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
4:57 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

The Beast in the Garden on Access Utah Thursday

When mountain lions began appearing in Boulder Colorado, residents cheered the news.  But as the lions feasted on pets and began to endanger humans, political battles began—until tragedy brought town together. David Baron’s "The Beast in the Garden" is (according to goodreads.com) “a book about the future of our nation, where suburban sprawl and wildlife-protection laws are pushing people and wild animals into uncomfortable, sometimes deadly proximity." 

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Access Utah
2:32 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Business Ethics Within the Pharmaceutical Industry on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Conan Grames is a Utah native, lawyer, and lobbyist, who has held top positions in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a former general counsel for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) the trade organization that represents the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. Grames says he “was always proud to be part of the pharmaceutical industry in its efforts to save lives.”  Others point out problems they see with Big Pharma: excessive lobbying power, inadequate distribution of life-saving drugs, and promotion of a medical culture too dependent on drugs instead of preventive medicine. We’ll talk about these issues as well as relief efforts in Japan. When the earthquake and tsunami hit in 2011, Conan Grames was working as area director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He became heavily involved in coordinating relief efforts.

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Access Utah
6:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Current Climate Change Debate on Tuesday's Access Utah

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HB 77, sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell R-Heber City, was defeated in committee last week. The bill would have defined climate change as a human-caused phenomenon. We’ll debate climate change on Tuesday’s Access Utah.  We invite to to continue the discussion via email at upraccess@gmail.com, on Twitter @utahpublicradio and at www.upr.org.

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Access Utah
5:37 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Air Quality -- A Grassroots Look on Monday's Access Utah

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Air quality is today's topic on the program. We'll be taking a grassroots angle on the anger and protest regarding this issue. Utah has been known for having the worst air in the nation, and many Utahns are taking matters into their own hands. 

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Access Utah
5:04 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Betsy Schow, Author of "Finished Being Fat" on Thursday's Access Utah

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Utah author Betsy Schow writes: “I was fat. Huge. Ginormous. Not because of the number embroidered on the tag of my jeans, but because it consumed a large part of my thoughts and day. It very nearly destroyed my marriage. So much of my life revolved around gaining weight, losing weight … Obesity is an epidemic, but so is this unquenchable drive to be better, thinner, than the woman standing next to us. Even if that woman is just me, looking back from the mirror.”

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Access Utah
12:57 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Utahn's Water Rights and IT Conference on Tuesday's Access Utah

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In today’s program we discuss The Cloud, Mobile Computing, security issues and the problems and opportunities of our increasingly interconnected digital world. We’ll preview the Information Technology Conference sponsored by the Utah State University Huntsman School of Business Partners in Business. The conference held Wednesday on USU campus and focuses on Mobile and Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Network Security. We’ll talk with Steven John, Strategic Chief Information Officer for Workday, and Kimberley Jones, Founder and CEO of Verite.

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Access Utah
12:38 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Boy Scout Ban on Gays on Access Utah Wednesday

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The Boy Scouts of America will soon vote on a proposal which would reverse its policy against participation in the program by openly gay leaders and scouts.  The new policy would allow the sponsors of specific troops to make the decision.  The Great Salt Lake Council is urging the national BSA organization not to reverse its policy and to continue the discussion. We discuss the issue on Wednesday’s Access Utah with a mother of 2 Eagle Scouts, Doree Burt; USU student and Eagle Scout, Kelton Wells, and scouter, Robert Starling.

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Access Utah
1:32 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Avalanche Safety and a Survivor's Story on Monday's Access Utah

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On Monday's program we discuss avalanches in Utah. We hear the story of with two avalanche survivors. Elisabeth Malloy Adam Morrey were recently out in the Mill Creek Canyon area where they were hit by a 700-foot avalanche. Malloy was completely buried where Morrey was only partially. He was able to extricate himself and rescue Malloy. They talk about how they managed to survived. We also talk about safety, preparation and "what to do if" with Toby Weed of the Utah Avalanche Center. 

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Access Utah
11:48 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Author Eric Nuzum Shares His Ghost Stories on Thursday's Access Utah

On Access Utah we explore ghosts, hauntings and love. Author and NPR executive producer Eric Nuzum faced his own fears. In his book, “Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship 80’s Rock a Lost Scrap of Paper and What it Means to be Haunted” Nuzum talks of his history being haunted and how he found peace in facing the supernatural.

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Access Utah
4:18 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

The Interfaith Amigos on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Joining us  from Seattle, The Interfaith Amigos consists of Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman. Known for their wisdom and humor while talking about religion, these men have worked together to try and make sense of the confusion that often accompanies  interfaith dialog. They are the authors of two books "Getting to the Heart of Interfaith" and "Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith." During the program, we'll be focusing on the second book. 

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