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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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For the 18th year, the Smithsonian Gardens and the United States Botanic Garden are presenting their annual orchid exhibition, from Jan. 29 through April 24. Rebecca Sheir walks through the exhibit with two self-professed "orchid nerds": Washington Gardener Magazine's Kathy Jentz and the Smithsonian's Tom Mirenda. She learns about epiphytic orchids, which can hang in the air, so to sp...
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Washington D.C. native and international opera star, Marquita Lister, has performed in the world's great opera houses and has sung "Bess" (in "Porgy and Bess") more than 500 times. In 2006, she became gravely ill, and her meteoric rise was interrupted. But she's worked hard to make a remarkable recovery and now is poised for her come-back. Rebecca Sheir speaks with Lister as she prepa...
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Meeting your soul mate can be tough for anyone, but for some people with disabilities, it can be hard just to get out and form new friendships. That's why DateAble, Inc. started up in the D.C. area. Rebecca Sheir talks with one couple who found love using the service: Lynn Watson and her husband, Robert, who now runs DateAble, Inc. from their home in Brandywine, Md.[Music: "Val...
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After raising more than $10,000 for the Children's Tumor Foundation in its inaugural, "Snow-My-Goodness" year, the Cupid's Undie Run is back! Rebecca Sheir talks with Tamara Forys, one of the race's organizers, about the 2011 fundraiser: from the many ways Washingtonians have shown their generous support, to how to keep warm when sprinting a mile in your skivvies.[Music: "Run T...
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Just in time for President Abraham Lincoln's 202nd birthday, a historical tourist attraction is heading back to Ford's Theatre: the original overcoat the president wore when he was shot. Rebecca Sheir talks with National Park Service Ranger Yana Jaffe about the coat's new "time-share:" it spends half the year in conservation storage, and half the year in the Theatre's lobby for the pu...
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We share e-mails sent by our listeners. This week: kudos for a D.C.-born opera star, and the inside scoop on that alleged MARC train happy hour car...[Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go / "I'm Yours (Karaoke Instrumental Track) [In the Style of Jason Mraz]" by ProSound Karaoke B...
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Cheryl A. Lofton's family has been nipping and tucking Washington's attire since the 1930s, when her grandfather opened the first African-American-owned tailoring business in downtown D.C. Cheryl moved the family business to a new spot in Shaw, and just opened a shoe-shine shop next door. Rebecca Sheir visits the operation to hear about the family's professional heritage, and how, in ...
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In this rebroadcast from The Newcomer's Guide To Washington, Rebecca Sheir looks in to some of the myths and mysteries surrounding Georgetown... including why the neighborhood doesn't have a Metro stop. Theories abound, but which one is actually true?[Music: "Man in Motion" by John Parr from St. Elmo's Fire Soundtrack / "Break Even (In the Style of The Script)" by Sunfly Karaok...
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From smoothing out curves, kinks and cuffs... to getting payback and settling scores...[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks]...
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On Feb. 20, 1839, Congress passed legislation barring the practice of dueling in the District of Columbia. Rebecca Sheir and historian Paul Dickson talk about the popularity of dueling in D.C.'s history, and tell tales of prominent figures who visited the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds to even up various scores -- often on the flimsiest of grounds -- by walking nine paces and firing at c...
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D.C. resident Frank Kameny, 85, is known as a pioneer in the gay rights movement. After the U.S. Civil Service Commission fired him for his homosexuality in 1957, he made the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation. These days Frank is struggling to pay the bills, so a young man in D.C. has kicked off a Facebook campaign to get the legendary underdog back on his feet. In ...
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The D.C.-based nonprofit GlobalGiving seeks to link grassroots causes with everyday donors. A new cause on the GlobalGiving Web site is the Pulling for the Underdog Fund, and Rebecca Sheir speaks with GlobalGiving's Donna Callejon about how this new fund -- and the entire GlobalGiving endeavor -- hopes to give local underdogs the resources they need to serve their communities.[...
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Rorschach Theatre has spent more than a decade bringing innovative, fantastical theater to Washington, D.C. But the company has faced its share of challenges and obstacles along the way, including a period of time "in exile." Rebecca Sheir attends a rehearsal of Rorschach's upcoming production, Voices Underwater, to learn what makes this ambitious underdog group tick.[Music: "D...
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'Tis the season...for tourists! Or the start of the season, anyway. So, on today's show, we're taking out hats off to Visitors, of all sorts -- from tourists to wildlife to pop-up retail shops.[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks]...
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If you've ever visited a place with kids, then you know it can be a real trip. Which sites will your youngsters really latch on to? Which places will grab their imaginations and make them want to come back for more? Author Corkey Hay DeSimone says D.C. is full of those places; the key is making sure children are prepared when they arrive. Rebecca Sheir talks with DeSimone about her ne...
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Montgomery County, Md., launched the nation's first "Weed Warriors" program in the late 1990s: a group of volunteers certified to fight invasive plant species in area parks. Rebecca Sheir heads to Wheaton Regional Park with Weed Warriors founder Carole Bergmann and certified Weed Warrior Kathy Jentz, to hear about the group's latest struggles battling such a tricky foe.[Music: ...
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The 19th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital is presenting a special Chesapeake Bay program, featuring films that highlight preservation and cleanup efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. Rebecca Sheir heads to the water to talk with the artists behind "The Last Boat Out" and "The Runoff Dilemma", as well as the woman who kicked off the festival to begin with.[Mu...
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Active Cultures Theatre Company's newest endeavor is a play about a play. "The Resurrectionist King" takes us back to the 1880s, as the most famous grave robber in D.C. history prepares to put on a one-man show. Rebecca Sheir visits a rehearsal to learn more about this legendary character, and the theater company that's bringing him to life.[Music: "It's My Life (Karaoke Versio...
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It's cherry blossom time, so local eateries are once again offering Cherry Picks: cherry- and cherry-blossom-inspired goodies on their food and drink menus. Rebecca Sheir heads to Ted's Bulletin, in Capitol Hill, to learn the secret behind the restaurant's super-popular, homemade cherry pop tarts.[Music: "Pop Song 89" by REM from Green]...
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This week we're all about firsts, starting with the Washington Nationals' first home game of the season. A few days before the opening pitch, Rebecca Sheir heads to home plate at Nationals Park to hear about the exciting "firsts" we'll see with the team -- and at the stadium -- this season.[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Nuts About the Nats" ...