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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
8:38 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Sustainability: "Walking the Talk," On Wednesday's Access Utah

“Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” We’re going to apply this oft-quoted quip to sustainability on Access Utah. Many of us believe that universal and individual changes are needed to ensure a sustainable & healthy life for us all. 

    

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Access Utah
10:27 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Polygamy On Tuesday's Access Utah

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In the wake of a federal judge’s ruling effectively de-criminalizing polygamy in Utah, we’ll talk with Jonathan Turley, the attorney representing the Kody Brown family, which brought the lawsuit. We’ll also talk with a former member of the FLDS community. 

    

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Access Utah
8:38 am
Mon December 16, 2013

"Five Old Men of Yellowstone" on Monday's Access Utah

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Yellowstone has undergone a number of transitions in the 140 years since its national park designation in 1872. The period from the late 1930s through the early 1970s marked one of the most significant as the Park Service shifted focus from public recreation to interpretation and education. 

    

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Access Utah
8:48 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Attorney General Special Nominations On Thursday's Access Utah

The Utah Republican Party will hold a special State Central Committee meeting on Saturday to nominate three individuals from among seven Attorney General candidates. Governor Herbert is expected to choose the next AG from this group. State Republican Party Chairman James Evans has organized a committee to verify that each candidate meets the requirements to serve as Attorney General and does not have any blatant conflicts of interest. The Republicans were also holding a candidate debate Wednesday evening. The Utah Democratic Party says there are major conflicts of interest and ethical questions surrounding the candidates being considered by the Republican Party.  


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Access Utah
3:07 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

"SLAPPED!" on Wednesday's Access Utah

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“SLAPPED!” is a new novel based of the true story of a strategic lawsuit against public participation (S.L.A.P.P.) in Utah. Two headstrong conservative Mormon housewives, bent on preserving open space near Utah's Jordan River for their children and coming generations, speak out publicly against a multimillion-dollar commercial project that they believe would encroach on the river and destroy wildlife habitat. 


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Access Utah
10:17 am
Tue December 10, 2013

"Hidden History Of Utah" On Tuesday's Access Utah

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Utah has been the focal point for many brave settlers yearning for a new way of life. While Utah's Mormon legacy is well documented, there are lesser-known stories that contribute to the state's history. In “Hidden History of Utah,” public historian, author and history columnist Eileen Hallet Stone looks into the state's forgotten past and presents a revelatory collection of tales culled from her Salt Lake Tribune "Living History" column. 


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Access Utah
11:19 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Alyson Hagy's "Boleto" on Monday's Access Utah

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Alyson Hagy’s latest novel "Boleto," explores the themes of men and horses, the American West, and the dream of a ticket out. The protagonist Will Testerman is a young Wyoming horse trainer determined to make something of himself. Money is tight at the family ranch, where he's living again after a disastrous end to his job on the Texas show-horse circuit. 

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Access Utah
10:16 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Craig Anderson and U.S. A.I.D on Thursday's Access Utah

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Craig Anderson, a resident of St. George Utah and native of Cache Valley, had a long career with the United States Agency for International Development as an agricultural specialist.

He's spent more than 15 years living and working in Latin America and 12 years in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including former Soviet Republics.

Recently he sat down with Tom Williams to discuss his experiences developing agricultural systems in countries where democracy was developing as well. 

    

Access Utah
10:13 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Graeme Simsion's "The Rosie Project" On Wednesday's Access Utah

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Meet Don Tillman, hero of Graeme Simsion’s new novel “The Rosie Project.” Don Tillman is a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. And so, in the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman is all these things. 

    

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Access Utah
5:12 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Marriage 101 For Men On Tuesday's Access Utah

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Sherri Mills has been a hairdresser for more than forty-five years. She has had her own salon long enough to see life happen before her very eyes. She has listened to real-life problems and followed real-life outcomes—successes and failures—and through several generations, longer and more extensively than marriage counselors can. 


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