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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
11:22 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Dream Act and Immigration on Access Utah Thursday

"The Obama administration's decision Friday to halt deportations and to begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children inspired both jubilation and dismay.”  That’s the recent headline in the Deseret News.  The President’s action has indeed provoked strong responses all over the political spectrum. We’ll be talking with Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and State Representative Chris Herrod. Later in the program we’ll get reaction to the Special Legislative Session from State Senator Lyle Hillyard and State Representative Brian King.  

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Access Utah
5:41 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

The Story of K2 Sherpas on Access Utah Wednesday

In August 2008, when 11 climbers died on K2, the world’s most dangerous peak, two Sherpas were among the survivors. They had emerged from poverty and political turmoil to become two of the most skillful mountaineers on earth. Amanda Padoan and Peter Zuckerman tell their stories in Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day

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Access Utah
1:26 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Fitness Trainer Gains and Loses 75 Pounds: 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
12:31 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Fire Lookouts on Access Utah Thursday

Thursday on Access Utah we're re-broadcasting a discussion with author Philip Connors about his book, "Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout." In 2002 Connors left his job as an editor at The Wall Street Journal to work as a fire lookout in New Mexico's Gila National Forest. Connors was to look out over the forest, and sound the alarm at the first sign of smoke. He has spent every summer in the forest since he left Manhattan. 

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Access Utah
5:11 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

All About Wildfires on AU Wednesday

This is shaping up to be a very busy fire season in the West, with several fires already burning in Utah.

We’ll talk about wildfires on Wednesday’s Access Utah: surviving them, fighting them, preventing them, along with fire policy.

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Access Utah
5:35 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

An Hour With Terry Tempest Williams: Access Utah

This episode of Access Utah was rebroadcast Thursday, October 18, 2012.

Terry Tempest Williams’ mother told her, “I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won’t look at them until after I’m gone.”

“They were exactly where she said they would be: three shelves of beautiful cloth-bound books . . . I opened the first journal. It was empty. I opened the second journal. It was empty. I opened the third. It too was empty . . . Shelf after shelf after shelf, all of my mother’s journals were blank.”

In her new book, When Women Were Birds, acclaimed Utah writer Terry Tempest Williams considers the mystery of her mother's journals and the questions “What does it mean to have a voice?”  Tom Williams will ask that question and many others on Tuesday's hour-long interview with Williams on Access Utah.

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Access Utah
11:22 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Tattoo Culture on Thursday AU

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 Thursday’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.       

 

Access Utah
9:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Mormons Building Bridges: The LDS and LGBT Conversation on AU Wednesday

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More than 300 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints marched in the Utah Pride Parade on Sunday, leaving some spectators in tears.

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Access Utah
11:15 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Sports Stories with Feinstein on Tuesday AU

Sportswriter John Feinstein has lived every fan’s dream: behind-the-scenes access to many of the great sports figures of our time, including Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Tiger Woods, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, and Martina Navratilova as well as encounters with less-heralded but fascinating players and coaches in the Patriot League, the U. S. Military Academies, and at golf’s Q School.

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Access Utah
11:03 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Preventing Suicide on Thursday's AU

Greg Hudnall, then a new school principal, had to identify the body of a student who had killed himself.  Suicide prevention became a personal mission for Mr. Hudnall and he went on to found the Utah Hope Task Force.

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