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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
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

Credit travel.utah.gov

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

Credit sheriff.lacounty.gov

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

Credit www.gscmusic.org

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

Credit attorneygeneral.utah.gov

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

Credit blogs.sos.wa.gov

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

Credit www.brwcouncil.org

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

Credit www.aoc.gov

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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