Your New Mexico Government Weekday roundup of news, community stories and resources about coronavirus in the state with an eye on governmental response, part of a collaborative project between KUNM, NMPBS and the Santa Fe Reporter. YNMG hotline: (505) 218-7084. Tell us how things are going for you.
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Your New Mexico Government

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Weekday roundup of news, community stories and resources about coronavirus in the state with an eye on governmental response, part of a collaborative project between KUNM, NMPBS and the Santa Fe Reporter. YNMG hotline: (505) 218-7084. Tell us how things are going for you.

Most Recent Episodes

YNMG & COVID: Race, Privilege And Reopening

The past few weeks have seen a rise to anti-shutdown protests in many parts of the country. Some have observed the number of weapons at some of these protests, others have observed that most of the participants are white. That made us think, how does race factor into the conversations around re-opening? In episode 66, we talk with some of the louder voices in the state speaking out against New Mexico's shutdown, and national anti-racism activist Tim Wise. And we hear from a guy who's worked for

YNMG: Love In The Time Of COVID

It's springtime, and love is in the air — but the virus is making things complicated. In episode 65, we explore the changes COVID has wrought for many kinds of love: for family, for friends, for oneself, for longtime spouses, and yes, for lovers. A relationship expert schools us on healthy communication, risk assessment, and creative ways to date safely . And New Mexicans, whether they're partnered, dating, or single, share how they're navigating new challenges around connection and intimacy in

YNMG & COVID: What's New?

N ow that we are at the beginning of a small reopening, some people are taking it into their own hands to provide a little something special to their communities. In episode 64, we learn about a new online radio station designed to give live performers a platform to connect to their audience in a fresh way. We hear about how popular the Sunday cruise on the mother road has been since it's naturally socially distant but still all about community. Mobile drive-in movies are back. Plus, we dive

YNMG & COVID: Hail Sanitation!

The streets are quieter. Restaurants and bars are empty. But the trash is still picked up each week, homes are still getting cleaned and hospitals are still sanitized for safety. On episode 63, we honor the bravery of domestic cleaners, hospital janitors, sanitation workers and home health workers. They're front-line workers who need more than just thanks—they need fair pay and proper protection during the pandemic.

YNMG & COVID: Get Covered

Access to medical care could not be more important than it is at this moment. And plenty of people either don't have health insurance or lost it because they lost their jobs during the pandemic. On Episode 62, we look into what options exist for the underemployed and recently unemployed, what a hospital worker experienced when she got a $1,500 COVID-19 test bill she was not expecting, and we talk to the superintendent of insurance to discover what the state is doing to help.

YNMG & COVID: A Test You Can't Study For

As Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham eases restrictions in New Mexico starting Saturday , we talk about the factors that signal when and how to reopen the country: testing, contact tracing, modeling, antibody tests and treatment. In episode 61, we hear about test expansion and antibody test development, a new treatment involving plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients, and what it's like to be sick with the virus.

YNMG & COVID: Old-School Shoutout Show

Episode 60 we maximize the connective power of radio in service of appreciation and love for the people we might not be able to talk to—whether they're in a hospital, somewhere that phone service or net isn't so good, a senior living facility, a jail or prison, or just far away. And if you have any worries we've strayed too far from our mission, you know, with "government" in the name of this show, it's all good. We do have shoutouts from some government officials, too.

YNMG & COVID: Still Behind The Walls

Many New Mexicans are being told to stay at home and distance themselves from others to minimize the cases of COVID-19 in the state. But that's not an option for those stuck in jails and prisons, who usually have close contact with each other in tight spaces. Expanding on an earlier episode , this conversation is all about the dangers that these inmates face – as well as the staff who oversee them and the community at large.

YNMG & COVID: We Can Work It Out

The stay-at-home order is dragging on and things are getting kind of grim. People have been cooped up together for weeks now, money issues are coming to a head, and uncertainty and instability are persistent facts of our everyday lives. After yesterday's discussion of domestic violence, this episode is all about how to get through this difficult time—spiritually, psychologically and emotionally.

YNMG & COVID: When Home Isn't A Safe Place To Shelter

In Episode 57, we talk about the dangers that domestic violence survivors face during shelter-in-place orders when home isn't a safe place. We hear what advocates, agencies, and the government are doing to help survivors of abuse stay safe, and how they're keeping services running during social distancing.

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