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
11:33 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Government's Role in Air Quality Regulation on Access Utah Wednesday

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On previous episodes of Access Utah, we’ve tapped into grassroots frustration directed at government for perceived lack of effective action on Air Pollution. Many of you are asking: why isn’t more being done?  Wednesday on the program we’ll give you the chance to express your concerns directly to legislators and government officials. We’ll ask our guests and you: what should government do to improve Air Quality?

In the first half, we’ll talk with Sen. Patrice Arent, D-Salt Lake City; Rep. Ed Redd, R-Logan; and Bryce Bird, Director of the Utah Division of Air Quality.

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Access Utah
12:13 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Narrowing the Political Divide on Access Utah Tuesday

Tuesday on Access Utah we’ll attempt to narrow the political divide, hoping to model behavior we’d like to see in elected officials in our increasingly polarized society.  We’ll follow up on a program we did a few months ago with politicians and commentators. This time we’re appealing directly to you.  We’ll ask you to explore the weaknesses of your political beliefs, as well as the strengths of the other side. How we can listen to and understand each other more in our political discourse, and how do we get out of our silos and join with each other in solving our problems?

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Science Questions
1:32 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Author Matt Richtell Talks About His New Book "The Cloud" on Friday's Access Utah

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On today's Access Utah, Sheri Quinn talks to New York Times technology reporter Matt Richtell about his new novel,"The Cloud." In his book, Ricktell weaves today's cutting edge technology into a suspenseful story about the addictive power of technology that keeps you gripped to the last page.  In the second half, Science Questions explores the effects of climate change from new climate data and how changes in national energy plans can benefit the economy.

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Access Utah
4:57 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

The Beast in the Garden on Access Utah Thursday

When mountain lions began appearing in Boulder Colorado, residents cheered the news.  But as the lions feasted on pets and began to endanger humans, political battles began—until tragedy brought town together. David Baron’s "The Beast in the Garden" is (according to goodreads.com) “a book about the future of our nation, where suburban sprawl and wildlife-protection laws are pushing people and wild animals into uncomfortable, sometimes deadly proximity." 

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Access Utah
2:32 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Business Ethics Within the Pharmaceutical Industry on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Conan Grames is a Utah native, lawyer, and lobbyist, who has held top positions in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a former general counsel for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) the trade organization that represents the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. Grames says he “was always proud to be part of the pharmaceutical industry in its efforts to save lives.”  Others point out problems they see with Big Pharma: excessive lobbying power, inadequate distribution of life-saving drugs, and promotion of a medical culture too dependent on drugs instead of preventive medicine. We’ll talk about these issues as well as relief efforts in Japan. When the earthquake and tsunami hit in 2011, Conan Grames was working as area director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He became heavily involved in coordinating relief efforts.

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Access Utah
6:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Current Climate Change Debate on Tuesday's Access Utah

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HB 77, sponsored by Rep. Kraig Powell R-Heber City, was defeated in committee last week. The bill would have defined climate change as a human-caused phenomenon. We’ll debate climate change on Tuesday’s Access Utah.  We invite to to continue the discussion via email at upraccess@gmail.com, on Twitter @utahpublicradio and at www.upr.org.

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Access Utah
5:37 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Air Quality -- A Grassroots Look on Monday's Access Utah

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Air quality is today's topic on the program. We'll be taking a grassroots angle on the anger and protest regarding this issue. Utah has been known for having the worst air in the nation, and many Utahns are taking matters into their own hands. 

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Access Utah
5:04 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Betsy Schow, Author of "Finished Being Fat" on Thursday's Access Utah

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Utah author Betsy Schow writes: “I was fat. Huge. Ginormous. Not because of the number embroidered on the tag of my jeans, but because it consumed a large part of my thoughts and day. It very nearly destroyed my marriage. So much of my life revolved around gaining weight, losing weight … Obesity is an epidemic, but so is this unquenchable drive to be better, thinner, than the woman standing next to us. Even if that woman is just me, looking back from the mirror.”

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Access Utah
12:57 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Utahn's Water Rights and IT Conference on Tuesday's Access Utah

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In today’s program we discuss The Cloud, Mobile Computing, security issues and the problems and opportunities of our increasingly interconnected digital world. We’ll preview the Information Technology Conference sponsored by the Utah State University Huntsman School of Business Partners in Business. The conference held Wednesday on USU campus and focuses on Mobile and Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Network Security. We’ll talk with Steven John, Strategic Chief Information Officer for Workday, and Kimberley Jones, Founder and CEO of Verite.

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Access Utah
12:38 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Boy Scout Ban on Gays on Access Utah Wednesday

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The Boy Scouts of America will soon vote on a proposal which would reverse its policy against participation in the program by openly gay leaders and scouts.  The new policy would allow the sponsors of specific troops to make the decision.  The Great Salt Lake Council is urging the national BSA organization not to reverse its policy and to continue the discussion. We discuss the issue on Wednesday’s Access Utah with a mother of 2 Eagle Scouts, Doree Burt; USU student and Eagle Scout, Kelton Wells, and scouter, Robert Starling.

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