Women's Focus

Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

Alb, 6/29--How New Mexico is dealing with kids coming across the border: Bryce Pittenger, Head of Behavioral Health at CYFD works on that problem.

Mira Burack

Women's Focus, 6/15 Sat 9a: The earth and our relationship to it run through two new solo shows by New Mexico artists that will open at 516 ARTS in Albuqurque on June 22. 

Paula Wilson will present "Entangled," which explores unseen forces of nature at work and embraces an anthropomorphic world vie where nature and life are embodied and reflected. As part of the show, Wilson is creating a large-scale printmaking project with people in the community.

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. 

1/19/19, Alb--After years as a journalist and writing two books, Melissa Ludkte is looking back at the effort required to break into sportswriting as a woman.

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.


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4/20 12p: This week in women's headline news, the first female astronaut candidate in the U.S. died. We have a remembrance.Also in this week's news: Protests erupt in Bangladesh over the death of a woman murdered after she refused to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school prinicpal; police in Northern Ireland arrest two teens in the death of journalist Lyra McKee; the trial of female activists in Saudi Arabia postponed; Ivanka Trump visits Ivory Coast as part of USAID $2M pledge to help women in cocoa industry; women will be included in Taliban delegation during peace talks for the first time; Congressional hearing set for April 30 on Equal Rights Amendment, the first such hearing in in 36 years; New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to pursue Senate seat; lawsuit against New Mexico Corrections says officers sexually abuse inmate.

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3:30 12p: This week in women's headline news: Legendary filmmaker Agnes Varda dies. Also in the news, three women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia temporarily released; Mexico has its #MeToo moment; new exhibit at the National Portait Gallery highlights suffragist movement; NASA cancels plans for all-female space walk; Maryland National Guard led completely by women; North Dakota considers nullifying its support of Equal Rights Amendment; Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham signs legislation that changes how those younger than 18 are treated when arrested for prostitution.

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.

Women's Focus, 03/16 Noon: British actress and comedian Nina Conti comes to Albuquerque this week for two shows with the Tricklock Revolutions International Theatre Festival. She has won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film. She and her most well-known puppet, Monkey, were also in the HBO series “Family Tree.”

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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.

Alb, 1/19-Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, Lushik Wahba came of age during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. https://soundcloud.com/lushik-wahba/hairwise-part-2

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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.

11/10/18, Alb-"How are women judged by their age, looks, and race?" historian Nell Painter, having retired as a  professor at Princeton, deals with these questions while commiting herself to a new world-as an art student.

Women's Focus 2/9 Noon: Donatella Moltisanti was studying opera 30 years ago and she found that debilitating pain she was experiencing would disappear as she sang. She began exploring how music can physically affect people and has created a technique she calls Moltisanti Soul Singing. She will be hosting a number of workshops in New Mexico from Feb. 19 to the 24th.

Moltisanti Soul Singing events will take place on:

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.

Oct, 2017, Alb.-Cather scholar Sue Hallgarth brings us a second Willa Cather and Edith Lewis adventure-

fictional, yet well-researched. This time, it is based in Taos, which Cather visited in 1925.

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  Women’s Focus 12/29 12p: On this episode we’ll explore how Crossroads For Women helps women successfully return to the community after incarceration as part of a project of the Solutions Journalism Network. It’s a nonprofit organization that works to rebalance the news so what we read, hear, and listen to each day are not only problems, but also solutions.

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Sat. 12/15 12p: In this week's women's headline news, the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege, use their award speeches to call for global action to end mass rape. Also in this week's news: CBS gives $20 million to groups fighting workplace sexual harassment; Mexico City elects its first woman mayor; a report condemns an Australian prison for letting a woman give birth alone in a cell and the U.S. renews efforts to ban shackling of inmates giving birth in hospitals; a study finds films with female leads bring in more to the box office than those with male leads; the phenomenon of "he-peating" can hurt women's professional advancement; and New Mexico's state crime lab has cleared its backlog of untested rape kits.

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...

Women Do It!

Nov 15, 2018
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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. 


11/10, Alb-"Gloria, A Life" playing in New York, draws long-time feminists plus young women. Former publicist for Ms. Magazine says-"I felt like I was sitting in Gloria's loft."

Nina Elder / 516 ARTS


10/20, Alb--Micaela Cadena wants to represent the distict she grew up in--NM House District 33. She returned to the district to bring up her children there.

10/20, Alb-Experienced as Chair of the Los Alamos County Council and several years as an analyst for the NM Senate Judiciary Committee, Chandler is ready to continue to serve as a lawmaker for NM House District 43.

Sat 4/21--New Mexico has had a Land Commissioner since 1899, even before becoming a state. The Commissioner administers 9 million acres of surface and 12 million of subsurface land to generate revenue for public institutions in New Mexico. If elected, Stephanie Garcia Richard will be the first woman to hold the office.

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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.


By Claire Fackler, CINMS, NOAA. (NOAA Photo Library: sanc0063) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/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".  

Sat, 9/30/2017. Linda M. Grasso shows how and why feminism and O’Keeffe are inextricably connected in popular culture and scholarship.