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Access Utah
3:46 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Trekking for Continental Wildways on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Chip Ward writes in The Nation: “At this very moment, [TrekWest adventurer John] Davis is walking, biking, paddling and horseback riding 6,000 miles through a chain of mountain ranges that stretches like a spine across North America from the Sierra Madres of Mexico through the Rockies of the American West up into Canada. He started this winter in the Sonoran desert we share with our southern neighbor and has been heading northward for months. He will cross many of our most treasured national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, the ones that tourists love, but his trek is no sightseeing adventure. Davis and his Trek West partners along the route are advocating for what they call 'landscape connectivity' on a continental scale.”

 

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Access Utah
3:28 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Himalayan Cataract Project on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Ophthalmologists Dr. Geoffrey Tabin (based in Salt Lake City) and Dr. Sanduk Ruit have dedicated their lives to restoring sight to blind people in some of the most isolated, impoverished reaches of developing countries in the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa. Drs. Ruit and Tabin founded the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) in 1995. Geoffrey Tabin was a high-achieving Harvard Medical School student from the suburbs of Chicago who was also an accomplished mountain climber; he was the fourth person to reach the famed Seven Summits, the tallest peak on each continent. It was through high-altitude climbing that he first came to witness the dramatic effects of cataract surgery on blind villagers. Dr. Tabin joins Tom Williams for the hour on Tuesday’s Access Utah.

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Access Utah
8:20 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Sheldon Harnick on Monday's Access Utah

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Legendary lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Fiorello!) is in Logan for events with the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater. He is Tom Williams' guest for the hour on Access Utah. Monday 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Sheldon Harnick set out to be a violinst and ended up as one of the great lyricists on Broadway.  He'll talk about his mentor, E. Y."Yip" Harburg; working with Jerry Bock and Richard Rogers and other composers; and the enduring legacy of "Fiddler on the Roof."

Access Utah
7:04 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Part Wild on Thursday's Access Utah

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Ceiridwen Terrill writes about how, at a particularly sad and frightening time in her life, a wolf dog was the kind of companion she was searching for. In her book, "Part Wild: Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs," she talks about an animal whose heart is divided between the woman she loves, and the desire to roam free. In the end, Terrill realizes she must confront the reality of taming a half-wild animal.  We revisit a conversation from December 2012.


Access Utah
2:09 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Life of Brigham Young on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York whose impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He trudged around the U.S. and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than 50 women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God.


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Access Utah
2:26 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Utah's "Ag Gag" Law on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Animal welfare activists filed a lawsuit Monday, challenging Utah’s “Ag Gag” law. We'll revisit a debate from May when, in the first test in the nation of an “Ag Gag” law, a Utah woman was charged for using her cell phone to film a slaughterhouse. Charges against Amy Meyer were subsequently dropped.  Under Utah’s law (H.B. 187) passed in 2012, it is illegal to film an agricultural operation while trespassing or entering the premises on false pretenses. What do you think? Do surreptitious whistle blowers at farms and slaughterhouses provide a needed service or are they public nuisances? Do you think Utah’s “Ag Gag” law is a necessary protection or an infringement on citizens’ rights?


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Access Utah
5:24 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

The Utah Bucket List on Monday's Access Utah

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What’s on your Utah bucket list?  What adventure have you always wanted to do? What activities have you crossed off your Utah Bucket List and can suggest to us? We’d love to share your list with others. We’d also love to share your photos. You can share your list & photos on our Utah Public Radio Facebook page and call 1-800-826-1495 Monday 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  A film, “The Utah Bucket List,” premieres August 1 on KUED and is hosted by Salt Lake Tribune outdoor writer Brett Prettyman and produced by KUED’s Nancy Green. Prettyman has featured several of the adventures on the list in a series of articles in the Tribune.

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Access Utah
1:51 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

A Summer with Freeman and environmental health on Access Utah Friday

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Salt Lake City based educator and inventor Daniel Geery has a new novel out this Summer titled “ A Summer with Freeman.” It is a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys who flee to the nearby wilderness to live off the land in search of peace from the town bully. Today on the program, Geery joins us to talk about the book and the lessons within it that he hopes will benefit modern education.

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Access Utah
1:26 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Unrest in Egypt on Thursday's Access Utah

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According to a BBC report from July 16, “a new interim Egyptian government has been sworn in, with army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the ousting of Mohammed Morsi, becoming deputy PM as well as defence minister. ... The swearing in followed another night of violence between security forces and Morsi supporters that left seven dead. A spokesman for Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood called the interim government ‘illegitimate’. Mr Morsi was ousted on 3 July in what many have said was a military coup.The army said it was fulfilling the demands of the people after mass anti-Morsi protests.”

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Access Utah
2:29 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Your Reaction to Zimmerman Acquital on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman was recently acquitted of all charges in the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. More than 150 people marched in protest of the verdict in Salt Lake City. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, some of the protesters said that the trial’s outcome will increase racial profiling and open the door for “trigger-happy” vigilantes. We’re going to open up Wednesday’s Access Utah to you to talk about this case.

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