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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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED NOVEMBER 5, 2016-

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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED AUGUST 27, 2016-

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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED DECEMBER 24, 2017-

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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED NOVEMBER 19, 2016-
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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED MAY 20, 2017-

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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED APRIL 22, 2017-

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.

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. She devotes her life to public service, and has served as the President and or Director of all of the following organizations: The El Paso Women’s Bar Association, El Paso Women’s Bar Auxiliary, El Paso Bar Association, El Paso Press Club, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, El Paso Association of Hispanic Journalists, and CASA of El Paso. 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.

-ORIGINALLY AIRED MARCH 18, 2017-

Political scientist Dr. Gregory Rocha returns to our studio to discuss President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

We've all been alerted of 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.

Norma Guzman, Conservation Specialist, and Christina Montoya, Communication & Marketing Manager, share some water conservation tips as we approach the summer season and the various programs El Paso Water Utilities has to offer for our community.

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The Pulitzer Prize is perhaps the most prestigious award in American Journalism. Lisa Falkenberg, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner in Commentary and Texas Native, shares her experience as an aspiring journalist which ultimately led to this major accomplishment.

Layra Marivani and Kayla Suarez from the YWCA visit with us and share some of the various programs the organization has to offer for our all members of our El Paso community.

Professor and archeologist Darius Arya shares with us his expertise in “scratching the surface” and what exactly happens “when in Rome.” He has appeared as guest lec­turer, expert and host in numer­ous doc­u­men­taries  for Dis­cov­ery, His­tory and National Geo­graphic chan­nels, and has been cited in arti­cles in CNN, Time, The Guardian and BBC.

Political scientist Dr. Gregory Rocha returns to our studio to discuss President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

If you grew up in the 60's, you remember hearing about hate and violence against certain people because of their color or beliefs. More than half a century later, we are still faced with similar problems. We visit with Hal Marcus and Sabri Agachan from the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest as they share the institute's mission.

Do you enjoy the outdoors? How would you like to explore some of the wonders of the Las Cruces/El Paso area and be back by noon? Kevin Bixby of the Southwest Environmental Center shares more on the "Back by Noon" program, as well as many others the organization has to offer.

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.

UTEP's very own professors Irasema Coronado and Zita Arocha tell all as they prepare a group of students they will be taking to Cuba as a study abroad course offered this summer to learn more about the country.

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Corey Bailey and Pamela Johnson join us to share what El Paso can expect on the upcoming 11th annual Gospel Explosion. This concert features music, dance, and poetry all inspired by gospel music held at the UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

In part one of this two-part episode, Dr. Sally Perry, Executive Director of the Sinclair Lewis Society and Associate Dean at Illinois State University, talks about the 1935 book "It Can't Happen Here." On the second half, UTEP graduate student and PhD. candidate David Robles, along with UTEP history professors Dr. Sam Brunk and Yolanda Leyva tell the audience what they can expect at UTEP's Borderlands History Complex.

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