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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!

Louie talks with Chad Puerling and Steve Lama, two noted El Paso photographers/educators, about the evolution of digital photography, and how casual enthusiasts and experienced photographers alike can take advantage of classes at both UTEP and El Paso Community College, and experience the joys of capturing a lifetime on digital imagery.

Guest host Russ Chianelli joins Louie Saenz in the studio for a conversation with Gary Williams, director of the Center for Research, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Enterprises (CREIE).  They are also joined by students Alex Pastor, Eva Deemer, and Diego Capeletti, who founded the award-winning startup company, American Water Recycling Co.  They hope that their work with the material graphene, which is 200x stronger than steel and is highly impermeable, will lead to a water filter which will add clean water to the Rio Grande.  

CREIE was created to help students such as Pastor, Deemer, and Capeletti, as well as area faculty and entrepreneurs, commercialize their technologies.  They also talk about the importance of interdisciplinary study and overcoming the obstacles of understanding the technical terms and lingo of the various disciplines involved in commercializing a product.

CREIE:  915-920-0890, http://research.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=research.utep.edu/creie

Aired May 18, 2013.

Louie talks with Christina Montoya, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at El Paso Water Utilities.  Montoya talks about the excellent conservation practices by El Pasoans, but why we need to conserve even more with the historic drought affecting the region.  She talks about why the river will remain dry until early June, and about the safety of the local water supply.  Montoya talks about the water-efficient shower heads available at the TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana ( http://tech2o.org/), and about EPWU's "Less is the New More" campaign (http://www.lessismoreep.org/).

Aired May 11, 2013.

Louie Saenz has a frank talk with Izzy Mora from the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation about cancer, including breast cancer: the discovery, emotional rollercoaster that comes with the disease, and how the foundation teaches families how to cope and how to help cancer patients survive. They also discuss the benefit concert set for Saturday, May 4, at the Chamizal National Memorial. It's titled, "Sgt. Pepper's Wondrous Wigorium: Seasons may change, but beauty remains." Showtime is at 7 PM; tickets are available through PayPal at www.rgcf.org.

Aired May 4, 2013.

Louie, Dennis, and guest host Russ Chianelli talk with Chef Keeley Cheshire, owner of Italians Restaurant in El Paso.  Keeley talks about her start in life pursuing the dream of becoming a ballerina, touring the US & Europe as a showgirl, and marrying an Italian man and living with her mother-in-law, who taught her authentic Italian cooking.  She talks about cooking by feel, what constitutes an "authentic" pizza, and why she will not allow ketchup or ranch dressing anywhere in her restaurant.  http://www.italianselpaso.com/

Aired April 20, 2013.

Louie talks with veterinarian Dr. Bernie Page to talk about how to care for pets now that the weather is getting warmer.  What kind of precautions should you take to care for outdoor pets, and why do certain breeds have such difficulty breathing and staying cool?  Dr. Page also talks about pet longevity, spaying & neutering, and the health benefits of companion animals.  Aired April 13, 2013.

Louie talks with Nina Litvak, co-writer, and Salvador Litvak, co-writer and director of the film "Saving Lincoln," a film which tells the story of the friendship between President Abraham Lincoln and his self-appointed bodyguard Ward Hall Lamon.  They talk about why Lamon was so trusted by the president, and why he wasn't by the president's side when Lincoln was assassinated. Sal Litvak also explains how he was able to shoot scenes from the film "inside" vintage photos. The Litvaks talk about how their first attempt to make a Lincoln film was derailed with the announcement that Stephen Spielberg was ALSO going to make a Lincoln film.  www.savinglincoln.com.    Aired April 6, 2013.

Louie welcomes Tom Fullerton back into the studio to talk about the border economy.  Fullerton is a Professor of Economics & Finance with the UTEP College of Business.  He talks about the UTEP Border Region Modeling Project (http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=academics.utep.edu/border), as well as the urban revitalization of downtown El Paso, and about the changes happening on the UTEP campus, both aesthetically and academically. Fullerton also talks about why so many young people migrate out of El Paso after college only to return, and about the job prospects for recent graduates.  Aired March 30, 2013.

Louie and guest host Dennis Woo talk to Julie Zimet and David Thackston about the National Issues Forum, which tackles several public issues of national concern each year, and invites the community to bypass the political process and discuss the issues rationally amongst themselves.  Zimet and Thackston talk about the effectiveness of the National Issues Forum in impacting political change.  Learn about an upcoming forums by calling 915-751-6481 or visiting www.nifi.org.

Aired March 16, 2013.

Louie talks with Gregory Rocha, Associate Professor of Political Science at UTEP, about a variety of local, state, and national issues.  Rocha discusses Congressman Beto O'Rourke's recent display of bipartisanship on the House floor.  He also discusses how the U.S. might diplomatically handle the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.  Plus, Rocha talks about the El Paso mayoral race and the challenges facing the candidates.  Aired March 9, 2013.

Louie talks with Michael Moss, investigative reporter with the New York Times, and author of "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us."  Moss talks about how food giants like Kraft and General Mills were asked to consider the obesity crisis in the U.S. and reduce the amount of salt, sugar, and fat in their foods.  Kraft actually began offering more information on their nutritional labels and capped the levels of sugar, salt, and fat in their foods.  However, due to our fast-food paced society, highly processed foods are still readily available and consumed.  Moss also details some of the false marketing strategies to make consumers believe the foods they purchase are "good for them," and why it's so difficult to decipher nutritional labels.  Aired March 2, 2013.

In a rebroadcast from February 23, 2013, and in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle at Gettysburg, Louie talks with Barbara J. Dzikowski, author of "Searching for Lincoln's Ghost," a young adult historical fiction novel set in the 1960s.  Dzikowski talks about how the book reflects on the growing pains the nation was suffering during the civil rights movement.  They also reflect on the apparent parallels between civil rights abuses in the `60s and the more-recent sexual abuse in the Catholic church. http://www.barbarajdzikowski.com/Home.html   Aired July 6, 2013.

Louie talks with Donald E. Moss, PhD, neuroscientist, researcher, and author of "Alzheimer's: My Journey to a Next Generation Treatment."  Moss talks about the development of the drug MSF which has been shown in animal & human trials to selectively boost acetylcholine in the brains of Alzheimer's patients without the side effects of medicines on the market today which also boost acetylcholine levels.  It would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to get FDA approval on MSF, so it has essentially fallen through the cracks.  Moss and his colleagues are currently looking for private sources of funding to continue their research and eventually offer it to Alzheimer's patients at the staggeringly low cost of $1-$2 dollars a day. Learn more about MSF and about plans to make MSF available to the public at http://brain-tools.comAired Feb. 9, 2013.

Louie and guest co-host, UTEP Political Science professor Gregory Rocha, talk with Congressman Beto O'Rourke about his first 4 weeks in office.  O'Rourke talks about the debt ceiling, committee appointments, immigration reform, assistance for veterans, and gun control.  http://orourke.house.gov/  O'Rourke's El Paso district office is located at 303 N. Oregon St., M-Thu 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  915-541-1400.  Aired Feb. 2, 2013.

Louie talks with UTEP Political Science Professor Gregory Rocha about the second term of Barack Obama's presidency.  They talk about what is traditionally expected of second-term presidents, and why presidents have served only 2 terms since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Rocha talks about the issues that may face President Obama in the next 4 years, including immigration, challenges from the National Rifle Association, changes in his Cabinet, and how he plans to mark his legacy.  Aired Jan. 26, 2013.

Louie talks with John Stuart, a high tech entrepreneur who co-wrote with his teen daughter Caitlin the novel ""Hiding in Sunshine," which tells the story of a family whose identity was stolen, and about their life on the run when their lives are threatened.  Stuart talks about the real-life threats we all face as more of our our personal & business interactions take place online and on social media.  http://hidinginsunshine.com  Aired Jan. 19, 2013.

Louie talks with Dr. Elena Izquierdo, Associate Professor of Teacher Education at UTEP; and Kathleen Staudt, Professor of Political Science at UTEP.  They discuss the upcoming conference, "Social Justice in Public Education."  Izquierdo & Staudt talk about the importance of getting teachers, parents, and community leaders involved in public education.  They also offer their views as to why time-consuming standardized tests have alienated students facing a language barrier, and why those tests have taken valuable teaching time out of the classroom.  They explain why the punitive nature of standardized tests have often led schools to partake in unethical behavior, leading them to sacrifice students to save the school's ranking.

The conference, "Social Justice in Public Education," will take place Jan. 18-19 at Bowie High School, and is open to all.  Info: Kathleen Staudt 915-747-7975, or visit www.elpasoteachersassociation.org.

Aired Jan. 12, 2013.

Louie talks with Rus Bradburd, former UTEP & NMSU basketball coach, and author of "Paddy on the Hardwood" and "Forty Minutes of Hell."  Bradburd talks about how his interest in poetry & literature grew while coaching basketball, and why it's hard to NOT write about sports.  He also talks about his latest novel, "Make It, Take It," a linked collection of stories, published by Cinco Puntos Press, www.cincopuntos.com, located at 701 Texas Ave., El Paso TX.  http://rusbradburd.comAired Jan. 5, 2013.

Louie talks with Harry Meeuwson, director of CETaL (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning); and Karla Ramirez, program director of CETaL.  Meeuwson & Ramirez talk about how CETaL focuses on improving teaching skills for UTEP faculty and graduate student instructors. 

CETaL will be sponsoring the upcoming International Sun Conference on Teaching & Learning, February 28 & March 1, at the Tomas Rivera Conference Center in the UTEP East Union Building.  Guest speakers at the conference will be Richard Pineda of the UTEP Department of Communication, and Marsha Lovett, co-author of "How Learning Works."  Advance registration available at http://cetalweb.utep.edu/sun; registration also available on site the days of the conference.  More information: 915-747-8793.  (The deadline for submitting papers for the conference is Jan. 3.)

Aired Dec. 29, 2012.

Louie talks with John White, curator of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at the UTEP Centennial Museum. John gives us the lowdown on holiday plant care, including the care of poinsettias, Christmas cacti, and live or cut Christmas trees.  He also talks about why we shouldn't sing the praises of the parasitic, poisonous mistletoe!  John also fills us in on holiday snacks such as pecans, and why the drought is affecting the supply.  Aired Dec. 15, 2012.

Louie talks with Laurie Paternoster, owner of Lynx Exhibits; and Deborah Chaney, Education Director at Lynx Exhibits.  Laurie & Deborah talk about this unique El Paso museum which offers fun & educational traveling exhibits which invite families to immerse themselves in hands-on activities.  Hear about some new exciting exhibits coming in January 2013.

Lynx Exhibits is located at 301 W. Overland in Downtown El Paso.  915-533-5330, www.lynxexhibits.com.

Aired Dec. 8, 2012.

Louie talks with Catherine McCorry-Andalis, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Student Affairs at UTEP.  McCorry-Andalis talks about her role as Dean of Students in getting all undergraduates and graduate students engaged in campus activities outside the classroom.  She also discusses how UTEP welcomes and accommodates non-traditional students such as military veterans, single parents, older students, and international students.  www.utep.edu/studentlife, 915-747-5648.

Aired Dec. 1, 2012.

Louie talks with UTEP Associate Professor of Political Science, Chuck Boehmer.  The discuss the current situation between Israel and Hamas on the Gaza Strip.  Boehmer talks about the decades-long conflict in the region, and its relation to Israeli territorial expansion and Arab displacement.  He talks about the potential role the U.S. may play in the current conflict, and how tension in the region could affect neighboring countries.  Aired Nov. 24, 2012.

Louie talks with film historian and collector, Jay Duncan.  Jay talks about the dawn of the sci-fi era in the 1950s and how it led to his life-long fascination with movies.  He talks about the silent film era, and the great musicians & composers who wrote memorable cinematic soundtracks. Jay also shares his thoughts on how to know when an artifact associated with a film will be worth something in the future.  Plus, Jay reflects on today's actors...and why he thinks British actors are way better than the Americans!  Aired Nov. 17, 2012.

Guest host Dennis Woo talks with Harold Howell, President of the El Paso Chapter of the NAACP.  Howell talks about the history of the NAACP in El Paso, and how it can help young people learn more about the civil rights movement which is still making an impact in society today.  The El Paso Chapter of the NAACP meets every 3rd Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 3400 Wyoming. http://naacpelpaso.orgAired Nov. 10, 2012.

Louie breaks down the Quality of Life Bond issue in this 2-part conversation. The first half of the program features Bonnie Escobar, Leonard "Tripper" Goodman, and Sam Thompson. They talk about the issues dominating the Quality of Life Bond election, and talk about why voters should support them. In the second half of the program, Ron McGinnis explains why he changed his mind about the Quality of Life Bond issues, and why he is encouraging voters to reject them. More information on the Quality of Life Bond issue can be found at http://home.elpasotexas.gov/2012-Bond/

Aired Oct. 20, 2012.  Re-aired Nov 3, 2012.

Guest host Dennis Woo talks with Estella Reyes, media relations administrator for Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe Inc.  Reyes talks about the upcoming Dia de los Muertos celebration on Nov. 2 at the La Fe Cultural & Technology Center, 721 S. Ochoa.  The event features altars, music, folklorico, and more.  The public is also invited to create their own altars for their loved ones for the celebration.  They also talk about the centuries-old tradition of celebrating the souls of our departed friends & relatives, and the ways it contrasts and compares to Halloween.  Information: 915-545-7190.  Aired Oct. 27, 2012.

Louie talks with Ken Forrestal, local actor, director, and foley artist. Forrestal talks about the role foley artists had in providing sound effects for old-time radio dramas, and his role in providing sound effects for the El Paso Playhouse's staged radio play productions. Louie also talks with Morgana Shaw, Hector Dez, and Kathryn Smith-McGlynn about the October Frontera Rep production of "Reentry," a staged docudrama which provides an unflinching look at the lives of Marines getting ready for and returning from combat. With dialogue taken from real interviews of Marines and their families. Aired Oct. 6, 2012.

Louie talks with bestselling author Steve Berry, whose upcoming novel, "The Columbus Affair," tells the story of a journalist who discovers the REAL reason why Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492, and if the secret were to get out, the modern political world would be changed forever. Berry also talks about the controversy surrounding Columbus' voyages, and why he shouldn't really be considered a villain...though he was no saint! http://steveberry.org  Aired Oct. 13, 2012.

Louie breaks down the Quality of Life Bond issue in this 2-part conversation. The first half of the program features Bonnie Escobar, Leonard "Tripper" Goodman, and Sam Thompson. They talk about the issues dominating the Quality of Life Bond election, and talk about why voters should support them. In the second half of the program, Ron McGinnis explains why he changed his mind about the Quality of Life Bond issues, and why he is encouraging voters to reject them.