Episode Archive

Rev. Al Sharpton & Lee Sanders

Air Dates: February 19, 2011
Rev. Al Sharpton & Lee Sanders This week's guests on “Report from Santa Fe” are Reverend Al Sharpton, civil rights leader, and Lee Saunders, national Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The Reverend Al Sharpton is a well-known and sometimes controversial civil rights leader. Reverend Sharpton discusses the relationship between civil rights and labor and the works of Martin Luther King. Regarding a national tendency to scapegoat public workers for the economic downturn, Sharpton says,It seems to me that we are trying to charge the tab of the recession and the meltdown to the people that didn’t enjoy the party. I think the scapegoating is unfair.” Sharpton addresses New Mexico's budget deficit solutions, “Even if you change the pension setup, that won’t cover the deficits. If you charged workers more for their pension, that won’t cover one dime in the $400 million dollar deficit in New Mexico. So it is really smoke and mirrors to demonize and penalize the wrong people and it doesn’t even solve the problem.” Sharpton and Saunders address workers' rights and civil rights.Reverand Al Sharpton & Lee Sanders Watch Episode

Rep. Brian Egolf & Rep. Nate Gentry

Air Dates: February 12, 2011
Rep. Brian Egolf & Rep. Nate Gentry This week's guests on “Report from Santa Fe” are NM State Representatives Brian Egolf, Democrat from Santa Fe, and Nate Gentry, Republican from Albuquerque. Egolf serves as Chairman of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee and describes this week's committee hearing on the natural gas crisis that left over 30,000 New Mexicans without heat during the coldest weather in 40 years. Gentry addresses tensions between environmental interests and the Oil and Gas industry in New Mexico, drawing upon his perspective and experience as Counsel for the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources working with Sen. Pete Domenici. Watch Episode

Ray Powell

Air Dates: February 5, 2011
Ray Powell This week's guest on “Report from Santa Fe” is the Commissioner of Public Lands for the State of New Mexico Ray Powell. The Commissioner explains what the Land Office does and why it is so important especially in this time of economic downturn. Powell discusses our Permanent Fund, which at $14 billion is the second largest trust fund in the USA, and the efforts to tap into it for education and other matters. Other hot topics include the controversial White's Peak land swap and the issue of our "checkerboard' lands. Watch Episode

Keith Gardner & Representative Gail Chasey

Air Dates: January 29, 2011
Keith Gardner & Representative Gail Chasey Keith Gardner (Governor Martinez' Chief of Staff) & Representative Gail Chasey Watch Episode

Lucky Varela

Air Dates: January 22, 2011
Lucky Varela Our guest this week on “Report from Santa Fe” is Representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela, Democrat from Santa Fe, the Chairman of the powerful Legislative Finance Committee and the vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. He addresses questions about state finances and the crucial issue of the budget for the State of New Mexico that must be determined during this 60 Day legislative session. Varela is one of the legislative leaders on fiscal matters, having been with the Department of Finance and Administration for 23 years, and having served 24 years as state representative. Watch Episode

Mark Winne

Air Dates: January 15, 2011
Mark Winne This week’s guest on “Report from Santa Fe” is Mark Winne, author of "Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mommas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture" and "Closing the Food Gap, Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty." Winne has spent over 40 years as an activist in food policy issues. Food policy is especially important for New Mexico, as national surveys show N.M. to be the second-hungriest state in the Union, with 20% of the population on food stamps. Watch Episode

Bill Richardson

Air Dates: January 8, 2011
Bill Richardson Guest: Governor Bill Richardson in his final exit interview as governor, taped December 29, 2010. In this in-depth interview Richardson looks back over his 8 years as governor and discusses the historical arc of the major issues he tackled and his reflections on what he learned from his experience as governor. He talks about the partisanship of politics today, and his reaction to the political ads attacking his administration during the last gubernatorial campaign. Governor Richardson talks about his future plans which include more work in international diplomacy, and extends well-wishes to the new administration of Governor Martinez. Watch Episode

Charles Bowden

Air Dates: December 18, 2010
Charles Bowden Award-winning author and journalist Charles Bowden whose latest book "Murder City: Cuidad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields" describes the collapse of Juarez into anarchy and the story behind the multitude of murders there that make it the most dangerous city in the world. Watch Episode

Dr. Dora Calott Wang

Air Dates: December 4, 2010
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Craig Childs

Air Dates: November 20, 2010
Craig Childs This week's guest on “Report from Santa Fe” is Craig Childs, author of "Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession," "The Animal Dialogues," and "House of Rain." Called a modern day Desert Father and a 20th century Bard of the American Southwest, Childs is a writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and remarkable journeys into the wilderness. His new book "Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession" examines the difficult questions: To whom does the past belong? Is the archaeologist who discovers a lost tomb a hero or a villain? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin from which it came, is that person a thief? This last question describes exactly what the author himself did, and sets the stage for vibrant and passionate controversy! Watch Episode