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
5:03 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

The Government's Role in your Health on Access Utah Tuesday

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What should government’s role be in promoting our health? New York City’s mandated downsizing of sodas was recently blocked by judge.  In Utah, HCR2, which urges the state to address obesity, overwhelmingly passed the 2013 legislature. Some governments are adding fatty foods and violent video games to the traditional list of goods, like tobacco and alcohol, subject to “sin taxes.”


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Access Utah
5:13 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Governor Herbert and a Legislature Wrap-Up Program on Access Utah Thursday

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Governor Gary Herbert will join us on Thursday’s Access Utah.  We’ll ask him about Medicaid expansion, guns, the possible prison move, air quality, the economy, and anything else you’d like us to talk about.  We’ll also ask the governor if there are any bills he may veto.  Later in the program Sen. Todd Weiler R-Woods Cross joins us to talk about his proposal that we look at changing Attorney General from an elected to an appointed office. Finally, we’ll get a Democratic reaction to the recently-concluded legislative session from Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck D-Salt Lake City.


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Access Utah
12:15 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Dysfunction, Disputes and the Need for Political Change on Access Utah Wednesday

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The book by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein: “It’s Even Worse than It Looks--How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism” caused quite a stir when it was published last year. Mann and Ornstein said that the dysfunction in our government is the result of a mismatch between increasingly parliamentary-style parties and our constitutional separation of powers.  They pinned more of the blame for increasing polarization on Republicans.  Their proposed solutions were provocative as well, including mandatory attendance at the polls, changing the political culture through restoring public shame, and restoration of full disclosure to campaign financing. 


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Access Utah
7:48 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Norman Adler Discusses God and the Brain. Are We Wired To Believe? On Tuesday's Access Utah

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Norman Adler is University Professor of Psychology at Yeshiva University in New York City. He will give two lectures at USU on Wednesday for the USU Religious Studies Program and the USU College of Humanities & Social Sciences titled: “Are We Wired to Believe: A Bio-psychologist Looks at God & the Brain, Religion & Science?” and “What Happens if ‘Big Questions’ & College Collide: Faith & Reason on the American College campus today—What are the Challenges?”   

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Access Utah
2:48 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Holocaust Scholar, Emil Kerenji, on Monday's Access Utah

Our guest for the hour today is Emil Kerenji, an applied research scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.


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Access Utah
5:50 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Zombies Attack on Thursday's Access Utah

We’ve recently experienced a zombie renaissance and Southern Utah University Assistant Professor Kyle Bishop has a book out called: “American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture.”  He says that zombie movies reflect our cultural anxieties.  Indeed, such movies have addressed the violence of the Vietnam War, fears of mass annihilation during the Cold War, and anxieties related to 9/11. 


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Access Utah
7:15 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Legislature Open Forum on Wednesday's Access Utah

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On the next-to-last day of the 2013 Utah Legislature, we’ll ask you which issues you’re focused on: Liquor Laws? Guns? Medicaid Expansion? The Budget? Social Services? State’s Rights? Education? Is there a bill you hope passes? Maybe there’s a bill you hope dies in the home stretch?


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Access Utah
9:02 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Gun Ownership Responsibility on Access Utah Tuesday

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BYU is out with a poll on Utahns’ attitudes toward guns and Utah Parents Against Gun Violence recently delivered a letter to Governor Herbert urging him to veto a bill which would loosen concealed carry restrictions. 


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Access Utah
12:56 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Cellist Amit Peled on Monday's Access Utah

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Amit Peled was raised on an Israeli kibbutz listening to cassette tapes of the great Spanish cellist Pablo Casals.  He went on to become a prominent cellist in his own right and was recently selected to play Pablo Casals’ cello.    


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Access Utah
9:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Utah and its Health Care System on Thursday's Access Utah

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How do we control health care costs, reduce the numbers of uninsured Utahns, ensure high quality health care, and provide for a sound economy?  Governor Herbert and Utah legislators are grappling with those questions and deciding how to implement the Affordable Care Act and whether to expand Medicaid. 

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