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Emily Berman

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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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Emily Goodstein has always been known for throwing great parties. When she was in fifth grade, her parents hired a jeweler to teach her and her friends how to make their own beads. Then, there was the year she and some girlfriends got dressed in their finest and held a tea party. In her 20s, she'd organize huge potluck picnics or throw an '80s-themed dance party, or hire a chef to tea...
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When Sarah Gray was 12 weeks pregnant, she learned that only one of her twins would live beyond his first breaths. The other would die of anencephaly, a condition that impairs brain development. Three years later, Sarah sits down with Emily Berman to uncover truths about loss, heartache and, ultimately, how a group of research scientists helped her move beyond her grief, and finally l...
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The two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon broke the law and violated the order in Boston and around the world. For Washingtonians, coverage of the bombings brings to mind vivid memories of moments of when D.C. has been the target of an attack. Rev. Julia Jarvis, the spiritual director of the Interfaith Families Project, says she felt the full emotional forc...
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Amy Letteri was the first person in her family to apply to college. When she found herself with a stack of rejection letters, and not a single acceptance, she didn't really know what to do. Her high school suggested looking into studying abroad, and then reapplying to colleges in the United States. So, she enrolled at The University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, which would ac...
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At 31 years old, Kevin Lum knew he was ready to lead a congregation. The only question he had was where. He believes God had not only called him to his occupation, but that God would also call him to a specific place. So, he and his wife, Charla, set out on a road trip to find out where that might be. "We like to joke we were basically giving God some suggestions of places we ...
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This year marks the first ever Washington, D.C. International Design Festival. It's a series of public programs at Artisphere, in Rosslyn, Va. The festival is an assortment of film screenings, live panel discussions and an installation of the latest in industrial design from all over the world. The objects on view, such as the Dyson Bladeless fan, a sofa that looks like a cher...
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Meet Kenneth Moore, who blogs as D.C.'s "Indoor Gardener." He comes by that title honestly. His first apartment in the District was a studio in Mount Pleasant, chosen for it's nearly floor to ceiling windows — perfect for a garden. "I had 9-foot-tall tomato plants," Moore recalls. In his raised beds, he cultivated lettuce, beans, and even corn, which was not actually such a...
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While many homeowners in the New York area are still struggling to deal with the flooding from Superstorm Sandy, so are two of the city's iconic islands: Liberty Island (home of Lady Liberty) and Ellis Island, the historic gateway to the U.S. for millions of immigrants at the turn of the 20th century. Liberty Island is set to reopen this summer to tourists, but Ellis Island still has ...
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Sequestration is the buzzword in Washington right about now. No wonder — it's going to have a major affect on the local economy. There are 378,000 federal executive branch employees in our region, plus thousands more working for the legislative branch. Beyond that, federal spending supports 225,000 contract jobs. Many people are on high alert for furloughs, and salary cuts...
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The District's first public housing project, Langston Terrace, celebrates its 75th anniversary this spring. It was a project of the Public Works Administration, part of President Roosevelt's New Deal. Ahead of it's opening in the spring of 1938, more than 2,500 families applied to move in. There were only 274 homes and apartments available, one of which went to the family of ...
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Burkey Belser's work is on just about every food item sold in the United States. It's that ubiquitous black and white box -- the nutrition fact label. When revealing this to others, it generates all kinds of reactions. Belser's wife, Donna Greenfield says, mainly, people want to know if they get royalties. "Which, of course we do not," she says. "If we got royalties, w...
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Even at 10 years old, Erik Cekan is a bit of a technology addict. He'd wake up for school, get dressed, and race downstairs to play an online game called Wizard 101. After breakfast, he'd sneak in another minute or so. After school, he did his homework, and then it was back to the computer. Going online used to occupy nearly all his free time. But, he says, it doesn't anymore. ...
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In 2009, Sarah Gray was 35 years old and 8 weeks pregnant when she found out she'd be having twins. She and her husband were happily surprised at their ultrasound. They'd always wanted two kids. This way, Sarah recalls, she'd "only have to do this whole pregnancy thing one time." It was four more weeks before they knew one of the twins wasn't going to make it. Thomas, one of ...
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Neuralstem, a Rockville-based biotech company, has just been approved by the FDA to begin implanting stem cells into people with spinal cord injuries. While there's a long scientific journey ahead, this trial could mean hope for paraplegic and quadriplegic patients all over the world. The nervous system works, by sending electrical signals up and down the spinal cord. Degenera...
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In the aftermath of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers around the region are debating how to increase school safety. Delegates in one Maryland county are introducing a bill that would tap casino revenue to build up programs to support mental health and safety efforts. A good portion of the revenue generated from Maryland's slot machines goes toward the s...
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The Virginia Senate has voted to reappoint Helen Dragas to the board of the the University of Virginia. The Senate voted 29 to 9 on Monday in favor of Dragas' reappointment. Last year, Dragas lead an effort to remove UVA president Theresa Sullivan from her position. Sull...
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When Calvary Women's Services doors opened in December 2012, there was little fanfare from the surrounding community. It was exactly a year ago Anacostia residents held community protests against the planned move to the intersection of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue — the neighborhood's fledgling commercial district. At the time, residents worried the area ...
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The first thing to know about feathers is that they are strong — very, very strong. Feathers are eight times stronger than wood. Even when you dip one in liquid nitrogen, and take a hammer to it, nothing happens. And it was that experiment that got Dr. Walter Schmidt thinking. Dr. Schmidt has been working for the past 20 years on ways to turn feathers into useful products. ...
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Hockey is one of the more aggressive sports out there. And that's true whether you're playing on skates - or on a sled, which is how members of the D.C. Sled Sharks get around on the ice. It's a team for kids who play hard, love to win and just happen to use a wheelchair. Emily Berman attends a team practice....
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Since the 1970s, the Goodman League has been filling hot summers nights with a place for neighborhood kids and families to hang out and enjoy some of the best street basketball around. Fans come from all over the region, including a few longtime fans known as the First Ladies. Emily Friedman and Jonna McKone take us to the front row and find out how this league is bringing neighbors toge...