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
11:27 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Grandmother Power Explored Around The Globe on Monday's Access Utah

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Photojournalist Paola Gianturco says that an unheralded grandmothers' movement is changing the world & that insurgent grandmothers are using their power to fight for a better future for grandchildren everywhere. Her book, “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon” features 120 activist grandmothers in 15 countries on five continents. Grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, and South Africa are collaborating to care for AIDS orphans. Grandmothers in Senegal have convinced communities to abandon female genital mutilation. Grandmothers in India are becoming solar engineers to bring light to their villages while those in Peru, Thailand, and Laos are sustaining weaving traditions.

 

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Programs
10:19 am
Wed September 18, 2013

"Faith & Doubt as Partners in Mormon History" with Gregory Prince on Thursday's Access Utah

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In the inaugural Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture, Arrington himself was the speaker. His topic: “Faith and Intellect as Partners in Mormon History.” Joining us today is the 2013 lecturer, Dr. Gregory Prince, who adapts Arrington’s title, calling his lecture “Faith and Doubt as Partners in Mormon History.” A scientist by profession, Prince is also a published historian of Mormonism. 


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Access Utah
6:59 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Ivan Doig's New Book 'Sweet Thunder' on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Ivan Doig, acclaimed author of “This House of Sky” & “English Creek” is out with a new book, “Sweet Thunder,” the third novel in a trilogy of tales following the life of wordslinger Morris Morgan. With the backdrop of a conflicted America during the roaring Twenties, Morrie finds himself back in the brawling city of Butte in the middle of a conflict between miners and the Anaconda Copper Mining Company.

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Access Utah
11:16 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Innovative Methods of Education on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Education reform is a hot topic right now from congress to communities across the country. On today’s show we will be discussing new solutions and ways of thinking about education with three guests who are at the forefront of education research.

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Access Utah
2:11 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Quench Your Thirst With Salt on Monday's Access Utah

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Nicole Walker, writing about her new book “Quench Your Thirst With Salt,” says that “Utah is a strange place, especially Salt Lake City. A dominant culture encloses the valley in a kind of protective and paternalistic bubble. A sharp and active subculture attempts to pop that bubble...My father tried to single-handedly subvert the dominant, abstinent, culture by drinking a lot. With every drink, he banged his head against the Mormon granite. With every drink, he hurt his head, never making a crack in that granite.  Sometimes the mountains win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Access Utah
5:36 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Encore Presentation of Mother George on Thursday

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Today we revisit one of the most popular programs from our archives. Mother George was a black midwife who practiced her art in a small southeastern Idaho town for 40 years. When she died around 1919, the women dressing her for burial discovered that she was man.

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Access Utah
8:45 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Provo's First Pride Parade on Wednesday's Access Utah

Saturday, September, 21, will mark a historic moment for members of the LGBT community in Utah: the first Provo Pride Festival is planned for that day. Utah has held an annual, 3 day long, pride festival in Salt Lake City since 1983. Utah Pride started quite small but has grown to include national headliners and recent attendance has reached to well over 20,000 people.

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Access Utah
11:05 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Three Mormon Towns Explored by Ansel Adams and Dorthea Lange on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Dorthea Lange and Ansel Adams are two of the most well-known photographers of the 20th century. Lange humanized American's struggle for economic and social justice through her documentary photography, while Adams' landscapes spurred environmental protection of the wild places of the American West. These two household names had already defined Western portraiture and landscape when Adams and Lange undertook a joint venture to document the changing ways of life in three Mormon towns (St. George, Toquerville, & Gunlock.)

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Access Utah
11:09 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The Guerrilla Girls, Exposing Sexism and Fighting Corruption on Monday's Access Utah

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In the spring of 1985 the Museum of Modern Art held an international exhibition of the year's most significant artists. Out of 169 artists showcased, only 13 were women. Infuriated, a group of women found themselves protesting the museum and created The Guerrilla Girls.


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StoryCorps
10:23 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Home at last: The story of one family's search for a home

Sonya Gelter (left) and Lil Barron talk about Sonya's experience finding and receiving a home from Habitat for Humanity
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Sonya Gelter is a single mom of five children, and she was the recipient of a zero-percent loan for a Habitat for Humanity home. She was interviewed by Lil Barron, a Habitat for Humanity employee, in the booth at StoryCorps.

"I was just getting divorced. I had five children, and we were on our way to losing a home," Sonya said of her life just prior to her Habitat for Humanity experience. "I didn't know what to do, or where to go. I had these five kids, my youngest, the twins, were a year and a half old."

Listen to Sonya's story.

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