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Tom Williams

Program Director, Host Access Utah

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996.  He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.)  He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah” and “Opera Saturday.”  He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.

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Access Utah
11:35 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Jared Farmer Trees in Paradise on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Jared Farmer’s new book is “Trees in Paradise: A California History.”  We’ll also talk about Utah history, and Farmer will offer his list of iconic Utah trees as well. California now has more trees than at any time since the late Pleistocene. This green landscape, however, is not the work of nature. It's the work of history. In the years after the Gold Rush, American settlers remade the California landscape, harnessing nature to their vision of the good life. Horticulturists, boosters, and civic reformers began to "improve" the bare, brown countryside, planting millions of trees to create groves, wooded suburbs, and landscaped cities. They imported the blue-green eucalypts whose tangy fragrance was thought to cure malaria. They built the lucrative "Orange Empire" on the sweet juice and thick skin of the Washington navel, an industrial fruit. They lined their streets with graceful palms to announce that they were not in the Midwest anymore.

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Access Utah
11:18 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Talking Movies on Thursday's Access Utah

Academy Award nominations will be announced tomorrow morning and the Sundance Film Festival is up and running. It’s a good time to talk movies. We’ll ask you for your Oscar predictions and complaints. Also what movies do you recommend? Could be films out now or favorites from the past. We’ll be joined by UPR’s Steven Smith and Katie Swain from Park City and by Ogden Standard Examiner film critic Steve Salles. We’re talking movies on Thursday’s Access Utah. 


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Access Utah
10:26 am
Wed January 15, 2014

An American Family in Iran on Wednesday's Access Utah

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In 2011, with U.S.–Iran relations at a thirty-year low, Iranian-American writer Hooman Majd decided to take his blonde, blue-eyed Midwestern wife Karri and his infant son Khash from their Brooklyn neighborhood to spend a year in the land of his birth. “The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay” traces their domestic adventures and tracks the political drama of a terrible year for Iran's government. The Green Movement had been crushed, but the regime was on edge, anxious lest democratic protests resurge. International sanctions were dragging down the economy while talk of war with the West grew. Hooman Majd was there for all of it. It was to be a year of discovery for Majd, too, who had only lived in Iran as a child. 


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Access Utah
10:30 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Latter-day Lore on Tuesday's Access Utah

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It’s all there in “Latter-day Lore: Mormon Folklore Studies” (from University of Utah Press) -- The Three Nephites, The Beehive, Creative Date Invitations, BYU Coed Jokes, The Folklore of Mormon Missionaries, The Apocalypse, and more. “Latter-day Lore” explores society, symbols, and landscape of regional culture; formative customs and traditions; the sacred and the supernatural; pioneers, heroes, and the historical imagination; humor; and the international contexts of Mormon folklore. 


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Access Utah
10:23 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Ingrid Rick's "Hippie Boy" On Monday's Access Utah

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Growing up poor in a devout Mormon home in Logan, UT was anything but ordinary for Ingrid Ricks. Spending summers on the road with her traveling salesman father, sleeping in trucks, and selling merchandise on the side of the highway was an escape from the strict rules of her mother and controlling stepfather.. In “Hippie Boy,” her best-selling ebook (now out in paperback,)  Ricks paints a vivid picture of her childhood living with a mother who made her pray more than seven times a day, a verbally and emotionally abusive, domineering stepfather, four siblings and a father who was never around. 


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Access Utah
5:14 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Gay Marriage Debate On Access Utah Thursday

Couples gathered around the state to marry their partners. Do you think Utah should allow same-sex marriage? Who should decide- politicians or voters?

It’s been an eventful few weeks: First, a federal judge struck down Utah’s laws against gay marriage, including Constitutional Amendment 3, which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. More than a thousand gay and lesbian couples were married across the state. Then, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay as the ruling was appealed to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Now Governor Herbert has announced that Utah will not recognize marriages performed during that window.

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On Thursday’s Access Utah we’ll ask you what you think. Should we outlaw or embrace gay marriage in Utah? Who should decide? Utah voters who approved Amendment 3 or the courts? Our guests include Utah resident Secily Saunders Keating who recently married her wife; Bill Duncan, Director of the Center for Family and Society and Executive Director of the Marriage Law Foundation at the Sutherland Institute; and state Sen. Jim Dabakis.

Listen to each segment of the program and see more comments below, or check out the discussion on Facebook.

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Access Utah
10:44 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Citizens Climate Lobby on Wednesday's Access Utah

A group called the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) says that In light of Utah’s growing air quality concerns and the real and potential effects of climate instability, the time to act is now. The purposes of Citizens Climate Lobby are: 1) to create the political will for a stable climate; and 2) to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power They engage in non-partisan lobbying for a gradually increasing tax on carbon-based fuels with all revenues returned as a dividend to households, as a way to drive our economy away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy. 


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Access Utah
10:37 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Doris Kearns Goodwin On Tuesday's Access Utah

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“The gap between rich and poor has never been wider . . . legislative stalemate paralyzes the country . . . corporations resist federal regulations . . . spectacular mergers produce giant companies . . . the influence of money in politics deepens . . . bombs explode in crowded streets . . . small wars proliferate far from our shores . . . a dizzying array of inventions speeds the pace of daily life.” Headlines like these were characteristic of America’s Progressive era, that tumultuous time in the early 1900s when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. 


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Access Utah
11:28 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Folklore With USU's Lynne McNeill On Monday's Access Utah

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Why is it so hard to define folklore? Lynne McNeill, in her new book from USU Press “Folklore Rules,” says “...well you try to explain what a creation myth, a jump-rope rhyme, a Fourth of July BBQ, & some bathroom graffiti have in common and you’ll find it’s not a terribly easy task either.”


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Access Utah
11:06 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Holiday Music And Storytelling On Friday's Access Utah Special

For our Access Utah Holiday Special, we feature guitarist and USU professor emeritus Mike Christiansen, and story teller Daniel Bishop to bring you great holiday guitar music and holiday stories on today's program. You can listen to more music and stories by Mike Christiansen and Daniel Bishop on their webistes.  From the Utah Public Radio family, we hope your holidays are filled with great music and stories, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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