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The Legacy of Ed Abbey on Wednesday's Access Utah

Wednesday on AU we remember Ed Abbey, author of “The Monkey Wrench Gang” and “Desert Solitaire,” and consider his legacy. What is Abbey's relevance today? What is the status of the environmental movement today? 

We’ll talk about Abbey's political philosophies, rooted in traditions of anarchism and civil disobedience, the rise of Earth First! out of Abbey's writings, and "monkeywrenching" today, including Abbey’s influence on activists like Tim DeChristopher. There is a screening of ML Lincoln’s new film about Abbey and his legacy,“Wrenched,” in Salt Lake City on March 6th and an Abbey retrospective in Moab on March 14th and 15th. Our guests include Bob Lippman, (retired) environmental lawyer, activist and educator; Luise Poulton, Managing Curator of Rare Books in Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah; Ken Sanders from Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City; and filmmaker ML Lincoln.

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.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.