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
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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Access Utah
4:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Tattoo Culture on Access Utah Monday

Have you noticed that more people are choosing tattoos these days?  Are tattoos going main stream? What do tattoos mean to people who have them? What do tattoos mean to the larger culture? On Monday’s AU Tom Williams talks with University of Connecticut Sociology professor Clinton Sanders, author of "Customizing the Body—The Art and Culture of Tattooing."  He’ll also speak with a tattoo artist and owner of Sailor Jim's Electric Tattoo from Logan, Utah, a dermatologist, and a woman who is having her tattoos removed.

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Access Utah
4:54 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Miners Strike: Killing for Coal on Access Utah Thursday

   One spring morning in 1914 members of the United Mine Workers of America clashed with guards employed by the Rockefeller family and state militia in Colorado. When the dust settled, 19 men, women and children from the miners' families lay dead. The strikers had killed at least 30 men and destroyed 6 mines and laid waste to two company towns.  In his book "Killing for Coal" author Thomas Andrews recounts this 1914 massacre and the great coal field war. He situates it not only in labor history but in the environment.

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Access Utah
4:32 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Water in the West on Access Utah Wednesday

  On Access Utah the topic is water, specifically the Colorado River and the documentary Watershed. The producers call the Colorado River the most "damned, dibbed and diverted river in the world." It is struggling to support 30 million people, and population is expected to explode.  The peacekeeping agreement called the Colorado river pact, is reaching its limits. The producers of the movie believe there is hope. We'll be talking about the Colorado River and water in the West with Producer Jamie Redford and Director Mark Decena.
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Access Utah
2:56 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Amendment A and District 3 Debate on Access Utah Tuesday

Debating constitutional amendment a in the first half of the program today, continuing our Vote Utah series. The amendment proposes the Utah constitution be amended to require a portion of the revenue from all state severance taxes, to be deposited in the state trust fund, beginning in 2016. 

A severance tax is a tax required of all those who extract oil, gas or minerals from land within the state. This amendment would exclude resources taken from Native American tribal land within the state. 

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Access Utah
4:42 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Restoring the West Conference on Access Utah Monday

 On Access Utah we preview the Restoring the West conference happening Tuesday and Wednesday on the Utah State University campus. The conference will focus on balancing energy development and biodiversity. There's a boom in energy development in many areas of the west, and Tom Williams asks our guests if there is a balance to be found on Access Utah this hour. 

Our guests on the program are:  

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Access Utah
3:49 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Voters and Mitt Romney's Religion on Access Utah Monday

According to at least one poll, 1 in 5 Americans say they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon for president.  The nation is about to test that proposition, of course, and in the meantime on Monday’s AU we’ll talk with Trevor C. Hill producer and director of "The Religious Test—A Documentary Film about Mormonism and Politics."

In the second half, Tom Williams’ guest is BYU Assistant Professor of History, J. Spencer Fluhman, author of A Peculiar People: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America.

Access Utah
2:41 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

RAPZ Tax Pros and Cons on Access Utah Wednesday

The RAPZ (Recreation, Arts, Parks and Zoos) tax is on the ballot this year for renewal this year. The tax was approved by a large margin originally, and is a tax of a tenth of one percent, a small portion of which is given to the state for collection purposes, the rest is put toward community organizations in Cache Valley. 

Access Utah
3:46 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Apocalyptic Planet on Access Utah Tuesday

In his new book, "Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Ever Ending Earth" author Craig Childs makes it clear that our planet is not stable, and alternate futures, not all of them pretty, are waiting in the wings. He refutes the idea of an apocalyptic end, and points instead to the inevitable end in some of the most physically challenging places on the globe. From Chile to Iowa and the Bering Sea, he looks to the past to see the possible ends of the earth. Childs is our guest on Access Utah today. 

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