Fronteras-A Changing America

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Fronteras Episode 20- Maria Perez, Co-Director of Democracy Rising

Oct 5, 2021

New Mexico ranks 49th in the country in child well-being in this year's KIDS COUNT data book report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. To learn more about this year's report, we speak with James Jimenez, Executive Director with New Mexico Voices for Children. 

Before the pandemic hit New Mexico, many in the state were already facing food insecurity. On this episode, Mag Strittmatter, President and CEO of Road Runner Food Bank shares more about food insecurity issues and how the food bank has adapted to continue delivering healthy, nutritious food to New Mexicans who may be in need.

On this episode, we focus on trade and economic development at the border. Joining us for this program is Jerry Pacheco, President and CEO of the Border Industrial Association. He is also Executive Director of the International Business Accelerator. Mr. Pacheco also writes a syndicated column "Business Across Borders."

A project that documents Hispanic New Mexican migration from New Mexico to different parts of the United States during the last century is underway collecting personal stories of people searching for opportunities. 

A new book offers tourists the opportunity to learn more about popular food and drink destinations in New Mexico. Carolyn Graham joins the program to talk about her new book “New Mexico Food Trails: A Roadtrippers guide to hot chile, cold brews, and classic dishes from the Land of Enchantment.” Graham is from Las Cruces and is the former CEO of New Mexico Magazine.

On this episode of "Fronteras- A Changing America" Fred Nathan, Founder and Executive Director of Think New Mexico shares thoughts on many issues facing New Mexico, including fair lending in the state, financial literacy in schools, capital outlay transparency, and the state tax on social security. 

This week, we learn more about a borderland nonprofit working to create a fair and sustainable food system through education and empowerment.

Krsten Aguilar, Co-Executive Director of La Semilla Food Center shares more about the mission of the organization on Fronteras- A Changing America.

Marc Levesque, Author and WNMU faculty advisor for Mustang Search and Rescue joins us to talk about the program and how to stay safe while exploring the outdoors. He also has a new book out titled "Gila Lost and Found: Search and Rescue in New Mexico."

President Of Nuestra Tierra Ángel Peña talks about the mission of his organization that is working to improve access to public lands and the outdoors for underserved communities.

A new dental school is ready to serve the borderland. Dr. Richard C. Black, who is the Dean of the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso shares more information on this week's episode. 

The first atomic bomb explosion took place right here in southern New Mexico. The Trinity site explosion was part of the top-secret Manhattan Project. The secret test led to a lot of confusion in Southern New Mexico when the bomb exploded in the early morning of July 16th, 1945.

An organization is working to spread awareness of a genetic disease that affects many in New Mexico. Cerebral Cavernous Angioma is an abnormal blood vessel in the brain that may lead to stroke symptoms in children and adults. This disease is found in high rates in Hispanic families, many in New Mexico and is also known as Common Hispanic Mutation.

A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Grant will help researchers at Western New Mexico University explore how nano-agrochemicals may play a role in the future of agriculture. Dr. Illya Medina-Velo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at WNMU shares more about research she is working on. 

Today, we discuss issues facing immigrants, asylum seekers, and social justice issues in our state. Joining us for the discussion is Adriel Orozco, Executive Director for the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center. For over a decade, the non-profit organization has had a mission of seeking justice and equity for low-income immigrant communities.  

On this program, a discussion about some of the issues facing Latinx college students and resources available to them. Anthony Moreno talks with Interim Director of Chicano Programs at NMSU, Dr. Judith Flores Carmona and Marisela Mendoza, program coordinator.