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 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 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Ambassador discusses Afghanistan on Access Utah

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. 

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Access Utah
11:14 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Hard Hitting: Softball, Child Poverty, and Medicaid Breach on Access Utah

Former Shamrock players at the Utah Bees game Friday. Photo by Rick Egan

A report released by the Annie E. casey Foundation Wednesday shows 16 percent of children in Utah live below the federal poverty threshold. The 2012 Kids Count Data Book analyses the well-being of children across the nation using indicators such as education, health, economic well-being and community. 

 We have Utah Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck on to talk about the political process and child poverty, we have Terry Haven and Karen Crompton from Voices for Utah Children to discuss the report and what it means for Utah. 

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Access Utah
12:22 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Shrubbery on Access Utah Monday

An Apache Plume flower. Apache Plumes are drought resistant.

Monday I met with Utah State University Extension Horticulturist Jerry Goodspeed to discuss shrubbery. What shrubs are drought-safe? What shrubs need lots of attention or virtually no attention? 

Access Utah
11:41 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Sage Grouse and Ice Archives on Access Utah Friday

The greater Sage Grouse is symbol of conservation across the western United States.  There are only about 200,000 of these birds left in the wild and states where this iconic sage grouse inhabit are all collaborating on a conservation plan, Utah included.  Today on the program, Sheri Quinn talks to wildlife biologist Allison Jones about the greater sage grouse and efforts in Utah to protect it.

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Access Utah
11:53 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Economic Collapse on Access Utah Thursday

On Access Utah we discuss the book, "Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Let to Economic Armageddon" about how the economic collapse happened. We talk to co-author and journalist Gretchen Morgenson about the background of the book, and look  toward the future.  At the end of the hour, Jennifer Pemberton tells us about celebrating Pioneer Day for the first time. 

Access Utah
10:53 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Homeless in Utah on Wednesday's Access Utah

Leon Anderson's co-authored book.

On Wednesday we re-broadcast a show played earlier in 2012, about homelessness in Utah. Guests include Pamela Atkinson, a leading advocate for Utah's Homeless, and Leon Anderson a Utah State University professor of Sociology and Social Work. 

Tom Williams discusses how to approach the topic, the fatality rate, and the homeless themselves. 

Access Utah
9:53 am
Wed July 25, 2012

BackStory Takes the Airwaves on Pioneer Day

Photo courtesy of BackStory Radio

Tuesday's Access Utah is overtaken by extreme weather as The Backstory takes over the airwaves. 

The History Guys talk about the first time Americans received disaster relief from the federal government, rain-making, and of course, weather. 

In 1946 General Electric tried their hand at weather modification, and could create snow. But they canceled the program. "General Electric got scared. Because when you control the weather, there's no such thing as an act of God. When something goes wrong, you're to blame. "

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Access Utah
10:57 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Seeing Soil on Access Utah Monday

Utah State University Extension Soil Specialist Grant Cardon joins Bryan Earl to discuss why you can't grow blueberries and other plants you've seen back east. On Access Utah Monday we'll talk about why the soil is so alkaline, cover crops, and have the latest Wild about Utah. 

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Access Utah
11:56 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Legislator Think Tank and Fire on Access Utah Thursday

ALEC stands for the American Legislative Exchange Council, which states they are a non-profit organization, a "state legislators' think tank" that provides "a constructive forum for state legislators and private sector leaders to discuss and exchange practical, state-level public policy issues."  There are currently 28 Utah State Legislators with memberships in ALEC. 

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Access Utah
11:28 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Personal Advice Essays on Access Utah Wednesday

The advice column "Dear Sugar" was taken on as a project by author Cheryl Strayed, in March 2010 where she found the way to being Sugar. 

At the time, Strayed was waiting for an editor to make notes on a previous book, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," when she was approached by author David Almond to take over an advice column she said yes.  

"It seemed interesting to me. It made me curious. It was a new opportunity and I tend to be someone who likes to follow that, when something sparks my interest it usually leads me good places, so I said I'd do it." 

But the column is more like personal essays, with practical advice and guidance in the mix.  Strayed said she uses her own experience, to answer questions posed to her. 

"I really try to address the whole range of the human experience. A wife who's husband has been unemployed and won't get a job, about a man who's friends were saying not-so-nice things, and what he should do. This column is about being human." 

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