This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Megan Kamerick speaks with Valerie Plame, a former CIA agent who lives in Santa Fe, about her new spy thriller book "Blowback." Plame discusses her new career as a spy novelist and her articles critiquing the National Security Administration's surveillance practices. In 2003, Washington Post journalist Robert Novak wrote a column based on infomration obtained from Richard Armitage at the U.S. State Department, in which he exposed Plame's covert identity, effectively ending her career. 

New Mexico in Focus airs Friday night at 7 p.m. on Channel 5.1 and appears online again at NMiF shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on Channel 9.1 and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1.

Also this week, the Line opinion panel discusses the growing furor over the shooting of a mentally ill homeless man in the Sandia Mountains foothills by members of the Albuquerque Police Department over a week ago, as well as a look at enrollment in Medicaid and the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Monday, March 31 is the deadline for buying a plan on the exchange, and state officials are hoping to get at least 40,000 New Mexicans to step up. 


  • Valerie Plame, former CIA agent and author

Line Guests:

  • Richard Rogers, executive editor, Santa Fe Monthly 
  • H. Diane Snyder, Greater Albuquerque Medical Association 

Line Panelists:

  • Rob Nikolewski, editor, Capital Report New Mexico and New Mexico Watchdog
  • Laura Sanchez, New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce 


  • Megan Kamerick, NMiF producer


  • Gene Grant

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New Mexico in Focus is produced by Megan Kamerick. Funding has been provided in part by the McCune Foundation, the Communications Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.