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.


Access Utah
4:42 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Restoring the West Conference on Access Utah Monday

 On Access Utah we preview the Restoring the West conference happening Tuesday and Wednesday on the Utah State University campus. The conference will focus on balancing energy development and biodiversity. There's a boom in energy development in many areas of the west, and Tom Williams asks our guests if there is a balance to be found on Access Utah this hour. 

Our guests on the program are:  

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Access Utah
3:49 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Voters and Mitt Romney's Religion on Access Utah Monday

According to at least one poll, 1 in 5 Americans say they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon for president.  The nation is about to test that proposition, of course, and in the meantime on Monday’s AU we’ll talk with Trevor C. Hill producer and director of "The Religious Test—A Documentary Film about Mormonism and Politics."

In the second half, Tom Williams’ guest is BYU Assistant Professor of History, J. Spencer Fluhman, author of A Peculiar People: Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America.

Access Utah
2:41 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

RAPZ Tax Pros and Cons on Access Utah Wednesday

The RAPZ (Recreation, Arts, Parks and Zoos) tax is on the ballot this year for renewal this year. The tax was approved by a large margin originally, and is a tax of a tenth of one percent, a small portion of which is given to the state for collection purposes, the rest is put toward community organizations in Cache Valley. 

Access Utah
3:46 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Apocalyptic Planet on Access Utah Tuesday

In his new book, "Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Ever Ending Earth" author Craig Childs makes it clear that our planet is not stable, and alternate futures, not all of them pretty, are waiting in the wings. He refutes the idea of an apocalyptic end, and points instead to the inevitable end in some of the most physically challenging places on the globe. From Chile to Iowa and the Bering Sea, he looks to the past to see the possible ends of the earth. Childs is our guest on Access Utah today. 

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Access Utah
6:23 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Founding Fathers and the Election on Access Utah Wednesday

Richard Brookhiser, a Senior Editor at the National Review, has written several books on our founding fathers.  His latest is a biography of James Madison, who he calls the “father of politics.”  We’ll talk about James Madison, review the state of conservative politics, and look at the presidential election with Richard Brookhiser on Wednesday’s AU.

Access Utah
9:18 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Humanitarian Soldier on Access Utah Tuesday

Rhodes Scholar and Navy SEAL, Eric Greitens has worked in Bolivia, hunted terrorists in Iraq, and learned from refugees in Bosnia and Croatia, survivors of genocide in Rwanda, and fellow SEALs who fought in Afghanistan.  He is founder of The Mission Continues, a non-profit organization that challenges veterans to lead in their communities, and author of the bestselling book, "The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL." 

Access Utah
10:30 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Military Sexual Assault Lawsuit on Access Utah Thursday

Nineteen current and former members of the U.S. military have filed a lawsuit alleging that they were sexually assaulted while serving.  They claim that even though reform has been promised for years, the military doesn’t seriously investigate or punish sexual predators.

On Wednesday’s AU we’ll hear the stories of former Utah resident Kelly Alvesteffer Smith and Danielle Hoffman, who are among the plaintiffs. 
We’ll also talk with Salt Lake Tribune reporter Kristen Moulton and Amy Ziering, producer of "The Invisible War," a documentary film on the subject.  

Access Utah
2:37 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Utah Politicians Check Partisanship at the Door on Access Utah Wednesday

As the long election season winds down, we’re going to talk politics again, this time with a twist.  We’ll ask several prominent Utah politicians and commentators to check partisan fights at the door share the one or two core political beliefs that motivate them.  Is there an author or thinker who has had an influence on them?  What is their foundational political philosophy?  

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Access Utah
1:35 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Business Writer Hyrum Smith on Access Utah Tuesday

“My father was a professor of speech, and I grew up in Hawaii with the mindset that you have to get a college degree, get into a big corporation, and grow in a big corporation. So I did that. What I discovered when I got into identifying my governing values was that the thing that I really wanted to do was teach. I looked at the academic world, and I didn't have the credentials to teach in the academic world. So I decided, ‘I'll teach in the corporate world. They'll take anybody in the corporate world (which is true).’”  So writes Hyrum Smith on The Leader Network dot org.  

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Access Utah
1:04 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Zombies Attack on Thursday's Access Utah

We’re in the middle of a zombie renaissance and Southern Utah University Assistant Professor Kyle Bishop has a new book out called: “American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture.”  He says that zombie movies reflect our cultural anxieties.  Indeed, such movies have addressed the violence of the Vietnam War, fears of mass annihilation during the Cold War, and anxieties related to 9/11.  We’ll spend the morning with the Walking Dead on Thursday’s AU.