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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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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Access Utah
2:19 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Unions and Twinkies on Access Utah Thursday

We've been hearing about the death of Twinkies. The closure of the company Hostess has the public fearing the treats such as Twinkies and Ho-Hos, and has shined a spotlight on unions. 

A recent headline from Fox Business reads: "Death of Twinkies a Union Contract Hit." Others have differing opinions, and a headline from Salon.com reads: "Vulture Capitalism-not unions- killed Twinkies.

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Access Utah
4:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Loosening Liquor Laws on Access Utah

Utah's laws underwent extensive reform a few years ago, and now Sen. John Valentine is creating a bill that would create a "master license" for hotels, which would free up licenses currently required for the restaurants, catering services and bars inside the hotels.  

The control of alcohol is a vexing problem from state to state, and Utah has an interest in controlling alcohol for public safety reasons. That's asserted by many citizens, but if state laws are seen as too restrictive, it may harm the economy. 

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Access Utah
1:50 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Catholic Sisters in the West on Access Utah Tuesday

 The last of the Sisters of Saint Benedict are leaving Ogden, headed back to their home in Minnesota. The women are leaving a legacy, including a hospital they built. There's a new book out about Catholic sisters much like the St. Benedict sisters, who first traveled to America's west to provide social services, education and medicine. 

In  "Across God's Frontiers" Anne Butler writes about the ways sisters challenged the ideas of women, work and religion in the west, and says religious life was a vehicle to give women power and agency. 

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Access Utah
4:52 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Invisible Disabilities Movie Brings Discussion to the Public on Access Utah

One mother  talks about the gap between when her son is seen as "normal", and when he's seen as "not normal."  She's talking about his invisible disability - a disability which at first glance isn't readily apparent, and includes intellectual impairments such as autism and other disorders. 

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Access Utah
12:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Illegal Immigration on Access Utah Tuesday

We're talking immigration on Access Utah, specifically illegal immigration. There are an estimated 110,000 illegal immigrants in Utah according to the Pew Center, and more may arrive. The Republican Party's stance on immigration seems to be softening after the election, although not in Utah. Some legislators are suggest pushing back the controversial guest worker act. 

We talk to Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and others about immigration for the hour. 

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Holiday Programs
10:57 am
Mon November 19, 2012

UPR Thanksgiving Specials

The Splendid Table's 2012 Turkey Confidential Special airs at 9:00 a.m. on Utah Public Radio on Thanksgiving Day.
Credit www.splendidtable.org

The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential  
November 22: 9:00 -  11:00 a.m.

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Access Utah
2:29 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Living in the Cloud on Access Utah

 With the expansion of mobile computing, we are all more or less living in the "cloud." We are either having services or storing our music, movies documents and pictures on someone else's server. The advantages are lower cost and accessibility. Some of the concerns: changing definitions of ownership. 

Today on Access Utah we explore the cloud, the good and the bad and ask you for your input. What is it about the "cloud" that has you either utilizing it or abstaining from it? 

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