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'Rising Out Of Hatred' With Eli Saslow On Wednesday's Access Utah


By the time he turned nineteen, Derek Black was regarded as the "the leading light" of the white nationalist movement. While at college he started to question his worldview. Then he decided to confront the damage he had done. In the book, Rising Out of Hatred,” the author, Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Eli Saslow, asks what Derek Black's story can tell us about America's increasingly divided nature.

We’ll talk with Eli Saslow and give you information on a virtual event that he’s headlining at 5:00 p.m. today. We’ll also talk with USC Professor Tara McPherson who gave a lecture a while back at USU titled "Platforming Hate: The Internet and the Rise of Hate Online." 

The USU Institute for Government and Politics and the USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences are presenting a virtual event featuring Eli Saslow on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. You can register for this free event at


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.