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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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You can find some of the world's hottest peppers growing behind a hotel in Tyson's Corner, Va. Tom Elder, the head chef at harth, is cultivating his own organic pepper garden, from the Trinidad Scorpion to the Devil's Tongue to the world-renowned ghost chili. These peppers are all pollinated by Elder's very own bees. Rebecca Sheir pays a visit to taste the most fiery peppers, and to ...
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If you turn on your television this time of year, chances are you'll find at least one channel playing Frank Capra's 1946 film, It's a Wonderful Life. Our televisions aren't the only place we can watch the story of George Bailey though. The Hub Theatre in Fairfax, Va. is bringing George's tale to life on the stage in the world-premiere, one-man show, Wonderful Lif...
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On the banks of the Potomac River, in Accokeek, Md., lies a site considered sacred by the Native American tribe that was once the region’s most populous and powerful. Gabrielle Tayac, a historian at the National Museum of the American Indian and member of the Piscataway Indian Nation, says Moyaone, Piscataway’s principal village, located in Piscataway Park, dates back at l...
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Standardized patients, individuals who are trained to simulate real patients, are commonly used in medical education. They enable medical students to practice and improve their clinical and conversation skills for patient interaction. A program at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences goes a step further with their standardized patients. ...
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J. Jordan Bruns first noticed signs that something was wrong with him when he began college at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Despite following a healthy vegetarian diet and running five miles a day, he was gaining an inexplicable amount of weight. "I was fifty pounds heavier than I am now," he recalls, with a "really bulbous face and I had a buffalo hump on the back of ...
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Kim Bender, blogger behind The Location, takes Metro Connection's Rebecca Sheir to a storied home on 16th Street NW. The mansion most recently housed The Green Door, a community program that assists people with severe mental illness. But the home once belonged to one of Washington's favorite early-20th-century society belles, who became the first woman to fly in an "aeroplane" over th...
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What if the Washington Monument looked like a pagoda? And what if the National Mall was flooded with water, along the lines of a canal in Venice? These alternate plans for D.C.'s landmarks actually existed, and a new exhibit called "Unbuilt Washington" reveals the details. One of the landmarks the exhibit highlights is the Lincoln Memorial, which of course resembles an ancient...
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In 2010, D.C. resident Reed Sandridge was unemployed, and in the midst of a personal, philanthropic endeavor. During his "Year of Giving," he gave $10 to a different stranger every day. And on Sept. 12 -- Day #258 -- he came across David Ger, a homeless man selling Street Sense at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Q Street, NW. And that encounter would change Ger's life forever....
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In a way, Beertown is like any other town. It has a mayor, an ombudsman, an archivist. It has a website - visitbeertown.com -- which outlines the town's history, lists upcoming events and offers a directory of places to shop, play and stay. But two major things set Beertown apart. First, every five years -- quinquennially, in other, more elaborate words - Beertonians congregat...
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This fall brings the 11th edition of Robert's Rules of Order: the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure in the United States. Brig. Gen. Henry Martyn Robert, an Army engineering officer, wrote the original rules after his lackluster performance moderating a church meeting in the late 19th century. After th...
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Ragtime is undergoing a resurgence, quite literally at the hands of a self-taught pianist in Alexandria. Martin Spitznagel nabbed the title of World Champion of Old-Time Piano Playing at the 2011 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, which he describes as "this fabulous collection of really creative, eccentric people who get together in a ballroom in Peoria, Ill., and dre...
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About 150 years ago, the region saw the creation of Military Road: an artery that would link a network of 68 forts built in a ten-month period to defend Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Historian Paul Dickson describes the road as 'the glue that held it all together.' "When the Civil War started, they had one fort, which had been built for the War of 1812: Fort ...
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In many people's minds, New York City is synonymous with theater and playwriting, but the D.C. area boasts hundreds of playwrights proud to call the National Capital Region home. The newly-formed D.C.-Area Playwrights Group is hosting a special event on November 6th, to match these playwrights -- who tend to work alone, tucked away in front of glowing computer screens -- with potentia...
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A new bar in Northeast D.C.’s H Street Corridor is presenting a new, novel way to buy beer. The Big Board offers burgers, brews and the chance to drive your own price. As co-owner Eric Flannery explains, the fluctuating beer prices come from a special algorithm which “changes depending on how many people are here, what day of the week it is, what type of beers are being or...
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Buried treasure? Ghostly, half-dressed commodores? Depressed specters? They're all part of the ghostly lore of Capitol Hill in Southeast D.C. Local resident and tour guide Tim Krepp takes Rebecca Sheir around the Marine Barracks area, to share spooky tales from ages past. [Music: "Spooky" by Anthony Goldsmith from Animal Antix - Music for a Comedy Lounge]...
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In the debut of our new series, "The Location," blogger and history buff Kim Bender takes Rebecca Sheir to Georgetown's Mt. Zion Cemetery, a burial ground that's seen plenty of changes through the years - including multiple names... multiple owners... and multiple disinterments. [Music: "Turn Your Face" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Cemetery Gates" by Vitamin Strin...
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Most people nominate the White House as D.C.'s most haunted building, but a close second contender is the Octagon House. Rebecca Sheir took a daytime tour of the Octagon for last year's "Haunted D.C." edition of Metro Connection. But she turned down an invitation to spend the night and prove/disprove the alleged haunting. One year later, she grabs her sleeping bag, microphone and tr...
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With one of the highest costs of living in the country, D.C. can be a hard place for an artist to get by - especially when it comes to finding affordable studio space. In this rebroadcast from our "Getting By and Getting Ahead" show, Rebecca Sheir talks with local artists at 52 O Street, a building that's been bringing artists together since the late 1970s, about how to survive as an ...
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For decades, Capitol Hill residents have watched the stately Old Naval Hospital at 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE crumble and deteriorate. Now the building is getting a new lease on life as the Hill Center. The brand new community hub will feature everything from cooking and yoga classes to film screenings and rental space for special events; the third floor will double as rentable of...
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This week, Arlington National Cemetery will hold a funeral service 67 years in the making, as a group of airmen from World War II receive a burial with full military honors. Surviving family members are journeying from across the country to attend the burial. Joyce Dawson is one of them. She's traveling from Rockford, Ill. to pay respects to her uncle, Robert Reginald Bishop, ...