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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.

We've heard of football coaches, soccer coaches, and other coaches. But what about life coaches? This week we visited with El Paso's Life Coach, Michelle Blumenfeld. She explained what it takes to be a life coach, and who could benefit from one.

A lot of attention has been given to President Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy. But many people do not understand how zero tolerance works. This week, we visited with Deputy Council General, Ricardo Hernández, who shared with us the Counselette's stand on zero tolerance as well as the many services they have to offer. 

One of the biggest draws to El Paso is the warm weather year-long. But it's also considered by many to be a jewel or an oasis in the desert. This week we visited with a team from the All-American City Delegation, who came back with the crown for El Paso.

Are you overweight? Did you know obesity is a complex disease? Dr. Leah Whigham of the Paso Del Norte Institute for Healthy Living at UTEP shares more about the factors that contribute to obesity, and how you can become a part of a health study.


The summer season is upon us, which means hotter temperatures and plenty of sunshine. This week, we revisit our conversation with dermatologist Dr. Karen Herman as she shares tips on proper sun protection, that can be practiced not just during certain seasons, but year-round. 

Where can you go to see various species of birds, participate in sun salutations, and enjoy live music performed by African drummers?  This week, Mike and Rubyann Gaglio joined us to share more details on the upcoming Summer Solstice Party at the Keystone Heritage Park & El Paso Desert Botanical Garden.

More information available here and on Facebook.

We all feel anxious from time-to-time. Some of us, however, cannot handle the emotions as well as others. This week, we visited with Fabiola Ekleberry, Kathy Giovas and Georgina Sanchez who discussed details on the 2nd annual Trauma and Resilience in the Borderland Conference.

More information on the event and registration available here.

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.


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!


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.