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Emily Berman

Reporter

Berman is a reporter for WAMU 88.5’s Metro Connection. Berman is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and the University of Michigan. Her stories have aired nationally on NPR's Weekend Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, Latino USA, The Animal House, Deutsche Welle, and Making Contact. Her reporting has earned honors from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association, and she been featured on How Sound: The Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling. Berman is a member of the DC Listening Lounge and organizer of Hear Now! She lives happily in Washington, DC.


Articles Written by Emily Berman

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Crack: The Drug That Consumed D.C. Monday: Crack’s Rapid Rise Brought Chaos To The District Tuesday: D.C. Crack Users Were In the Streets – And City Hal...
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Jindra Cekan has been teaching her sons to meditate ever since they were toddlers. Mindfulness is part of their daily life. However, she says, that's not to say inner peace comes easily. Cekan invites Emily Berman into her home to discover how a new 'no technology' policy is bringing her family closer....
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A CT scan of Sarah Gray's kidneys. Back in February, we reported o...
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At 42 years old, Twanda Washington recently became a first-time mother. She shares the experience with us as she records herself, her family, friends and new baby in a radio diary. Emily Berman brings us the story. ...
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When it comes to African-American congregations in the D.C. region, there are some churches that are pretty well known for their sweet-sounding services. There's The United House of Prayer For All People whose house brass band, the Sweet Heaven Kings, you may have seen playi...
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By the time a chicken is fully grown and ready to become your evening meal, nearly seven percent of its weight is made of feathers. And since we each consume more than 80 pounds of chicken a year... we're talking about a lot of feathers. But what if they could be put to use? For 20 years, Dr. Walter Schmidt has been studying just that. Emily Berman visited Dr. Schmidt's lab in Beltsvi...
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As D.C. looks back on the March on Washington, Emily Berman brings us the story of two D.C. locals who took part in this historic event. We hear from Wilbur Wright, who spent the day with A. Phillip Randolph, the man who had first come up with the idea of a march on the nation's capital. We'll also talk with Irma Salley, for whom the march was her first-ever foray into civil rights ac...
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November 19 marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Here's a quick historical refresher: Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Penn. to give "a few appropriate remarks" at the dedication of a military cemetery for those who had died in the Battle of Gettysburg, fought in July of 1863. The main speaker that day was not Lincoln, but a renowned orator named Edward...
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The homemade price list at Greg...
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Breast cancer tends to get lots of attention in our nation, and rightly so, but the women's cancers that hit "below the belt," so to speak, are rarely discussed. More than 90,000 women are diagnosed each year with a gynecological cancer. That's the same amount of men diagnosed yearly with prostate cancer, though all these gynecological cancers combined (cervical, ovarian, vulvar, vagi...
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In Montgomery County, one of the most affluent counties in the country, there are still many families without the food they need. The number of residents receiving SPAP benefits has nearly tripled since 2008. In 2012, more than 33 percent of kids qualify for a reduced-price lunch. Yet, every day tons of food is being thrown away. To combat both these problems at once, the cou...
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Every year, more than 18,000 District residents rely on Mary’s Center for their healthcare needs. Half of these patients use Medicaid or the D.C. Healthcare Alliance, which is a local health insurance program. And during the government shutdown, the District government isn’t able to make Medicaid and Healthcare Alliance reimbursements to the clinics, like Mary’s Center, that ser...
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The government shutdown is hitting local families whose children attend preschools in federal buildings — buildings that are now closed. And it’s also having an impact on Head Start, the early-childhood education program started in 1965 to help low-income families. Head Start provides more than 1 million children with structured education, play, healthy food and free medical care...
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On any given Sunday morning at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, the minister is giving her sermon, the churchgoers are swaying to the music, and downstairs, in the Sunday school, the 8th grade class is learning about sex. That's right, sex. It's a local example of the Unitarian Universalists' nationwide OWL program. It's short for 'Our Whole Lives,...
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Michael Banks is a returning veteran. He grew up in Oklahoma City, and served in the Army for six years. He was deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as a truck driver, and the military is — professionally speaking — all he's ever known. He's also not a real person. He's the main character in the interactive simulation called "Reinventing Michael Banks." It's a choose-yo...
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This weekend a statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela will be dedicated outside the South African Embassy in Northwest Washington. It’s the United States’ first statue of the man who inspired people around the world to push for civil rights in South Africa. That effort was especially pronounced in D.C. African Americans had been staging protests against Ap...
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As the investigation continues, we're learning more about how emergency officials responded to the Navy Yard attack. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says years of training and planning lead to yesterday's "nearly flawless emergency response.""Two minutes after the call was dispatched, we had officers at the gates arriving at the scene," Lanier says. "Within 7 minute...
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After more than 10 years in Arlington's music scene, Andy Zipf has earned his fame and name recognition the hard way: with long drives, and hundreds of shows across the country. With his latest album, Reunion, he's tossing his name recognition out the window, recording for the first time under the name The Cowards Choir. ...