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Revisiting 'Heart Of Fire' With Sen. Mazie Hirono On Wednesday's Access Utah


Today we’ll talk with Senator Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, the first Asian American woman and the only immigrant currently serving in the U.S. Senate. Her new memoir "Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story" is an inspiring account of one woman coming into her personal and political power, a heartwarming homage to the women who raised her, and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most fraught moments of the Trump administration.

Later in the program we’ll bring you a couple of excerpts from our conversation from 2016 with mechanical engineer, musician, and author Christine McKinley. Her musicalGracie and the Atom, won a Portland Drammy for Original Score. Her bookPhysics for Rock Stars was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House. Christine hostedBrad Meltzer’s Decoded on History Channel and Under New York on Discovery Channel.

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.