This week on New Mexico in Focus, Santa Fe resident and author George R.R. Martin of "Game of Thrones” fame talks about his creative process, the pressure from fans to finish the series of books, and how he creates and keeps track of hundreds of hundreds of characters.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website 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 on the program, the panel discusses the brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque. Three teenage boys have been charged in the murders and, according to a criminal complaint, one of the boys said the three of them have been targeting many homeless people over the last year. The two victims were members of the Navajo Nation and many Native leaders say violent attacks against homeless Native Americans are common.

The panel also looks at a move by Pojoaque Pueblo to obtain a gambling compact with the federal government after negotiations with the state for a new compact broke down last year.

Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland

George R.R. Martin, author, Game of Thrones

Line Panelists
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Dan Foley, former House Minority Whip
Julie Ann Grimm, Santa Fe Reporter
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions

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The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Megan Kamerick. Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program is provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.