Tom Williams

Program Director, Host Access Utah

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996.  He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.)  He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah” and “Opera Saturday.”  He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.

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Access Utah
11:01 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Religous Pluralism with Dr. Marcella Hall on Monday's Access Utah

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Dr. Marcella Runell Hall is a social justice scholar and author specializing in Diversity Education/Training, Spirituality/Religion, Race/Ethnicity, Hip-Hop Education, Social Justice and Critical Pedagogy.

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Access Utah
12:57 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

"Underground" on Thursday's Access Utah

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“Underground,” a new play by award-winning Utah playwright (and University of Utah Law Professor,) Debora Threedy, will have its World Premiere in Southern Utah, October 3-5 in the Kayenta Outdoor Theatre in Ivins. “Underground” addresses an especially important topic for many Utahns: the moral and spiritual dilemma of excavating Ancient Native American ancestral grounds and selling the excavated artifacts for financial gain. A similar scenario occurred a few years ago in Blanding, where many local residents were indicted for selling stolen Native American artifacts on the black market.


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Access Utah
3:31 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

World Reading Day on Wednesday's Access Utah

Wednesday is World Reading Day. It’s one day, held once a year, where people of all ages are encouraged to turn off the TV, log off the net, put away the video games & ignore all the other myriad distractions of modern life and enjoy the simple pleasure of reading a book instead. 

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Access Utah
9:15 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Performing Arts for Prisoners on Tuesday's Access Utah

Prison Performing Arts founder and artistic director Agnes Wilcox.
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21 years ago in St. Louis, six correctional centers and juvenile detention centers began a program featuring incarcerated adults and children called Prison Performing Arts. Hardened criminals performing classic plays have provided fascinating insights into theater and life. As “This American Life” said of the Prison Performing Arts’ production of Hamlet in a St Louis penitentiary, “It’s a play about murder and its consequences, performed by murderers, living out the consequences.”

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Access Utah
3:20 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Republic of Nature on Monday's Access Utah

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In his book, “The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States,” Mark Fiege re-frames the canonical account of American history based on the simple but radical premise that nothing in the nation's past can be considered apart from the natural circumstances in which it occurred. Among the historical moments he revisits under this new framework: a revolutionary nation arises from its environment and struggles to reconcile the diversity of its people with the claim that nature is the source of liberty.

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Access Utah
12:02 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Amy Larkin talks Environmental Debt on Thursday's Access Utah

For decades, politicians and business leaders have told us that today’s challenge is growing the economy, and that environmental protection can be left to future generations. Amy Larkin, in her book “Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy,” says that in the wake of billions of dollars in costs associated with Hurricane Sandy, wildfires across the West, and groundwater contamination from drilling, it’s clear that yesterday’s carefree attitude about the environment has morphed into a fiscal crisis of epic proportions. She argues that the costs of global warming, extreme weather, pollution and other forms of “environmental debt” are wreaking havoc on the economy.

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Access Utah
12:46 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Comedy of War: David Abram's Fobbit on Thursday's Access Utah

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Based on David Abrams’ own experiences serving in Iraq and the diary he kept there, his new novel, “Fobbit,” takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base Triumph. The Forward Operating Base, or FOB, is like the back-office of the battlefield—where the grunts eat and sleep between missions, and where a lot of Army employees have what looks suspiciously like an office job. The FOB contains all the comforts of home, including Starbucks and Burger King, but there’s also the unfortunate possibility that a mortar might hit you while you’re drinking your Frappucino. A lot of what goes on at the FOB doesn’t exactly fit the image of war that the army and the government feed us: 

    

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Access Utah
11:13 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Pet Health and Happiness on Tuesday's Access Utah

Our producer, Bennett Purser's pet dog named Bandit before he passed.

There has been a lot of debate recently about how to get the right health care for you and your family, but what about one of the most important members of the family, your pet? Dr. Melinda Hillegass from Mountain View Veterinary Health Center in Logan will answer your pet health & care questions. We’re also inviting you to share a picture and message about your pet on our Utah Public Radio Facebook page. We’ll share your message during the program and invite listeners to view your picture on Facebook.

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Access Utah
11:27 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Grandmother Power Explored Around The Globe on Monday's Access Utah

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Photojournalist Paola Gianturco says that an unheralded grandmothers' movement is changing the world & that insurgent grandmothers are using their power to fight for a better future for grandchildren everywhere. Her book, “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon” features 120 activist grandmothers in 15 countries on five continents. Grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, and South Africa are collaborating to care for AIDS orphans. Grandmothers in Senegal have convinced communities to abandon female genital mutilation. Grandmothers in India are becoming solar engineers to bring light to their villages while those in Peru, Thailand, and Laos are sustaining weaving traditions.

 

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Programs
10:19 am
Wed September 18, 2013

"Faith & Doubt as Partners in Mormon History" with Gregory Prince on Thursday's Access Utah

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In the inaugural Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture, Arrington himself was the speaker. His topic: “Faith and Intellect as Partners in Mormon History.” Joining us today is the 2013 lecturer, Dr. Gregory Prince, who adapts Arrington’s title, calling his lecture “Faith and Doubt as Partners in Mormon History.” A scientist by profession, Prince is also a published historian of Mormonism. 


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