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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Access Utah
5:44 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Confronting the Next Sagebrush Rebellion on AU Wednesday

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed legislation recently that would have taken public lands back from the U.S. government, explaining that the bill appeared to be "not reconcilable" with the Constitution. On Access Utah Wednesday, we invite Representative Ken Ivory to come talk about why he's disappointed in Gov. Brewer's decision and why he thinks the Utah bill would not be considered unconstitutional. We'll also talk to Stephen Trimble, a vocal opponent of the legislation.

Utah News
4:00 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Share Your Eclipse Experience on AU Tuesday

My photo does the eclipse no justice, but I enjoyed watching this view of the sun on a cardboard box throughout the eclipse. -- jp

Whether you ended up in the designated "sweet spot" with a solar telescope or just happened to see an eclipsed shadow on your front porch, we want to hear about your Utah eclipse experience. Post your photos or just your thoughts on UPR's Facebook page. Amateur solar gazers, writers, photographers are all welcome. It was a special night in Utah and we want to keep the feeling alive.

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Access Utah
11:15 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Dean John Allen on Thurday's AU

Rural sociologist John Allen says that community creates the success or failure of a civil society.  He has helped several communities trying to resolve serious conflicts.  His list of key mindsets required to achieve a civil society includes: “Meet the Weirdos” (anyone who may be different from you,) “Cultivate a Civil Tone,” and “Personalize” (get to know those on the other side as fellow human beings.)  John Allen, Dean of the USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was selected by USU Honors students to give the annual “Last Lecture,” which he delivered recently at USU.

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Access Utah
4:49 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Humanitarian Soldier on AU Wednesday

Eric Greitens is our guest Wednesday on Access Utah, and will be discussing his book, The Heart & the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL,  and his experiences as both a humanitarian and soldier.

 

 

Access Utah
4:31 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Snowpack, Livestock, and Land Grant Colleges Live From the Captitol

Water, fire, food, education; those are the basic themes of Tuesday’s Access Utah when we’ll broadcast from the Federal Building in Salt Lake City at the Utah celebration of the 150th anniversary of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

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Access Utah
11:47 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Music and Mystery on Thursday AU

 As the New Magini String Quartet prepares for a performance of Schubert's masterpiece, "Death and the Maiden," which it hopes will resuscitate its faltering career, someone starts picking off members of the quartet one by one.  It’s up to blind violin teacher and amateur sleuth, Daniel Jacobus, to solve the mystery.

Access Utah
12:01 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Utah Women Lawmakers on AU Wednesday

Women make up approximately half of Utah's population, and yet there are no women in Congress who represent Utah. A bi-partisan group called Real Women Run is encouraging women to run for elective offices, and on Access Utah today, Tom Williams discusses the organization and training workshop, as well as having women in public office. 

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Access Utah
3:46 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Author Ann Packer on AU Tuesday

Our guest for the hour today is Ann Packer, author of 2 national best-selling novels, Songs Without Words (2007) and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier (2002). She has a new collection of short stories out, Swim Back to Me, just in time for her appearance at the Sundance Author Series on May 19.

Burn, an Energy Journal
9:17 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Burn: An Energy Journal Airs During UPR Presents

BURN is the groundbreaking new series from The Public Radio Energy Project and hosted by veteran journalist and master storyteller  Alex Chadwick, who is on a mission to begin a conversation we hope will start our nation on the road to a better energy future.

BURN is a 4-part documentary series. Parts 1 and 2 air in spring 2012. Parts 3 and 4 air in fall 2012.

Part 1: Particles: Nuclear Power After Fukushima

Access Utah
2:08 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Preparing for Primaries -- All About Voting in Utah on AU Thursday

UPR is featuring periodic programs on voting and the political process as we move toward Election Day 2012.

Thursday on Access Utah we’ll check in on the candidates and the issues, looking back on the political conventions and looking ahead to the primary election.

Our guests will include state Democratic party chairman Jim Dabakis and state Republican party chairman Thomas Wright, Deseret News columnists Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb, and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers.

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