Perspectives

Saturdays at 1:30pm and Sundays at 12:30pm

Perspectives is a weekly program that targets issues that concern the local community. Since 1990, host Louie Saenz has been giving you an understanding of what’s going on in El Paso. The show covers local political issues, health news and updates, and world events. Perspectives gives you an opportunity to hear what the city is doing about various issues with in-studio interviews with the El Paso Chief of Police, doctors and non-profit organizations.


On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.  Host Louie Saenz interviews author David McCullough about his book THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, which takes us behind the scenes of how these two brothers changed the world.


EMPIRE OF DECEPTION, by award-winning crime writer and investigative reporter Dean Jobb, is set at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties.  It is a  rollicking story of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit by a charming con man who kept a Ponzi scheme alive perhaps for longer than anyone else in history. 

PERSPECTIVES: Sarah McCoy

Jan 27, 2016


El Paso author Sarah McCoy’s latest book is THE MAPMAKER’S CHILDREN. The book alternates between present day and 1860’s West Virginia, and explores the lives of two women, Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, and Eden Anderson, a modern-day woman struggling to conceive a child. Sarah and Eden’s connection intertwines the past and present. 

Learn more about what inspired the novel when Louie Saenz talks with Sarah McCoy.  

Maps have long exerted a special fascination - both as beautiful works of art and practical tools to navigate the world. A few years ago, map dealer E. FORBES SMILEY, spent years doubling as a MAP THIEF until he was finally caught in the act. Smiley would later confess to the theft of 97 maps valued at nearly $3 million. On the next KTEP Book Club, journalist Michael Blanding joins us to tell us about his book THE MAP THIEF, which explores Smiley's secret life. 


Nelson DeMille's latest John Corey novel, RADIANT ANGEL, takes us into the heart of a new Cold War with a clock-ticking plot that has Manhattan in its crosshairs. Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of 18 acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, and The Panther.

New York Times-bestselling author Neal Stephenson's last book SEVENEVES is a science-fiction epic that spans 5000 years and the entire solar system.  In the novel, “The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.” Find out what came next when Louie Saenz interviews Neal Stephenson. 


JAMES BRADLEY  is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Flyboys and Flags of Our Fathers.  He is also the son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima.  His latest book  "The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia," introduces us to the prominent Americans--including FDR's grandfather, Warren Delano--who in the 1800s made their fortunes in the China opium trade. 

Called one of the best storytellers of his generation, bestselling author STEPHEN HUNTER used to be the Pulitzer Prize winning film critic for The Washington Post. His book Point of Impact was made into the movie Shooter. His 18th novel is just being published and delves deep into the mind of notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. In "I, RIPPER," Hunter reimagines Jack’s personal story entwined with that of an Irish journalist who covered the case. 

Steve Martini, New York Times bestselling author of the Paul Madriani series, returns with THE ENEMY INSIDE, an electrifying tale of suspense that brings his titular protagonist back to the courtroom to defend an innocent man, all-the-while uncovering a tangle of corruption and greed leading to the highest levels of political power. 

PATRICIA PARK is the author of about RE JANE, is a fresh, contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre and a poignant Korean-American debut novel that takes its heroine Jane Re on a journey from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul—and back.  


Jonathan W. Jordan's new book AMERICAN WARLORDS:  How Roosevelt’s High Command Led America to Victory in World War II.  Published for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, AMERICAN WARLORDS examines a president and his inner circle of wartime leadership, telling how these remarkable figures overcame deep personal differences to lead their nation to victory.

Ryan Gattis, a Los Angeles writer and mural artist, is the author of ALL INVOLVED: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots.  The book paints a fully-realize portrait of Los Angeles under siege during the six days in 1992 when violence erupted in the wake of the Rodney King verdicts. ALL INVOLVED is grounded in nearly two years of research and background spent with former gang members, firefighters, nurses, and other L.A. citizens who lived through it.

HEATHER LENDE is a small town obituary writer in Alaska, and she must find the good in the lives of those who have passed. She writes about her experiences in FIND THE GOOD: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer. Lende tell us about the joys and challenges of writing obituaries, and about the discoveries she has made about herself while writing about the lives of others. 

  Coloring books never go out of style.  But there's a new audience growing for these books: grown ups!  SOURIS HONG joins us to talk about her book "Outside the Lines."  The book is a collection of illustrations from more than 100 visual artists each, including animators, cartoonists, street artists, video game artists, and dozens of other artistic masterminds.

The KTEP Book Club welcomes back beloved best-selling author MARY HIGGINS CLARK, who talks about the novella DEATH WEARS A BEAUTY MASK, which Mary Higgins began in 1974 before she set it aside to write "Where are the Children?," the book that launched her career.  This year she revisited DEATH WEARS A BEAUTY MASK, and she'll talk about why she decided to dust off this story, and why she enjoys suspenseful plots.

Louie Saenz talks with best-selling author Lisa Scottoline about her novel EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES.  Dr. Parrish is the chief of a psychiatric unit who finds his work life more successful than his private life.  But that eventually quickly goes south.  One of Dr. Parrish's high-risk patients has involved the doctor himself as a person of interest in a murder, and one of his own staff has charged him with sexual harassment.  Is this a run of bad luck...or is someone out to get him? 

Louie Saenz talks with David Baldacci, author of MEMORY MAN.  In this novel, Baldacci introduces a startling, original new character: a man with perfect memory who must solve his own family's murder. 

Louie Saenz talks with writer Lisa Genova about her book, INSIDE THE O'BRIENS. Genova is the author of "Still Alice," and this new novel follows a family struggling with the impact of Huntington’s disease.  Genova talks about the inspiration behind the book, and about her background in biopsychology and neuroscience.

Host Louie Saenz talks with Angela Flournoy about her debut novel, THE TURNER HOUSE, a family saga that fills in a missing piece of the American experience in fiction, that of African-Americans who worked up from poverty to middle-class in one generation only to see their dreams begin to crack in the economic crisis.

Do you have a feeling of uncertainty and fear when working with smartphones or laptops? Louie Saenz talks with Abby Stokes, author of “IS THIS THING ON?” A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming (Workman)." Abby unravels the mysteries of modern technology for anybody who wasn’t born with a keyboard or mouse in hand!

Host Louie Saenz talks with author VIVIAN PROBST about her debut novel, DEATH BY ROSES.  The book tells the story of what happens to relationships after most of us think it’s too late. Death, it turns out, is the best thing that ever happened to Mae Rose. Mae Rose is the bitter protagonist of the novel, and she dies on the toilet, of all places...but she has a 2nd chance to make things write in her life and her marriage when she is "resurrected" in the body of a dying Hollywood director. 

Louie Saenz talks with author Alice Dregor, author of GALILEO'S MIDDLE FINGER: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. Dreger is an author and professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her book explores the clashes between scientists and social justice activists when it comes to controversial subjects, such as the treatment of people born intersex (once called hermaphrodites). 

Louie Saenz talks with local artist and author Michael Washer, whose novel LIVING FROM THE INSIDE OUT is a semi-autobiographical telling of a Jewish boy from El Paso who, on his journey to New York to become a conservative rabbi, yearns to learn more about Jesus.

In the 1850s, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth traveled high and low across northern Bavaria to record fairy tales.  Most of his work had been thought lost until 30 boxes of manuscripts were discovered in a German municipal archive.  Louie Saenz will be speaking to co-editor of THE TURNIP PRINCESS And Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales, Maria Tatar, chair of the folklore and mythology program at Harvard.

 In a galaxy far, far away… a Jedi knight, a strong-willed princess, and the boy who would be Darth Vader team up to fight the evil empire. Author Ian Doescher's book, William Shakespeare’s THE PHANTOM OF MENACE: STAR WARS® PART THE FIRST, puts the Bard's touch on the controversial Star Wars prequels that will win back fans who were disillusioned by the motion picture...and please poetry buffs alike! Louie Saenz and guest co-host Norma Martinez talk with Ian Doescher about Shakespeare and Star Wars.

Louie talks with historian and author Martha Hodes about her book MOURNING LINCOLN. The news of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 15, 1865, just days after Confederate surrender, astounded the war-weary nation. Through deep and thoughtful exploration of diaries, letters, and other personal writings penned during the spring and summer of 1865, Hodes captures the full range of reactions to the president’s death. Martha Hodes is Professor of History at New York University. 

Louie talks with Les Standiford,  best-selling author of WATER TO THE ANGELS: William Mulholand, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles.   Les tackles the story of William Mulholland and the construction of the Los Angeles aqueduct—the largest water project ever created that transformed the city.

Louie talks with bestselling author Greg Iles about his new book NATCHEZ BURNING, which focuses on race relations in the Jim Crow South.  Iles also talks about his near-fatal car accident in 2011, and his participation in the rock band “THE ROCK BOTTOM REMAINDERS”...a band that also includes authors STEPHEN KING, SCOTT TUROW, AMY TAN, MITCH ALBOM, to name a few! 

Louie Saenz and guest co-host Norma Martinez interview John Logsdon, a world-recognized historian and analyst of space issues.  Logsdon is the author of AFTER APOLLO?: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program.  President John F. Kennedy promised to take us to the moon.  But the Apollo missions to the moon took place under President Nixon's watch.  Why did future Apollo missions and America's space program falter during the Nixon administration? 

Louie talks with Jay Richards, author of SILHOUETTE OF VIRTUE.  Dr. Richards is a forensic psychologist whose specialty is the evaluation and treatment of violent offenders, such as homicide perpetrators, mentally ill killers, and sexually violent predators. The novel is set in a small college town in Southern Illinois in 1973. The town is terrorized by a spree of sadistic assaults. The rapist tells the victims—all Asian women—that he is making them pay for America’s betrayal in Vietnam. 

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