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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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Washington, D.C. is said to be a city of migrants, a place that attracts people from all over the world but rarely holds onto them for long. We'll challenge that stereotype today, digging deep into the changing character of one D.C. neighborhood. Plus, we'll look at the roots of a twenty-year-old riot and how it impacted the city's Latino residents. And, since our theme is "roots,"...
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D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood struggled for decades to recover from the legacy of the 1968 riots. Now, new residents and businesses are coming to Shaw, lured by its proximity to downtown and new amenities. But in the process, many longtime African-American residents are leaving what is considered by many to be the heart and soul of "Chocolate City." Rebecca Sheir visits Shaw and speaks ...
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As the first African-American football player at the University of Maryland, Darryl Hill helped break the Atlantic Coast Conference's racial barrier. His tale is recounted in a new play, "Moving the Chains: They Darryl Hill Story", by Michael Olmert. Rebecca Sheir sat down with Hill in the Lincoln Theatre's lobby to find out more.[Music: "I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be ...
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The D.C. area has a history of bright ideas, and this week we celebrate thinkers, tinkerers and innovators of all stripes. Rebecca Sheir heads to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., to meet with one local inventor, who’s designed a product to tackle both the problems of today… and tomorrow.[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Tit...
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As we wrap up the first official week of spring, we put away the boots, throw open the doors and come out and play.We'll play a little soccer and meet the fervent fans of D.C. United, check out a new theatrical play about one of D.C.'s most notorious graverobbers, or "Resurrectionists", and find out what happens when too many local students decide to come out and play -- instea...
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With spring just around the corner, we're kicking winter to the curb, dusting off the cobwebs and cleaning up.From a beach-front ban on cigarettes, to the custodians who spruce up our public schools. We'll hear about ongoing efforts to clean up toxic waste in Northwest D.C., and what Metro's new board of directors is doing to clean up the transit agency's act, so to speak. Plus...
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After decades of drug abuse, alcohol addiction and prison stints, D.C. native Leroy "Butch" Jefferson found true luck -- and true love. His ex-wife -- a certified drug-addiction counselor -- found him broke and broken, sleeping under a bridge on New York Avenue. She reached out to help, and now the couple is happily re-married. Rebecca Sheir visits the couple in Brookland, as they cel...
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Legend has it a curse was cast on a large, blue diamond after it was stolen from the forehead of an idol in India. Rebecca Sheir visits the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and speaks with curator Jeffrey Post and historian Paul Dickson about the alleged curse, and whether it may have been connected to the ill fortune of the Diamond's last -- and most notorio...
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As the first African-American football player at the University of Maryland, Darryl Hill helped break the ACC's racial barrier. His tale is recounted in a new play, "Moving the Chains: They Darryl Hill Story", by Michael Olmert. Later this month, a staged reading will be held at the Lincoln Theatre, in association with Theater J. Rebecca Sheir sits down with Hill in the Lincoln Theat...
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This week, we're leaping in to Luck. From one man's winning streak as the first African-American football player in the Atlantic Coast Conference, to the so-called "curse" of the Smithsonian's Hope Diamond. Plus, the kind of luck that's saving a sinking island off Maryland's coast, and an inside look at the new chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" ...
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We'll hear from underdogs in the D.C. region who have faced their share of adversity, yet somehow managed to defy it all, and come out on top. But first, a little something for all you cartoon junkies from the 1960s and 1970s...[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks]...
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...And we're not just talking attraction in the eyes-locking, heart-pounding, OMG-I've-just-met-my-soulmate sense of the word...[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks]...
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The gleaming, new H.D. Woodson High School in NE D.C. replaces the 1972 building many knew as the "Tower of Power." The more than $100-million project was part of a $1.8-billion overhaul of some the city’s school buildings. Rebecca Sheir attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and learns more about the state-of-the-art facility from Robert Hannan and Renard Alexander: Program Managers ...
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Next month's Arts on Foot festival marks the debut of NumbersAlive!: a new, local brand of toys, books and films teaching young people how numbers relate to history, art and culture. It's the brainchild of self-professed "math geek" Rebecca Klemm. Rebecca Sheir visits Klemm's studio to learn why Zero is wild about the Hirshhorn Museum... One can't get enough of the Washington Monument...
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We share some recent listener comments and letters - from reactions to a proposed museum of immigration, to concerns about eating shark meat in Washington, D.C.Do you have a question or comment about the show? We'd love to hear from you![Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go...
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We track people, businesses, ideas -- even some flora and fauna -- as they flow in and out of our region. We'll talk with a local Congressman who wants to create a national museum of American immigration. We'll find out why so many NYC-based restaurants are setting up shop in the District, and hear how residents are coping with the gaggles of Canada geese that refuse to migrate from...
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What happens when Africa and the Caribbean collide in the capital of the United States? The answer is RAS, a District restaurant that fuses Ethiopian and Jamaican cuisine. Rebecca Sheir meets the staff of RAS, and learns about the long and rich relationship between two seemingly very different countries.[Music: "Manew Tew Tew Yemilegn" by Brhanu Tezera]...
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U.S. Congressman Jim Moran represents a highly diverse district in northern Virginia. And now he's pushing for a national museum that would celebrate the American immigration experience. He's co-sponsor of legislation that would create a Museum of the American People on the National Mall. Rebecca Sheir meets up with Moran to hear more about the proposed museum, which he says would b...
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You can find some of the world's hottest peppers growing in Tyson's Corner, Va. Tom Elder, the executive chef at harth, is cultivating his own organic peppers, from the Trinidad Scorpion to the Devil's Tongue to the world-renowned Ghost Chili. The peppers are all pollinated by Elder's very own bees, which, it turns out, work especially hard in the super-hot weather. Rebecca Sheir pay...
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What would you do if you lost a string of big-money breweries to fire? In the case of Christian Heurich, you build the city's first fireproof home. Rebecca Sheir visits the Heurich House, to see how extreme personal pyrophobia resulted in a remarkable 19th century house, which soon could become a National Landmark.[Music: "Burning Down the House" by Tom Jones & The Cardigan...