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Welcome to Civil Discourse with your host Jamie Newton.

Civil Discourse is a public affairs program of conversations and discussions on significant issues facing our community, our society and our world with emphasis on their relevance to life in the Gila/Mimbres area.

Jamie Newton is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at San Francisco State University, where for 31 years he taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in social psychology, social conflict and conflict resolution, research methods, and related topics. Throughout his life, Jamie has been active in community organizing for peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability, with an emphasis on training grassroots activists for nonviolent social change. He earned his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1968, and his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 1977. Jamie lives in the Mimbres Valley with his wife, Marion.

Civil Discourse will be presented from time to time and hopefully on a regular schedule later this year.

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Civil Discourse: Nuclear Weapons Issues

The Most Reverend John C. Wester is Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico – an archdiocese that includes the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base (where more than 2,000 nuclear weapons are stored), and the Trinity Site where the first nuclear bomb test took place on July 16, 1945. On January 11, 2022, Archbishop Wester released a pastoral letter entitled entitled Living in the Light of Christ’s […]

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Civil Discourse: Senator Martin Heinrich

Senator Martin Heinrich (Democrat of New Mexico) was Jamie Newton’s guest on Civil Discourse, in an interview recorded on December 1, 2021. The program focused on legislation introduced by Senator Heinrich to protect wildlife and public lands in the United States, to simplify access to outdoor areas, and to protect the Gila as a wild and scenic river. Legislation covered in the interview includes:   The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, co-sponsored […]

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Civil Discourse / Senator Martin Heinrich – 14 November 2018

In this installment of Civil Discourse, creator and host Jamie Newton interviewed Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) on 14 November 2018 following the  midterm elections. This short interview covered two major topics: Democratic values and institutions, and secure elections… How fares the republic? Jamie asked Senator Heinrich to reflect on the 2018 midterm election processes and outcomes, the contentious political climate, and the prospects of bipartisan cooperation. U.S.-Mexico border issues, including militarization […]

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Civil Discourse / Senator Martin Heinrich – 181023

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) was interviewed on October 23, 2018 by audio link from Albuquerque, New Mexico by Jamie Newton, host of GMCR’s public affairs program Civil Discourse.  This short interview was conducted as a news service with one of New Mexico’s sitting senators, not as a campaign appearance. It covered events and issues currently at the center of state and national attention, including: The future of public lands, wilderness […]

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Civil Discourse / Senator Martin Heinrich

In this installment of Civil Discourse, host Jamie Newton interviews Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM).  The discussion took place on the morning of February 8, 2018 by audio link from his Washington, DC office as a second government shutdown loomed with a midnight deadline.  Though brief, the Senator responded to several questions of events and issues currently at the center of political attention in Washington, including: Funding for more than 10,000 […]

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Civil Discourse / Senator Martin Heinrich

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) spent the Fourth of July 2017, in Silver City and Jamie Newton - host of GMCR/KURU’s public affairs program Civil Discourse - interviewed the Senator live early that morning. The interview covered a wide range of topics of interest to GMCR listeners, including: Senator Heinrich’s top legislative priorities for the current session Bipartisan cooperation in the Senate and House, in the current antagonistic environment The future […]

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Civil Discourse / Immigration – Risks, Rights, & Opportunities

The WNMU forum of 30 Mars 2017 was titled Fighting the Dragnet and addressed a range of immigration justice issues.  Later that evening those panelists joined Civil Discourse host Jamie Newton at the GMCR / KURU studio to continue and expand their conversation. This Civil Discourse installment is titled Immigration Justice, 2017: Risks, Rights, and Opportunities and Jamie's guests were: Allegra Love is an immigration attorney, founder and Director of […]

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Civil Discourse / Nonviolence is Powerful

This week, Civil Discourse host Jamie Newton, Laura Ramnarace and Alicia Edwards examine the premise that Nonviolence is Powerful as evidenced by the effectiveness of nonviolent movements for social change, in contrast to movements that include or rely on violence. Jamie Newton's guests are Silver City residents with years of experience in nonviolent community organizing and action. Laura Ramnarace, who holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Antioch University, […]

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GMCR Special Coverage / An interview with Jill Hruby

Jill Hruby was the Director of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Along with Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia is in the vanguard of US nuclear weapons research, development, monitoring, security and a myriad of services for nuclear and national security issues. Sandia is also a leader in many other fields with domestic applications, including micro-engineering, energy studies, nuclear nonproliferation technology, solar applications, and security and resiliency of cities. The Gila […]

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