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
1:59 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

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.