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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Science Questions
2:06 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

"The Shrinking Jungle" on Friday's Access Utah

Today on the program we hear from former state archeologists Kevin Jones about his new book "The Shrinking Jungle." In his book, he takes us on a journey with the Ache of Paraguay, one of the last hunter-gatherer groups to come into contact with the western world. His story is a fictional tale based on experience with the Ache' and their efforts to save the gradually diminishing rainforest.


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Access Utah
2:46 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Becoming More Environmental Friendly on Thursday's Access Utah

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Many of us believe in sustainability. But do we walk the talk? We’ll ask you what you’re doing in your daily life to promote sustainability, to personally be part of a green solution to our environmental problems. What changes have you made? What solutions have you found that you‘d like to share with us?


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Access Utah
7:51 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Military Sexual Assault Lawsuit on Access Utah Wednesday

According to NPR, the Defense Department estimates there are about 19,000 sexual assaults in the military per year, but according to Pentagon statistics, only a small fraction of these cases go to court-martial. Last fall, nineteen current and former members of the U. S. military filed a lawsuit alleging that they were sexually assaulted while serving.  They claim that even though reform has been promised for years, the military doesn’t seriously investigate or punish sexual predators. 


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Access Utah
4:48 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Celebrating May Swenson's 100th Birthday on Access Utah Tuesday

Credit www.poetryfoundation.org

Poet, playwright and Logan native May Swenson would have been 100 this year and USU scholars have organized a centennial celebration, including readings by A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor and former Utah Poet Laureate, and current University of Utah English Professor, Katherine Coles, on April 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Morgan Theater of the USU Chase Fine Arts Center. (The reading is free but seating vouchers are required and are available through the USU Caine College of the Arts Box Office in the Chase Fine Arts Center, room 139-B.)


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Access Utah
11:15 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Eva Kor, Holocaust Survivor, on Access Utah Monday

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Eva Kor is a Holocaust survivor and victim of Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical experiments on twins at Auschwitz. Mengele was given the name “Angel of Death,” because of his position as a SS physician in charge of selecting which new prisoners of the camp would be killed or selected for forced labor. Kor and her sister launched a search for other twins who survived Mengele’s experiments and located 122 individual survivors. She founded C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Holocaust museum in Indiana.

Edited radio interview as broadcasted on April 8.

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Access Utah
8:12 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Rock Climber and Sky Diver, Steph Davis, on Thursday's Access Utah

Moab resident Steph Davis is a superstar in the climbing community. But when her husband made a controversial climb of Delicate Arch, the media fallout and the toll on her marriage left her without a partner or an income. Accompanied by her beloved dog, Fletch, she set off in search of a new identity and discovered sky diving. Though falling out of an airplane is antithetical to a climber’s control, she discovered new hope and joy in letting go.


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Access Utah
4:07 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

"Sweatshops in Paradise -- A True Story of Slavery in Modern America" on Access Utah Wendesday

When nine Vietnamese women arrived at Virginia Sudbury’s law office in Pago Pago, American Samoa she wasn’t sure she would take the case.  She ended up as lead plaintiff attorney in precedent-setting case which drew international attention to issues of involuntary servitude and human trafficking in far-flung U. S. territories.  Virginia Sudbury now lives in Utah, and is author of a new book: “Sweatshops in Paradise—A True Story of Slavery in Modern America.” 


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Access Utah
2:44 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

USU President Stan Albrecht and Others Address Higher-Education Issues on Tuesday's Access Utah

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We’ll address issues in Higher Education on Tuesday’s Access Utah.  How did Utah’s colleges and universities fare at the Utah legislature? How best to plan for the change in age requirements for LDS missionaries? What does the future of higher education look like? Will we see more online classes, video conferencing and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs?) Will these new methods of teaching and learning displace traditional face-to-face classrooms? Should they?


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Access Utah
2:05 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

A Rebuttal of Nuclear Power on Monday's Access Utah

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Mark Lynas, author of “The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans” joined us for the hour on Wednesday.   He says we need to embrace Nuclear Power and Genetically Modified Organisms as parts of any successful portfolio of solutions to Climate Change.  Many fellow environmentalists disagree. 


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Access Utah
1:16 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Climate Change and Nuclear Power on Access Utah Wednesday

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Mark Lynas is the author of a number of books, including The God Species, and is Tom Williams guest for the hour. We discuss Lynas' idea that we must master human technology, like nuclear power, to save the world from ourselves. 


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