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Gov. Spencer Cox and more on Thursday's Access Utah

Governor Spencer Cox stands at a podium during the State of the State address, with legislators sitting behind him.
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Today we’ll talk with Utah Gov. Spencer Cox about how he is trying to help overcome the polarization fracturing the nation. We’ll also talk about Utah’s new laws designed to limit kids’ access to social media.

Later in the program we’ll present another segment from the podcast Empty Clouds, from New England-based independent producer Patrick McNameeKing. In this segment, Life, Death and Mushrooms, Shenuve, a psychic and massage therapist based in Oaxaca, Mexico, has an encounter with an aspiring psychedelics entrepreneur that takes and dark turn. The ethical dilemmas she faced have altered the course of her life forever.

We’ll also feature a segment from a 2018 conversation with photographer Matika Wilbur. Her Project 562, taglined Changing The Way We See Native America, reflects her commitment to visit, engage with, and photograph all 562 plus Native American sovereign territories in the United States, seeking to overcome historical inaccuracies, stereotypical representations, and silenced Native American voices in massive-media.

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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.