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
4:15 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Holiday Celebration on Access Utah Thursday

On today's Access Utah we celebrate the holidays with music and poetry. Utah State University music professor Mike Christiansen, plays the guitar live in our studio. University of Utah theater professor Tim Slover, author of the book and radio series, "The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus," reads excerpts of poetry.

From his poem "Trials of the Season":

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Access Utah
1:31 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

The World of Wolf-dogs on Access Utah Wednesday

 Writer Ceiridwen Terrill writes about how, at a particularly sad and frightening time in her life, a wolf dog was the kind of companion she was searching for. In her book, "Part Wild: Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs," she talks about an animal who's heart is divided between the woman she loves, and the desire to roam free. In the end, Terrill realized she must confront the reality of taming a half-wild animal.  

  

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Access Utah
4:04 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Reparative Therapy Controversy on Access Utah Tuesday

Proponents of reparative or conversion therapy say it can help people transition away from unwanted homosexuality, while opponents believe the therapy is not only harmful, but flawed in its premise. California recently prohibited licensed therapists from using reparative therapy on patients under 18 years of age. 

A U of U student and three other gay men are suing a New Jersey center under New Jersey's Consumer fraud act.

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Access Utah
3:04 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Showdown in the Sonoran Desert Author Ananda Rose on AU Monday

The immigration debate has raised some of the most difficult questions our nation has ever faced. How can we preserve the integrity of sovereign borders while also respecting the dignity of human begins? How should a border be humanely and effectively maintained? To understand the experience of those directly impacted by the immigration crisis, Ananda Rose traveled to the Sonoran Desert -- a border region where the remains of 2,000 migrants have been recovered over the past 10 years.

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Holiday Programs
5:08 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Special Programming this Week

A Season’s Griot 2012
Saturday, December 29    8:00 p.m.

An hour-long Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, again hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This year's program features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original and traditional stories. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.

Toast of the Nation
Monday, December 31     9:00 p.m. -  January 1 3:00 a.m.

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Access Utah
1:36 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

The United Nations and Disabilities on Access Utah Thursday

How much weight does international treaty have on our lives? Today we specifically talk about the U.N. convention and the rights for persons with disabilities. That was defeated in the senate recently; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says this is an expression of American leadership throughout the world, and will help disabled veterans. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) expressed the views of some, saying those who homeschool their children, and send their children to private or religious schools would be harmed by this law.

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Access Utah
3:15 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Sex Trafficking in Utah on Access Utah Wednesday

Credit Shared Hope International

"I didn't know about sex trafficking until I was in the middle of it. I found out that they actually had chosen me." 

So goes a clip from the website of Shared Hope International, which seeks to combat child sex trafficking. The problem is growing internationally, and it's here in Utah. You've probably seen the report- girls as young as 14 were coerced into performing sex acts for Utah men who patronized the back rooms of three Salt Lake area so-called massage parlors. We're going to talk about this problem with John Swallow and Kirk Torgerson from the Attorney General's office and Linda Smith from Shared Hope International. 

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Holiday Programs
3:14 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Slavic Wonders: Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

The Rose Ensemble
Credit Michael Haug Photography

Thursday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble is back with a holiday special. Slavic Wonders is a celebration of the season featuring some brilliant gems from the libraries and monasteries of Krakow, Prague, and Moscow. The Rose Ensemble of Minnesota has put together a program of music for Christmastime in the great variety and range they are known for. Hear everything from soaring soprano lines, to the signature Slavic sound of rumbling basses; Slavic Wonders is an engaging and curious mixture of chant, carols, and glorious polyphony.

Access Utah
1:25 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Brigham Young's Life on Access Utah Tuesday

Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York who's impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. he trudged around the US and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than 50 women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. 

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Access Utah
4:35 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Bullying on Access Utah Monday

Bullying is receiving a lot of attention right now, which seems an opportune time to discuss it on Access Utah. According to The Bully Project's website, 13 million kids will be bullied this year, and 3 million will be absent from school, because of it. Some kids may take their lives. 

The Movie Bully is out, and we'll talk with Carla Kelly from human rights education center Utah, Scott Ross, Utah State University Assistant Professor, and Clint Farmer, a school counselor with Edith Bowen Laboratory School. 

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