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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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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...
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Latinos make up about 10 percent of Washington, D.C.'s population. And in terms of city leadership, we've had several Latinos serve as deputy mayor. But you won't find any Latinos on either our State Board of Education or City Council. The lack of Latino representation on the latter has been especially vexing to D.C. native Joshua Lopez. "For years people have been say...
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In April, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History stumbled upon a most remarkable find. It was a wax-cylinder recording from April 1885, and while the words on it are kind of fuzzy, the speaker is kind of famous: "Hear my voice. Alexander... Graham... Bell." "The one snippet of his voice that we do have has him sounding a bit theatrical," says actor Rick Fouche...
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Andy Warhol once said: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." But in Brookeville, Md., you'll meet people who claim that in the past, they were famous for about 15 hours. Outside a stately white house on Market Street, a plaque reads: "In this house, August 26 to 27, 1814, President James Madison and Richard Rush, Attorney General, were she...
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As hundreds of students flocked back to Powell Elementary School in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. this week, principal Janeece Docal greeted them in Spanish and English. As Docal smiled and hugged the children, she noted how different a lot of students were this year. The student body of the dual-language institution is 85 percent Latino and 12 percent Africa...
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Once upon a time, in the late 1800s, it was believed you could find a 'mother lode' of gold... in Maryland. Rebecca Sheir visits several now-defunct mines in Montgomery County, Maryland, to learn how, at one time, the area hosted nearly a dozen mines where prospectors hoped to strike it rich....
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A new study from D.C.'s Pew Research Center shows the roles of mothers and fathers are converging — though many differences remain. Rebecca Sheir talks with a co-author of the study, to hear the details on how moms and dads feel about working, not working and balancing the two....
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For all the modern-day talk of business and tech incubators in D.C., the grandfather of all incubators actually opened in the early 1900s, right next door to the Howard Theatre. Frank Holliday's Pool Hall eventually became one of the city's most important cultivators of African-American musical talent. Among the musicians who used to hang out there was a kid by the name of Duke Ellin...
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Maryland resident Richie Lynch considers himself one of the luckiest dads in the world. Twelve years ago, via in vitro fertilization, his wife became pregnant with triplets. But 26 years ago, something happened that could have prevented Richie from ever living to see the birth of his two daughters and one son: a shallow-end-of-the-pool dive that turned Richie into a quadriplegic. Rebe...
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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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Not all debts are about money, and longtime Washingtonian Cliff Brody knows that fact all too well. From 1967 to 1968, Brody was serving with the 89th military-police unit in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. His sergeant was named Joe Blakely. "Skinny old Joe," Brody says with a smile. "A very, very, very slight guy: if he turned sideways, he would disappear." Both Cliff and ...
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Earlier this year, Rebecca Sheir visited Scotland and Sandy Spring: two of Maryland's "kinship communities." These towns were settled by former slaves after the Civil War, and maintain deep ties with their historical and cultural roots to this very day. ...
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Once scientists are invited to work at the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Va., they're given several years to wing it with their research. Anthony Leonardo is using that free rein to study neuroethology: the neural basis of animal behavior. In a simulated indoor forest, Leonardo uses tiny "telemetry backpacks" to study how dragonflies hunt down fruit flies. And as Rebecca Sheir...
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A culinary controversy has been simmering in Washington, D.C., ever since an article appeared in last week's Washington Post titled, "What's missing from D.C.'s food scene? A lot. " It was penned by Mark Furstenberg: a baker, chef and the former owner of Marvelous Market and Remarkable Breads. "I think I feel slightly more hopeful than the article that appeared reflected, but ...
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There's a new brewery in town, but this one is a little different. It doesn't brew beer. Instead it brews kombucha, a 2,000-year-old drink made from fermented, sweetened tea. Andreas Schneider opened the District's very first kombucha brewery, Capital Kombucha, with two of his buddies from business school at George Washington University. They just graduated this summer. ...
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Chef Robert Wiedmaier knows a thing or two about mussels. At Brasserie Beck, one of the many restaurants in an empire that includes Marcel's, BRABO, Wildwood Kitchen, and Mussel Bar & Grille, Wiedmaier says he goes through about 7,500 pounds of mussels every couple of weeks. "It's a lot of mussels!" he exclaims. Wiedmaier's been showing off those mussels all week l...
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Washington, D.C.'s transgender population is growing, and a world-premiere play produced by Forum Theatre in Silver Spring, Md., seeks to celebrate this community, and bring its trials, tribulations and triumphs to the stage. Georgetown theater professor Natsu Onoda Power has been developing "The T Party," since 2008, as she was getting to know more and more people who identif...