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
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

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“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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Access Utah
1:25 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Environmental Reflection for Earth Day on Access Utah Monday

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Amy Irvine McHarg, author of “Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land” and Stephen Trimble, author of “Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America” and other books will join Tom Williams for Access Utah on Earth Day 2013 to reflect on environmental issues and read from their works. 

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Access Utah
5:08 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

StoryCorps' founder David Isay on Access Utah Thursday

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StoryCorps founder David Isay joins Tom Williams for Thursday’s Access Utah on the first day of registration for a free recording session in the StoryCorps booth during StoryCorps’ upcoming stay in St. George.  David Isay is editor of several books from StoryCorps including “Listening Is an Act of Love.” He’ll talk about the power of listening and the importance of each life story. StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.


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Access Utah
2:44 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on Access Utah Wednesday

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Are GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms beneficial or dangerous to global health? Are GMOs critical to sustainability or a danger to the environment? Should companies have the right to patent seeds? Can GMOs co-exist with organic farming? We’ll seek answers to your GMO questions from Jennifer Reeve, USU Associate Professor of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture; David Hole, USU Professor of Plant Breeding/Genetics; and Amelia Smith Rinehart, U of U Associate Professor of Law.


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Access Utah
7:28 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Reforming Immigration on Tuesday's Access Utah

The U. S. Senate appears to be moving towards a compromise on immigration.  We’ll ask you where you stand.  Do you support the principles in the Utah Compact? Do you prefer an Arizona-style solution?   Should any plan lean towards border security and enforcement or a path to citizenship for those now here illegally? Should Utah implement its currently-delayed guest worker law? What does a good solution to the immigration problem look like? 


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Access Utah
2:15 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Gun Control, Reducing Violence and HB 76 on Access Utah Monday

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Should Governor Herbert’s veto of HB 76 be overridden? HB 76 would loosen restrictions on the use of concealed weapons. Should national background checks be expanded? How do we reduce gun violence? We’ll look for your response to these questions on Monday’s Access Utah. Our guests are Sen. Allen Christensen R-North Ogden, Senate sponsor of HB 76, Rep. Brian King D-Salt Lake City; Maryann Martindale, Executive Director of the Alliance for a Better Utah; and Clark Aposhian, Chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council.

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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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