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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 know the old saying, "You can never go home again"? A new art installation in Washington, D.C., may very well be proving that old adage wrong. The Center for Hellenic Studies in Northwest D.C. is a Harvard institution devoted to ancient Greek language and culture. Harvard opened th...
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This week's Metro Connection is all about "House and Home," but what happens when — for the time being, anyway — you don't have either one? That's been the experience for Lamar, a sophomore at Anacostia High School. He's been staying at the Sasha Bruce House in Northeast Washing...
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On September 6, 2013, Mayor Vincent Gray brandished a pair of oversized yellow scissors and, in under an hour, cut the ribbon on three brand new restaurants on 9th Street NW, in Shaw. “We were part of the ribbon-cutting with Baby Wale, which is Tom Power’s restaurant, next door to his own Corduroy...
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To understand the Shaw of today — and tomorrow, for that matter — you need to take a look back at the Shaw of yesterday. And if you do, a key thing you’ll learn is that back then, “Shaw” wasn’t originally called “Shaw.” “‘Shaw’ is really an urban-renewal name,” says Washington native Denise Johnson. “It was named after Colonel [Robert Gould] Shaw, w...
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The D.C. region is no stranger to The Guinness Book of World Records. The world record for the largest cupcake, for instance — weighing in at more than 2,500 pounds — was achieved by our very own Georgetown Cupcake. The record for the largest group to simultaneously make sandwiches was nabbed by The Corporate Executive Board Company of Arlington. Five hundred staffers made 1,000 t...
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The brand new musical, "If/Then," is having its world premiere at D.C.'s National Theatre, before heading to Broadway next year. Book and lyrics writer Brian Yorkey says it's "about a woman in her late 30s who leaves a loveless marriage out west and moves back to New York City. "The show takes off from her first day in New York City," explains Yorkey. "She makes one o...
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In a leafy corner of northeast Washington, you're able to travel from the Holy Land to Rome, and back again, with just a few steps. "When I do the tours here, I tell the people, 'Now from the Holy Land we are going to go straight to Rome because we're going to see the catacombs!'" says Fernando Pereiro, who's been leading tours at The Franciscan Monastery since August 2011....
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Georgetown officially dates back to 1751, making it more than 30 years older than Washington, D.C., itself. And according to Tim Krepp, author of Ghosts of Georgetown, many would say the neighborhood has accumulated more than its share of ghosts in the past 262 years. The C&O Canal has been thought of as an especially haunted location. "The canal is a fairly import...
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Throughout his 69 years, whether as a pupil, admirer or friend, legendary dancer Maurice Hines has connected with a number of superstars, from Lena Horn, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland to Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte and Sammy Davis, Jr. One of his most treasured connections was with his younger brother, Gregory Hines, who died of liver cancer 10 years ago, at the age of 5...
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D.C.-based hip-hop artist Darius McCall — a.k.a. Prinz-D — refers to himself as a "lone wolf." Not only is he fiercely independent in work and life, but also as a rapper, he has something that sets him apart from other MCs: Prinz-D is deaf. "[The loss in] my right ear is profound," he explains. "The left ear is severe, which means I can hear a lot better than the right ear...
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With thousands of federal workers on furlough, we all know how the partial government shutdown has been affecting hundreds of thousands of adults. But what about the impact it's having on the region's children? For youngsters enrolled in Bright Horizons, the preschool and early-education program that partners with more than 850 employers worldwide, life has been turned a bit u...
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Ian Adams lives in Indian Head, Md., with his wife, Chani, Ian, their 6 month-old baby girl, Wren, and their first-grade daughter, Alia. Ian works as an electrical engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory, a federal agency. But as of yet, his office has not been affected by the shutdown. "It's a very academic environment," he explains. "So like researchers at a university wo...
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At the end of the 19th century, many cities enacted building height limits, due to technological constraints in the construction field, such as lack of sprinkler systems and fireproof materials. Washington, D.C.'s original height limits were based on an urban design principle that scales the height of the building to the width of the street, with a 1:1 ratio. For commercial bu...
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While federal government buildings around town are closed, the John A. Wilson Building — home of D.C.’s city government — is going strong. Past federal government shutdowns have led to a cessation of city services, from parks to recreation centers to libraries to trash pickup. That’s because the District is considered a federal agency for budget purposes. The District ...
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It's often said "it isn't the years in your life that count, but, rather, the life in your years." And Maryland resident Kathleen Williams fits that sentiment to a T. The native Briton is 101 years old. But honestly, as she sits in the dining room of her Chevy Chase home — her bright eyes flashing, her silver hair elegantly styled — you'd never know she's a centenarian....
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Longtime Washingtonians may remember that once upon a time, you could find some French restaurants in the city, some Italian, maybe some Chinese. Then you had steakhouses like Blackey's, and cafeterias like Sholl's. But fast-forward to the present, and in 2011, the District boasted more than 2,100 eateries, of all culinary stripes. That was nearly a 5 percent increase from ...
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Nopa Kitchen and Bar opened in D.C.'s Penn Quarter in May, but just started serving brunch this week. And the menu features a type of treat you don't see much of in the District: the crispy, crusty, chewy, doughy bialy. "It's from Poland: Bialystok," explains Nopa's executive chef Greg McCarty. "It's very similar to a bagel [but] it doesn't have the traditional hole that goes ...
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This week, much attention has been focused on the Navy Yard: a D.C. landmark that's been serving the city, nation, and world in various, important capacities since 1799. At its peak, the yard consisted of 188 buildings on 126 acres of land, and employed nearly 25,000 people. Local tour guide, historian, author, and former Naval officer Tim Krepp shares a birthday with...
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Following Monday's shooting at D.C.'s Navy Yard, there are fresh calls for a national discussion about gun control. The discussion was revived after the Newtown shootings last December, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. But in the spring, that discussion was tabled. George Washington University law, history and sociology professor Robert Cottrol has been followi...
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Mexico City native Pati Jinich is intimately familiar with the cuisine of Mexico — and the many misconceptions she feels surround it. "Our food isn't always spicy," she says. "Our food doesn't always have a chili in it. And when it does, it's not necessarily a spicy chili. The ancho chili is sweet, the guajillo chili is happy. "And surprisingly for people, Mexican fo...