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
2:23 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

What Are You Watching? Monday's Access Utah

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Last week our UPR community compiled an impressive book list. Now, we want to know what movies & television shows you’re watching. What’s in your Netflix queue right now?  Is there a movie or show that has had a big impact on you? Which shows and movies are you looking forward to seeing? Maybe you’d like to tell us a personal story connected to a favorite movie. We’d love to hear about movies and shows in any and all genres. What’s on your all-time top ten list?


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Access Utah
1:57 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Gay Marriage at the U. S. Supreme Court on Thursday's Access Utah

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The U. S. Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, declaring that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to benefits under federal law. The court also has sent California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, back to the appellate court. What do you think of these rulings? Did the Supreme Court get it right? What does this mean for Utah? For you? What comes next? Are you in favor of gay marriage? Why or why not?


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Access Utah
12:50 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

New Study on Distracted Driving Wednesday's Access Utah

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According to NPR, AAA CEO Robert Darbelnet is saying that the proliferation of hands-free technology in cars "is a looming public safety crisis," and that "It's time to consider limiting new and potentially dangerous mental distractions built into cars." This follows the publication of a new study from AAA and the University of Utah. U of U psychology professor David Strayer, the lead investigator, says that "these new, speech-based technologies in the car can overload the driver's attention and impair their ability to drive safely."  He adds that we shouldn’t  assume that if our eyes are on the road and our hands are on the wheel that we aren’t unimpaired.

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Access Utah
1:21 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Religion and the Environment on Tuesday's Access Utah

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About 80 percent of Americans say they belong to a faith community. Some people of faith feel a strong sense of stewardship for the earth which moves them to environmental action. Many view climate change as moral issue. Some churches are divesting their investment portfolios of stocks related to oil and gas extraction. At the other end of the spectrum, some religious people feel that the earth is in God’s hands and that unwarranted action on climate change is morally wrong because of effects on the poor. How does your faith inform your views on the environment? Is this a moral issue? What does your church or faith tradition teach about the earth, the environment and/or social justice?

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Access Utah
1:13 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

What Are You Reading? Monday's Access Utah

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As we head into summer we want to know what you’re reading. What’s on your nightstand right now?  Is there a book that has had a big impact on you? What are you looking forward to reading? Perhaps you’d like to tell us a personal story connected to a favorite book. We’d love to hear about books in the adult, young adult & children’s categories. One suggestion or many are welcome. Post your list on the Utah Public Radio Facebook page, email us or use the comments section below.

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Access Utah
3:21 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Tell Us About Your Pet on Thursday's Access Utah

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Pictured is the Bringhurst family's new addition, Poseidon. His next project is loose-leash walking training. A recent survey shows that pet ownership is at its highest level in two decades. We're going to talk about your pet on Access Utah. We'll have a Petsmart Utah area pet trainer Marc Ellis with us to answer your questions. Post a picture of your pet on the Utah Public Radio Facebook page along with a brief message bragging about him/her and we'll share your message on Thursday's Access Utah.   Or your can post a message in the comments section below.

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Access Utah
2:37 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Showdown in the Sonoran Desert on Wednesday's Access Utah

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The immigration debate has raised some of the most difficult questions our nation has ever faced. How can we preserve the integrity of sovereign borders while also respecting the dignity of human beings? How should a border be humanely and effectively maintained? To understand the experience of those directly impacted by the immigration crisis, Ananda Rose traveled to the Sonoran Desert - a border region where the remains of 2,000 migrants have been recovered over the past 10 years.  There she interviewed Minutemen, Border Patrol agents, Catholic nuns, humanitarian aid workers, ranchers 

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Access Utah
11:49 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Maximilian Werner

  On Tuesday we will have Maximilian Werner, author of "Evolved, Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind."


Access Utah
11:36 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Victor S. Navasky Author of the Art of Controversy on Access Utah Monday

Victor S. Navasky former editor and publisher of The Nation, and at The New York Times Magazine is on Access Utah. 


Access Utah
3:03 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The Genesis of Mormon Polygamy on Thursday's Access Utah

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Yesterday on Access Utah we talked with members of a modern-day polygamous community. Today, in part two of our series, we’ll learn how polygamy began in America. When Joseph Smith began to reveal and teach the doctrine of plural marriage in 1841, even stalwart church members like Brigham Young were shocked and confused. In her new book, “Revelation, Resistance, and Mormon Polygamy--The Introduction and Implementation of the Principle, 1830-1853” (USU Press) historian Merina Smith considers the ideological, historical, and psychological elements of the process and captures the emotional and cultural detail of this exciting and volatile period in Mormon history.


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