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
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

Credit Tyrus Books

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.

2:00 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Marcia Hatfield Daudistel


   In a rebroadcast from Nov. 2, 2013, Louie talks with Marcia Hatfield Daudistel, whose latest book is "Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend," co-written with photographer Bill Wright.  The book captures stories & images of people who have chosen to live in the Big Bend region of Texas.  Marcia talks about her experience as an author, an editor, and a publisher.   She also talks about her fortuitous collaboration with Bill in creating "Authentic Texas."

Aired Nov. 30, 2013.

KTEP Local
1:59 am
Sat November 23, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Hugh Aynesworth

 In a rebroadcast from Sept. 21, 2013,  Louie talks with former journalist Hugh Aynesworth, who was 32 years old when he was working with the Dallas Morning News when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.  He shares his experiences from that fateful day.  Aynesworth is author of "November 22, 1963: Witness to History."

Aired Nov. 23, 2013.

KTEP Local
2:02 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Sergio Troncoso


Louie and Sergio Troncoso catch up on a few years since Troncoso last visited "Perspectives."

Troncoso teaches writing workshops at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, and is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Conference.

The son of Mexican immigrants, Sergio Troncoso was born and grew up in the unincorporated neighborhood or colonia of Ysleta on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas. His parents built their adobe house, and the family lived with kerosene lamps and stoves and an outhouse in the backyard during their first years in Texas.

His books and esssay collections include: "Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence," "From This Wicked Patch of Dust," "Crossing Borders: Personal Essays," "The Nature of Truth," and "The Last Tortilla and Other Stories," which garnered the author the prestigious Premio Aztlan Literary Prize.

Troncoso reads from "From This Wicked Patch of Dust" and "Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence."

7:32 am
Mon October 28, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Congress and the Presidency

Dr. Jose Villalobos
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  Louie talks with UTEP Political Science professor Dr. Jose Villalobos about the courses he teaches on Congress and the presidency.  Dr. Villalobos' students, Michelle Rojas and Robert Maddox, join in the conversation and offer their views on everything from Obamacare, Syria, and the budget.   Dr. Villalobos recommends this website to anyone wanting to learn more about politics:

Aired Oct. 26, 2013.

KTEP Local
9:22 am
Mon October 21, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Dr. Curtis Spier

Parkland Hospital after the arrival of the presidential limousine.
Credit Photo by Cecil Stoughton, JFK Library

   Louie welcomes Dr. Curtis Spier, who was working at  Parkland Hospital in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was shot.  Spier talks about what he saw on that terrible day in history, and the futile efforts by hospital staff to revive the president.  Spier was also witness to Parkland Hospital's  efforts to save the life of the president's alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.  Dr. Spier is a 1956 graduate of Texas Western College (now UTEP).

Aired Oct. 19, 2013.

KTEP Local
7:46 am
Mon October 14, 2013



   Louie talks with Stephen Voglewede, Assistant Director of the MBIA's Competitiveness Group; and Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.   Stephen and Dr. Raj talk about the upcoming BIOMED Symposium, which invites members of the medical community and the general public to learn about the ways El Paso is striving to establish itself as a biomedical community. We'll also hear about the ways UTEP, Texas Tech, and NMSU are collaborating their research efforts for the betterment of the region's health.  Information and registration avialable at

Aired Oct. 12, 2013.

KTEP Local
10:54 am
Mon October 7, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: The Government Shutdown and the Border

  Louie talks with Jose Villalobos and Gregory Rocha of the UTEP Political Science Department about the current government shutdown and the political stalemate in Congress.  They also were able to connect to a conference call with Senator John Cornyn and ask him questions about health on the border and the needs of veterans.

Aired Oct. 5, 2013.

KTEP Local
2:00 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Academic View of the Syrian Civil War

Louie and UTEP communication department professor Richard Pineda discuss the potential outcomes stemming from the last week's events surrounding the ongoing Syrian crisis, including the negotiations for having the assumed chemical weaponry come under multinational scrutiny and regulation.

KTEP Local
1:58 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: A Short History and Hypothesis of the current Syrian Civil War

Louie talks with Dr. Chuck Boehmer, UTEP political science professor, about the ongoing problems besetting Syria over the last 43 years. They discuss military strategy from various countries involved in the crossfire. The U.S. Senate is currently (9/6/2013) discussing the probabilities for military airstrikes and intervention over the next few weeks.

FROM NPR NEWS: "Saying he will continue to "make the best case" in coming days for taking military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, President Obama has announced that he will speak to the American people Tuesday about why he's come to that conclusion.

Obama's statement came Friday at the start of a news conference he's holding in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the G-20 Summit of world leaders wrapped up Friday. He spoke for about 50 minutes."  Find more news under and stay tuned to KTEP for updates on the anticipated address to the nation.

"Perspectives" now airs on both Saturday afternoons at 1:30PM and Sunday afternoons at 12:30PM.

KTEP Local
10:54 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: "Daughter of the Devil": A conversation with the author

  Louie talks to noted local author Richard Schwein about his latest novel, Daughter of the Devil, and his other suspense novels. Schwein is a retired FBI agent whose passion is creative writing. His newest creation, Bioterror, has just been released since the recording of this interview. All books may be purchased through Barnes and Noble, and  

KTEP Local
9:35 am
Mon August 19, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Rio Grande Cancer Foundation: "Keep On Dancing"

Louie talks to Izzy Mora, communications and development director for the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, about the nonprofit organization, its various programs designed for cancer patients, their families and caretakers, and more. The conversation also embraces the annual "Keep On Dancing" cancer survivorship conference being held on Saturday, August 24th, at the Wyndham Hotel from 8AM to 5PM.

Information and registration can be found at

Information on the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation may be found at

KTEP Local
1:59 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: UT Houston School of Public Health

Louie talks with Dr. Christina Mena, associate professor with UT Houston School of Public Health. The chat includes the difference between general health and public health, what the school has to offer, and the two cases of Cyclospora that cropped up over the last few days here in El Paso.

For more information,

9:38 am
Mon August 5, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: The Girls of Atomic City


   Louie talks with Denise Kiernan, author of "The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women who Helped Win World War II."  Kiernan talks about the women who were sent to work in a top secret city to enrich uranium for the first atomic bomb...but they didn't know it.   Learn more about the book and view videos at, or visit Denise Kiernan's Facebook page at

Aired Aug. 3, 2013.

KTEP Local
9:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Mayor Oscar Leeser

  Louie talks with newly-elected El Paso Mayor, Oscar Leeser.  Mayor Leeser talks about his goals for El Paso during his term of office and beyond.    Aired July 27, 2013.

KTEP Local
1:30 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Charles Horak on the annual Plaza Classic Film Festival and more

Louie and "On Film" host Charles Horak talk about the annual Plaza Classic Film Festival, how the motion pictures and themes are chosen each year, why some motion pictures are actually made for a global audience and not necessarily for domestic consumption and more. Information on the Plaza Classic Film Festival may be found at, and to download your own schedule in PDF form, the address is http://

KTEP Local
10:21 am
Mon July 15, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: American Red Cross

  Louie talks with Tony Escobedo and Mike Peoples of the American Red Cross.  They talk about the different services they provide, including disaster response, blood donations, and safety preparedness training such as First Aid and CPR.  Mike also shares his inspirational story of how he became involved with the American Red Cross.  The El Paso office of the American Red Cross is located at 3620 Admiral.  915-592-0208,   Aired July 13, 2013.

KTEP Local
1:35 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Blistering Heat, Blistering Pets' Feet

Louie and Dennis talk with local veterinarian Randy Shinaut about tips to keep your pet cool and safe this summer. Should you have questions about your pet, travel questions, vaccinations and more, it's best that you call your own veterinarian.

KTEP Local
4:15 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Perspectives: Checking Out The Beat of a Different Drummer

Louie, Dennis and Lawrence Brown talk about the changes in Brown's life since taking on the responsibilities of caring for his new companion, a yellow Labrador named Halo, and everything that comes with dealing with optic nerve hypoplasia.

KTEP Local
7:48 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Creating the perfect (for you) memoir

Louie talks with Nancy Natalicio about the art of creating memoirs for a lifetime, whether to create a family history volume, or to chronicle a life. For more information about memoir writing classes, Ms. Natalicio may be reached through the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at UTEP, 915-747-6280, 915-747-8848, or visit their website:  Aired June 15, 2013.

6:56 am
Mon June 10, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: The King's Deception

Louie welcomes back best-selling author Steve Berry for a discussion about his latest Cotton Malone adventure, "The King's Deception."  This book is the 8th adventure between Cotton and his teenage son Gary as they travel to Europe to escort a teenage fugitive there.  Along the way, Gary is kidnapped, a high-stakes diplomatic showdown ensues, and secrets are uncovered about the mysterious Queen Elizabeth I, the Tudor dynasty, and the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. 

Berry also talks about his forthcoming Cotton Malone adventure, the challenges & joys of writing historical fiction, and why books are ALWAYS better than the movies they are based on.

Aired June 8, 2013.

KTEP Local
9:58 am
Wed June 5, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Alfredo Corchado

Alfredo Corchado

Louie talks with journalist Alfredo Corchado, who is the author of "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness."  Corchado is the Mexico Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News.  Corchado talks about his early career in journalism and about his mother's influence on his life & career.  A native of Mexico, Corchado studied in El Paso, yet decided to return to Mexico to be a reporter.  He talks about an experience in which he received a death threat in Mexico City on the very night he was to celebrate an award.  Corchado also explains why holding a U.S. passport may actually be a form of protection against narcos who might want him dead...a protection his Mexican colleagues do not have.

Aired June 1, 2013.

KTEP Local
2:00 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

PERSPECTIVES: Midnight in Mexico - excerpt

Louie Saenz reads an excerpt from Alfredo Corchado's "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness." 

Corchado,(2013),p 233-234 Corchado, ,A. (2013) Midnight in Mexico, Penguin Press,New York City, NY