Access Utah

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Access Utah is UPR's original program focusing on the things that matter to Utah. The hour-long show airs daily at 9:00 a.m. and covers everything from pets to politics in a range of formats from in-depth interviews to call-in shows.

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Access Utah
11:03 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Doug Peacock: Military Veterans And The Healing Wilderness On Access Utah

Doug Peacock
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Doug Peacock served in Vietnam as a Green Beret medic, and came home an emotional and spiritual wreck. After the war, he crawled into the mountains and found that solitude in wilderness was exactly what he needed to confront the demons of Vietnam. And he credits grizzly bears with restoring his soul. Doug Peacock, the model for Hayduke in Edward Abbey's “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” will give the keynote address at a symposium in Salt Lake City this week titled “This Land Is Your Land: Toward a Better Understanding of Nature's Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and their Families.”  The symposium is Wednesday through Saturday at the University of Utah Conference Center. Doug Peacock’s keynote address is Wednesday evening at 7:00. He returns to Access Utah on Tuesday.

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Access Utah
11:24 am
Mon September 15, 2014

The Personal Life of "Messiah" Composer George Frederic Handel on AU

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During his lifetime, George Frideric Handel’s music reached from court to theater, echoed in cathedrals, and filled crowded taverns, but the man himself is a bit of a mystery.

Handel—known to most as the composer of Messiah—took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts, but very little survives which would reveal the man. One document offers us a narrow window into his personal life: his will. In it, he remembers not only family and colleagues but also neighborhood friends. MIT Professor Emeritus, Ellen T. Harris went in search of the private man behind the public figure.


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Access Utah
11:40 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Doris Kearns Goodwin Revisits Access Utah For "Roosevelts" Documentary

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Pulitzer-prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin returns to AU on Friday. She is author of several books including “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,“ “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - The Home Front in World War II” and “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” And she’s one of the experts featured in Ken Burns’ new documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” which airs on KUED over seven nights beginning on Sunday. 

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Access Utah
11:34 am
Thu September 11, 2014

"Dataclysm" And The Ethics Of Clicking On Access Utah

The online world- who are we, and what are the ethics of clicking?

Seventy percent of the country uses Facebook each month—50 percent of Americans under 35 check it first thing every morning. By 2015, people will have tweeted more words than in every book ever printed. A third of all marriages in the United States now begin online—meaning one in three children in the class of 2032 will have been facilitated by an algorithm. Social media has become essential to the fabric of our society. We know that companies and the government are using our data, sometimes in ways we’re uncomfortable with.


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Access Utah
10:39 am
Wed September 10, 2014

#CutTheCarls: Sexual Objectification In Advertising On Access Utah Wednesday

Lexie Kite's husband, a "young, hungry man" targeted by Carl's Jr. ads is the face of the Cut the Carls campaign.
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Two Utah sisters are pushing back against a Carl’s Jr. advertising campaign they say objectifies women. The ads feature bikini-clad women eating the fast-food chain’s burgers in a seductive manner. Lindsay and Lexie Kite hold doctorate degrees from the University of Utah and run a nonprofit called Beauty Redefined, focusing on issues surrounding women’s body image and media influence. Their social media campaign uses the hashtags: “#CutTheCarls” and “#MoreThanMeat” They are asking consumers to boycott Carl’s Jr. in order to involve the company in conversation about sexual objectification in advertising. Carl’s Jr. has said the ads, which began in 2005, are aimed at catching the attention of young, hungry boys (ages 18 - 35). The company said it respects the contribution of women to society.

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Access Utah
10:35 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Revisiting An Hour With Sheldon Harnick On Access Utah Tuesday

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Legendary lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Fiorello!) visited Logan for events with the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater during their 2013 season. While he was in town, he sat down with Tom Williams for an Access Utah conversation.

We’ll revisit that program.

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Access Utah
11:40 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Common Ground On Hostile Turf On Access Utah Monday

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On Monday’s AU we revisit a conversation from April: In our increasingly polarized society, there are constant calls for compromise, for coming together. For many, these are empty talking points—for Lucy Moore, they are a life's work. As an environmental mediator, she has spent the past quarter century resolving conflicts that appeared utterly intractable.

In her book “Common Ground on Hostile Turf” she shares the most compelling stories of her career, offering insight and inspiration to anyone caught in a seemingly hopeless dispute. Moore has worked on a variety of  issues—from radioactive waste storage to loss of traditional grazing lands. More importantly, she has worked with diverse groups and individuals: ranchers, environmental activists, government agencies, corporations, tribal groups, and many more.

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Access Utah
12:11 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Canyonlands 50th Stirs Debate on Preservation or Industrialization

View of Utah's largest national park
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On September 12, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation creating Canyonlands National Park: “...in order to preserve an area...possessing superlative scenic, scientific, and archeologic features for the inspiration, benefit and use of the public…”

There will be events of celebration and reflection next week in Moab as part of a year-long recognition of the anniversary. . And a new film “Our Canyon Lands” looks at some issues going forward: “...one of the last vast wild places in the lower 48 sits teetering on a precipice of  industrial development.

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Access Utah
11:37 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Geek Sublime: Computers And Coding On Access Utah Wednesday

Tom Williams speaks with author Vikram Chandra about computers and coding in our society.
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Vikram Chandra says that even though “computing has transformed our lives...the processes and cultures which produce software remain largely opaque, alien, unknown. He says “whenever I tell one of my fellow authors that I supported myself through the writing of my first novel by working as a programmer and a computer consultant, I evoke a response that mixes bemusement, bafflement, and a touch of awe, as if I’d just said that I could levitate...Many programmers, on the other hand regard themselves as artists.”

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Access Utah
10:10 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Searching For Your Family Stories On Access Utah Tuesday

Are you interested in learning your genealogy and researching your family's history? Have you already traced your lineage back hundreds of years? Or are you just beginning?

Because the LDS church and Ancestry.com share their record libraries with the public and each other, Utah is a mecca for people interested in family history. Genealogy has become the second most popular hobby in the United States. We’re going to hear some family history journeys on Monday’s AU, including a cowboy who found out he’s an Indian; a grandson who’s discovering his Japanese heritage while sorting through his grandfather’s belongings following his recent passing; and a great granddaughter who has come to admire the courage, resilience, and strength of the women in her family which immigrated from Yugoslavia to work in the Tintic Mining District.

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