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Stephen Peithman

Connections Host

Stephen has hosted the weekly radio program, "Connections" since 2009, but his connection with Capital Public Radio began with "Musical Stages" from 1984-2008, reflecting his other love--musical theatre and the Great American Songbook.

He was founding editor of Stage Directions, the national theater magazine, and has served on the board and as an officer of the American Association of Community Theatre

He has provided pre-performance talks for the Mondavi Center for the Arts at UC Davis, and for two decades produced and hosted fundraising concerts for Citizens Who Care, a Yolo County nonprofit providing respite services those who care for the frail elderly.

He has acted and directed for many local area theaters, and is co-author of  two musicals--one awarded Best Original Script from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA).

He served as Staff Editor for Sunset Magazine, Managing Editor of San Francisco Magazine, and as an adjunct faculty member for Sacramento State, UC Davis, and American River College.

He is author of The Annotated Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (Doubleday), and a series of theater books, published by Heinemann. 

Stephen received his B.A. from Humboldt State University, and after a year at the University of Aix-Marseilles, attended Northwestern University, where he earned a master's degree in journalism.  He later returned to school, receiving a Ph. D. in American literature from UC Davis.


  • Connections

    Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern

    Stories by Stephen Peithman

  • Musical Stages: Title Tunes

    January 20, 2015

    Connections host Stephen Peithman shares the titles songs from shows and the stories behind them on this edition of Musical Stages.

  • Musical Stages: She Loves Me

    December 9, 2014

    Romance blossoms at Christmas in this cult classic.

  • Musical Stages: Fiddler on the Roof Celebrates 50 Years Of Tradition

    November 11, 2014

    Wonder of wonders, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof! It’s been five decades since the award-winning musical first premiered on Broadway in the fall of 1964.

  • Public Domain

    America’s Five National Anthems

    July 4, 2014

    The surprising stories—and controversies--behind America’s five most popular patriotic songs, from “America” to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” to “This Land Is Your Land.”