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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
12:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Revisiting Ogden's 25th Street on Wednesday's Access Utah

On Wednesday’s AU we revisit a popular episode from a few months back: Generations of Ogdenites have grown up absorbing 25th Street’s legends of corruption, menace, and depravity. The rest of Utah has tended to judge Ogden—known in its first century as a “gambling hell” and tenderloin, and in recent years as a degraded skid row—by the street’s gaudy reputation. Present-day Ogden embraces the afterglow of 25th Street’s decadence and successfully promotes it to tourists.

    

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Access Utah
10:42 am
Tue April 8, 2014

"Waiting for Mamu" on Tuesday's Access Utah

Credit waitingformamu.com

Imagine, at five years old, you are sentenced to prison for 13 years. You have no access to your family or friends, to an education, to the outside world or to society. In some places, if a parent is sentenced to prison and they lack a guardian for their child, the child is imprisoned with the parent. Many of these children go to prison at a young age and are released to the world at age 18, with no life skills or support system, knowing nothing of the world but what they experienced in a jail cell. 


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Access Utah
12:03 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

"American Families of Faith Project" on Monday's Access Utah

Credit americanfamiliesoffaith.byu.edu

A large body of social science research has found a number of correlations between religious belief and practice and a range of aspects of marriage and family life (e.g., marital happiness, stability, parent-child cohesion, positive youth outcomes). What is much less known are the processes at work in this area. 


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Access Utah
8:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

"Radiant or Ravaged" Images of Water on Thursday's Access Utah

Pihotography from the "Radiant or Ravaged" exhibit at the Thatcher -Young Mansion in Logan
Credit brwcouncil.org

We’ll merge science and art on Thursday’s AU. The Bear River Watershed Council has organized a photo exhibit called “Radiant or Ravaged.” 

To view more pieces of the exhibit visit the Bear River Watershed Council's Facebook. For more details on the event visit their website here


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Access Utah
10:56 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Should We Amend the Antiquities Act? On Wednesday's Access Utah

Under the 1906 Antiquities Act, U.S. Presidents have the power to unilaterally create National Monuments. President Obama used this power in March to add 1,665 acres to the California Coastal National Monument. 


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Access Utah
11:21 am
Tue April 1, 2014

BASE Jumping On Tuesday's Access Utah

Credit shlackbeep.com

Three BASE jumpers have been killed in the last two months in Utah. BASE jumping, (BASE stands for “Building, Antenna, Span, Earth,”) The sport grew out of skydiving (some skydivers feel that BASE jumping gives their sport a bad image.) BASE jumping has started to gain a more mainstream following in the last fifteen years. 


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Access Utah
10:57 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Utah Farmers Call for Immigration Reform on Monday's Access Utah

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We’ve been talking to various groups with a stake in the immigration debate and Monday on AU, Utah farmers will have their say.


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Access Utah
11:14 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Climate Change on Thursday's Access Utah

According to Reuters, a 29-page draft by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will warn that “Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature” and “will also outline many ways to adapt to rising temperatures, more heatwaves, floods and rising seas.”


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Access Utah
10:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

What are you Reading? On Wednesday's Access Utah

It’s time again to build a UPR reading list. We want to know what you’re reading, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, classic literature, young adult or children’s books. 


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Access Utah
10:20 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Can Coal Ever be Clean? Tuesday's Access Utah

Credit National Geographic

Michelle Nijhuis writes in the April edition of National Geographic (“Can Coal Ever Be Clean?”) that “During the next two decades several hundred million people worldwide will get electricity for the first time, and if current trends continue, most will use power produced by coal...Coal, to use the economists’ euphemism, is fraught with “externalities”—the heavy costs it imposes on society.  


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