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
10:32 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Ricardo Salvador on Monday's Access Utah

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Ricardo Salvador is the senior scientist and director of the Food & Environment Program at Union of Concerned Scientists. Salvador works with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable practices.  His work is driven by the belief that the current food production system disproportionately benefits some large agribusiness firms and contributes to rises in preventable diseases like hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Salvador recently visited Utah State University  to present his lecture titled “Democracy Interrupted: Constructing a food utopia on top of crumbling foundations.” He talks with Tom Williams about the responsibilities and the reality of America's food industry, declining cardiovascular health and how his family's history is significant of his health today.

Access Utah
10:39 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Dr. Albert Raboteau on Thursday's Access Utah

The USU Religious Studies Program & USU History Department are sponsoring a symposium: Black Religious Experience in American History at USU on Oct 24-25. Speakers include Albert  Raboteau, Emeritus Professor of Religion at Princeton, the foremost expert on the religion of the American slaves prior to Lincoln's emancipation. 


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Programs
2:08 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Scott Hammond's "Lessons of the Lost" on Wednesday's Access Utah

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Scott Hammond and his golden retriever, Dusty, are volunteer search and rescue workers with Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs. In his new book, “Lessons of the Lost: Finding Hope and Resilience in Work, Life, and the Wilderness,” Hammond says that wilderness can be unforgiving and dangerous, yet fill our souls with awe and wonder and that the wilderness is a classroom where we learn to survive, thrive and sometimes die.

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Programs
8:41 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Renegade Naturalist Doug Peacock on Tuesday's Access Utah

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For the past 12,000 years, the earth has experienced a relatively stable climate. Today, that predictability has ended, and global warming is our new reality. Yet such shifting weather patterns threatened Homo sapiens once before, right here in North America as the continent was first being colonized. About 15,000 years ago, the weather began to warm, melting the glaciers of the Late Pleistocene and driving the beasts of the Ice Age toward extinction. In this new landscape, humans managed to adapt to unfamiliar habitats and dangerous creatures in the midst of a wildly fluctuating climate. Are there lessons for modern people lingering along this ancient trail? 

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Programs
10:39 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Chuck Greaves' "Hard Twisted" on Monday's Access Utah

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In May of 1934, outside of Hugo, Oklahoma, a homeless man and his 13 year-old daughter are befriended by a Texas drifter newly released from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.  The drifter, Clint Palmer, lures father and daughter to Texas, where the father, Dillard Garrett, mysteriously disappears, and where his daughter Lucile begins a one-year ordeal that culminates in four Utah killings and Palmer’s notorious Greenville, Texas “skeleton murder” trial of 1935.Chuck Greaves’ historical novel ”Hard Twisted” tells the true story of Lucile “Lottie” Garrett.  


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Access Utah
10:15 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Dr. Zorba Pastor Live from Logan on Thursday's Access Utah

This morning we’re at Logan Regional Hospital. My guest for the hour is Dr. Zorba Paster from Zorba Paster On Your Health. Our live broadcast is kicking off several events featuring Zorba Paster in Logan and Moab. I’ll ask him to take us behind the scenes of his show. We’ll talk about how to live a long, sweet life. We’ll also talk about health literacy and food. 


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Access Utah
10:43 am
Wed October 16, 2013

5 Myths about Nuclear Weapons on Wednesday's Access Utah

Most of us think there’s nothing new to say about nuclear weapons. Yes, they’re horrible, possibly immoral, and definitely dangerous, but they feel necessary. If force is the final arbiter between nations, and nuclear bombs are the most powerful weapons, then we’re basically stuck with them. In his new book, “Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons.,” Ward Wilson says that much of what we believe about nuclear weapons is based on emotion and exaggeration.

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Programs
9:33 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Edward Schumacher-Matos on Tuesday's Access Utah

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Edward Schumacher-Matos is the Ombudsman for NPR, dealing with issues of ethics, fairness and accuracy, media and society, and language. He joins Tom Williams to talk about some of the issues he has addressed recently: the patriotism of NPR and its sponsor Al Jazeera; questions of bias in NPR coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian divide; and whether NPR should use the term “Obamacare.” He will also talk about immigration, the fragmentation of media, the future of newspapers, the goals of NPR News, and relationships between NPR and its member stations.


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Access Utah
10:26 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Columbus Day Speculation on Monday's Access Utah

Today is Columbus Day. Towns and regions and one nation are named for the famed explorer. For many Native Americans Columbus was not a hero, but a “harbinger of genocide.” And the man himself is a complicated figure. Today my guest is Laurence Bergreen, author of “Columbus: The Four Voyages: 1492 to 1504” The New York Times says that “Laurence Bergreen’s Columbus was brilliant, audacious, volatile, paranoid, and ruthless. What emerges in this biography..is a surprising and revealing portrait of a man who might have been the title character in a Shakespearean tragedy.” Bergreen’s latest book will change everything you thought you knew about Columbus.

 

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Access Utah
10:10 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Shutdown Pains Utah on Thursday's Access Utah

It's been estimated that nearly 40,000 Utahns have been furloughed because of the government shutdown, programs like the Women’s Infant Care (WIC) are struggling to provide their services to mothers and their children, all six of Utah’s National Parks are closed, leaving surrounding businesses and towns fearful.


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