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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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What's it like being a rookie patrol officer responding to 911 calls? Officer Kim Curry has spent the past two years finding out. Rebecca Sheir does an all-night ride-along with the Montgomery County police officer, who says officers are considered rookies until they've been on the street for five years....
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Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town is a tried-and-true theatrical tradition that’s been carried on, on countless stages nationwide, since 1938. 75 years later, playwright Darrah Cloud is putting a new spin on that old tradition, with her world-premiere show, Our Subu...
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Gallaudet University alumnus Darius McCall — a.k.a. Prinz-D — calls himself “The First Deaf Rapper.” Given the seriousness of his hearing impairment, he finds that connecting with people -- from sound engineers to audience members -- can be quite difficult. Rebecca Sheir visits the D.C.-based artist at his Virginia recording studio, to hear about his new album, First Deaf Rapp...
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Alexander Robey Shepherd was a controversial figure in Washington's history. But he also had big dreams for the District -- bringing clean water into Washingtonians' homes, and creating a tree canopy in the city. Rebecca Sheir brings us his story and finds out why his reputation has gotten a bit of a makeover in recent years....
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The District's Hispanic population has tripled over the past three decades. And yet, no member of that community has ever served on the D.C. Council. Rebecca Sheir speaks with Latino activists and advocates about why Latinos have been absent from government leadership in the District, as opposed to in places like Montgomery County and Arlington....
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Andy Warhol once said that "in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." In Montgomery County, Md., one town claims that in the past, it was famous for nearly 15 hours. After the burning of Washington in August 1814, President James Madison fled to Brookeville, where he managed governmental affairs from an upstairs bedroom for one night. Rebecca Sheir visits the town ...
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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...