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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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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-...
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Marione Ingram, 77, says if it weren't for one of the 20th century's worst firestorms, she may have been lost in the 20th century's worst genocide. Ingram grew up Jewish in Hamburg, Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and recounts the infamous 1943 bombing of her town in her new memoir, "The Hands of War: A Tale of Endurance and Hope, From a Survivor of the Holocaust."...
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Up until recently, one might wander into the Phillips Collection kitchen and smelled the scent of honey and wax. “You don’t really notice it now, after working with it so much,” says Jeremiah Holland, a student at the Corcoran School of Art. “But you miss it when it’s not around. It’s very pleasant, even after you’ve worked in it for quite some time." Jer...
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On a recent Wednesday evening at the D.C. Armory, a dozen or so women in helmets, kneepads and roller skates are standing in a huddle. At the count of three, they all call out in forceful voices: "Mean and Green! Whips! Whips! Whips!" That's the battle cry of the Majority Whips: one of five teams in the District's only flat-track roller derby league: The D.C. Rollergirls. ...
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Ugly Purple Sweater is a local band whose five members were not only born in the D.C., area, they also sing about it. Their biggest hit is a song called "Jumbo Slice," written about, yes, the infamous eatery on 18th Street in Adams Morgan. Lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Sam McCormally says "Jumbo S...
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This weekend marks a momentous occasion for Hollywood, as stars of the silver screen gather in Los Angeles for the 85th Academy Awards. Among the various contenders in different categories, there will be a handful of films — Argo, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty, among them — that cast the nation's Capitol in somewhat of a starring role. Mike Canni...
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It's African American History Month, and across Montgomery County, Md., there are about 40 communities that played a very particular role in the region's African American history. They were all settled by freed slaves in the 19th century, and include places like Lyttonsville, Lincoln Park, Sugarland, Jerusalem, Tobytown, Stewartown, Ken-Gar, Sandy Spring, and Scotland. They're often r...
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Gina Chersevani has been tending bar in Washington for years. But rather than calling herself a "bartender," she prefers another title. "I like calling myself the 'mixtress' because it's just a little bit naughty, and a little bit nice," she says with a laugh. Chersevani heads up the Eddy Bar, inside Hank's Oyster Bar on Capitol Hill. This Valentine's Day weekend, Hank...
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When it comes to Washington native son Alexander Robey Shepherd, you could say the controversial historical figure was associated with not one makeover, but two. "In his case, there's the makeover of a physical place, and then later, there's somewhat of a rehabilitation, makeover, of his reputation," says Carolyn Crouch, owner of the walking-tour company Washington Walks. ...
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Since the end of the 1800s, watermen on the Chesapeake Bay have harvested oysters with these quick, nimble boats known as skipjacks, and the Chesapeake's commercial skipjack fleet used to number in the hundreds. Nowadays, though, it's down to six. Or five, rather, since one of these boats, a sleek, white, 50-footer named Kathryn, has been out of commission since 2011, ...
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The issue of gun control has really come to the fore over the past six months, after the deadly shootings in Colorado, Wisconsin and, just last month, in Newtown, Conn., at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "I'll bet my reaction was the same as everybody else who heard about it," says Del. Bob Marshall (R), who represents parts of Prince William and Loudoun counties in the Virgini...
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On the Eastern Shore of Maryland, there's a place that has everything to do with chance. It isn't a casino. It isn't a racetrack. It's actually a tiny town right next to Deal Island — a town by the name of Chance. And on Chance's main drag, you'll find a bright yellow building that's become an anchor for the community of 300-some people: Lucky's Last Chance General Store....
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Erlingur Erlingsson, counsellor at the Embassy of Iceland in D.C., claims that "we don't have a strongly developed concept of Icelandic cuisine." Part of that has to do with the island nation's history. The Vikings first settled Iceland in the 9th century, "and they were migrants from Norway," Erlingur explains. "So that's sort of our origin, and a lot of our culture is very N...
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New retail and restaurants aren't the only things changing the face of Anacostia. Something else that's bringing new life to the neighborhood are the houses — like the one owned by 81-year-old Eunice Roy. "I love my windows," the lifelong Washingtonian says. "Those are the ones they put in for me — I love it." Roy's new windows came as part of the District's Histor...
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The swashbuckling, black-masked defender of the people known as "Zorro" first galloped into the world in 1919, as the brainchild of pulp writer Johnston McCulley. Since then, he has appeared all over the place, like the Disney TV series and the classic Douglas Fairbanks film; he even had his own anime series in the 1990s! But starting this month, people can see the original "c...
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When you hear the word "psychic," what's the first thing that comes to mind? Jeanne Dixon? Crystal balls? 1-900 call lines staffed by people who somehow know everything about you? Well, for psychic medium Konstanza Morning Star of Silver Spring, Md., predicting the future is something she's rarely asked to do. Konstanza says most of her clients "want to find out about options ...
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Destruction and rebirth are two common themes in the paintings and drawings of Glen Echo Park's resident artist, Jordan Bruns... and for good reason. The 29-year-old survived a rare form of Cushing's disease, and underwent a million-dollar surgery at the National Institutes of Health to remove a tumor lodged behind his eyes. Rebecca Sheir visits Bruns' studio in Glen Echo's Stone Tower, ...