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Best Of Access Utah: Year Of The Arts

Utah State University

Wednesday, we are taking pledges and replaying excerpts from some of our best interviews on Access Utah. We appreciate your support not only of us, but of the arts as well. Dr. Craig Jessop, Dean of Utah State University's Caine College of the Arts, and UPR's station manager Peg Arnold join us to discuss the unique importance of the arts. Join us as we revisit our favorite interviews — the best Access Utah has to offer.

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Lyricist Sheldon Harnick

First up is lyricist Sheldon Harnick, best known for his collaborations with composer Jerry Bock on musicals like "Fiddler on the Roof" and "She Loves Me." Listen to our entire conversation with Mr. Harnick here.


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Mechanical engineer, musician and author Christine McKinley

Next is our conversation with mechanical engineer, musician and author Christine McKinley. We;ll hear an excerpt from her musical "Gracie and the Atom." The June 2016 interview can be found in its entirety here.

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Guitarist Cory Christiansen, who currently teaches at Utah State

Last — but, of course, certainly not least — a lesson in music history with guitarist Cory Christiansen. Our interview with Mr. Christiansen — and his guitar — can be found here.

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.