This episode of Access Utah was rebroadcast Thursday, October 18, 2012.
Terry Tempest Williams’ mother told her, “I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won’t look at them until after I’m gone.”
“They were exactly where she said they would be: three shelves of beautiful cloth-bound books . . . I opened the first journal. It was empty. I opened the second journal. It was empty. I opened the third. It too was empty . . . Shelf after shelf after shelf, all of my mother’s journals were blank.”
In her new book, When Women Were Birds, acclaimed Utah writer Terry Tempest Williams considers the mystery of her mother's journals and the questions “What does it mean to have a voice?” Tom Williams will ask that question and many others on Tuesday's hour-long interview with Williams on Access Utah.
Today we feature a full hour of Science Questions, discussing the growing problem of teen drug use. From Marajuana to Oxycontin, teens tell their stories of addiction, rehabilitation, and growth. We hear from psychologists and non-professionals alike.
Get ready for an evening of new bluegrass music this week, as I feature the world-class instrumentalists Brad and Ken Kolodner, and the new album from Steve Spurgin. I’ll also play songs from new releases by Laurie Lewis, Bearfoot, and Jackstraw, among other talented artists. Join me this Saturday at 8pm for Fresh Folk on Utah Public Radio.
Have you noticed that more people are choosing tattoos these days? Are tattoos going main stream? What do tattoos mean to people who have them? What do tattoos mean to the larger culture? On Thursday’s AU Tom Williams talks with University of Connecticut Sociology professor Clinton Sanders, author of "Customizing the Body—The Art and Culture of Tattooing." He’ll also speak with a tattoo artist and owner of Sailor Jim's Electric Tattoo from Logan, Utah, a dermatologist, and a woman who is having her tattoos removed.