Micron is a one-man podcast by Ron Stauffer about life, learning, laughter, and the little things that make life interesting. Follow along as I share about what I've seen, lessons I've learned, places I’ve been, things I've tried or discovered, failures I've experienced, and most importantly, the people I've met along the way.
#17: Failing the Metropolitan Opera Audition, Twice
I auditioned for The Met Opera and failed, twice in a row. Going for the big one and failing was embarrassing. But by reaching for something far out of my grasp, I learned some lessons, had a great experience, and also had some small wins. Visit https://micron.fm/audition-film to view the documentary film mentioned in this episode.
#16: Taking A Police Polygraph (Lie Detector Test)
A true story of the time I went to a police station to take a polygraph (lie detector test). It was an unbelievable experience. (To view photographs, read episode transcripts, or find resources mentioned in the show, visit https://micronpodcast.com.)
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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).