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
10:19 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Prairie dogs protected under the Endangered Species Act Tuesday on Access Utah

  The Utah Prairie Dog Recovery Implementation Program (UPDRIP) has two goals: “Recover the Utah prairie dog so that it no longer requires protection under the Endangered Species Act; and allow for existing land uses and continued growth and development within the historic range of the Utah prairie dog.” Some in the area want the process to move faster. 


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Access Utah
12:18 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Legendary Cronkite legacy documented by Douglas Brinkley Monday on Access Utah

For decades, Walter Cronkite was known as "the most trusted man in America." Millions across the nation welcomed him into their homes, first as a print reporter for the United Press on the front lines of World War II, and  later, in the emerging medium of television, as a host of numerous documentary programs and as anchor of the CBS Evening News, from 1962 until his retirement in 1981.


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Access Utah
8:45 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Privacy in the Modern Age on Access Utah Thursday

  In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, we’ll ask you what the proper balance should be between privacy and security, between rights and safety.  We’re all glad, of course, that ubiquitous security and cell phone cameras helped in the rapid capture of the alleged perpetrators in Boston, but are you comfortable with the idea of surveillance cameras on every corner or the increasing ability of law enforcement and others to snoop into what used to be private areas of your life?  Are you willing to give up some privacy rights for increased safety? Do you worry your rights will be eroded? What should the rules be regarding these new technologies?

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Access Utah
8:42 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Ag gag bill's first defendant on Access Utah Wednesday

In the first test in the nation of an “Ag Gag” law, a Utah woman was recently charged for using her cell phone to film a slaughterhouse. Charges against Amy Meyer were subsequently dropped.  Under Utah’s law (H.B. 187) passed in 2012, it is illegal to film an agricultural operation while trespassing or entering the premises on false pretenses. Meyer says that she became an animal rights activist and vegan after learning about the conditions in factory farms and that people deserve to know where their food is coming from. <--break->Supporters of the law say that these secret recordings do nothing to help the public and that if a person suspects wrongdoing at an agricultural operation the proper step is to contact law enforcement.

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Access Utah
10:26 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Drug cartels from Mexico threaten democracy in the US on Access Utah Tuesday

On Tuesday’s Access Utah we’ll revisit a conversation from January with journalist Ioan Grillo, who has written about Mexican narcotraffickers for the past decade, even interviewing members of the cartels and their death squads. He says that “El Narco is not a gang; it is a movement and an industry drawing in hundreds of thousands from bullet-ridden barrios to marijuana-growing mountains.”


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Access Utah
11:44 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Summer Reading List on Access Utah Monday

As we head towards summer, we’re talking books on Monday’s Access Utah.  What are you reading now? What’s on your summer reading list?  We look forward to your suggestions for children, young adults and adults. Our guests will include Margaret Brennan Neville from The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Andy Nettell from Back of Beyond Books in Moab and Catherine Weller from Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City.  They’ll talk about their current favorites and books being published soon that they’re excited about.


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Access Utah
3:07 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Boy Scouts Gay Scout Policy on Access Utah Thursday

 

The Boy Scouts of America is proposing a compromise.  They are prepared to allow gay youths to join, while continuing to bar gay leaders. BSA is preparing to vote on the proposal later this month.  The plan has received the backing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BSA’s top sponsoring organization.


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Access Utah
9:41 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

A Sustainability Discussion on Access Utah Wednesday

Hunter Lovins, President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, will make the business case for sustainability on Wednesday’s Access Utah. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer, Lovins is a professor of sustainable business management at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bard College, and Denver University.  She gave the keynote address at the recent Intermountain Sustainability Summit in Ogden.


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Access Utah
4:26 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Nazis, Mormons and the Third Reich on Access Utah Tuesday

In the late 1940s Helmuth Hubener, a Mormon teenager, decided to leave Hitler’s Youth and confront the Nazi regime and his church leaders. Eventually, he was excommunicated from his church and became one of the youngest opponents of the Third Reich to be executed. We’ll examine the conflict of conscience occasioned among Mormons by the extreme circumstances of the Third Reich; and consider the question articulated by German novelist Gunther Grass: Why did [Hubener] know and I didn’t know?

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Access Utah
3:15 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Michael Moss, Author of "Salt Sugar Fat" on Access Utah Monday

One in three adults in the U. S., and one in five children, is clinically obese.  In his new book “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times investigative reporter Michael Moss argues that many of the big companies in the processed food industry are at least partly to blame.


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