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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The Massacre at Mountain Meadow is an event in American history that continues to fascinate Mormons and non-Mormons alike in Utah and throughout the country. Utah State University will feature several works of art about and inspired by the massacre this week in Logan, including a play, a documentary film, and a panel discussion.

Forestry Specialist Mike Kuhns, from Utah State University Extension, is talking about trees today- pruning, and keeping them healthy on Access Utah.  

 

The Obama Administration is proposing to keep the 2013 National Institute of Health budget the same as this year’s budget, 30.7 billion dollars.  But researchers across the nation say it is not enough and it’s affecting the economy and the pace of medical advances.  Today on the program producer Sheri Quinn talks to Maryland based oncologist Dr. Steve Meltzer who is leading an effort to increase the NIH funding to 33 billion dollars.

On today's Access Utah, Tom Williams’ guest in the first half-hour is Utah State University President Stan Allbrecht.  They’ll talk about how higher education fared at the recent 2012 legislature and the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which established the nation’s land-grant colleges, among other topics.

Then, with the deadline to file taxes approaching, we’ll help you avoid tax scams and give you advice in selecting a tax preparer.  Our guests in the second half are IRS Spokesman Bill Brunson and IRS Criminal Division Special Agent Ron Marker.    

Wednesday we'll be re-broadcasting an interview done in 2010 with Celebrity Speaker Luma Mufleh, a soccer coach of an international team, called the Fugees, short for refugees. In the summer of 2004 she organized a team of refugee teens who play for the sheer enjoyment of the game. Individuals in the group suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress, language barriers, and cultural differences.

For more information on Luma Mufleh's effect on the community in Clarkston, Georgia, visit Fugees Family.

Tuesday on Access Utah I met with Susan Harris, the Words Without Borders magazine editor. Words without Borders publishes international literature, and Harris is visiting USU. 

 

Pests in Your Garden

Apr 9, 2012

It's planting and growing season, and today on Access Utah Diane Alston joins us as an extension  entomologist for Utah State University  to talk about crawling things in the garden. We discuss the decline of the honeybee, how to deal with the pests in your vegetable gardens and answer your bug questions.
You can find more information about garden pests in Utah here.

Tracking the Coyote

Apr 6, 2012

The clown, the hero, the fool, the sacred one...the coyote plays a number of roles including the most abundant predator in North America. Tracking the coyote takes us on a thorny trail filled with political, ethical and environmental strife that forces us to confront the human struggle for power over nature. Science Questions presents this controversial canine and its perseverance in the West.

Thursday on Access Utah, we rebroadcast Tom Williams' interview from last year with Liz Murray, who was born to drug-addicted parents, lived as a homeless teen, then won a New York Times scholarship and went to Harvard. Her memoir is called Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, and my Journey from Homelessness to Harvard.

On Wednesday’s Access Utah, it’s time for our annual March tradition: an hour of great Bossa Nova music, live from Studio C with the ensemble “Evening in Brazil.”  We’ll hear songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim and other composers.

Carter Niemeyer used to trap wolves and now does everything he can to protect them. Tom Williams talks to Niemeyer, retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  wolf recovery coordinator for Idaho and author of Wolfer: a Memoir on Access Utah Tuesday.

The garden is warming up! Apricot blossoms have popped and asparagus is breaking through the ground. Dan Drost, Vegetable Specialist with USU's extension program, is in the studio to answer any gardening questions you might have.

Electric roads could power cars in the near future. Today, on Access Utah, we re-broadcast our episode on the international Electric Roads and Vehicles Conference, held in Park City last month.

At 9:30 Science Questions takes a comprehensive look at what's called the "Paleo Diet", a way of eating that mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors: lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

I work on problems of water rights and water policy at the intersection of law, geography, and political economy.

 

Dr. Carl Bauer, Professor of Geography at the University of Arizona, is our guest on Access Utah Thursday in anticipation of a talk he'll give as Distinguished Geographer Lecturer at Utah State University in the evening. Bauer is an expert on water rights and water policy and specializes in the similar coasts of Chile and California and the roles of water and law in the policies of those regions.

Ambassador Peter Tomsen was the special envoy to Afghan resistance leaders from 1989 to 1992 under President George H.W. Bush. He's the author of The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers in addition to being a guest on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Tom Williams will go for a more in-depth interview with Tomsen on Wednesday's Access Utah. We welcome your phone calls, emails, and comments below.

Our topic on Access Utah for Tuesday is religion in America. We'll specifically be talking about homegrown religions, like Mormonism, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Jehovah's Witnesses, that have their roots in the U.S. Our guest is historian Richard Bushman, a renowned expert in Mormon history and Mormon Studies and recent guest lecturer at the Utah State University campus.

We'll talk about the implications of the early spring that about to be in full swing in Utah. Our guest for the hour is Brent Black, USU Extension fruit specialist. He'll talk about pest management plans, pruning, and other preparations for the stressful bloom period that's just around the corner.

Click here to learn about the frost-tolerance of your fruit buds.

The Mayflower was the ship that in 1620 transported the pilgrims from Plymouth, England to Plymouth Massachusetts.  Using genealogical records two anthropologists are tracing the life history and migration of these early first settlers. Today on the program they discuss the surprising details of their journey and what they can reveal about ourselves today.

Into the Current

The film, Into the Current, deepens the understanding of the political issues happening in Burma. A former political prisoner, Ko Bo Kyi, is featured in the film and is our guest on Access Utah along with the film's director and producer, Jeanne Hallacy.

This Light of Ours

Our topic Wednesday is homelessness.  Tom Williams’ guests will include Pamela Atkinson, a leading advocate for Utah’s homeless, and Leon Anderson, Head of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State University and coauthor of Down on Their Luck: A Study of Homeless Street People.  He’ll give the Timepiece titled: “Criminalization of Mental Illness and the Promise of Mental Health Courts” at USU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Kiger Hour on Thursday in Logan.

On Tuesday's Access Utah, Tom Williams talks with Gretchen Morgenson, author of Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption led to Economic Armageddon. Morgenson is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer and business reporter and financial editor for The New York Times.  Her book sheds light on the darkest corners of Washington and Wall Street and helps explain how those who were supposed to protect the U.S. from financial harm were in fact responsible for the country's economic implosion.

Leafy greens are a staple of any garden and now is the time to plant them ...even under 4 inches of snow like we have in Cache Valley. Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed & Garden in Logan is in the studio the whole hour.

90% of the world's large fish are gone due to over-consumption of seafood and by 2048 all ocean fish could be extinct if the world continues to consume at this rate. On Access Utah today, Sheri Quinn talks to Michael Sutton, Vice President of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, about this global problem.

Part 3 of Science Questions' series on epigenetics is in the second half.

On Thursday's Access Utah we’ll feature a debate on HB187 which would ban photographing farm operations without permission or under false pretenses. Proponents say it provides needed protections to farm operations and opponents say this is a thinly-veiled attempt to prevent needed public scrutiny. Guests will include Nathan Runkle of Mercy for Animals and Randy Parker of the Utah Farm Bureau.

We welcome your emails, comments and calls during our debate.

Our guest on Access Utah Wednesday is Tom Donaldson, an oft-consulted expert in the field of business ethics. Professor Donaldson is the director of the Zicklin center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Society for Business Ethics. He is author of Ties That Bind: A Social Contract Approach to Business Ethics in addition to several other titles. He was recently a guest to the Hunstman School of Business at Utah State University. Tom Williams talks with him about...well, business ethics, what else?

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