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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.

  The KTEP Book Club continues with Geoffrey Ward's "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History."  Ward is an acclaimed author & historian, and he was the scriptwriter for the PBS series "The Roosevelts," directed by Ken Burns, now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Ward is the also author of the companion book to the series.

Aired Dec. 6 & 7, 2014.

  KTEP's Reading Club continues with a highly-entertaining interview with James Ellroy, author of "Perfidia." The book begins on the eve of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, and all the characters in the book don't really have any redeeming qualities. Ellroy offers a few words of advice on what you should do before you forget about your life and immerse yourself in this 600+ page book ("make sure the dog has water"), and he also explains why he eschews technology and why atom bombs are "cool."

Aired Nov. 29, 2014.

  Christian music star Jennifer Knapp talks about her childhood struggles, her devotion to her faith, her meteoric rise in the Christian music scene, and the challenges she faced within the industry when she came out. KTEP's Reading Club continues with Jennifer Knapp's "Facing the Music."   To view Jennifer performing "Remedy" from her newest album "Set Me Free, click here: 

Aired Nov. 22 & 23, 2014.


  As we mark the 51st anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, we are posting for you an interview Louie Saenz conducted with American journalist Hugh Aynesworth, who was an eyewitness to that dark day in American history.  

Originally aired Sept. 21, 2013.

  Louie talks with Emilio Zamora of the University of Texas at Austin History Department about "The WWI Diary of José de la Luz Sáenz," a rare written account of the Great War written by a soldier of Mexican descent. Zamora edited and translated the account.

Aired Nov. 15 & 16, 2014.

  The KTEP Reading Club continues with a focus on William P. Armstrong's novella, Gulf War Ghosts.  Set during the first Gulf War, this e-book tells of an Army sleuth who is investigating the mysterious murders of US troops in Iraq.  The investigator stumbles across a squad of immortal SS troops created by Hitler and Himmler during WWII.  Bill Armstrong is an Army veteran who drew upon his experiences serving during Operation Desert Storm to accurately portray the characters and landscapes in this fantastic tale.  The book is available for Kindle at

Aired Nov. 8 & 9, 2014.

  KTEP's Reading Club continues with Tom Ang's "Photography: The Visual History." Ang is the leading authority on digital photography, and his book celebrates the greatest photographs (and photographers) of all time. The book provides a compelling account of the people, the technology, and the stunning images that have shaped its history. 

Aired Nov. 1 & 2, 2014.

  KTEP's Reading Club continues with "Lego Architecture: The Visual Guide," created by Adam Reed Tucker, an architect with a lifelong fascination with Legos who found himself working for the famed company. The book features some of the world greatest monuments re-created in Legos. 

Aired Oct. 25 & 26, 2014.

  Guest host Howard Campbell, of the UTEP Department of Sociology & Anthropology, talks with George Jung, nicknamed "Boston George," a major player in the cocaine trade in the `70s & `80s, and part of the Medellin Cartel. Jung's story was told in the 2001 film "Blow," starring Johnny Depp as Jung. Jung was recently released from prison and shares his experiences behind bars (including some time at La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution in Anthony TX), and shares his frank opinions about the legalization of drugs.

Aired Oct. 19, 2014.

PERSPECTIVES: "Personal" by Lee Child

Oct 11, 2014
--Random House

Louie continues the KTEP Book Reading Club with a spirited conversation with Lee Child, who has produced yet another top seller, his 19th overall, with "Personal." They discuss the main character Jack Reacher, the synopsis of the suspense-filled book, and the unabridged audio book version that keeps the listener on the edge of his/her seat!

More information at  and through Wikipedia:

The book is available through the usual outlets, and through Audible:

This week's selection in KTEP's Reading Club is Chris Wild's "Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machine." Louie interviews Chris Wild, the creator of, which shows you the past as never seen before. This visual journey is full of jaw-dropping images that will change the way you look at history, including photos of:
• The real Von Trapp family
• Bill and Hillary Clinton in college at Yale
• A worker scaling down the nose of Lincoln on Mount Rushmore
• Ronald Reagan modeling for a sculpture class
• Kim Jong II in a bumper car

  This week's entry into the KTEP Reading Club is Alison Lurie's "The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us," a book that explores how a building's design reflects the organizations and people who use them. Louie talks to Lurie about her book and about some of El Paso's unique buildings and architecture. 

Aired Sept. 27, 2014.

  Domestic violence has been making headlines recently, and KTEP's Reading Club focuses on this troublesome topic with author Randy Susan Meyers.  Meyer's most recent novel is "Accidents of Marriage," and it tells of the emotional abuse and trauma between a husband and wife, and the children caught in their struggle. Randy herself has worked in social service, working with batterers and victims of domestic violence.

Aired Sept. 20, 2014.

  KTEP's Reading Club continues with Dr. Bo Brock's "Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere."  Brock is a veterinarian in a small Texas town who cares for animals large & small.  His collection of humorous essays are guaranteed to put a smile on a reader's face and hopefully encourage a new generation of veterinarians!  Dr. Brock's clinic is on Facebook:

Aired Sept. 13, 2014.

  KTEP's Reading Club continues with Kseniya Melnik's Snow in May. This is a collection of stories whose characters are bound by their relationship to the port town of Magadan in far eastern Russia. Learn more about the book and the author at

Aired Sept. 6, 2014.

Louie sits down with U.S. Army Captain Mike Guardia to talk about his latest novel, "Hal Moore: A Soldier Once... And Always..." 

They trade stories about the writing and research experiences taken to bring Moore's story to life. The book is available through Amazon, and Barnes and Noble:

To find out more about Lt. Col Moore, please visit

Mike Guardia's blog is available here:, and to read more about Guardia, as well as purchase the book, 

Louie and celebrated author Sandra Brown talk about her 64th novel, "Mean Streak," and her career that blossomed after having her career in Central Texas television. Brown has written to date over 70 novels and stories, and most have been translated into 34 languages. The Texas native charms the listener in this Perspectives episode with the background coming into "Mean Streak."

The book is available at fine booksellers, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through

    Louie talks with Joshua Muravchik about his newest creation, "Making David Into Goliath: How The World Turned Against Israel." Muravchik is internationally known, is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and an adjunct professor at the DC based Institute of World Politics. His book is the 11th in a string of writings based on voluminous research in politics and foreign policy that has changed how countries waffle from superpower to underdog and back.

The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart and other fine booksellers. 

One of several book reviews:

PERSPECTIVES: "Doing Harm" by Kelly Parsons

Aug 11, 2014

Louie talks with board-certified urologist Kelly Parsons about his latest creation, "Doing Harm," and how the thriller takes the reader into the deep regions of hospital life beyond patient and visitor areas. The novel is a multidimensional suspense story that twists and turns like a medical caduceus into a set of surprises that captivates even the most ardent sleuth.

The novel is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM! Books A Million and IndieBound, as well as  

--8th Street Publishing

Felicia Johnson is both a child abuse survivor and a mental health provider, amongst other career paths that have led her to write a best-selling book, "Her." Louie and Felicia talk about what borderline personality disorder is, how to treat it, and how to get help. A review of the book is available through Goodreads:  and the book is available through Amazon as both a hardback and paperback book, as well as a Kindle edition. It is also available through Barnes and Noble.

Little, Brown, and Company

Louie's conversation with author Beth Macy uncovers interesting details as to how a series of articles Macy wrote for the Roanoke (Va.) Times became a New York Times best seller, and how John Bassett III tried to save the American worker from the unemployment line. The book is a tribute to American knowhow, and the fight against foreign takeover.

For more information on the book and on Beth Macy's writings:

The New York Times' book review:

Beth Macy's website: and


Jul 19, 2014
--Random House

In the world of ballet, an American dancer helps a Russian ballet star to defect in 1975. That is the premise to "Astonish Me," a novel written by Maggie Shipstead. It began as a short story, and as Louie Saenz digs deeper into the story, the listener is drawn into a world of intrigue, immigration and a backstage look into the world of ballet. Ms. Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has collected the Dylan Thomas Prize for her writing. The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and through Random House

Louie talks with noted author Robyn Hatcher about her book, "Standing Ovation Presentations," and how people can defeat their fears of speaking in public, whether a small group or an arena full of people ready to listen to what you have on your mind. Robyn may be reached through  and  her book is available on Amazon, along with other fine booksellers.


Jul 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,  

PERSPECTIVES: "The Lincoln Myth"

Jun 28, 2014
--Random House

    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,

PERSPECTIVES: "Food Triggers..."

Jun 21, 2014
Worthy Publishing Inc.

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:

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

PERSPECTIVES: "Big Iron," Author Jim Varnado

Jun 7, 2014
Tate Publishing, LLC

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.

James Robert Murphy / BookBaby

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