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The Weekend

Saturday Afternoon at 1:30

The Weekend with Louie Saenz covers local issues such as politics, health, and an inside view on what’s happening in El Paso.

These insightful, intelligent conversations will give you a deeper understanding about El Paso’s people, lifestyle, and culture.

Grocery shopping has become a bit more complicated as stores offer a variety of choices. What is the difference between organic and conventional produce? What about the benefits of shopping at a farmer's market? Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jenifer Tharani visited with us this week to better inform us of our options. 

The El Paso Holocaust Museum's "Power of Protest: Creative Activism Youth Workshop" is the museums' latest event aimed at local high school students. The workshop sets to discuss youth protest throughout history with a sneak peek at the museums' newest exhibit, The White Rose Resistance. Here to tell us more about this event taking place today until 4 PM, is the museums' Programming and Education Director, Jamie Flores.

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Your local public library isn't just a place to check out your favorite books.  Library branches hold GED classes, family story time. film screenings, and Career Online High School courses.Joining us on this program are Margaret Neill, Mark Pumphrey, interim co-directors of the El Paso Public Library, and Jack Galindo, Marketing and Customer Relations Coordinator, to tell us more about what your local library can offer you!

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Carlos Rosales, former journalist and ABC-7 Assistant News Director, recaps 2016 with some of El Paso's top stories in journalism.

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How many times have we heard the questions "Are you on Facebook?" or "What's your Twitter account?". Social media is a huge monster, and for many, it's their only source for news. Award-winning reporter Diana Washington Valdez acknowledges that and has launched The Digie Zone - an online source for news and information.

According to the National Institute on Deafness, out of every 1,000 children born in the U.S., 2-3 will suffer hearing loss in one or both ears. El Pasoans Mr. and Mrs. David Barber's child lost his hearing at six months due to illness. We had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Barber as he discussed En Voz Alta, a local organization that provides hearing aids for children in the community.

It makes sense that healthier employees means less sick days, and it encourages them to participate in employee wellness plans. This week we visited with Dr. Leah Whigham, of the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, and Gigi Shamaley, of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, as we discussed a blueprint for building a healthy workplace! 

“It’s All About Her. Period.” This is the latest project launched by the Junior League of El Paso. They partnered with #HappyPeriod here in El Paso and together gathered over 1,000 menstrual hygiene kits for low-income and homeless women. Jennifer Giese and Praveen Patel of the Junior League of El Paso visit with us to discuss this project as well as others designed to help our community. 

How many times have we judged someone solely on their looks, background or social status? We've all done it, and it's something we're not proud of, but an upcoming event is aiming to break those barriers and engage in conversation with your fellow El Pasoans. This week, we visited with Jamie Flores, Programming and Education Director of the El Paso Holocaust Museum, as she shared details with us on their next event Community Encounters: No Ordinary Words. This community event invites participants to share a meal together, while also sharing their own stories, viewpoints, and perspectives, in an effort to build bridges of understanding with one another and to get to know our community in a richer way.
For more details and to register for the event, visit elpasoholocaustmuseum.org

Most of us when we hear the acronym YWCA, we immediately think fitness. But have you ever thought of high school dropouts, teen pregnancies, finances, or dental hygiene? This week we visit with YWCA's Kayla Suarez and Diana Hastings as they share details on the variety of programs the YWCA has to offer for our community.

We're almost into mid-February and that exercise equipment you bought at the beginning of the year is started to collect dust. If that's you, don't be so hard on yourself! We revisit with licensed and registered dietitian, Jenifer Tharani, who shares some tips on setting "intentions" rather than "resolutions," and how to get you back on track for your 2018 goals.

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Immigration reform has always been a political football in our American system. This week, we feature a conversation with Dylan Corbett, Director of the Hope Border Institute, who tells us about efforts underway to help immigrants in our border region.

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We visit with Margaret Perez, outgoing executive director of the Better Business Bureau in El Paso, and with Marybeth Stevens, incoming executive director of the BBB in El Paso.  They join us to talk about how the BBB operates as a neutral 3rd party between the consumer and area businesses.  They also talk about how we can protect ourselves from various scams, IRS scams, and internet scams.

Last month, President Trump announced that the U.S. will be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision was received with various emotions across the world and this week, we speak with Rabbi Stephen Leon, of Congregation B'nai Zion, about what this decision means to Jewish communities on a global and local scale.

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In the 1970s, the Mexican government adopted an initiative to promote family planning among its citizens.  IUDs, intrauterine devices, were one of the options available to women.  IUDs are considered Long Acting and Reversible Contraceptives, or LARCs, and their use in Mexico far outweighed their use in the United States.  Researchers at the University of Texas investigated the use of LARCs in Austin and El Paso, and they share some surprising results with us on this program.  We'll visit with Joseph Potter, PhD, principal investigator of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project; and Kari White, PhD, investigator of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project.

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People living with obesity face a number of obstacles, including discrimination and obesity bias. And the cause of their obesity is not always reduced to just choice or lack of motivation.  On this program, we'll visit with Leah Whigham, Executive Director of the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, who'll educate us on evidence-based approaches to improving health and reducing the causes of obesity in our community.

Jenifer Tharani enjoys creating evidence-based nutrition education materials. She received her master's degree in Nutrition from Texas State University and become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and founded Archaic Nutrition & Lifestyle. She has hands-on experience in food service, recipe development and analysis, nutrition content development, clinical research, and community nutrition. Jenifer joins us to share some healthy nutrition tips for the holidays.

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Most pets love the holidays as much as kids do, and like small children, we have to keep an eye on them. Dr. Randy Shinaut visits the studio and shares the do's and dont's of holiday treats for your furry family members. Dr. Shinaut also shares travel tips for those who are planning on traveling this holiday season with their pets.

Special co-host Dennis Woo joins us for this conversation with Louie Saenz, as they speak with Sam Cassiano and George Reynoso on this edition of The Weekend.

How many times have we heard the questions "Are you on Facebook?" or "What's your Twitter account?". Social media is a huge monster, and for many, it's their only source for news. Award-winning reporter Diana Washington Valdez acknowledges that and has launched The Digie Zone - an online source for news and information.

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As we approach the anniversary of the JFK assassination, conspiracy theories continue to surface. We spoke with Judyth Vary Baker, Lee Harvey Oswald's girlfriend. Baker is the author of several books including "Me & Lee" and "Kennedy and Oswald: The Big Picture." She talks about her books as well as some of the recent files released on the assassination.

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Blake Barrow is the Executive Director of the Rescue Mission of El Paso. He joins us to tell us more about the move to their new location at 209 Lee St near Downtown El Paso, and how he turned his love of Texas BBQ into a catering business and soon-to-be restaurant called the Hallelujah BBQ, which is staffed by those served by the Rescue Mission.

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Stephanie Townsend Allala is a veteran journalist and El Paso Elder law attorney. After two decades in radio, television, and newspaper, she took her advocacy in a different direction- helping the disenfranchised. This week on The Weekend, host Louie Saenz features a conversation with Stephanie Allala as they discuss some of the issues we all face as well as some of the issues we may likely be afraid to face.

We revisited with our friend Dr. Leah Whigham, Executive Director of the Paso Del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, as she shared with us some facts about nutrition and obesity as well as what the Paso Del Norte Institution for Healthy Living offers to the community.

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We've all been alerted to the dangers of I.T. theft. Did you know that our kids spend 6-8 hours a day on the Internet? And 38% percent of toddlers and babies under the age of 2 have used a mobile device. On this edition of The Weekend, host Louie Saenz speaks with Cyber Security Specialist Brian Jalep, who talks about these statistics as well as other alarming facts.

Though self-breast exams can sometimes give you false positives, mammograms are shows to cut breast cancer deaths by 40%. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we speak with Dr. Sarah Friedewald, Division Chief of Breast and Women's Imaging at Northwestern University, to learn more about the advances in screening technology and the latest findings in breast cancer research.

Did you know that 1 in 15 children is exposed to domestic violence? Diana Hastings and Kayla Suarez of YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region visit us and share their organization's efforts to help stop family violence.

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DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, affects approximately 800,000 people. Because of President Trump's recent decision to cancel DACA, we invited Joe Heyman from UTEP's Center for Inter-American and Border Studies to better inform our public on important dates for DACA participants, as well as their legal rights. On the second half of this show, we also feature a brief conversation with John White, Garden Curator for the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

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El Paso County District Attorney Jaime Esparza joins us in-studio and shares details on the upcoming Victims of Crime Walk. He also informs us of all the programs the District Attorney's office has to offer for victims of crime, and how members of our community can access those resources. 

They had such a major impact on peoples’ lives, that their names are going to be retired. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were storms so strong, they were off the charts in some categories. John Fausette and Tim Bryce, from the National Weather Service, kick off a new season of The Weekend week as we discuss hurricane season and weather patterns of local interest.

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