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Gov. Martinez’s election year political strategy, Author David Holtby, and Author Yann Martel

This week, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS takes an in-depth look at what lawmakers face when they convene at the Roundhouse in January, as The Line opinion panel discusses Governor Martinez’s election year political strategy and what it means for the next legislative session.

As New Mexico’s centennial year winds down, NMiF producer Matt Grubs interviews David Holtby, author of “THE 47th STAR,” about the stories and characters behind New Mexico’s struggles for statehood.

The film based on the novel “THE LIFE OF PI” opens in theaters this week, just in time for Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect time to look back on NMiF correspondent Kevin McDonald’s interview with author Yann Martel, as they talk about what it’s like to see one’s book become a movie.

David Holtby, author, “The 47th Star”
Yann Martel, author, “The Life of Pi”

Trip Jennings, New Mexico in Depth

THE LINE Panelists:
Jamie Estrada, Former U.S. Commerce Department Official
John Wertheim, Former Democratic Party of New Mexico
Dan Foley, Former New Mexico House Republican Whip

Correspondents: Matt Grubs & Kevin McDonald

Host/Commentator: Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Matt Grubs. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation. Subscribe to the New Mexico in Focus Podcast on iTunes.

Ep.621 Originally aired 11/23/12