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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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According to the latest ranking by the Legatum Institute Prosperity Index, Norway is the happiest country in the world, and Simon Liestøl Idsøe has his own theory as to why. "It makes sense, because we have such small towns, and like taking care of our neighbors a lot, and eating seafood a lot!" he says with a laugh. Idsøe lived in Norway his entire life, up until n...
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If someone were to ask you how happy you are, how would you respond? University of Maryland sociologist John Robinson has been studying how people answer that question for nearly 40 years, and he's been looking at that happiness question as it relates to two other questions, both about how people view their time. The first: "Would you say that you always feel rushed, o...
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When it comes to his relationship with Anton Chekhov's classic 1895 play, The Seagull, D.C.-based playwright and director Aaron Posner says it's complicated, particularly for young theater artists. "It's [The Seagull] about theater, and it's about art and 'I'm going to change the world' and all that," says Posner. "So it was one of my favorite plays." But as ...
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In Loudoun County, just off Leesburg Pike, there's a place where hundreds of people "wing it" every day — sometimes in more ways than one. Anthony Leonardo is one of those people, and today the bespectacled, pony-tailed young scientist has led us to the window of the "Dragonfly Flight Arena," deep within the main building of the Janelia Farm Research Campus. "The roo...
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It's common knowledge that California has produced a mother lode of gold. Ditto on Colorado and Alaska. And according to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History geologist Tim Rose, "Australia produces some fabulous gold to this day." But back in the day, a place much closer to home produced some pretty "fabulous gold," too: Montgomery County, Md. "I grew up in t...
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Being a mother comes with a million different experiences, stories, attitudes, and opinions. But when it comes to all these things, might there be some specific trends in terms of how today's moms view themselves and their roles? A new study says yes. Pew Research Center's Kim Parker and Wendy Weng co-authored and recently released the study. They interviewed about 2,000 adult...
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Shanghai native Yi Chen says she's always enjoyed film, but back in China, "becoming a filmmaker was an impossible dream for me. I never thought one day I would be making films." After college, Chen moved to the United States and attended film school at American University. Now, the 32-year-old has just released her very first documentary: Chinatown. The film explores a neighb...
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Think back to fourth grade. What were you doing in school? Were you practicing fractions? Learning photosynthesis? Maybe you were studying the British colonization of the New World? Well, if we fast-forward to now, a modern-day fourth grader named Sarah Schmidt has been up to something a little bit different. "We made the treaty last week about buying the land," she e...
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Rebecca Sheir introduces us to the native Washingtonians behind Ugly Purple Sweater: An eclectic, up-and-coming local band whose brand-new album features songs about life in Washington....
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Residents of Maryland's Eastern Shore are trying to make over one of the earliest existing skipjacks in the Chesapeake skipjack fleet. "Kathryn" is undergoing a complete restoration after a mishap during the 2011 Skipjack Races in Deal Island, Md. Rebecca Sheir visits the oyster dredgeboat to see how she's coming along, and how the community plans to raise the $300,000 needed to get K...
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This past weekend, the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society presented its 40th anniversary production of Trial By Jury. It was this same politically satirical operetta that launched the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society back in 1973, thanks to a first-year student by the name of Jack Marshall. "Early on, I was sitting in what was then the moot courtroom; n...
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Some residents in Sandy Spring, a rural town just east of Olney, in Montgomery County, Md., have been tangled up in a legal dispute against the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission since 2006. The residents are part of a kinship community — an area settled by freed slaves after the Civil War. Under dispute is their property and why it doesn't have an address. ...
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Back in February, President Obama warned that if the 10-year, $1.2 trillion sequester went in to effect, middle class families, as well as the economy as a whole, would take a huge hit. As of March 1, those cuts did indeed go into effect, and granted, many agencies — and people — are feeling the effects. But some experts are saying the sequester's impact aren't necessarily...
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The play, "How To Write a New Book For the Bible," tells the story of a Jesuit priest named Bill Cain, who returns to his ailing mother's home to take care of her in her final days. It was penned by award-winning playwright Bill Cain, who's also, yes, a Jesuit priest. "Jesuits believe that you find God in everything," explains director Ryan Rilette, Round House's producing art...
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What happens when a tea-loving British minister walks in to a medium-security prison? Kind of sounds like the set-up to an old joke, right? But it's not. It's what actually happened to professional storyteller and ordained minister Geraldine Buckley on Nov. 11, 2004. And "Sister Geraldine," as the inmates called her, didn't just "walk" in to the Maryland Correctional Training Center i...
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Mary T. & Lizzy K., the world-premiere show now playing at Arena Stage in southwest D.C., explores the relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her personal dressmaker, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley. Playwright and director Tazewell Thompson points out, the two made for a rather unlikely pair. "There was something so compelling and so complex and so unbelievable that during th...
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In May 2012, Washington, D.C. lost one of its musical icons in Chuck Brown, a man who's affectionately been referred to as the godfather of go-go. The District is honoring Chuck Brown's musical legacy with a brand new memorial at Langdon Park in northeast D.C. The hope is to break ground t...
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Jamaica is coming to Adventure Theatre Musical Theatre Center this spring, with the world-premiere musical, Three Little Birds. The show is based on the children’s book of the same name, penned by Cedella Marley, daughter of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley. And it features ...
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It wouldn't be spring in D.C., without the annual global culinary showdown: The Embassy Chef Challenge. The 2013 challenge took place Thursday night, and the winning chef was crowned by the 2012 champion, Chef Viktor Merényi, from the Embassy of Hungary. Chef Viktor has been cooking in the U.S. for four years now, and he says he has one primary goal when whipping up dishes f...
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In less than a week, the District will be holding its big, blowout celebration of the season: the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival commemorates the 3,000 cherry trees gifted to Washington by the mayor of Tokyo back in 1912. And this year, from March 20 through April 14, visitors will be treated to all sorts of delights, from cherry-blossom yoga and cherry-...