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Rebecca Sheir

Host, Metro Connection

Sheir joined WAMU in 2009 as a news anchor, host and reporter. She became the host of Metro Connection in August 2010.

Sheir came to the nation's capital by way of Alaska, where she traveled amongst the moose and mountains as the host of AK, the award-winning show on the Alaska Public Radio Network. While in the Last Frontier, she also did reporting for NPR member station KTOO in Juneau.

Sheir's radio stories have won numerous awards – including the Third Coast International Audio Festival Directors' Choice Award – and have aired on public radio venues and programs, including All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The Splendid Table, Latino USA, Only a Game, Here & Now, Interfaith Voices, Voice of America, Chicago Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and Iowa Public Radio. She has taught her original radio essay/commentary course, "Radio Voices," at the University of Iowa and University of Alaska Anchorage.

Sheir received her BA from Columbia University in New York City, where she also worked in Off-Broadway theater production: first with Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc., then with Naked Angels Theatre Company. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa.


Articles Written by Rebecca Sheir

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Ted van Griethuysen has been an actor for decades. "I have been one for longer than I care to remark at the moment," he says with a chuckle. "But my friends would know it's about 60 years." And during those 60 years, van Griethuysen's experienced his share of financial hardships--whether it was coming up short on rent, or getting seriously ill when he lacked health in...
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In Clarke County, Va., in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the 1,200-acre Trappist monastery known as Holy Cross Abbey. Holy Cross was founded in 1950, in an elegant 18th-century house. Since then, Trappist monks have lived in the house--and the attached dormitory--in accordance with the Rule of Saint Benedict, a religious tradition established in the seventh centu...
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Destruction and rebirth are two common themes in the paintings and drawings of Glen Echo Park's resident artist, Jordan Bruns... and for good reason. The 29-year-old survived a rare form of Cushing's disease, and underwent a million-dollar surgery at the National Institutes of Health to remove a tumor lodged behind his eyes. Rebecca Sheir visits Bruns' studio in Glen Echo's Stone Towe...
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In an era dominated by CVS, Walgreen's and Rite-Aid, it's increasingly rare to find a locally-owned Mom-and-Pop-style pharmacy. But this year marks the 100th anniversary of Morgan's Pharmacy: an independently-owned Georgetown establishment where owner Barry Deutschman says everybody knows your name. Rebecca Sheir swings by to learn more about Morgan's, and hear how the pharmacy busine...
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On the surface, Northern Virginia resident Matt McNeil's upcoming young adult novel, "The Strange Tale of Ben Beesley," is about a fly named Ben, who sets out to save his two friends, Waverly and Oliver, from a spider's poisonous venom. But the book is actually part allegory/part memoir, since McNeil's real-life children, Waverly and Oliver, suffer from MPS III: a rare, degenerative a...
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At Washington's Round Robin Bar, over an ice-cold Gin Rickey, the District's signature drink, historian Paul Dickson pontificates on the historical significance of toasts in D.C. "They've always being totally co-mingled with politics," says the author of Toasts: "Over 1,500 of the Best Toasts, Sentiments, Blessings, and Graces." "And one of the things about toasting would be w...
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Since Memorial Day, we've seen nearly 20 eateries shut their doors in the D.C. region. Capital Q Barbecue, Buddha Bar, Casa Nonna, Restaurant 3, Meatballs, Ireland's Four Fields... the list goes on and on. Some plan on relocating, others plan on re-opening with a new concept, but others are simply saying, "So long, and thanks for all the fish." Or the barbecue. ...
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler was an expat American painter known for his rather feisty sense of independence, and in the 1870s, that feisty independence landed Whistler in a rather interesting dispute: one involving painting, pounds and peacocks. Yes, peacocks. Whistler was the driving force behind The Peacock Room, the magnificent blue and gold room at the Smithsonian's Fre...
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The Maryland School for the Blind is preparing blind and visually impaired young people to go it alone in the so-called real world, while they're still in school. The 159-year-old institution in Parkville, Md., offers on-campus day and residential programs for roughly 185 blind and visually impaired students, and this past semester, MSB opened the doors of its second Independe...
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On our Global D.C. show, we met Unum's owner and chef Phillip Blaine, whose internationally inspired dishes represent a long-held dream of opening his very own restaurant. Blaine's fellow dreamer is his wife: Unum's other owner, Laura Schiller. B...
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Mirah Horowitz happily works like a dog to keep her dual gigs going. And actually, one of those gigs has her working with dogs, too. To date: more than 4,200. That's because Horowitz volunteers as the executive director of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. Since Horowitz started Lucky Dog in May 2009, the all-volunteer non-profit has saved dogs from shelters in Virginia and the Carolin...
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It's widely said that Washington, D.C., isn't exactly famous for its overabundance of 24-hour dining spots. Granted, the city does have a smattering of 24-7 eateries, like The Diner in Adams Morgan, and Osman & Joe's Steak & Egg Kitchen in Tenleytown. And on the weekends, one can toss in stand-bys like Annie's Paramount Steakhouse, and Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, in Du...
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It may seem surprising, but one of Washington, D.C.'s liveliest nighttime spots is on the western end of the National Mall. The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day, and of the millions of visitors who flock to the grand structure each year, many visit at night. We recently swung by the Lincoln Memorial around the stroke of midnight, to find out what makes the Memorial such...
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Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood has long been home to some truly titillating tales and sinful scandals. In the new book, Wicked Capitol Hill: An Unruly History of Behaving Badly, tour guide and local historian Robert Pohl wends his way through some of the juiciest scandals in Capitol Hill's history. One of his favorite tales concerns Kentucky Congressman William Preston...
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During lunchtime at Adams Morgan's Amsterdam Falafelshop, the cozy café is always buzzing and humming with customers chatting and chomping on pitas stuffed with fresh-made falafel and other fixings. But outside, on 18th Street, it's buzzing and humming, too. Not to mention rattling, clattering and in some cases, slamming! That's because construction crews are wrapping...
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Jim Dandy -- a.k.a. Samuel Myers -- spent decades keeping Silver Spring's attire in tip-top form. The 97-year-old owner of Jim Dandy Cleaners and Formal Wear died recently, a fact that loyal customers learned from a handwritten note left by his family on his shop's locked door. Rebecca Sheir remembers the man who told her in September that "nothing can stop that power of love." ...
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Local architectural historian Stephen Hansen has found a way to bring new meaning to the phrase, "Gone, but not forgotten." The head of historic preservation and design firm D.C. Historic Designs has launched a blog called "Virtual Architectural Archaeology: Recreating the Lost (or Nearly Lost) Built Environment in and around Washington, D.C." He acknowledges that "virtual arc...
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Penned by outspoken AIDS activist and D.C. native Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart premiered at New York's Public Theater in 1986. In 2011, a revival made a smash on Broadway. But never in the play's history has it been professionally produced in Kramer's hometown—until now. Starting June 8, last year's Tony Award-winning production is gracing Arena Stage's Kreeger Th...
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As debate continues about relaxing D.C.'s Heights of Buildings Act--the 1899 law that limits most buildings in the District to no higher than 130 feet--little is said about the man who inadvertently helped bring about that law: Thomas F. Schneider. The architect and developer designed the Cairo: the 12-story building on Q Street NW that sparked such public uproar, Congress pas...
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If you've ever looked at a map of D.C., you've probably noticed that the boundaries of our nation's capital form a diamond. These days, that diamond is technically missing a corner: the piece of land that Congress handed back to Virginia in the 1840s. But that diamond was whole back in 1791, when it was created by a surveying team led by Maj. Andrew Ellicott, and along that di...