Tom Williams

Program Director, Access Utah Host

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
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.


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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