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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.

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

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.

El Paso County Historical Society

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.

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.

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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,

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 

PERSPECTIVES: UTEP Nicotine Addiction Study

Apr 13, 2014

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


  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.

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

PERSPECTIVES: Midterm Elections and more

Mar 15, 2014

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.  


  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.