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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
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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Access Utah
1:54 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Gay Marriage Debate on Wednesday's Access Utah

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The U. S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments later this month on a challenge to California’s Proposition 8, narrowly approved by voters in 2008.  The amendment to the state’s constitution states that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”  The Utah Pride Center and 26 other groups recently filed a brief with court urging the justices to declare that gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry.  Last month the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with other churches and groups filed a brief supporting traditional marriage. 


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Access Utah
4:44 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Bullying in Utah on Access Utah Tuesday

The recent suicide of Utah junior high school student, David Phan, has focused attention on bullying.  Other recent teen suicides have prompted action at the Utah legislature. 


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Access Utah
12:19 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

A Preview to the Bear River Basin Forum on Access Utah Monday

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We’ll try to find a good balance among many competing uses of our limited water supply on Monday’s Access Utah. We’ll preview the Bear River Basin Forum, sponsored by the Bear River Watershed Council.  


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Access Utah
5:03 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The Upcoming Sequester on Thursday's Access Utah

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The federal budget sequester, which was supposed to be a poison pill that would motivate Democrats and Republicans to come up with a compromise, may go into effect on Friday.  Thursday we’ll examine possible effects on Utah’s budget and economy.

   

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Access Utah
11:03 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

An "Evening in Brazil" on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Wednesday we’ll take a break from current affairs and politics for an Access Utah tradition: a program of great Bossa Nova and Samba music from the USU Performance Hall.  We’ll preview the annual “Evening in Brazil” event, which happens on Friday at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.


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Access Utah
11:18 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Hope and Inspiration for Better Air Quality on Access Utah Tuesday

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Many Utahns are getting frustrated with what they see as slow and ineffective progress toward solving our air pollution problem.

A Clean Air Rally is planned for Tuesday afternoon in Logan ahead of an expected decision on emissions testing from the Cache County Council.


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Access Utah
12:17 am
Sat February 23, 2013

"Makers: Voices of Utah Women" on Monday's Access Utah

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"Makers: Voices of Utah Women" is a new documentary which premieres February 26 on KUED.  According to the producers, the film “tells the story of the women’s movement in Utah through the firsthand accounts of leaders and activists who fought to alter the social fabric of the state.  It was a time when women were learning to speak up and speak out.  A time when women had different visions of what equality meant.  A time when the voices of Utah women would finally be heard.” 


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Access Utah
11:46 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Beauty Redefined Founders Challenge Cultural Beauty Ideals on Access Utah Thursday

University of Utah doctoral students and twin sisters, Lindsay and Lexie Kite, run a non-profit organization called Beauty Redefined which offers sticky notes supporters can paste on mirrors in restrooms and dressing rooms with messages like: “Your reflection does not define your worth.” Now they’re taking on Sports Illustrated, urging people to paste the sticky notes on the annual swimsuit issue. The Kite sisters say that our ideas about beauty need to be redefined.  We’ll talk with them in the first half of Access Utah on Thursday.

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Access Utah
11:33 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Government's Role in Air Quality Regulation on Access Utah Wednesday

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On previous episodes of Access Utah, we’ve tapped into grassroots frustration directed at government for perceived lack of effective action on Air Pollution. Many of you are asking: why isn’t more being done?  Wednesday on the program we’ll give you the chance to express your concerns directly to legislators and government officials. We’ll ask our guests and you: what should government do to improve Air Quality?

In the first half, we’ll talk with Sen. Patrice Arent, D-Salt Lake City; Rep. Ed Redd, R-Logan; and Bryce Bird, Director of the Utah Division of Air Quality.

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