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The KTEP Book Club on Perspectives is a weekly program that highlights best-selling authors, local authors, and independent authors of note. The show not only takes you into the books' characters but into the mind of the writer.  Crime, memoir, history, mystery...it's all covered on our popular program!

National Geographic

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  The last of the pristine seas offer a fascinating glimpse into our past and an inspiring vision for the future. In "PRISTINE SEAS: Journeys to the Ocean’s Last Wild Places," National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala takes readers on a dazzling journey to ten of these astounding locations, showing what we have to gain by protecting our seas.  Sala joins us on this program to tell us more about the Pristine Seas program and the book. http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/explore/pristine-seas/  Aired Sept 25, 2016 

  Bestselling author of nonfiction books and well-known gender expert SUSAN SHAPIRO BARASH (www.susanshapirobarash.com) has crossed over to become a novelist with her debut novel “Between the Tides” under her pen name SUSANNAH MARREN (www.susannahmarren.com).  The book explores the dark secrets that haunt families—even the ones who seem to have it all.  BETWEEN THE TIDES explores family loyalties, mother/daughter bonds, the unspoken rivalries in friendships between women, and the constant tension between freedom and commitment.

Aired Sept. 18, 2016

  BEN BOVA is a 6-time Hugo Award-winning writer of over 120 science fiction novels and nonfiction works. Bova joins us to talk about his 2015 political thriller Power Surge, which steps away from science fiction to tell the tale of a science advisor who must push against the powers-that-be to shine light on a comprehensive energy plan that would boost the country's economy, protect the environment, AND make the US the world leader in energy production.  http://www.benbova.com Aired Sept 11, 2016 

  J.A. Jance's 2015 novel DOWNFALL revisits Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady, who is both pregnant AND facing a re-election bid as she investigates the case of what could be a murder/suicide or double homicide in Arizona.  Jance joins us on the  KTEP Book Club on PERSPECTIVES to tell us more about the book and how she weaves her personal life into her stories.


Aired Sept 4, 2016

  Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter was born at a time doctors rarely washed their hands or used anesthesia. In the bestselling book DR. MÜTTER’S MARVELS: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz explores the previously untold life story of this young, handsome and ambitiously brilliant surgeon whose talents in the operating room and lectures halls were unrivaled in his lifetime.  www.aptowicz.com Aired Aug. 28, 2016

  Inspired by a true story, Amy Stewart came across an old news story about an old buggy accident at the turn of the century.  She spun that story into the tale of Constance and her sisters, who had been living a quiet life to hide a family secret...until a belligerent silk factory owner runs down their buggy and brings the sisters back into the spotlight.  Stewart joins us on this program to tell us more about what inspired the story.


Aired Aug. 21, 2016

  *Audio is forthcoming* Brazilian native JULIANA BARBASSA is the author of "Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro and the Olympic Dream." The book profiles the city of Rio de Janeiro as it struggled with poverty and corruption in preparation for 2016 Olympic Games. http://julianabarbassa.com/ Aired Aug. 14, 2016

Arlene Pellicane is the author of '31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom' (www.arlenepellicane.com), one of several books that follow the '31 Day' formula based on Biblical lessons. She joins us to share her life lessons.  Aired Aug. 7, 2016

  On this program we'll hear a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jon Meacham, whose portrait of President George H.W. Bush is called 'DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.' Meacham used Bush's tape-recorded diaries to shed light on the life & career of this very private man. http://www.jonmeacham.com/

Aired Aug. 7, 2016

  Writer Sarah Hepola is an alcoholic. In her memoir "BLACKOUT: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget," she documents with honesty and humor, the blackouts she experienced. What did she say? How did she meet that guy? The memoir documents her stumbling into the sober life she never wanted.  She talks with Louie Saenz on this week's Book Club about her experiences.

Aired July 31, 2016


  On the next KTEP Book Club on PERSPECTIVES, we visit with Diane Muldrow, longtime editorial director of Little Golden Books. She'll tell us about EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM A DISNEY LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK, featuring iconic art from Disney Little Golden Books captioned with advice about finding the magic in life, such as “Keep your heart open” and “Be an explorer”. 

Aired July 24, 2016

  On the next KTEP Book Club on PERSPECTIVES, Julie Lythcott-Haims joins us to talk about her book HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. Lythcott-Haims is former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen, and her book explores how and why the hyper-attentive parenting, or helicopter parenting, trend has taken parents and their offspring hostage in this country, and exposes the real-life dangers that lie ahead not only for the kids who are raised this way, but for society at large.

Aired July 24, 2016

  On the next KTEP Book Club on Perspectives, we'll visit with J. Ryan Stradal, whose acclaimed novel KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST tells the touching and hilarious story of Eva Thorvald’s triumph over a difficult childhood to become the woman with a once-in-a-generation palate behind the most sought-after dinner reservation in the country.

Told in chapters—one for each of the most influential ingredients in her life—KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST weaves together the perspectives of eight people in Eva Thorvald’s orbit with the bake-offs, eating contests and potluck dinners that shaped her story of pain, spirit, and resilience. 


Aired July 17, 2016

  In 2013, embedded combat photographer, documentation and production specialist, ROBERT CUNNINGHAM, and New York Times best-selling author, Steven Hartov, joined forces to devise a lasting tribute to our American service members serving in Afghanistan. Selecting from more than 55,000 photographs taken by Cunningham, and utilizing Hartov’s own experience in Afghanistan and narrative expertise, they created AFGHANISTAN: ON THE BOUNCE. The book conveys the full range of our troops’ experiences—from deployment through combat, down-time and honoring fallen comrades.


Aired July 10, 2016

Can a quintessential American girl maintain her independent spirit when her father moves the family to Tehran, Iran? Shaghayegh Farsijani's THE BURDEN OF MY RED LIPS IN TEHRAN transports the reader back to adolescence, and was inspired by the author’s life experiences. The book is an eye-opening look into what life was really like for young women during the most heated years of Iran's modern history.  Louie Saenz talks with Farsijani on this week’s Book Club.



Russia poses the most significant threat to world peace today for several important reasons but one main reason: Russian president Vladimir Putin. All Russian Presidents know that Russia's borders are hard to defend and their country has been invaded many times over the centuries, but Putin has taken his responsibility to a new level.


Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown explores the unrest in Russia and the Ukraine in his latest military suspense novel, IRON WOLF.  He joins us on Perspectives to talk more about his military service and how it informs his writing.


Egyptian-American author Rajia Hassib's debut novel is IN THE LANGUAGE OF MIRACLES.  It is a gripping story of a first-generation Egyptian-American family and the wrenching tragedy that tears their lives apart.  Publishers Weekly says that toe novel “offers fascinating insight into the lives of American Muslims, and the prejudice with which they contended in the years after 9/11.”

KATIE WORKMAN'S cookbook DINNER SOLVED! offers recipes for busy parents who want to put dinner on the table for vegetarians, picky eaters, spice-lovers, and the spice averse – all with one recipe!  Workman's "Mom 100 Cookbook" was named one of the ‘Five Best Weeknight Cookbooks of the past 25 years’ by Cooking Light and a recipe within it was selected by listeners of NPR’s The Splendid Table as one of the ‘20 Best Recipes In The History of The Splendid Table.’ 

Bestselling author Sandra Brown has developed into one of the best-known romantic suspense writers in the world. Her 2015 thriller FRICTION follows a Texas Ranger who is recovering after the loss of his wife and troubles at work, and finds himself increasingly attracted to a judge who holds his future in her hands. www.sandrabrown.net   

MARK CHEVERTON is a former public school teacher, engineer, and parent.  He wrote INVASION OF THE OVERWORLD after seeing the positive influence of Minecraft to his bullied son and other children. The book is based in the Minecraft universe and explores how to deal with bullying.  http://markcheverton.com/

Nadia Hashimi is the author of WHEN THE MOON IS LOW.  Hashimi’s parents left Afghanistan in the 1970s, before the Soviet invasion.  Her novel shows the rise of the Taliban, the effect of the regime on the freedom and independence of women and their families, and how societal upheavals such as this help create the refugee crisis we see in numerous regions of the world today. 

Vietnam, 1965: On July 24, a US Air Force fighter jet was suddenly blown from the sky by a mysterious and lethal weapon launched by Russian "advisors" to North Vietnam. Three days later, six more pilots were brought down trying to avenge their fallen brother. Stunned and desperately searching for answers, the Pentagon ordered a top secret program called Wild Weasel I to counter the problem—fast.  Today’s interview focuses on Dan Hampton's THE HUNTER KILLERS, based on unprecedented firsthand interviews with Wild Weasel veterans and previously-unseen declassified documents from both sides of the conflict, as well as author Dan Hampton's own experience as a highly decorated F-16 Wild Weasel pilot.

This episode of the KTEP Book Club focuses on "NAGASAKI: Life After Nuclear War" by Susan Southard, the first book since 1945 to chronicle the enduring impact of nuclear war on those who survived the attack on Nagasaki. Southard provides a heart-wrenching close study of a city post-atomic bomb, as seen through the lives of five survivors and the many others struggling, to this day, with the destruction wrought by the US’s controversial decision to use nuclear weapons on Japan.

PERSPECTIVES: Soman Chainani

May 8, 2016

Are you an Ever or a Never?  On this program we'll visit with New York Times bestseller and acclaimed award-winning filmmaker Soman Chainani, author of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series. If you're a fairy tale character, you're either Good or Evil, but Chainani's books turn fairy tales on their heads.

JAMES GRIPPANDO'S novel CASH LANDING is based on the true story of one of the biggest airport heists in history—$7.8 million in cash stolen by a band of amateur thieves.

CASH LANDING puts James Grippando’s unique imprint and inventive spin on an already remarkable true story.

Critics have called Don Winslow's novel THE CARTEL the "Game of Thrones of the Mexican drug war"...and a "south-of-the-border Godfather for our time."  The book follows a DEA agent on a mission to put away the Mexican cartel leader who murdered his partner.  Winslow drew heavily on the real-life violence taking place across our southern border for his acclaimed novel.

GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new, monthly teen drama created by the minds of DC Comics...set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past. To tell us more about this exciting new comic, is DC Entertainment's Mark Doyle, who is the Batman Group Editor, writers Brendan Fletcher and Becky Cloonan, and artist Karl Kerschl.

C. S. Lewis is the 20th century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the Inklings, which met every week in Lewis's Oxford rooms and in nearby pubs. They discussed literature, religion, and ideas; read aloud from works in progress; and rewrote the cultural history of modern times.  In THE FELLOWSHIP, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. Philip and Carol will join us on the KTEP Book Club on PERSPECTIVES to tell us more.

In 1951, when he was only 12 years old, ED LUCAS was struck in the face by a baseball. The blow left him blind. Ed's mother would write letters to his baseball idols, and eventually Ed became friendly with many of the players. Ed Lucas grew up to become the first blind broadcaster to report on baseball.

Ed and his son Chris Lucas will join us on the next PERSPECTIVES to share Ed's inspiring stories. Their book is called SEEING HOME: THE ED LUCAS STORY.

Author JEFF SHAARA is the son of bestselling writer Michael Shaara.  His first novel, Gods and Generals, was published in 1996, and it became a New York Times Bestseller.  His latest, and 15th, book is THE FATEFUL LIGHTNING, and Shaara will join us on the next PERSPECTIVES to tell us more about this last entry in his four-volume Civil War series of the far lesser known campaigns in the "western" theater of the Civil War.