Access Utah

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Access Utah is UPR's original program focusing on the things that matter to Utah. The hourly show airs daily at 9:00 a.m. and covers everything from gardening to politics in a range of formats from in-depth interviews to call-in shows.

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9:44 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Teen's Death Sparks Texting and Driving Conversation on Access Utah Wednesday

Vernal teenager Tommy Clark was recently hit and killed while walking along the side of the road. Police say the driver admits to texting at the time of the accident.  Utah’s texting and driving law is one of the toughest in the nation.  We’ve all seen public service announcements alerting us to the dangers of distracted driving. We’ll ask you on Wednesday’s AU: what more can and should be done to prevent tragedies like this?  Do we need progressively tougher penalties such as those enacted over the years with drunk driving? More awareness campaigns?  

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11:36 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Author Ann Packer on AU Tuesday

 Ann Packer, author of 2 national best-selling novels, Songs Without Words (2007) and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier (2002) is Tom Williams' guest on Access Utah today. Her collection of short stories, Swim Back to Me will also be discussed. We're replaying her interview so we can't take phone calls during the replay, but continue the conversation by posting your comments below. 

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11:02 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Crawling and Flying Insects on Access Utah Monday

Today on Access Utah we have Diane Alston in studio to discuss insects. This week,  we're talking paper wasps, spiders, and garden insects. 

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9:41 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Cheese and Space on Access Utah Friday

Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to local cheese mongers about our addiction to cheese and how to shop for the best kinds of cheese from across the world. 

At 9:30 science questions explores science education through the innovative lens of a Native American scientist named Ed Galindo.  He is infamous for landing his student's high school science project on the international space station.  

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12:27 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

"Wolfer" Carter Niemeyer on Access Utah Thursday

Carter Niemeyer used to trap wolves and now does everything he can to protect them. Earlier this year Tom Williams talked to Niemeyer, retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  wolf recovery coordinator for Idaho and author of Wolfer: a Memoir . We're replaying that interview on Access Utah today. We can't take phone calls during the replay, but you can continue the conversation by posting your comments below.

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3:24 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Humanity Intertwined with Hunting on Access Utah Wednesday

Steven Rinella, author of "Meat Eater—Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter," says that hunting is intimately connected with our humanity and that assuming responsibility for the meat that we eat, rather than entrusting it to proxy executioners, processers, packagers, and distributors is one of the most respectful and exhilarating things a meat eater can do.  In his book, Rinella examines such themes as the vanishing frontier, the ethics of killing, and the loss of Americans’ connection with the way their food makes its way to their tables.  We’ll talk about these topics w

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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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11:27 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Music and Black Holes on Access Utah Friday

Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to singer songwriter Bill Miller.  He grew up on a Mohican Indian reservation in Wis., which inspires much of his music and his work with troubled youth.  At 9:30 science questions profiles physicist Kip Thorne, who grew up in Logan, just below the Utah State University campus.  Thorne's research has focused on gravitation physics and astrophysics with an emphasis on relativistic stars, black holes and gravitational waves.

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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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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.