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Micron is a one-man podcast by Ron Stauffer with weekly episodes about life, learning, laughter, and the people who make this world an interesting place. Micron is a podcast by me, but it isn't about me. It's about what I've seen, lessons I've learned, places I’ve been, things I've tried or discovered, things I've failed at, and most importantly, it's about the people I've met along the way.

Micron Ron Stauffer

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Micron is a one-man podcast by Ron Stauffer with weekly episodes about life, learning, laughter, and the people who make this world an interesting place. Micron is a podcast by me, but it isn't about me. It's about what I've seen, lessons I've learned, places I’ve been, things I've tried or discovered, things I've failed at, and most importantly, it's about the people I've met along the way.

    #15: I Took Ancestry’s DNA Test. Here’s What I Discovered.

    #15: I Took Ancestry’s DNA Test. Here’s What I Discovered.

    After spending two years trying (and failing) to discover the original birthplaces and hometowns of my family's European ancestors, I decided to take the plunge and sign up for AncestryDNA. I ordered the kit, spat in a test tube, and mailed it to Ancestry to see what they could find. The results were... not exactly what I expected.


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    #14: Becoming an EMT for Absolutely No Reason At All

    #14: Becoming an EMT for Absolutely No Reason At All

    Content Warning: this is an episode about emergency medicine and, as such, contains descriptions of medical scenarios that some listeners might not appreciate. Discretion is advised.
    Gather round and listen to one of the strangest chapters of my life: how I went to EMS school and became a certified EMT-B, for no reason at all. In an almost completely pointless endeavor, I took the courses, put in the time, aced the tests, became a bona fide medical professional, and then... nothing happened.

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    #13: Six Days in San Francisco - A Ring Cycle Review

    #13: Six Days in San Francisco - A Ring Cycle Review

    This is episode 3 of 3 in a series about Richard Wagner's collection of German Operas, "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (the "Ring Cycle" in English). In this episode, I share about the overall experience—what it was like spending six days in San Francisco watching a massive, luxurious, expensive show split up into four parts and spread over six days. It was an amazing show worth going to, without a doubt. 

    Note: here are some resources for free Ring Cycle performances you can watch online: https://www.operanorth.co.uk/the-ring-cycle/ (Opera North), and https://www.metopera.org/season/on-demand/ (Met Opera On Demand - 7 Day Free Trial available).

    2021 Ring Festival: the San Francisco Opera has decided to host an online "Ring Festival" streaming this production that I attended. Visit https://sfopera.com/opera-is-on/ringfestival/ to watch the ring cycle in its entirety, starting on March 6-7, 2021.


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    • 36 min
    #12: Wagner's Ring Cycle - The Greatest Story Ever Told

    #12: Wagner's Ring Cycle - The Greatest Story Ever Told

    This is episode 2 of 3 in a series about Richard Wagner's collection of German Operas, "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (the "Ring Cycle" in English). In this episode, I share about just how the Ring Cycle is superlative in every way: monstrously expensive, notoriously difficult to stage, ridiculously hard to sing. Why? How? And who was the secret patron that made it all possible, when it would have otherwise failed due to the composer's inability to focus and handle his debts? Come learn about how the Ring Cycle is—arguably—the greatest story ever told, at least on stage. (Photo credit: Cory Weaver / San Francisco Opera).


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    • 19 min
    #11: Looney Tunes, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars: The Impact of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle

    #11: Looney Tunes, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars: The Impact of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle

    This is episode 1 of 3 in a series about Richard Wagner's collection of German Operas, "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (the "Ring Cycle" in English). Discussed are Looney Tunes, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, "it ain't over 'till the fat lady sings!" and more. Learn about just how impactful the Ring Cycle has been on western culture, music, and more.


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    #10: Food Service Files - The Italian Restaurant

    #10: Food Service Files - The Italian Restaurant

    This is episode 3 of 3 in a series about my time working in the food service industry. In this episode, I'll share about the time I spent working as a bus boy at an Italian restaurant. In my final attempt at making a career in food service, I spent my days cutting bread, filling water glasses, and turning tables, until I had an existential dilemma, realizing that I was stuck in a dead-end job in an industry that had no apparent future for me.

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