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.

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KTEP Local
1:18 pm
Sat July 5, 2014


Louie talks with celebrated author Nelson DeMille about his latest creation, a reworking of a novel originally written in 1974, titled "The Quest." The author has written other successful books and stories. For more information,  

KTEP Local
1:30 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: "The Lincoln Myth"

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    Louie chats with celebrated author Steve Berry about one of his newest novels, "The Lincoln Myth." They talk about the characters, the history behind the novel, the history that helps propel the hero, and more.

They also talk about a special passion that Steve and his wife, Elizabeth, hold dearly, and that is to preserve historical sites around the world.

For information on Steve Berry's books and novels,; information on "The Lincoln Myth:" and for information on the Berrys' preservation foundation,

KTEP Local
1:30 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: "Food Triggers..."

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Louie talks with Rhona Epstein, Psy., D., CAC., about her tell-all book of food addiction, self image, and redemption through recovery. The book, "Food Triggers: End Your Cravings, Eat Well, Live Better," is written for anyone suffering through food addiction and excessive weight gain through bad self image. It is available through  Dr. Epstein may be followed on Twitter:

KTEP Local
1:30 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: Dr. Carl Hart: "High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey..."

Louie sits down on a special one-on-one conversation with Dr. Carl Hart as they discuss the new book, "High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Should Know About Drugs and Society." 

The book and more information of Dr. Hart are available through

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KTEP Local
1:30 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: "Big Iron," Author Jim Varnado

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Louie chats with author Jim Varnado about his new novel, "Big Iron," crafted after three Marty Robbins ballads. "Faleena," "Big Iron," and "El Paso" form a triad from which a story of unrequited love, murders in the Old West, and the unlikely professional respect created because of a weapon of choice, the Colt Navy.

KTEP Local
12:30 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: Jim Murphy: My Life Before I Decided to Commit Suicide

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Louie chats with Jim Murphy about his book, "My Life Before I Decided to Commit Suicide," now available as a paperback book and Amazon Kindle. They talk about Murphy's intriguing story of the blues, childhood, and the book itself . The book has garnered Amazon's 5-star rating through one of its reviewers, Thomas P. Riddell.

Murphy is also a Syracuse Area Music Award winner for his 4-CD box set, A History of the Blues. It's available through

KTEP Local
1:57 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: All About El Paso's Small Business Development Center Network

Louie talks with Audrey Marrufo-Hernandez, training coordinator, and Joe Ferguson, director, of the South West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network at El Paso Community College about the wide-open potentials for people to explore the possibilities of opening a small business in the desert southwest. There are summer programs that help illuminate the potentials, including a food truck seminar in June.

  For information on the upcoming programs, to register, or for an appointment with a counselor,  or call 915-831-7743.

KTEP Local
1:36 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Perspectives: The El Paso County Historical Society

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Louie talks with Mary Haynes, president, and Pat Worthington, curator, of the El Paso County Historical Society. There are events coming up, as well as keeping up with the history of the El Paso southwest.

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KTEP Local
7:48 am
Mon May 5, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: The History of Spira Footwear: An El Paso Treasure

A rebroadcast of a conversation Louie had with Andy Krafsur, chief executive officer and co-founder of Spira Footwear, Inc. They talk about the history of the company, crowdfunding that helped the company expand internationally, its links to the A+E Networks, including A&E, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and other ventures, and the mass-appeal reality series, Duck Dynasty.

For information of Spira Footwear, To email Andy or the company, use

Phone: 915-838-8640.

Aired May 3 & 4, 2014.

KTEP Local
1:58 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: 29th Community Awards Banquet-EP Veterinary Medical Association

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Louie talks with John Brucher and Randy Chinaut about the upcoming El Paso Veterinary Medical Association's 29th Community Awards banquet that is set for Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Camino Real Hotel ballroom. Emmy award-winning comedian Elliott Threatt is the featured entertainer that evening, and tickets remain for sale for the event. Call 915-593-1712 for more information.

Also, the trio talk frankly about the care and feeding of your four-footed friends and what you need to know heading into another desert summer.

For information on the awards banquet, and for general information on the association,

KTEP Local
1:55 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: The Making of the ASARCO History DVD

Louie talks with noted El Paso historian and filmmaker Jackson Polk about his latest projects, including the capture of the ASARCO smokestacks' last days before their demolition, all captured for historical posterity. They talk about El Paso's history, including the downtown buildings that have been standing for a century, those that have been destroyed for urban renewal, and more.

To find out more about Jackson's works, the website is and his weekly radio show may be accessed at The YouTube Channel by Capstone Productions is 

KTEP Local
2:05 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: UTEP Nicotine Addiction Study

Louie talks to Dr. Laura O'Dell and her team who are studying the psychological and physical side effects to nicotine addiction, especially in females. The hypothesis revolves around women who find it harder than men to quit "cold turkey"   when it comes to smoking cessation. The study also looks into the role of diabetes in cessation and addiction. More at

KTEP Local
8:15 am
Mon April 7, 2014



  Louie talks with military veteran Curtis Butler III, who shares his personal struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and explains how his efforts to serve others have helped him take positive steps forward in his life.  Curtis is the author of "PTSD: My Story, Please Listen!"

Aired April 5, 2014.

KTEP Local
1:59 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: Tobi Kahn, Inter-American Jewish Studies Update, and more

Louie and  Ezra Cappell, UTEP Inter-American Jewish Studies professor, talk about the importance of Passover, the resurgence of interest in the Holocaust, and of painter/sculptor Tobi Kahn, who is speaking Sunday, March 30, at 5:30 PM,  at the El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza. Kahn is also scheduled to give a lecture and present his recent works on Monday, March 31, at 7:00 PM, at the stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, on campus at UTEP.

For information about the UTEP Inter-American Jewish Studies program, please visit

For information on the El Paso Museum of Arts' upcoming program, please visit

For information on the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, please visit

KTEP Local
1:58 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: Midterm Elections and more

Louie and Dr. Gregory Rocha, UTEP political science professor, discuss the midterm elections that have happened in Texas and that are scheduled around the country, the scenarios that surround the elections, plus musings about world politics and their impacts on the United States.  

KTEP Local
2:00 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: Rus Bradburd & Nolan Richardson


  It's time for March Madness, so we are happy to present a rebroadcast of an interview with author and former UTEP & NMSU basketball coach, Rus Bradburd; and legendary former head coach of the University of Arkansas, Nolan Richardson.  Rus wrote a biography of Coach Richardson in 2011 called "Forty Minutes of Hell: The Extraordinary Life of Nolan Richardson."  Rus talks about why he chose to write about Nolan Richardson, who was the first black coach at a southern school to win an NCAA Championship.  Coach Richardson talks about his career path that led to his position as head coach for the University of Arkansas.  He was raised in El Paso's Segundo Barrio where he faced some racism, but he experienced a sort of freedom when crossing the border into Mexico.

Originally aired Feb 6, 2010, re-aired March 8, 2014.

KTEP Local
2:18 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: "El Chapo" Guzman's Capture and its implications

Louie talks with noted author and UTEP social anthropology professor Howard Campbell about the recent capture of infamous Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, its implications in future cartel battles for drug distribution territories around North and South America, and possible hope for Mexico's growth back into a healthy economy.

Dr. Campbell's vast collection of published works may be found through the UTEP anthropology website:

KTEP Local
2:26 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: "The Invention of Wings"

Sue Monk Kidd
Credit Photographer: Roland Scarpa / Copyright 2014: Sue Monk Kidd

    Louie talks with noted author Sue Monk Kidd about her latest novel, "The Invention of Wings," and its place in contemporary fiction based on historic facts.

6:41 am
Mon February 17, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams


   Louie talks with Ben Bradlee, Jr., the author of "The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams."  Ted Williams was notorious for his cockiness and his rages on the ball field.  Ben's book reveals the shame Ted Williams felt over his Mexican heritage, the abandonment he felt at home, the risks he took in supporting the integration of Blacks in the Major Leagues, and his controversial decision to cryonically preserve his body.

Aired Feb. 15, 2014.

KTEP Local
6:25 am
Mon February 10, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: The Beatles are Here!

  On the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Louie talks with Penelope Rowlands, editor of the collection "The Beatles are Here! 50 Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians and Other Fans Remember."  Louie & Penelope, who are both huge Beatles fans, share their first memories of the Fab Four and talk about some of the remembrances included in the book.

Aired Feb. 8, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:56 am
Mon February 3, 2014


  Louie talks with Meredith Abarca, Associate Professor in the Department of English; and PhD student, Consuelo Salas.  Meredith is a food scholar who will be taking part in a Food Studies Symposium which will focus on the study of food in the humanities.  Meredith & Consuelo talk about the different ways food is portrayed in literature, through social media, and through our favorite cooking shows on TV.  The symposium is Feb. 5 & 6 at the Rubin Center on the UTEP campus.  For information, call 915-747-0619 or visit

Aired Feb. 1, 2014.

KTEP Local
7:45 am
Mon January 27, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: Children's Grief Center of El Paso


   In a rebroadcast from April 2011, Louie talks with Bob Mihalyov, who was then on the Board of Directors of the Children's Grief Center of El Paso.  The Children's Grief Center offers counseling services for young children and teens of all ages who have suffered through the death of a loved one.  Bob shares his own experience with the center when his wife died of breast cancer leaving him to raise their children alone.  Information is available at, 915-532-6004.

Aired Jan. 25, 2014.

KTEP Local
1:30 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: YMCA "Battle of the Bulge Boot Camps"

Westside YMCA Battle of the Bulge

  Louie talks to Bianca Ortiz and Lindsay Cobol about the upcoming "Battle of the Bulge Boot Camps," being held at the three YMCAs in El Paso. The camps are designed for the serious, but not necessarily experienced, person desiring to lose weight and be healthy for 2014. For more information, contact Lindsay at the Westside YMCA, (915)584-9622, for the camp that starts on Tuesday, January 21st; call Bianca at the eastside Fred and Maria Loya Family YMCA, (915)590-9622, for the camp that starts on Monday, January 20th; contact Rebecca at the northeast Bolling Family YMCA, (915)755-9622.

Visit for other programs, including "LiveStrong," mentioned in this episode. 

KTEP Local
2:00 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

PERSPECTIVES: "Graphic the Valley:" A Conversation with the author

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In a rebroadcast from Aug. 24, 2013, Louie talks with Peter Brown Hoffmeister about his latest novel, "Graphic the Valley." They discuss the concept for the novel and the author's love for the outdoors. More information about Hoffmeister and his various books may be found at

Aired Jan. 11, 2014.

KTEP Local
7:46 am
Mon January 6, 2014



 In a rebroadcast from Nov. 16, 2013, Louie talks with David Cantwell, author of "Merle Haggard: The Running Kind."  Cantwell talks about  how country incorporated rock & pop that allowed musicians to communicate with their listeners, and how Merle Haggard used that blend to entrance his listeners.  Cantwell also talks about how country music has evolved over the years, an evolution that is oftentimes controversial.  Cantwell reads the introduction to the book, "Merle Haggard: The Running Kind."

Aired Jan. 4, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:55 am
Mon December 30, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Of Mice & Mascots

Roberto Avant-Mier


     Louie welcomes Dr. Roberto Avant-Meir, Associate Professor of Communication at UTEP.  Roberto reads the audio essay, "Of Mice and Mascots," which tells of his love of baseball, his initial excitement about a Triple-A team coming to El Paso, and his disappointment in the team's mascot, which he believes falls into long-held stereotypes about Mexicans and Hispanics.

Aired Dec. 28, 2013.

KTEP Local
2:00 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Border Holiday Traditions

An encore presentation of a 2001 conversation Louie had with John O. West, the late UTEP English professor and folklorist.  West shares personal stories about the holiday traditions he observed & celebrated, and talks about the holidays foods that make the season so special, especially here on the border.  Aired Dec. 21, 2013.

2:00 pm
Sat December 14, 2013


In a rebroadcast from February 16, 2013, Louie talks with Zita Arocha, senior lecturer with the UTEP Department of Communication.  Arocha talks about her memoir "Adios, Cuba," which tells the story of her family's departure from Cuba in the 1950s.  She explains why she once sided with Castro -  a decision which divided her family - and why she returned to Cuba decades after her family's departure to gather their stories.  Arocha's memoir, "Adios, Cuba," is available as a pdf download at the UTEP Library, and is yet to be published.

Aired Dec. 14, 2013.

KTEP Local
2:00 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: George Johnson


 In a rebroadcast from Sept. 28, 2013, Louie talks with George Johnson, author of "The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery."  Johnson talks about his interest in the disease, which has been traced back to the days of the dinosaurs.  He talks about why certain ethnic groups may be prone to certain kinds of cancers, and how a Western diet could drastically alter those risks.  But during Johnson's research for the book, he also discovered that a high diet of fruits & vegetables doesn't always lead to reduced risks for cancer.

Johnson also shares the personal story that led him to want to write this book - his wife at the time, only 43 years old, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  (10 years later, she is cancer-free).  Also, while writing the book, Johnson's brother was diagnosed with an aggressive mouth cancer which claimed his life within months.  These memories are included in the book.

Aired Dec. 7, 2013.