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.


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 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.

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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Access Utah
5:45 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Amazon's Uncontacted People on Access Utah Monday

 We meet photojournalist Scott Wallace, who wrote "The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes." It's the story of a journey into the deepest recesses of the amazon to track one of the planet's last uncontacted tribes in the world.   Wallace follows a 34-man team into the rainforest discovering the secrets, and moving closer to the tribe of deaf archers, called the flecheiros, or "People of the Arrow." This seldom-glimpsed tribe is known to repulse intruders with showers of deadly arrows before melting back into the shadows.  Also on the program is

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Access Utah
3:31 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

The Morning After: a Post-Election Discussion on AU Wednesday

We turn the focus now to you, listeners and voters. Maybe you want to share who you voted for and why? What issue were you focused on this election season? Maybe you ran for office or worked for a candidate? Did your experience last night make you more or less hopeful about the democratic process?

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Access Utah
3:28 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Personal Trainer Gains, Loses Weight on Access Utah Tuesday

We talk to Utah resident and personal trainer Drew Manning on Access Utah Tuesday for the hour. Manning has been a trainer for years, and has never been overweight; his idea of a treat was an extra glass of spinach shake. But he often failed to help his clients reach their goals. He decided he needed to better understand what it was like to be on the other side. 

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