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
8:42 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Ag gag bill's first defendant on Access Utah Wednesday

In the first test in the nation of an “Ag Gag” law, a Utah woman was recently charged for using her cell phone to film a slaughterhouse. Charges against Amy Meyer were subsequently dropped.  Under Utah’s law (H.B. 187) passed in 2012, it is illegal to film an agricultural operation while trespassing or entering the premises on false pretenses. Meyer says that she became an animal rights activist and vegan after learning about the conditions in factory farms and that people deserve to know where their food is coming from. <--break->Supporters of the law say that these secret recordings do nothing to help the public and that if a person suspects wrongdoing at an agricultural operation the proper step is to contact law enforcement.

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Access Utah
10:26 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Drug cartels from Mexico threaten democracy in the US on Access Utah Tuesday

On Tuesday’s Access Utah we’ll revisit a conversation from January with journalist Ioan Grillo, who has written about Mexican narcotraffickers for the past decade, even interviewing members of the cartels and their death squads. He says that “El Narco is not a gang; it is a movement and an industry drawing in hundreds of thousands from bullet-ridden barrios to marijuana-growing mountains.”


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Access Utah
11:44 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Summer Reading List on Access Utah Monday

As we head towards summer, we’re talking books on Monday’s Access Utah.  What are you reading now? What’s on your summer reading list?  We look forward to your suggestions for children, young adults and adults. Our guests will include Margaret Brennan Neville from The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Andy Nettell from Back of Beyond Books in Moab and Catherine Weller from Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City.  They’ll talk about their current favorites and books being published soon that they’re excited about.


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Access Utah
3:07 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Boy Scouts Gay Scout Policy on Access Utah Thursday

 

The Boy Scouts of America is proposing a compromise.  They are prepared to allow gay youths to join, while continuing to bar gay leaders. BSA is preparing to vote on the proposal later this month.  The plan has received the backing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BSA’s top sponsoring organization.


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Access Utah
9:41 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

A Sustainability Discussion on Access Utah Wednesday

Hunter Lovins, President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, will make the business case for sustainability on Wednesday’s Access Utah. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer, Lovins is a professor of sustainable business management at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bard College, and Denver University.  She gave the keynote address at the recent Intermountain Sustainability Summit in Ogden.


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Access Utah
4:26 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Nazis, Mormons and the Third Reich on Access Utah Tuesday

In the late 1940s Helmuth Hubener, a Mormon teenager, decided to leave Hitler’s Youth and confront the Nazi regime and his church leaders. Eventually, he was excommunicated from his church and became one of the youngest opponents of the Third Reich to be executed. We’ll examine the conflict of conscience occasioned among Mormons by the extreme circumstances of the Third Reich; and consider the question articulated by German novelist Gunther Grass: Why did [Hubener] know and I didn’t know?

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Access Utah
3:15 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Michael Moss, Author of "Salt Sugar Fat" on Access Utah Monday

One in three adults in the U. S., and one in five children, is clinically obese.  In his new book “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times investigative reporter Michael Moss argues that many of the big companies in the processed food industry are at least partly to blame.


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Access Utah
4:42 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Arthur Brooks and His Book "The Road to Freedom" on Access Utah Thursday

Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, argues in his new book “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” that the American traditions of entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, and upward mobility have been weakened in recent years by an explosion in the size of government and a move towards redistributing wealth rather than rewarding merit. He argues that free enterprise requires a moral defense based on the ideals of earned success, equality of opportunity, charity, and basic fairness. 


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Access Utah
4:11 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Maximillian Werner, Author of "Gravity Hill," on Access Utah Wednesday

Credit artistsofutah.org

“The sound of parenthood is the sigh.” So writes Maximilian Werner in his new memoir “Gravity Hill” which is about growing up, getting older, looking back, and wondering what lies ahead—a process that becomes all the more complicated and intense when parenting is involved. Werner narrates his struggle growing up in suburban Utah as a non-Mormon and what it took for him, his siblings, and his friends to feel like they belonged. Bonding in separation, they indulged in each other, in natural and urban landscapes, and sometimes in the destructive behaviors that are the native resort of outsiders including promiscuous and occasionally violent sexual behavior—and for some, paths to death and suicide.

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Access Utah
8:20 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

A Discussion on Environmental Solutions on Access Utah Tuesday

You spoke and UPR listened. Tuesday on Access Utah Jennifer Pemberton will be here to present some of your questions and comments on how air pollution has affected your health. If you haven’t told us your story, phone lines will be open for you. You can also share your story with us at our online form. In the second half: after a particularly bad winter, we’ll ask: what’s next in our search for solutions?  


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