Sam Sanders

Senior Production Engineer

Sam worked at Vermont Public Radio from October 1978 to September 2017 in various capacities – almost always involving audio engineering. He excels at sound engineering for live performances.

Sam has been an audio engineer for most of his professional life. From 1965 to 1978 he was the Supervising Audio Technician at the New York Public Library Record Archives at Lincoln Center.

He enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, and contra dancing; and he loves to travel, especially to Peru and the Caribbean. Sam has served for many years as a volunteer in response to the AIDS epidemic.

Ariadne auf Naxos

Jul 7, 2017

Beautiful music and beautiful singing abound in these excerpts from Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss. The cast includes sopranos Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Rita Streich.

Listen Saturday, July 8 at 12 noon.

Opera North

Jul 13, 2016

Peter's special guest is Evans Haile, General Director of Opera North. They discuss, and play excerpts from, the three theater pieces that Opera North is presenting this summer: Tosca, The Daughter of the Regiment, and Evita.

Listen Saturday, July 16 at 12 noon.

Franz Lehár

Apr 26, 2016

We celebrate the April 30, 1870 birthday of Franz Lehár with excerpts from his operettas as sung by Marta Eggerth, Fritz Wunderlich, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Jarmila Novotna, and Richard Tauber.

Listen Saturday, April 30 at 12 noon.

Bartender Cameron Hall hadn't heard of a new California law that bans culinary workers from touching uncooked food with their bare hands.

The rule applies to bartenders, who are now supposed to wear gloves to put limes in the mojitos and cherries in the Manhattans — even to scoop ice into a glass.

But when a reporter fills him in, Hall stops serving drinks at Rocco's Tavern, a little spot in downtown Culver City, just long enough to rant.

"It'd just be a pain," he says. "It'd be a nuisance. I'm gonna start making my customers wear gloves, in opposition!"

It's a near-perfect morning on Venice Beach in Southern California, temperatures in the 60s, with a breeze. You can hear the waves of the Pacific crash against the sand. Only a layer of clouds mars the scene.

Scott and Sue Nolan, visiting from Houston, play kickball in the sand with their son. They are grateful to be in this mild, if not perfectly sunny weather, but Sue Nolan has noticed something's not right.

"One of the thoughts, when we were driving through town was, how are they sustaining all this with what you see so dry everywhere?" she says.

The giant retailer Target continues to feel the fallout from a massive security breach at its stores. The latest revelation: Hackers who stole credit and debit card numbers this holiday season also collected encrypted personal identification numbers.

But Brigitte Clark had no worries as she left a Target in Los Angeles on Saturday morning, her cart full of groceries.

Since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last week, the largest Filipino community in America has come together to grieve and to help.

Friday night, about 25 miles south of Los Angeles, members of Long Beach's Filipino community gathered at Grace United Methodist Church to hold a vigil for typhoon victims. One by one, attendees came to the microphone and named people who died or remain lost in the storm.

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Oct 16, 2013

Wagner's Tannhäuser premiered on October 19, 1845. We present an exploration of this pivotal work in Wagner's output.

Listen Saturday, October 19 at 12 noon.

Los Angeles Unified School District started issuing iPads to its students this school year, as part of a $30 million deal with Apple. The rollout is in the first of three phases, and ultimately, the goal is to distribute more than 600,000 devices.

But less than a week after getting their iPads, almost 200 of the districts' high school students found a way to bypass software blocks on the devices that limit what websites the students can use.

Roméo et Juliette

May 16, 2013

Gounod's Roméo et Juliette is an opera full of entrancing music - and it includes no fewer than four love duets. We sample this music on A Passion for Opera this afternoon.


Sep 20, 2012
Photo/Courtesy San Francisco Opera

The San Francisco Opera presents Bizet's Carmen, possibly the most popular opera in the entire repertory.

Heart of a Soldier

Sep 20, 2012
Photo/Courtesy San Francisco Opera

Heart of a Soldier by Christopher Theofanidis was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera in commemoration of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and is heard in its world premiere performance, recorded in September 2011.