Access Utah

Weekdays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

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

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Access Utah
4:35 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Bullying on Access Utah Monday

Bullying is receiving a lot of attention right now, which seems an opportune time to discuss it on Access Utah. According to The Bully Project's website, 13 million kids will be bullied this year, and 3 million will be absent from school, because of it. Some kids may take their lives. 

The Movie Bully is out, and we'll talk with Carla Kelly from human rights education center Utah, Scott Ross, Utah State University Assistant Professor, and Clint Farmer, a school counselor with Edith Bowen Laboratory School. 

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Access Utah
4:31 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Drug Cartels and the Eocene on Access Utah Friday

Credit Illustrations by Steve McNiven; Coloring by R. Kikuo Johnson.

Today on Access Utah, Sheri Quinn talks with writer Patrick Radden Keefe. With the drug-related violence in Mexico thriving, understanding how the drug industry operates is crucial to combatting it. Keith investigated the business side of the blooming illegal drug trade and in June 2012 his report, Cocaine Inc. was published in the New York Times Magazine.

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Access Utah
2:19 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Unions and Twinkies on Access Utah Thursday

We've been hearing about the death of Twinkies. The closure of the company Hostess has the public fearing the treats such as Twinkies and Ho-Hos, and has shined a spotlight on unions. 

A recent headline from Fox Business reads: "Death of Twinkies a Union Contract Hit." Others have differing opinions, and a headline from Salon.com reads: "Vulture Capitalism-not unions- killed Twinkies.

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Access Utah
4:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Loosening Liquor Laws on Access Utah

Utah's laws underwent extensive reform a few years ago, and now Sen. John Valentine is creating a bill that would create a "master license" for hotels, which would free up licenses currently required for the restaurants, catering services and bars inside the hotels.  

The control of alcohol is a vexing problem from state to state, and Utah has an interest in controlling alcohol for public safety reasons. That's asserted by many citizens, but if state laws are seen as too restrictive, it may harm the economy. 

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Access Utah
4:52 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Invisible Disabilities Movie Brings Discussion to the Public on Access Utah

One mother  talks about the gap between when her son is seen as "normal", and when he's seen as "not normal."  She's talking about his invisible disability - a disability which at first glance isn't readily apparent, and includes intellectual impairments such as autism and other disorders. 

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Access Utah
12:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Illegal Immigration on Access Utah Tuesday

We're talking immigration on Access Utah, specifically illegal immigration. There are an estimated 110,000 illegal immigrants in Utah according to the Pew Center, and more may arrive. The Republican Party's stance on immigration seems to be softening after the election, although not in Utah. Some legislators are suggest pushing back the controversial guest worker act. 

We talk to Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and others about immigration for the hour. 

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Access Utah
2:26 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Dinosaurs and Paleontology on Access Utah Friday

Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Carpenter about recent advances in the study of dinosaurs and why Utah is one of the best places on earth to study them.  

At 9:30 science questions explores the era after the extinction of the dinosaurs, the Eocene, where mammals ruled the planet.

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Access Utah
2:29 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Living in the Cloud on Access Utah

 With the expansion of mobile computing, we are all more or less living in the "cloud." We are either having services or storing our music, movies documents and pictures on someone else's server. The advantages are lower cost and accessibility. Some of the concerns: changing definitions of ownership. 

Today on Access Utah we explore the cloud, the good and the bad and ask you for your input. What is it about the "cloud" that has you either utilizing it or abstaining from it? 

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Access Utah
5:45 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Amazon's Uncontacted People on Access Utah Monday

 We meet photojournalist Scott Wallace, who wrote "The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes." It's the story of a journey into the deepest recesses of the amazon to track one of the planet's last uncontacted tribes in the world.   Wallace follows a 34-man team into the rainforest discovering the secrets, and moving closer to the tribe of deaf archers, called the flecheiros, or "People of the Arrow." This seldom-glimpsed tribe is known to repulse intruders with showers of deadly arrows before melting back into the shadows.  Also on the program is

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Access Utah
4:42 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Bioprospecting on Access Utah Friday

Utah is the only state in the U.S. to enact a law that requires someone who is engaged in bioprospecting to notify the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands before removing certain microorganisms, plants, or fungi from state lands. Bioprospecting is the search for and collection of biological material, usually microbes, that could prove either economically useful or in environmental protection efforts. For example if extreme algae in the Great Salt Lake can make a biofuel without impacting the ecosystem it can be harnessed in the laboratory.

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