Sam Sanders

Sam has worked at Vermont Public Radio since October 1978 in various capacities â

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3:49pm

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

After Ben Affleck Scandal, PBS Postpones 'Finding Your Roots'

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 8:54 am

PBS has released details about an internal investigation that found that actor Ben Affleck exerted improper influence by requesting that the show Finding Your Roots hide details of a slave-owning ancestor in his family tree.

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6:21pm

Thu June 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Here's Why The Grass Isn't Greener At This Year's U.S. Open

Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. The brown grass may seem unusual to some American golf fans.
Matt York AP

The U.S. Open kicked off today, at the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington. One aspect of this year's tournament is standing out already: the grass. It is quite brown in some places, an aesthetic that is almost totally in opposition to say, the lush, verdant greens of the Augusta National Golf Club, where The Masters takes place.

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4:21pm

Wed June 17, 2015
The Two-Way

California Labor Commission Rules Uber Driver Is An Employee, Not A Contractor

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 9:15 am

A man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. The California Labor Commission has ruled that one Uber driver in California is an employee of the company, and is owed certain benefits.
Eric Risberg AP

In a decision that could have major implications for the entire sharing economy, the California Labor Commission has ruled that a San Francisco Uber driver is a company employee, not a contractor. In that decision, the commission awarded Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick $4,152.20 in employee expenses, including mileage reimbursements, toll charges and interest.

The ruling was made public when Uber filed an appeal Tuesday in a state court in San Francisco.

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3:30pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Remembrances

Kirk Kerkorian, Las Vegas Casino Mogul, Dies At 98

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 7:06 pm

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Kirk Kerkorian changed the way Vegas did business. The founder of MGM Resorts International died yesterday at his home in California. NPR's Sam Sanders reports.

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2:33pm

Tue June 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Billionaire Investor Kirk Kerkorian Dies At 98

Kirk Kerkorian arrives at the premiere of the HBO documentary His Way in Hollywood, Calif., in 2011. The billionaire helped revitalize the Las Vegas Strip.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images

Kirk Kerkorian, child of Armenian immigrants, casino magnate, World War II pilot and grade-school dropout, died Monday night in Los Angeles. He was 98.

The Los Angeles Times reports Kerkorian died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Kerkorian, who founded MGM Resorts International and built the largest hotel in the world three different times, was known for making the Las Vegas Strip a destination not just for adults, but entire families.

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