Access Utah

Weekdays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

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
11:47 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Music and Mystery on Thursday AU

 As the New Magini String Quartet prepares for a performance of Schubert's masterpiece, "Death and the Maiden," which it hopes will resuscitate its faltering career, someone starts picking off members of the quartet one by one.  It’s up to blind violin teacher and amateur sleuth, Daniel Jacobus, to solve the mystery.

Access Utah
12:01 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Utah Women Lawmakers on AU Wednesday

Women make up approximately half of Utah's population, and yet there are no women in Congress who represent Utah. A bi-partisan group called Real Women Run is encouraging women to run for elective offices, and on Access Utah today, Tom Williams discusses the organization and training workshop, as well as having women in public office. 

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Access Utah
3:46 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Author Ann Packer on AU Tuesday

Our guest for the hour today is Ann Packer, author of 2 national best-selling novels, Songs Without Words (2007) and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier (2002). She has a new collection of short stories out, Swim Back to Me, just in time for her appearance at the Sundance Author Series on May 19.

Access Utah
5:37 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Time to Plant Award-Winning Corn

Depending on your neck of the woods (or desert), it may be time to plant more tender plants like tomatoes, corn, and beans. Today on the Access Utah Gardening Show, Utah State University Extension vegetable specialist Dan Drost will join us for the entire hour. We'll discuss the signs that give an indication that it's warm enough to pop those tender plants and seeds into the ground. Barring an extended snap of cold and wet weather, your corn should be the best it has been in several years.

Access Utah
3:44 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Exploring a Future Without Gas / Exploring the Future of Gas Exploration

Today on Access Utah, Sheri Quinn explores a future where gasoline is obsolete and cars run on electrically charged roadways. BMW engineer Jesse Schnieder is on an international task force that is setting the standards for the next generation of electric cars.

At 9:30, Science Questions profiles the oil and gas industry, particularly the technique called horizontal hydraulic fracturing. It's like a modern-day gold rush and it is breaking new ground in pockets all over the nation bringing jobs and money to the towns near you.

Access Utah
2:08 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Preparing for Primaries -- All About Voting in Utah on AU Thursday

UPR is featuring periodic programs on voting and the political process as we move toward Election Day 2012.

Thursday on Access Utah we’ll check in on the candidates and the issues, looking back on the political conventions and looking ahead to the primary election.

Our guests will include state Democratic party chairman Jim Dabakis and state Republican party chairman Thomas Wright, Deseret News columnists Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb, and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Kirk Jowers.

Access Utah
7:23 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

The Remarkable Story of "Mother George" on AU Wednesday

Tom Williams talks to Lee G. Cantwell about his book Mother George, the Midwife Who Shocked Grays Lake.

Cantwell's book is historical fiction based on the amazing factual story of a black midwife who practiced her art in southeastern Idaho for 40 years and died around 1919. When Mother George died, the women who were dressing her for burial discovered she was a man.

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Access Utah
4:06 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Access Utah Joins the National Discussion on Bullying

We participate in an ongoing national discussion on bullying today. A young man in Iowa, Kenneth Weishuhn, recently committed suicide after he was bullied when he came out as gay. The Sioux City Journal responded by devoting its front page to an editorial headlined “We must stop bullying. It starts here. And it starts now.”  The editorial board said: “We are all to blame. We have not done enough. Not nearly enough.”

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Access Utah
4:16 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Late Spring Means Strawberries

Some of the best tastes of late spring are developing right now, including strawberries . You can grow them as big as your fist or as small as the tip of your pinky finger, and everyone knows they are infinitely better plucked from the garden than anything you can buy in the store. Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed & Garden in Logan is our guest on the gardening segment of Access Utah today and happy to take your questions.

Access Utah
4:37 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Skies Above: Celebrating Astronomy Friday on AU

Night sky above Big Bend National Park from Sky Above, Earth Below
Copyright Tyler Nordgren

Saturday is World Astronomy Day and we're celebrating by spending the whole hour hanging out with astronomers.

First up is Tyler Nordgren, astronomer and Assistant Professor of Physics at University of the Redlands in California. He visited 12 national parks in one year, photographing the stars in order to create the book Skies Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks.

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