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
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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Access Utah
12:13 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Narrowing the Political Divide on Access Utah Tuesday

Tuesday on Access Utah we’ll attempt to narrow the political divide, hoping to model behavior we’d like to see in elected officials in our increasingly polarized society.  We’ll follow up on a program we did a few months ago with politicians and commentators. This time we’re appealing directly to you.  We’ll ask you to explore the weaknesses of your political beliefs, as well as the strengths of the other side. How we can listen to and understand each other more in our political discourse, and how do we get out of our silos and join with each other in solving our problems?

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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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