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
12:52 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Physical Challenges Overcome on Access Utah Tuesday

Chad Jukes -- mountain climber, veteran, amputee, inspiration.

As part of the healing process military veterans will be commemorating the day that changed America and their own lives by participating in the Bright Mountain Paradox Sports 9-11 Veterans Climb. These veterans plan to summit the Grand Tetons National Park's 14,000 foot Grand Peak.

One of the participants will be Chad Jukes, from North Logan, who lost his right leg below the knee as a result of the injuries he sustained in an IED attack in Iraq. Chad will be Tom Williams' guest on Access Utah.

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Access Utah
12:17 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

The Jury is Out on Access Utah Thursday

The not guilty verdict in the trial of Roberto Miramontes Roman for the murder of Millard County Deputy Sheriff Josie Greathouse Fox shocked many in the community. Now some of the jurors are talking about their deliberations.  This case got us wondering:  How do juries come to their decisions? What influences those decisions? Can we have confidence in our jury system?  On Thursday’s AU we’ll talk with Salt Lake Tribune reporter Aaron Falk; and University of Texas Associate Professor of Sociology Mary Rose, who has studied how juries reach decisions.  

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Access Utah
11:31 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Ghost Stories on Access Utah Wednesday

On Access Utah we explore ghosts, hauntings, and love. Author and NPR executive producer Eric Nuzum faced his own fears. In his book, “Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship 80’s Rock a Lost Scrap of Paper and What it Means to be Haunted” Nuzum talks of his history being haunted and how he found peace in facing the supernatural.

UPR Presents
4:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Bioneers Presents Beloved Community: Hello, My Other Self

The Bioneers Radio Series brings us Beloved Community: Hello, My Other Self.

In today’s radically shifting world, the name of the game is resilience - the capacity of both human and ecological systems to absorb disturbance, roll with the punches and come up standing. Resilience arises from building community - enduring relationships and networks that hold cultural memory in the same way seeds regenerate a forest after a fire.

Access Utah
2:07 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Guns and Violence on Access Utah Tuesday

People often join the terms guns and violence together, but is this a correct association? With the dealdy shootings at the Empire State building, the Sikh Temple, and the Aurora movie theater,  headlines and content connect the two.  Is America more violent than other countries? Where do guns fit in? Are guns to blame? What should we do, if anything? 

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Access Utah
10:55 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The Beast in the Garden on Access Utah Friday

When mountain lions began appearing in Boulder Colorado, residents cheered the news.  But as the lions feasted on pets and began to endanger humans, political battles began—until tragedy brought town together.  David Baron’s "The Beast in the Garden" is (according to goodreads.com) “a book about the future of our nation, where suburban sprawl and wildlife-protection laws are pushing people and wild animals into uncomfortable, sometimes deadly proximity."  David Baron will give the USU Common Literature Experience Convocations speech Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Kent Concert Hall and he’s Tom Williams’ guest for the hour Friday morning on Access Utah. 

Access Utah
9:26 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Live Jazz on Access Utah Wednesday

Wednesday on AU, we’ll kick off a new periodic series featuring Utah musicians.  Live from the stage of the USU Performance Hall we’ll introduce you to singer-songwriter Liz Woolley, who plays the piano and mandolin and moves comfortably between Jazz, Bluegrass and Classical genres.  Liz Woolley and her band join Tom Williams for a little conversation and a lot of music on-stage at the USU Performance Hall on Wednesday’s AU.    

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Access Utah
9:19 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Hollywood Comes to Town on Access Utah Tuesday

James D’Arc is out with a second edition of his book “When Hollywood Came to Town—A History of Movie making in Utah.”

We’ll spend the hour with James D’Arc and hear clips from several famous movies shot in Utah on Tuesday’s AU, including Better Off Dead. 

UPR Presents
4:00 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bioneers: The Migration of Grassroots Solutions

The Bioneers Radio Series brings us Globalocal: The Migration of Grassroots Solutions.

Innovations usually arise locally. If conditions are right, they spread globally. That story is playing out around the world today. In India, human rights activist Mallika Dutt designed an elegant media campaign that successfully interrupts domestic violence live in real time.

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UPR Presents
3:56 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bioneers: Future Generations are Screaming at Us

The Bioneers Radio Series brings us Future Generations Are Screaming At Us: The Clean Energy Climate Challenge.

The climate crisis is a crisis of governance and leadership. Will we move rapidly enough to realign our policies, politics and economy to stabilize the climate? Creative and innovative people from all walks of life are stepping forward to address the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.

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