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Christine McKinley and "Physics for Rock Stars" on Thursday's Access Utah

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Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, musician, and author. Her musical Gracie and the Atom, won a Portland Drammy for Original Score. Her book Physics for Rock Stars was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House. Christine hosted Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on History Channel and Under New York on Discovery Channel.

Christine McKinley is a licensed mechanical engineer and hosts the History channel’s series Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. Her twenty-year engineering career has included projects in power generation, industrial facilities, and commercial construction. She lives in Portland, Oregon



Gracie and the Atom is the soundtrack to a musical play about life, death, physics, and Catholic school. Great big hooks and a choir of girls voices as back vocals make these short pop gems burst with longing and energy. You won't have to see the play to love these songs!


When Gracie loses her father, she is sent off to Catholic school. While Sister Lidwina preaches physics, Sister Francis dissects the Gospels, Archimedes slides into his tub, Jesus walks on Galilee, and Einstein searches for the theory of everything, Gracie looks to them all to answer her questions. Why is she at Our Lady of Peace High School if she's not Catholic? How can she get a message from her father? Where is the mother she never knew? Her new classmates help her with the details of purgatory, ouija boards, and super hero saints. But nothing in this new territory of protons, prayer, miracles, and mechanics can help Gracie escape gravity or prepare her for what she finds.


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.