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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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Dupont Circle was the site of FRESHFARM Markets' very first producers-only farmers market. Rebecca Sheir visits the flagship market with FRESHFARM's Bernadine Prince, to hear about the "firsts" shoppers will see as spring kicks in, from longer hours... to more space... to on-site services by Compost Cab... to -- provided FRESHFARM can raise $20,000 by month's end -- Double Dollars for...
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We share your questions and comments from the past few weeks. This time around: properly pronouncing a "most-missed monument" and a good-luck tale of accidental love.[Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go / "You're The First The Last My Everything (karaoke)" by New World Orchestra ...
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The White House is a symbol of American power all over the world. But for many African-Americans, this most famous of American homes also represents a rarely discussed history of exclusion and inequality. Rebecca Sheir talks with Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House, about the ties between the Whi...
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The 12th annual Bethesda Literary Festival kicks off April 15, and this year the celebration of modern literature received a record number of submissions in its Youth Writing Contest. The topic was "A Beautiful Place," and Rebecca Sheir heads to a local bookstore to meet two of the hometown winners.[Music: "Paperback Writer" by Pickin' On Series from The Fantastic Pickin' On Se...
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When Dorothy arrived in the Land of Oz, she quickly realized there was no place like home. But back in the real world, home is rarely the idyllic paradise Dorothy imagined. In this edition of the show, we explore real stories of house and home. We'll meet the developer who built an entire town from scratch, chase off some scary home invaders, and spend time at a shelter for homeless ...
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The D.C. area has been the birthing ground of some famous innovations, invented by some not-too-famous innovators. Rebecca Sheir shares the stories of two Washingtonians whose names may not ring a lot of bells these days, but whose creations have helped shape the modern world: Herman Hollerith and Emile Berliner.[Music: "I've Got a Great Idea" by Harry Connick, Jr. from We Are ...
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Artist-Centered. Exciting. Affordable. That's the credo of Taffety Punk, which has been turning the D.C. theater scene on its head with an inventive, low-budget, high-creativity approach to producing plays. Rebecca Sheir visits a rehearsal of Taffety Punk's newest effort, The Car Plays, to find out what makes these artistic innovators tick.[Music: "Old Times" by The Most Secret...
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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 comeback. Rebecca Sheir spoke with Lister as she prepa...
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What did the nation's capital look like in its early years? That's the question researchers at the University of Maryland Baltimore County are trying to answer. They're digitally re-creating the scene Pierre Charles L'Enfant may have seen when he received orders to lay out the new Federal City. Rebecca Sheir heads to Benjamin Banneker Park and Memorial to talk with Dan Bailey of the...
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The nation's capital can be a hard place to get by when you're an artist. The city has one of the highest costs of living in the country, making studio space -- seen as an essential by many artists -- a luxury that few can easily afford. Rebecca Sheir talks with local artists at 52 O Street, an artists' space that's holding its 2011 Open Studios this weekend, about what it takes to ...
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Imagine hearing your own personal soundtrack playing as you make your way up the National Mall. Ryan and Hayes Holladay -- the Virginia-born brothers who make up the musical duo Bluebrain -- have created just that, with their new, free, "location-aware" iPhone app, The National Mall. Rebecca meets the Holladays on the National Mall to talk about the project - which they describe as a...
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The nation's capital is one of the most competitive cities in the world, according to a ranking by the Global Urban Competitiveness Project. So how does all that rivalry and one-upsmanship affect the way we work and play? We hit the streets to find out, talking with students, businesspeople, actors and other Washingtonians to get their take on our theme for this week.[Music: "...
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The bloody battle between North and South is a key part of our region's history. The city of Alexandria was occupied by federal troops during the war between the states, and it's remembering that time with "Life in Civil War Alexandria," a kick-off for its commemoration of this year's Civil War Sesquicentennial. Rebecca Sheir visits Old Town to learn more about the geographic, politi...
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Sibling rivalry stretches all the way back to biblical times, and Theater J is giving the theme a contemporary, comedic twist with its world-premiere play, "The Moscows of Nantucket". Rebecca Sheir visits a rehearsal of the show, and talks with the actors who portray two very different brothers: A down-on-his-luck fiction writer, and an outrageously successful TV producer.[Musi...
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May is Older Washingtonians Month, so this week, we pay tribute to our elders. D.C.'s senior population is on the rise, so to kick off today's show, we hit the streets to hear about the important role elders play in Washingtonians' lives.[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Young at Heart" by Joey DeFrancesco from GoodFellas]...
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Ninety-three-year-old Therrell Smith started teaching ballet in D.C. in the 1940s and still teaches today, both in D.C. Public Schools and at the Therrell C. Smith School of Dance, which she single-handedly runs in Northeast D.C. But with enrollment down, Therrell is struggling to keep her beloved school open. Rebecca Sheir tags along with Smith to find out what might become of her gr...
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The D.C. Office on Aging predicts the local senior population will "increase exponentially by 2025," and of those seniors, DCOA says 17 percent live at or below the poverty level. Rebecca Sheir visits the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home in Northwest D.C., which caters solely to medically-indigent seniors, to learn how it's helping elders make their "Golden Years" even more golden....
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We cross over them, we pass under them, we build them to connect people, places and phases of our lives. On today's show we'll find out why all that traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge might be a good thing, and visit a rooftop garden bridging the divide between city dwellers and their food. Plus, local bridges that could use an extreme makeover, and some rather distinctive companies...
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Many of our local bridges are in major need of repair. The D.C.-based coalition, Transportation for America, recently ranked the 50 states -- and D.C. -- by the disrepair of their bridges. Rebecca Sheir heads to one of Virginia's most troubled bridges with Jeff Corless, president of Transportation for America, to find out why our bridges are crumbling, and what we can do about it....
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Eighty years ago, in a grove of trees on the National Mall, the D.C. War Memorial was dedicated to the 499 District residents who died in World War I. After years of neglect, a local group hopes Congress will re-dedicate the structure as a national memorial, since no national WWI memorial exists on the National Mall. Stimulus dollars are restoring and re-landscaping the memorial right...