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
11:04 am
Thu February 20, 2014

"How to Knock a Bravebird from her Perch" on Thursday's Access Utah

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After two years of marriage, a gnawing feeling leads Belinda "Pecan" Morrow to suspect that getting married before the conclusion of her senior year in high school and after her father's sudden death--was a huge mistake. She packs up her few belongings and her baby girl and attempts to leave her husband, Ricky Morrow, an up-and-coming boxing sensation from Mississippi. 


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Access Utah
11:10 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Oil and Water in Moab on Wednesday's Access Utah

Oil machinery in Moab, UT.
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Moab is debating whether city tap water should be used for oil and gas drilling. Jon Kovash recently reported on this issue for UPR: “Moab has seen a drilling boom in the last two years, and many more wells are planned. 


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Access Utah
11:22 am
Tue February 18, 2014

"It Rocked!" by Ed Kociela on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Author Ed Kociela has a knack for taking his readers behind closed doors and now walks you backstage to hang out with some of the biggest stars in rock 'n' roll history in "It Rocked! (Recollections of a reclusive rock critic).


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Access Utah
11:09 am
Tue February 18, 2014

"Sugar Love" on Monday's Access Utah

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Monday on Access Utah we feature an encore presentation of a program first aired in July 2013:

Rich Cohen writes in National Geographic magazine's August 2013 cover story titled “Sugar Love (a not so sweet story)” that sugar was the oil of its day. The more you tasted, the more you wanted. In 1700 the average Englishman consumed 4 pounds a year.


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Access Utah
10:31 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Revisiting Scott Hammond's "Lessons of the Lost" on Thursday's Access Utah

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Scott Hammond and his golden retriever, Dusty, are volunteer search and rescue workers with Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs. In his new book, “Lessons of the Lost: Finding Hope and Resilience in Work, Life, and the Wilderness,” Hammond says that wilderness can be unforgiving and dangerous, yet fill our souls with awe and wonder and that the wilderness is a classroom where we learn to survive, thrive and sometimes die. 


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Access Utah
8:50 am
Wed February 12, 2014

GMOs, the Argument and the Environment on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Tamar Haspel, writing for the Washington Post, vividly describes the debate over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs,) “It’s not just genetic modification. We’re arguing about organics, honeybees, factory livestock, fishery depletion, aquaculture, yields, antibiotics, monocrops and chemicals. Some of these can be as polarizing as the most difficult social issues; there’s as deep a schism in the food community as there is in Congress. 

    

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Access Utah
10:42 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Health Care 101 on Tuesday's Access Utah

The Utah Health Policy Project has been presenting “Health Care 101” events to show how the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is being implementing in Utah. Utah residents have until March 31st to enroll in new private insurance on healthcare.gov


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Access Utah
10:27 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Dry Farming with Gary Paul Nabhan on Monday's Access Utah

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Gary Paul Nabhan is a nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He has been honored as a pioneer in the local food movement and seed saving community by Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, New York Times, Bioneers and Time magazine. As the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, he works with students, faculty and non-profits to build a more just, nutritious, sustainable and climate-resilient foodshed spanning the U.S./Mexico border. 


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Access Utah
10:11 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Brad Gregory's "The Unintended Reformation" on Friday's Access Utah

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  In his book, “The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society,” Notre Dame History Professor Brad Gregory shows how the unsolved doctrinal disagreements and religious and political conflicts of 16th- and 17th-century Europe continue to influence American political, social, intellectual, and economic life today. He asks what propelled the West into a trajectory of pluralism, polarization and consumerism, and finds answers deep in our medieval Christian past. Brad Gregory, a USU alumnus, returns to Logan to give a presentation in the Tanner Talks series from the USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The talk is Friday at noon in USU Library room 101. 


Access Utah
10:25 am
Wed February 5, 2014

P.J. O'Rourke on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Political satirist and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” panelist, P.J. O’Rourke, trains his eye on his own generation in his new book, “THE BABY BOOM: How It Got That Way…And It Wasn’t My Fault…And I’ll Never Do It Again.” O’Rourke writes, “Yes, we’re spoiled rotten. We’re self-absorbed. And it seems like we’ll never shut up. But the boomers made a better world for everyone else. You’re welcome.” P.J. O'Rourke’s books include “Don’t Vote,” “Parliament of Whores,” “Give War a Chance,” “Eat the Rich,” “The CEO of the Sofa,” “Peace Kills” and “On the Wealth of Nation.” 


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