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
12:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Legacy of Ed Abbey on Wednesday's Access Utah

A still of Ed Abbey from "Wrenched"
Credit utahfilmcenter.org

Wednesday on AU we remember Ed Abbey, author of “The Monkey Wrench Gang” and “Desert Solitaire,” and consider his legacy. What is Abbey's relevance today? What is the status of the environmental movement today? 


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Access Utah
11:05 am
Tue March 4, 2014

The Science of Air Quality on Tuesday's Access Utah

A while back, UPR listener Derek Butcher emailed us saying that he’s pleased that “UPR has devoted a fair amount of airtime to discussions of Utah's air quality...which is great because it's an important issue that affects all of us." 


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Access Utah
10:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Beat Poetry on Monday's Access Utah

Ginsberg, Whalen, McClure & Snyder, taken by Walter Lerhman
Credit artmuseum.usu.edu

On Monday’s Access Utah we’ll not only talk about key writers of the Beat Generation--such as Allen Ginsburg, Philip Whalen, and Kenneth Rexroth, but we’ll hear their voices as well. John Suiter, author of “Poets on the Peaks,” a book about Beat poets and their experiences as fire lookouts in the Northwest during the 1950s, discovered some historic photographs and audio tapes during his research. 


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Access Utah
10:38 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Talking Water with TEDxUSU Experts on Thursday's Access Utah

Bruce Bugbee, 2013 TEDxUSU Speaker
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Living in the second-driest state in the U.S. most of us are closely attuned to water issues, especially as we face changes to our climate. Three experts at USU recently chose water as the topic of their TEDxUSU talks. 


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Access Utah
11:08 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Count My Vote on Wednesday's Access Utah

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What’s the best way to involve people in the political process? Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in favor of the Count My Vote initiative, which would mandate a change to direct primaries to determine party nominees. He says that the current caucus and convention system excludes many people and rarely reflects how rank-and-file party members feel. 


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Access Utah
10:43 am
Tue February 25, 2014

"Evening in Brazil" on Tuesday's Access Utah

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It’s a tradition that every year about this time “Evening in Brazil” presents a concert or two in northern Utah. And each year, we gather group members in UPR’s studio C to enjoy some great Bossa Nova and Samba on Access Utah. Linda Ferreira Linford, Christopher Neale, Eric Nelson and Mike Christiansen will join us with their music on Tuesday. We hope you will too, beginning at 9:00 a.m. 


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Access Utah
10:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Digital Security on Monday's Access Utah

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We’re putting more and more of our lives in the cloud. More and more our transactions are electronic. Which is convenient and fast. But is it safe? How secure is all that stuff in the cloud or moving around electronically, like your credit card information or your bank records? 


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Access Utah
11:04 am
Thu February 20, 2014

"How to Knock a Bravebird from her Perch" on Thursday's Access Utah

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After two years of marriage, a gnawing feeling leads Belinda "Pecan" Morrow to suspect that getting married before the conclusion of her senior year in high school and after her father's sudden death--was a huge mistake. She packs up her few belongings and her baby girl and attempts to leave her husband, Ricky Morrow, an up-and-coming boxing sensation from Mississippi. 


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Access Utah
11:10 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Oil and Water in Moab on Wednesday's Access Utah

Oil machinery in Moab, UT.
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Moab is debating whether city tap water should be used for oil and gas drilling. Jon Kovash recently reported on this issue for UPR: “Moab has seen a drilling boom in the last two years, and many more wells are planned. 


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Access Utah
11:22 am
Tue February 18, 2014

"It Rocked!" by Ed Kociela on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Author Ed Kociela has a knack for taking his readers behind closed doors and now walks you backstage to hang out with some of the biggest stars in rock 'n' roll history in "It Rocked! (Recollections of a reclusive rock critic).

Ed Kociela: Part 1

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