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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
6:05 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Medieval Art and a Global Women's Movement on AU Thursday

Thursday on Access Utah, a discussion on Medieval art with renowned scholar Jaroslav Folda, and a conversation with Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of Half The Sky, a book-turned-movement empowering women around the world to fight poverty and extremism.

Access Utah
6:48 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Join our Discussion on the Health Care Compact

Wednesday on Access Utah, Tom Williams moderates a discussion between proponents and opponents of Utah signing the Health Care Compact, which would move health care services away from the federal government to be managed by individual states. Our guests are Danny Harris of Utah AARP, Jason Cook of the Utah Health Policy Project, Stan Rasmussen of the Sutherland Institute, and Don Ruzicka of the Eagle Forum.

Access Utah
12:43 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

What Obama Could Learn from Kennedy -- on AU Thursday

Frederick Kempe, author of the bestseller, Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth, will be our guest for the hour on Thursday’s Access Utah.  

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Access Utah
4:47 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Air Quality on Access Utah Wednesday - Join the Discussion

Air Quality is the topic of Wednesday’s Access Utah. In the first half we’ll talk with Dr. Brian Moench, President of Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment; Cherise Udell, Founder and President of Utah Moms for Clean Air; and Matt Pacenza, Policy Director for HEAL Utah. In the second half our guests will include Tom Bingham, President of the Utah Manufacturers Association; and Jim Holtkamp, a Board Member with the Utah Mining Association.

Access Utah
4:23 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Immigration in Utah

Immigration legislation has been in the news lately in Utah and that's our topic on Access Utah today. In the first half we welcome Bishop John Wester of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City and Chairman of the U. S. Conference of Bishops’ Committee on Migration. Our guest in the second half is Eli Cawley from the Utah Minuteman Project.

Access Utah
10:17 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Utah Still Needs to Watch Out for GRAMA -- on Thursday's Access Utah

Utah’s Government Records Access and Management Act, or GRAMA, was a hotly-debated issue at last year’s legislative session. News organizations say Utahns still need to pay attention to the issue. The Utah Media Coalition has launched Grama Watch, which, it says, is an effort to keep a public eye on pending legislation that may have an effect on the openness of Utah government.

Access Utah
9:22 am
Wed February 15, 2012

1,000 Places to See Before You Die...Today on Access Utah

Today on Access Utah Tom Williams talks with Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times best-selling book, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die: A Traveller’s Life List.

In the last segment, an encore broadcast of Tom Williams' interview with NPR's Scott Simon from September 2010.

Access Utah
5:08 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

UPR's Legislative Coverage Tackles Higher Ed Today on Access Utah

Today on Access Utah a conversation on higher education in Utah with members of the stat legislature. We'll discuss enrollment, tenure, budget, tuition and more with Representative Joel Briscoe and Senator Casey Anderson.

Some of Utah's veterans were honored in the legislature yesterday, including Representative Patrice Arent's father. In the last segment of the show today, Marvin Arent tells Tom Williams why he disobeyed direct orders in WWII and saved lives as a result.

Access Utah
3:04 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Education Legislation and More on Today's Access Utah

In the first half today, we replay a conversation with John McDowell from last year. His book, Poetry and Violence: The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica, examines the question whether or not art that portrays violence, promotes violence.

In the second half Tom Williams talks with Senators Aaron Osmond and Karen Morgan about K-12 education and what's going on in the current state legislative session.

Access Utah
4:47 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

One Utah, Many Stories: Writing Personal Histories on Access Utah Wednesday

On Wednesday’s Access Utah we’ll discuss writing the stories of our lives, and the book, One World, Many Stories - Seeking Freedom and Dignity, Experiences of Utah residents, which was published recently as a community outreach project of the Utah Chapter of the Association of Personal Historians.

Tom Williams’ guests include Paulette Stevens (editor of the book and member of the Utah APH,) Tom Taylor (member of the Utah APH,) Sheryl Allen, and Rozina Bahlibi, all of whom tell their stories in the book.

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