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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
2:07 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Guns and Violence on Access Utah Tuesday

People often join the terms guns and violence together, but is this a correct association? With the dealdy shootings at the Empire State building, the Sikh Temple, and the Aurora movie theater,  headlines and content connect the two.  Is America more violent than other countries? Where do guns fit in? Are guns to blame? What should we do, if anything? 

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Access Utah
10:55 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The Beast in the Garden on Access Utah Friday

When mountain lions began appearing in Boulder Colorado, residents cheered the news.  But as the lions feasted on pets and began to endanger humans, political battles began—until tragedy brought town together.  David Baron’s "The Beast in the Garden" is (according to “a book about the future of our nation, where suburban sprawl and wildlife-protection laws are pushing people and wild animals into uncomfortable, sometimes deadly proximity."  David Baron will give the USU Common Literature Experience Convocations speech Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Kent Concert Hall and he’s Tom Williams’ guest for the hour Friday morning on Access Utah. 

Access Utah
9:26 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Live Jazz on Access Utah Wednesday

Wednesday on AU, we’ll kick off a new periodic series featuring Utah musicians.  Live from the stage of the USU Performance Hall we’ll introduce you to singer-songwriter Liz Woolley, who plays the piano and mandolin and moves comfortably between Jazz, Bluegrass and Classical genres.  Liz Woolley and her band join Tom Williams for a little conversation and a lot of music on-stage at the USU Performance Hall on Wednesday’s AU.    

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Access Utah
9:19 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Hollywood Comes to Town on Access Utah Tuesday

James D’Arc is out with a second edition of his book “When Hollywood Came to Town—A History of Movie making in Utah.”

We’ll spend the hour with James D’Arc and hear clips from several famous movies shot in Utah on Tuesday’s AU, including Better Off Dead. 

UPR Presents
4:00 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bioneers: The Migration of Grassroots Solutions

The Bioneers Radio Series brings us Globalocal: The Migration of Grassroots Solutions.

Innovations usually arise locally. If conditions are right, they spread globally. That story is playing out around the world today. In India, human rights activist Mallika Dutt designed an elegant media campaign that successfully interrupts domestic violence live in real time.

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UPR Presents
3:56 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bioneers: Future Generations are Screaming at Us

The Bioneers Radio Series brings us Future Generations Are Screaming At Us: The Clean Energy Climate Challenge.

The climate crisis is a crisis of governance and leadership. Will we move rapidly enough to realign our policies, politics and economy to stabilize the climate? Creative and innovative people from all walks of life are stepping forward to address the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.

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Access Utah
10:52 am
Fri August 17, 2012

"A Thousand Voices" on Access Utah Thursday

"His name was Carlos. Carlos Louis Salazar. And when his mother had troubles, I more or less stole him. Or that's what I always said. He was the son I wanted, and I did get him for a while."  So writes Jeri Parker in A Thousand Voices, her new memoir of the remarkable relationship between a young, single woman and the wild, beautiful boy, who for a time took the place of the son she’d lost.

Access Utah
11:12 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Tourism and Wolves on Wednesday Access Utah

What should be the place of tourism in Utah’s economy, especially with regard to the kinds of jobs it creates?  And how do we promote cultural tourism as opposed to windshield tourism? On Wednesday’s AU we feature a conversation from the recent Utah Rural Summit, with Leigh von der Esch, Managing Director of the Utah Office of Tourism and Maria Twitchell, Executive Director of the Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau.

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Access Utah
11:23 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Romney's VP, Congressional Races, and Politics on AU Tuesday

Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan

Deseret News political columnists Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb respond to Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate on Tuesday’s AU.  They’ll also debate the merits of the Electoral College, and talk about civility (or a lack thereof) in politics, the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional district, and the recent American Legislative Exchange Council convention in Salt Lake City.

Access Utah
11:01 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Live from The Utah Rural Summit on Access Utah Thursday

The Utah Rural Summit in Cedar City is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and Access Utah will be there on Thursday. Panelists at the conference will discuss economic opportunities, demographic change, leadership, natural resources and agriculture in rural Utah.

Tom Williams’ guests will include Jack Schultz, Founder and CEO of Agracel, Inc., and author of Boomtown USA: The 7 1/2 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns and USDA Rural Development State Director for California, Glenda Humiston, who has developed innovative investment models for rural areas.