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
12:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Illegal Immigration on Access Utah Tuesday

We're talking immigration on Access Utah, specifically illegal immigration. There are an estimated 110,000 illegal immigrants in Utah according to the Pew Center, and more may arrive. The Republican Party's stance on immigration seems to be softening after the election, although not in Utah. Some legislators are suggest pushing back the controversial guest worker act. 

We talk to Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and others about immigration for the hour. 

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Holiday Programs
10:57 am
Mon November 19, 2012

UPR Thanksgiving Specials

The Splendid Table's 2012 Turkey Confidential Special airs at 9:00 a.m. on Utah Public Radio on Thanksgiving Day.
Credit www.splendidtable.org

The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential  
November 22: 9:00 -  11:00 a.m.

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Access Utah
2:29 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Living in the Cloud on Access Utah

 With the expansion of mobile computing, we are all more or less living in the "cloud." We are either having services or storing our music, movies documents and pictures on someone else's server. The advantages are lower cost and accessibility. Some of the concerns: changing definitions of ownership. 

Today on Access Utah we explore the cloud, the good and the bad and ask you for your input. What is it about the "cloud" that has you either utilizing it or abstaining from it? 

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Access Utah
5:45 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Amazon's Uncontacted People on Access Utah Monday

 We meet photojournalist Scott Wallace, who wrote "The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes." It's the story of a journey into the deepest recesses of the amazon to track one of the planet's last uncontacted tribes in the world.   Wallace follows a 34-man team into the rainforest discovering the secrets, and moving closer to the tribe of deaf archers, called the flecheiros, or "People of the Arrow." This seldom-glimpsed tribe is known to repulse intruders with showers of deadly arrows before melting back into the shadows.  Also on the program is

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Access Utah
3:31 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

The Morning After: a Post-Election Discussion on AU Wednesday

We turn the focus now to you, listeners and voters. Maybe you want to share who you voted for and why? What issue were you focused on this election season? Maybe you ran for office or worked for a candidate? Did your experience last night make you more or less hopeful about the democratic process?

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Access Utah
3:28 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Personal Trainer Gains, Loses Weight on Access Utah Tuesday

We talk to Utah resident and personal trainer Drew Manning on Access Utah Tuesday for the hour. Manning has been a trainer for years, and has never been overweight; his idea of a treat was an extra glass of spinach shake. But he often failed to help his clients reach their goals. He decided he needed to better understand what it was like to be on the other side. 

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Access Utah
4:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Tattoo Culture on Access Utah Monday

Have you noticed that more people are choosing tattoos these days?  Are tattoos going main stream? What do tattoos mean to people who have them? What do tattoos mean to the larger culture? On Monday’s AU Tom Williams talks with University of Connecticut Sociology professor Clinton Sanders, author of "Customizing the Body—The Art and Culture of Tattooing."  He’ll also speak with a tattoo artist and owner of Sailor Jim's Electric Tattoo from Logan, Utah, a dermatologist, and a woman who is having her tattoos removed.

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Access Utah
4:54 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Miners Strike: Killing for Coal on Access Utah Thursday

   One spring morning in 1914 members of the United Mine Workers of America clashed with guards employed by the Rockefeller family and state militia in Colorado. When the dust settled, 19 men, women and children from the miners' families lay dead. The strikers had killed at least 30 men and destroyed 6 mines and laid waste to two company towns.  In his book "Killing for Coal" author Thomas Andrews recounts this 1914 massacre and the great coal field war. He situates it not only in labor history but in the environment.

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Access Utah
4:32 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Water in the West on Access Utah Wednesday

  On Access Utah the topic is water, specifically the Colorado River and the documentary Watershed. The producers call the Colorado River the most "damned, dibbed and diverted river in the world." It is struggling to support 30 million people, and population is expected to explode.  The peacekeeping agreement called the Colorado river pact, is reaching its limits. The producers of the movie believe there is hope. We'll be talking about the Colorado River and water in the West with Producer Jamie Redford and Director Mark Decena.
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Access Utah
2:56 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Amendment A and District 3 Debate on Access Utah Tuesday

Debating constitutional amendment a in the first half of the program today, continuing our Vote Utah series. The amendment proposes the Utah constitution be amended to require a portion of the revenue from all state severance taxes, to be deposited in the state trust fund, beginning in 2016. 

A severance tax is a tax required of all those who extract oil, gas or minerals from land within the state. This amendment would exclude resources taken from Native American tribal land within the state. 

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