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
5:11 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

All About Wildfires on AU Wednesday

This is shaping up to be a very busy fire season in the West, with several fires already burning in Utah.

We’ll talk about wildfires on Wednesday’s Access Utah: surviving them, fighting them, preventing them, along with fire policy.

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Access Utah
5:35 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

An Hour With Terry Tempest Williams: Access Utah

This episode of Access Utah was rebroadcast Thursday, October 18, 2012.

Terry Tempest Williams’ mother told her, “I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won’t look at them until after I’m gone.”

“They were exactly where she said they would be: three shelves of beautiful cloth-bound books . . . I opened the first journal. It was empty. I opened the second journal. It was empty. I opened the third. It too was empty . . . Shelf after shelf after shelf, all of my mother’s journals were blank.”

In her new book, When Women Were Birds, acclaimed Utah writer Terry Tempest Williams considers the mystery of her mother's journals and the questions “What does it mean to have a voice?”  Tom Williams will ask that question and many others on Tuesday's hour-long interview with Williams on Access Utah.

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Access Utah
11:22 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Tattoo Culture on Thursday AU

Have you noticed that more people are choosing tattoos these days?  Are tattoos going main stream? What do tattoos mean to people who have them? What do tattoos mean to the larger culture? On Thursday’s AU Tom Williams talks with University of Connecticut Sociology professor Clinton Sanders, author of "Customizing the Body—The Art and Culture of Tattooing."  He’ll also speak with a tattoo artist and owner of Sailor Jim's Electric Tattoo from Logan, Utah, a dermatologist, and a woman who is having her tattoos removed.       

 

Access Utah
9:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Mormons Building Bridges: The LDS and LGBT Conversation on AU Wednesday

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More than 300 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints marched in the Utah Pride Parade on Sunday, leaving some spectators in tears.

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Access Utah
11:15 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Sports Stories with Feinstein on Tuesday AU

Sportswriter John Feinstein has lived every fan’s dream: behind-the-scenes access to many of the great sports figures of our time, including Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Tiger Woods, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, and Martina Navratilova as well as encounters with less-heralded but fascinating players and coaches in the Patriot League, the U. S. Military Academies, and at golf’s Q School.

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Access Utah
11:03 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Preventing Suicide on Thursday's AU

Greg Hudnall, then a new school principal, had to identify the body of a student who had killed himself.  Suicide prevention became a personal mission for Mr. Hudnall and he went on to found the Utah Hope Task Force.

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Access Utah
4:13 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Family Matters on AU Wednesday

David Gilkey/NPR

You may have been following NPR’s series, “Family Matters: The Money Squeeze,” heard Tuesdays on Morning Edition. Record numbers of adult children, middle-aged parents, and elderly grandparents are living under the same roof and doing their best to deal with the emotional and financial stresses. Many others are dealing with similar issues while not living together. Some economists are calling those middle-aged parents ”the sandwich generation.” 

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Access Utah
11:29 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Society's Child on Tuesday's AU

Tuesday on Access Utah we revisit a conversation from March of last year with singer-songwriter Janis Ian.  Her song “Society’s Child” about an interracial romance placed her right at the flash point of the racial tensions of the sixties.  She writes in her autobiography about at least one experience performing the song: “I was having a hit record.

Special Program
3:39 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Holiday Special: Monumental Disagreements

George Washington Masonic Memorial

On Monday, we'll play a special episode of the public radio program / podcast BackStory from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Monumental Disagreements:

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Access Utah
10:14 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Decoration Day on AU Thursday

It started as Decoration Day, a day to honor fallen Civil War soldiers and has evolved into Memorial Day, a time to honor all of our dead.  We’ll talk with Warren Hegg, with the “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive” organization about the Borgstrom family of Thatcher who lost four sons in WWII.  Utah State University folklorist Randy Williams will join us to talk about the Veterans History Project and we’ll talk with several war veterans.

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