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
1:13 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

What Are You Reading? Monday's Access Utah

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As we head into summer we want to know what you’re reading. What’s on your nightstand right now?  Is there a book that has had a big impact on you? What are you looking forward to reading? Perhaps you’d like to tell us a personal story connected to a favorite book. We’d love to hear about books in the adult, young adult & children’s categories. One suggestion or many are welcome. Post your list on the Utah Public Radio Facebook page, email us or use the comments section below.

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Access Utah
3:21 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Tell Us About Your Pet on Thursday's Access Utah

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Pictured is the Bringhurst family's new addition, Poseidon. His next project is loose-leash walking training. A recent survey shows that pet ownership is at its highest level in two decades. We're going to talk about your pet on Access Utah. We'll have a Petsmart Utah area pet trainer Marc Ellis with us to answer your questions. Post a picture of your pet on the Utah Public Radio Facebook page along with a brief message bragging about him/her and we'll share your message on Thursday's Access Utah.   Or your can post a message in the comments section below.

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Access Utah
2:37 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Showdown in the Sonoran Desert on Wednesday's Access Utah

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The immigration debate has raised some of the most difficult questions our nation has ever faced. How can we preserve the integrity of sovereign borders while also respecting the dignity of human beings? How should a border be humanely and effectively maintained? To understand the experience of those directly impacted by the immigration crisis, Ananda Rose traveled to the Sonoran Desert - a border region where the remains of 2,000 migrants have been recovered over the past 10 years.  There she interviewed Minutemen, Border Patrol agents, Catholic nuns, humanitarian aid workers, ranchers 

  and many others.

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Access Utah
11:49 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Maximilian Werner

  On Tuesday we will have Maximilian Werner, author of "Evolved, Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind."


Access Utah
11:36 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Victor S. Navasky Author of the Art of Controversy on Access Utah Monday

Victor S. Navasky former editor and publisher of The Nation, and at The New York Times Magazine is on Access Utah. 


Access Utah
3:03 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The Genesis of Mormon Polygamy on Thursday's Access Utah

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Yesterday on Access Utah we talked with members of a modern-day polygamous community. Today, in part two of our series, we’ll learn how polygamy began in America. When Joseph Smith began to reveal and teach the doctrine of plural marriage in 1841, even stalwart church members like Brigham Young were shocked and confused. In her new book, “Revelation, Resistance, and Mormon Polygamy--The Introduction and Implementation of the Principle, 1830-1853” (USU Press) historian Merina Smith considers the ideological, historical, and psychological elements of the process and captures the emotional and cultural detail of this exciting and volatile period in Mormon history.


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Access Utah
2:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Centennial Park Polygamous Community on Wednesday's Access Utah

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In Utah we often have occasion to talk about polygamy. But it is rarer to be able to talk with people who practice it. Wednesday we'll talk with members of the Centennial Park community near the Arizona/Utah border. They are being featured on National Geographic Channel’s Polygamy USA series and recently recorded their stories when UPR hosted StoryCorps in St. George.


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Access Utah
3:07 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Your Working Life on Tuesday's Access Utah

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CEO Marissa Mayer’s recent decision to require Yahoo! workers to come to headquarters for work has provoked a vigorous discussion about telecommuting. On the other end of the spectrum, some suggest that in today’s world, employees shouldn’t have set hours just clear goals. And no matter what else may change, we’ll likely always have to deal with office politics. How is your workplace changing? Is telecommuting working for you? What are your company's rules? Are you able to manage a good work/life balance?

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Access Utah
11:46 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Utah Attorney General Under Investigation on Monday's Access Utah

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Utah Attorney General John Swallow is the subject of a federal and state investigation into a series of allegations, including that he helped broker deals to assist a businessman suspected of fraud and that he promised protection to potential campaign donors to his predecessor, Mark Shurtleff. House Democrats are calling for his impeachment and point to the case in renewing their call for ethics reform. Some Republicans are calling for Swallow accept paid leave or resign, and at least one, Rep. Spencer Cox, says the House should consider impeachment. The Attorney General insists that he broke no laws and says he has no plans to quit.


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Access Utah
3:48 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

When Hollywood Came to Utah on Thursday's Access Utah

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More than 800 movies have been filmed in Utah since filmmaking began in the state in the 1920s with the Parry brothers near Cedar City. Utah has played host to all manner of moves from potboilers on lean budgets to some of the most memorable films ever made, including The Searchers, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Planet of the Apes, Footloose, and Thelma & Louise. Through the years millions of dollars have been poured into the economy. As one Utah rancher said, Hollywood moviemakers "don't take anything but pictures and don't leave anything but money." And with changes in landscapes, movies are the only places to see how some Utah areas used to look.

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