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The KTEP Book Club on Perspectives is a weekly program that highlights best-selling authors, local authors, and independent authors of note. The show not only takes you into the books' characters but into the mind of the writer.  Crime, memoir, history, mystery...it's all covered on our popular program!

Host Louie Saenz talks with Angela Flournoy about her debut novel, THE TURNER HOUSE, a family saga that fills in a missing piece of the American experience in fiction, that of African-Americans who worked up from poverty to middle-class in one generation only to see their dreams begin to crack in the economic crisis.

Do you have a feeling of uncertainty and fear when working with smartphones or laptops? Louie Saenz talks with Abby Stokes, author of “IS THIS THING ON?” A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming (Workman)." Abby unravels the mysteries of modern technology for anybody who wasn’t born with a keyboard or mouse in hand!

Host Louie Saenz talks with author VIVIAN PROBST about her debut novel, DEATH BY ROSES.  The book tells the story of what happens to relationships after most of us think it’s too late. Death, it turns out, is the best thing that ever happened to Mae Rose. Mae Rose is the bitter protagonist of the novel, and she dies on the toilet, of all places...but she has a 2nd chance to make things write in her life and her marriage when she is "resurrected" in the body of a dying Hollywood director. 

Louie Saenz talks with author Alice Dregor, author of GALILEO'S MIDDLE FINGER: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. Dreger is an author and professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her book explores the clashes between scientists and social justice activists when it comes to controversial subjects, such as the treatment of people born intersex (once called hermaphrodites). 

Louie Saenz talks with local artist and author Michael Washer, whose novel LIVING FROM THE INSIDE OUT is a semi-autobiographical telling of a Jewish boy from El Paso who, on his journey to New York to become a conservative rabbi, yearns to learn more about Jesus.

In the 1850s, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth traveled high and low across northern Bavaria to record fairy tales.  Most of his work had been thought lost until 30 boxes of manuscripts were discovered in a German municipal archive.  Louie Saenz will be speaking to co-editor of THE TURNIP PRINCESS And Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales, Maria Tatar, chair of the folklore and mythology program at Harvard.

 In a galaxy far, far away… a Jedi knight, a strong-willed princess, and the boy who would be Darth Vader team up to fight the evil empire. Author Ian Doescher's book, William Shakespeare’s THE PHANTOM OF MENACE: STAR WARS® PART THE FIRST, puts the Bard's touch on the controversial Star Wars prequels that will win back fans who were disillusioned by the motion picture...and please poetry buffs alike! Louie Saenz and guest co-host Norma Martinez talk with Ian Doescher about Shakespeare and Star Wars.

Louie talks with historian and author Martha Hodes about her book MOURNING LINCOLN. The news of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 15, 1865, just days after Confederate surrender, astounded the war-weary nation. Through deep and thoughtful exploration of diaries, letters, and other personal writings penned during the spring and summer of 1865, Hodes captures the full range of reactions to the president’s death. Martha Hodes is Professor of History at New York University. 

Louie talks with Les Standiford,  best-selling author of WATER TO THE ANGELS: William Mulholand, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles.   Les tackles the story of William Mulholland and the construction of the Los Angeles aqueduct—the largest water project ever created that transformed the city.

Louie talks with bestselling author Greg Iles about his new book NATCHEZ BURNING, which focuses on race relations in the Jim Crow South.  Iles also talks about his near-fatal car accident in 2011, and his participation in the rock band “THE ROCK BOTTOM REMAINDERS”...a band that also includes authors STEPHEN KING, SCOTT TUROW, AMY TAN, MITCH ALBOM, to name a few! 

Louie Saenz and guest co-host Norma Martinez interview John Logsdon, a world-recognized historian and analyst of space issues.  Logsdon is the author of AFTER APOLLO?: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program.  President John F. Kennedy promised to take us to the moon.  But the Apollo missions to the moon took place under President Nixon's watch.  Why did future Apollo missions and America's space program falter during the Nixon administration? 

Louie talks with Jay Richards, author of SILHOUETTE OF VIRTUE.  Dr. Richards is a forensic psychologist whose specialty is the evaluation and treatment of violent offenders, such as homicide perpetrators, mentally ill killers, and sexually violent predators. The novel is set in a small college town in Southern Illinois in 1973. The town is terrorized by a spree of sadistic assaults. The rapist tells the victims—all Asian women—that he is making them pay for America’s betrayal in Vietnam. 

Louie talks with Cynthia Bond, who’s novel RUBY was an Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection. Bond has drawn upon her own experiences, her family’s history, and the heartbreaking tales she’s heard through her years working with homeless and at-risk youth—including the brutal devastation of human trafficking—and woven these threads together to create a story that is truly unforgettable. 

Louie talks with best-selling author STEVE BERRY about his latest Cotton Malone thriller, THE PATRIOT THREAT.  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt hated being in the same room as former Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon. But Mellon had an offer Roosevelt couldn’t ignore. Before the meeting ended Mellon left behind a web of clues that have just resurfaced to send Cotton Malone, Steve Berry’s retired Justice Department agent, on a harrowing 24-hour chase in THE PATRIOT THREAT.  Blending little-known, but fascinating, historical fact with pulse-pounding fiction, THE PATRIOT THREAT is a startling revelation of the true nature of income tax in the US.

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  2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the first US combat troops landing in Vietnam. Louie Saenz talks with investigative journalist GEORGE BLACK about his article for The Nation detailing continuing effects of Agent Orange and unexploded bombs in Quang Tri, the most devastated province in the war. Best estimates show that since the war's end nearly 40,000 people have been killed by unexploded ordinance, and another 65,000 have been maimed.  

  Louie talks with Norman Doidge, author of THE BRAIN'S WAY OF HEALING. Dr. Doidge is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and New York Times bestselling author. His book shows how non-invasive neuroplastic healing could help patients suffering from MS, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, ADD/ADHD, dementia, and other neurological diseases.

Louie talks with NIGEL BARKER, fashion photographer, host of Oxygen’s The Face with Naomi Campbell, and a former judge on America’s Next Top Model.  Barker is the author of MODELS OF INFLUENCE, a beautiful volume, spotlighting 50 of the most influential models from the 1940s to the present day and revealing each woman’s indelible place in the pantheons of fashion and pop culture.  http://www.nigelbarker.tv/

Aired June 13 and 14, 2015

Louie talks with ALLISON PATAKI, the daughter of the former NY governor and bestselling author.  Her newest book is THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS,  which follows one of history’s most intriguing leading ladies: “Sisi,” the Austro-Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz-Joseph was plucked from obscurity at the age of 16 and thrust onto the throne in the golden era of the Habsburg Court.  http://allisonpataki.com/

Aired June 6 & 7, 2015 

Just over 50 years ago, THE BOBBY FULLER FOUR recorded the smash hit "I Fought the Law." Fuller, who grew up in El Paso, didn't get a chance to revel in his success - at the age of 23 he was found dead in the front seat of a car doused in gasoline outside his Hollywood apartment.   Louie talks with Miriam Linna, who co-wrote "I Fought the Law: The Life and Strange Death of Bobby Fuller" with Bobby's brother Randell.

Aired May 30 & 31, 2015 

Who isn't familiar with LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS? Louie talks with longtime editor of the series, Diane Muldrow, who has translated those lessons as a volume for adults, in "Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book."  Muldrow tackles love’s trials and tribulations with favorite characters such as the Saggy Baggy Elephant and Scuffy the Tugboat along with valuable tidbits of advice on the ups and downs of love.  http://www.dianemuldrow.com/

Aired May 23 & 24, 2015

Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: what are the effects of children on their parents? In ALL JOY AND NO FUN, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways children reshape their parents’ lives, whether it’s their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self.  http://www.jennifersenior.com/

Aired May 16 & 17, 2015 

FRANCE, 1939.  Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything.  Louie talks with KRISTIN HANNAH about her novel THE NIGHTINGALE, which captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war.          http://http://kristinhannah.com 

Aired May 9 & 10, 2015 



Americans are faced with car issues every day. Walt Brinker is the author of ROADSIDE SURVIVAL, and he'll share helpful tips that can guarantee that you'll never be unprepared for the next emergency. http://roadsidesurvival.com/

If your problems lie on the financial end of the spectrum, then SUSAN AXELROD offers cyber security tips and ways to avoid investment fraud so that we can feel secure next time we log on to our secure accounts. 

Aired May 2 & 3, 2015 

Louie talks with travel Expert RICK STEVES, who has been sharing his European travel experiences with the public since 1973. Steves’ new travel handbook, EUROPE THROUGH THE BACK DOOR 2015, gives us helpful tips on create life-changing memories by avoiding the tourist traps. http://http://www.ricksteves.com/

Aired April 25 & 26, 2015 

This week we marked the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. On this week’s KTEP Book Club, Louie talks with author and USC History Professor Richard Fox about his book LINCOLN'S BODY, which examines how Lincoln's "homely" and "ungainly" appearance came to stand for a symbol of nationhood, liberty, and acceptance.

Aired April 18 & 19, 2015 

On this week’s KTEP Book Club, Louie talks with Mary Helen Specht, author of MIGRATORY ANIMALS. MIGRATORY ANIMALS is a powerful debut novel that explores what happens to 30-somethings who find that the ideal lives they planned in their 20s aren’t panning out as expected. http://maryhelenspecht.com/

Aired April 11 & 12, 2015

The BEATLES transformed the musical landscape when they invaded radios and TV screens in the 1960s. Louie Saenz talks with author Candy Leonard about her book BEATLENESS, which explores how the Beatles remade the world...with a little help from their fans.  http://http://beatleness.com/

Aired April 4 & 5, 2015  


Louie talks with award-winning Australian chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Pete Evans, author of THE PALEO CHEF. Evans takes a whole new approach to making gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free meals that are worthy of a restaurant but effortless to prepare. In THE PALEO CHEF, Evans provides more than 100 recipes for gorgeous food that is satisfying, distinctive, and good for you, including Kale Hummus, Vietnamese Chicken Wings, and Key Lime Tart. http://www.peteevans.com.au.

Aired March 28 & 29, 2015

  Louie talks with Brendan Reilly, MD, author of ONE DOCTOR: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine. Dr. Reilly takes us on his medical rounds on a recent winter. He tells us the story of a cheerful Croatian grandfather with untreatable bladder cancer...his father who is the last stages of cancer...the mental decline of his mother...and the memory of a cold case that continues to haunt him. 

Aired March 21 & 22, 2015

Louie talks with former MD-turned-internationally-bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen, whose popularity skyrocketed when TNT launched their television series Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, based on her bestselling novels featuring medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli.  The latest book in the series is DIE AGAIN, which details a case that takes Jane and Maura out of their Boston beats and abroad for a killer whose victims have spanned the globe.  http://www.tessgerritsen.com/

Aired March 14 & 15, 2015