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
8:53 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Urban Myths and Legends on Access Utah Wednesday

Our guest for the hour on Wednesday is Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings, who will be in Salt Lake City on January 30, for an appearance at The King’s English Bookshop. He’s out with a new book: "Because I Said So: The truth behind the myths, tales, and warnings every generation passes down to its kids." Many of these myths and warnings are culture-specific.

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Access Utah
12:41 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Ioan Grillo discusses book "El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency" on Thursday's Access Utah

Tom Williams’ guest for the hour on Thursday is journalist Ioan Grillo, who has written about Mexican narcotraffickers for the past decade, even interviewing members of the cartels and their death squads. He says that “El Narco is not a gang; it is a movement and an industry drawing in hundreds of thousands from bullet-ridden barrios to marijuana-growing mountains.” Grillo believes these cartels “have transformed into a criminal insurgency that threatens the nation’s democracy and spirals into the United States.” 

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Access Utah
1:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Journalism and Advocacy on Access Utah Wednesday

 

In 2008, a group of armed Hindu extremists attacked and burned a village of Christians in Odisha state in India, seeking to forcefully reintegrate the villagers into the caste system left behind by their Christian beliefs. The survivors fled into the jungle to escape.  National Geographic photojournalist Lynn Johnson and human rights advocate Jen Saffron have organized the Koraput Survivors Project and will give a lecture entitled “Building Bridges: When Journalism and Advocacy Meet” as a part of the Morris Media and Society Lecture series on Wednesday at USU.

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Access Utah
10:24 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Air Quality in Utah – What Can Be Done?

Credit http://www.cleanair.utah.gov/winter/inversions.htm

Our air quality problem is visible above the inversion line and is physically noticeable when passing below. Utah’s air at times has been rated the worst in the nation. Our questions are: What can be done? What should be done? What can regular citizens do? What should the government do? During the first half of the show, Bo Call, manager of the Air Monitoring Center for Utah Division of Air Quality and Gerry Carpenter, a representative for Utah Transit Authority will join us.

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Access Utah
1:48 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Revisiting a Non-Partisan Conversation on Access Utah Tuesday

Tuesday we will be running a program from October 2012 where we asked several prominent Utah politicians and commentators to check partisan fights at the door and share the one or two core political beliefs that motivate them.  Is there an author or thinker who has had an influence on them?  What is their foundational political philosophy?  

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Access Utah
1:56 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Gun in Schools on Thursday's Access Utah

In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Connecticut, we will discuss guns and violence in America with an emphasis on schools. Should more or fewer guns be allowed in our society? How can schools best be protected? Has Sandy Hook changed your opinion on guns? What can be done about violence in America? And are guns the problem or part of the solution? Matthew LaPlante, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University, co-hosts today's show.

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Access Utah
12:44 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Dixie Name Controversy and License Plate Scanners on Access Utah

In the first half of the program we discuss the controversy over the name Dixie State College. Some say the name Dixie holds negative connotations of slavery and the Confederacy. Others say that the southern Utah area has always been known as Dixie, and that the name hearkens back to the settling of the area by Mormon Pioneers. We talk with former president of Dixie State College, Doug Alder and UPR Southern Utah correspondent Chris Holmes.

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Access Utah
3:17 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Humanity Intertwined with Hunting on Access Utah Tuesday

Steven Rinella, author of "Meat Eater—Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter," says that hunting is intimately connected with our humanity and that assuming responsibility for the meat that we eat, rather than entrusting it to proxy executioners, processors, packagers, and distributors is one of the most respectful and exhilarating things a meat eater can do.  In his book, Rinella examines such themes as the vanishing frontier, the ethics of killing, and the loss of Americans’ connection with the way their food makes its way to their tables. 

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Access Utah
4:32 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Technological Help and Poetry on Access Utah Monday

You got that great new gadget for the holidays, perhaps it's already broken or you need a lot of advice on how to work it. We're going to give you some help on the first half of the program. Jonathan Choate with SD7 Technologies, our computer expert is in with some advice. Whatever technology problem you have. We'll also be talking cool new gadgets with Jonathan, including a new wearable video camera, and how best to store your media, including photos, in the cloud or out of it.  

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Holiday Programs
6:30 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

The Christmas Chronicles on UPR

The Christmas Chronicles

Monday, December 17 - Thursday, December 20   

9:00 a.m. & 8:00 p.m.

The Christmas Chronicles is a Christmas story for radio that captures the magic and mystery of everyone’s favorite Yuletide character—Santa Claus. The Christmas Chronicles originated in accounts of the astonishing life and activities of Santa, recalled and told by the author, Tim Slover, to his children over the years. It all started with a strictly scientific answer to a child’s classic question: “How does Santa deliver all those toys all over the world in just one night?” That’s the query that unlocked the grand adventure to keep the magic in and the cynicism of the world at bay. The Christmas Chronicles finally reveals “a true and complete history of Santa.”

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