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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.


Access Utah
3:52 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

The Crossroads Project Live from Studio C on Access Utah Tuesday

The Crossroads Project is a multidisciplinary performance that joins the forces of art and science.

The Crossroads Project is comprised of a physicist, a composer, a string quartet, and 3 visual artists who combine their artistic and scientific voices in response to the challenge of global sustainability and climate change. In anticipation of their multidisciplinary performance at Utah State University on September 27, they drop by UPR's Studio C on Tuesday to show us what happens when physicist Robert Davies gets back-up in the form of the Fry Street Quartet.

9:44 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Teen's Death Sparks Texting and Driving Conversation on Access Utah Wednesday

Vernal teenager Tommy Clark was recently hit and killed while walking along the side of the road. Police say the driver admits to texting at the time of the accident.  Utah’s texting and driving law is one of the toughest in the nation.  We’ve all seen public service announcements alerting us to the dangers of distracted driving. We’ll ask you on Wednesday’s AU: what more can and should be done to prevent tragedies like this?  Do we need progressively tougher penalties such as those enacted over the years with drunk driving? More awareness campaigns?  

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Access Utah
11:36 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Author Ann Packer on AU Tuesday

 Ann Packer, author of 2 national best-selling novels, Songs Without Words (2007) and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier (2002) is Tom Williams' guest on Access Utah today. Her collection of short stories, Swim Back to Me will also be discussed. We're replaying her interview so we can't take phone calls during the replay, but continue the conversation by posting your comments below. 

Access Utah
12:27 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

"Wolfer" Carter Niemeyer on Access Utah Thursday

Carter Niemeyer used to trap wolves and now does everything he can to protect them. Earlier this year Tom Williams talked to Niemeyer, retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  wolf recovery coordinator for Idaho and author of Wolfer: a Memoir . We're replaying that interview on Access Utah today. We can't take phone calls during the replay, but you can continue the conversation by posting your comments below.

UPR Presents
2:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Bioneers: Tears in the Eyes, Rainbow in the Heart

The Bioneers Radio series brings us Tears in the Eyes, Rainbow in the Heart: Dr. Jane Goodall's Reasons for Hope.

The visionary primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall revolutionized primatology and helped us realize how close our kinship is with the animal kingdom.

Access Utah
3:24 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Humanity Intertwined with Hunting on Access Utah Wednesday

Steven Rinella, author of "Meat Eater—Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter," says that hunting is intimately connected with our humanity and that assuming responsibility for the meat that we eat, rather than entrusting it to proxy executioners, processers, packagers, and distributors is one of the most respectful and exhilarating things a meat eater can do.  In his book, Rinella examines such themes as the vanishing frontier, the ethics of killing, and the loss of Americans’ connection with the way their food makes its way to their tables.  We’ll talk about these topics w

Access Utah
12:52 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Physical Challenges Overcome on Access Utah Tuesday

Chad Jukes -- mountain climber, veteran, amputee, inspiration.

As part of the healing process military veterans will be commemorating the day that changed America and their own lives by participating in the Bright Mountain Paradox Sports 9-11 Veterans Climb. These veterans plan to summit the Grand Tetons National Park's 14,000 foot Grand Peak.

One of the participants will be Chad Jukes, from North Logan, who lost his right leg below the knee as a result of the injuries he sustained in an IED attack in Iraq. Chad will be Tom Williams' guest on Access Utah.

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Access Utah
12:17 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

The Jury is Out on Access Utah Thursday

The not guilty verdict in the trial of Roberto Miramontes Roman for the murder of Millard County Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox shocked many in the community. Now some of the jurors are talking about their deliberations.  This case got us wondering:  How do juries come to their decisions? What influences those decisions? Can we have confidence in our jury system?  On Thursday’s AU we’ll talk with Salt Lake Tribune reporter Aaron Falk; and University of Texas Associate Professor of Sociology Mary Rose, who has studied how juries reach decisions.  

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Access Utah
11:31 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Ghost Stories on Access Utah Wednesday

On Access Utah we explore ghosts, hauntings, and love. Author and NPR executive producer Eric Nuzum faced his own fears. In his book, “Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship 80’s Rock a Lost Scrap of Paper and What it Means to be Haunted” Nuzum talks of his history being haunted and how he found peace in facing the supernatural.

UPR Presents
4:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Bioneers Presents Beloved Community: Hello, My Other Self

The Bioneers Radio Series brings us Beloved Community: Hello, My Other Self.

In today’s radically shifting world, the name of the game is resilience - the capacity of both human and ecological systems to absorb disturbance, roll with the punches and come up standing. Resilience arises from building community - enduring relationships and networks that hold cultural memory in the same way seeds regenerate a forest after a fire.