one of the most overlooked but important species on earth.  

Sat. 7/28, 12p: Carol Boss welcomes to Women's Focus former NM state senator, Dede Feldman, who will talk about her book "Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico".  

Freeform On The Fourth

Jul 3, 2018
Pixabay (Via Creative Comons)

Wed. 7/4 1:30p: Through music and spoken word, Carol Boss explores the American experience and patriotism from many artists  - from Langston Hughes to James Brown to Lauryn Hill, Woody Guthrie, Aaron Copeland, Mavis Staples, Joan Baez, Neil Young, Childhish Gambino, the cast of Hamilton, J. Cole and so very much more.  The expected and the unexpected, those you know and those you've never heard before!  

Dorothy Cotton Institute/Facebook

Sat. 6/23, 12p: On Women's Focus Carol Boss rebroadcasts her interview from over 10 years ago with civil rights leader Dorothy Cotton, a close associate and advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr.  She educated thousands of African-Americans about their rights and the power of organizing through the Citizenship Education Program.  Her accomplishments are a testament to the essential but often overlooked role of women in the Civil Rights Movement. She passed away on June 10 at the age of 88.

Julianna Kirwin

Sat. 5/19, 12p:  Women's Focus - Carol Boss talks with artist Julianna Kirwin and Emma Moya, a long time resident, whose ancestor arrived in what is now Old Town in 1754. 
Julianna's project, a series of work from various artists, is being printed on banners that will soon hang on the lamp posts along Mountain Road, a road filled with a rich and vibrant history.

Wikimedia via Creative Commons

Sat. 4/28, 12p:  A record-smashing number of women are running for the U.S. House this year.  Carol Boss talks to Kristen Hernandez with "Emily's List"  in D.C. about their role in electing women to national, state and local office.  Also, Poets Across Borders: conversation and poetry with former Albuquerque Poet Laureate Jessica Helen Lopez and UNM Chicana Studies students.

Pixabay via Creative Commons

Sat. 3/14, 12p: Spring is here and so is allergy season.  On Women's Focus, Dr. Dairne McLoughlin returns to talk with Carol Boss on decreasing allergy symptoms according to Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as the foods to eat and how to prepare them.   Also on the show: director Leena Penharkar, whose film "20 Weeks" opens in theaters this week.


Sat. 3/10, 12p:  Join Carol Boss on Women's Focus with Albuquerque high school students, a local woman who survived the Las Vegas massacre
and a representative of Moms Demand Action.

Wed. 2/14, 1:30p: Carol Boss talks with singer-songwriter and social activist Dar Williams, and live in the studio Klezmer music from the Rebbe's Orkestra and songs of love from Bebe La La.