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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Access Utah
5:41 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Life on Mars and Water in Nevada on AU Wednesday

This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover -- its main science target, Mount Sharp.
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

The Mars rover Curiosity touched down safely early Monday morning as thousands worldwide looked on. Curiosity will now get to work investigating whether or not Mars has had a climate hospitable to life. We’ll celebrate this monumental engineering success and look ahead to the science to come, with University of Utah Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Tabitha Buehler; Kent Tobiska, Director of Utah State University’s Space Weather Center; and former NASA employee and current USU Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Stephen Whitmore.

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Access Utah
11:03 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Coal In Our Veins: Understanding and Sharing a Story of Mining on Access Utah Tuesday

“The United States depends on coal-burning electric plants for 50 percent of the nation’s power.  I cannot turn on the dish-washer, watch a movie, or write these words without thinking of coal.  And, conscious of this coal, I must think of the blood in my veins, because from the beginning of coal—this history of our energy—my ancestors pulled it from the earth with picks and with their hands.” So writes Erin Thomas, author of Coal in Our Veins: A Personal Journey. 

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Access Utah
10:40 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Anything Garden on Access Utah

On Access Utah Monday Bryan Earl meets with Mark Anderson to talk about everything garden. Among the topics covered are shrubs, where to plant various plants in your yard, micro-organisms, raspberries and more. 

Access Utah
9:51 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Alzheimer's and Farming vs. Fracking on Access Utah Friday

Author Patti Kerr

Every seven seconds someone in the world is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Today on Access Utah, Author Patti Kerr joins Sheri Quinn to discuss her personal journey with caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease. She offers practical advice for caregivers. 

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Access Utah
3:46 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Celebrating and Saving the Great Utah Outdoors

We're spending our time discussing the outdoors Thursday on Access Utah. First on the program we discuss the aspen trees on Monroe Mountain in Central Utah.  Elk, cattle and sheep arrived in the '80s and eat the shoots of young aspen stands. If the trend continues, there may not be any new trees, and the area could be taken over by sagebrush. Ranchers, environmentalists, State and Federal workers are all gathering to find ways to help the trees.

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Access Utah
11:33 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Ambassador discusses Afghanistan on Access Utah

Ambassador Peter Tomsen was the special envoy to Afghan resistance leaders from 1989 to 1992 under President George H.W. Bush. He's the author of The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers in addition to being a guest on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Tom Williams will go for a more in-depth interview with Tomsen on Wednesday's Access Utah. 

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Access Utah
11:14 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Hard Hitting: Softball, Child Poverty, and Medicaid Breach on Access Utah

Former Shamrock players at the Utah Bees game Friday. Photo by Rick Egan

A report released by the Annie E. casey Foundation Wednesday shows 16 percent of children in Utah live below the federal poverty threshold. The 2012 Kids Count Data Book analyses the well-being of children across the nation using indicators such as education, health, economic well-being and community. 

 We have Utah Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck on to talk about the political process and child poverty, we have Terry Haven and Karen Crompton from Voices for Utah Children to discuss the report and what it means for Utah. 

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Access Utah
12:22 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Shrubbery on Access Utah Monday

An Apache Plume flower. Apache Plumes are drought resistant.

Monday I met with Utah State University Extension Horticulturist Jerry Goodspeed to discuss shrubbery. What shrubs are drought-safe? What shrubs need lots of attention or virtually no attention? 

Access Utah
11:41 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Sage Grouse and Ice Archives on Access Utah Friday

The greater Sage Grouse is symbol of conservation across the western United States.  There are only about 200,000 of these birds left in the wild and states where this iconic sage grouse inhabit are all collaborating on a conservation plan, Utah included.  Today on the program, Sheri Quinn talks to wildlife biologist Allison Jones about the greater sage grouse and efforts in Utah to protect it.

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Access Utah
11:53 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Economic Collapse on Access Utah Thursday

On Access Utah we discuss the book, "Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Let to Economic Armageddon" about how the economic collapse happened. We talk to co-author and journalist Gretchen Morgenson about the background of the book, and look  toward the future.  At the end of the hour, Jennifer Pemberton tells us about celebrating Pioneer Day for the first time. 

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