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MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:13
And now, time to dig into the "Metro Connection" mailbox and read from your letters. We got a lot of feedback after last week's show, remembering 9/11. One of our listeners, Steven, writes, "Today's 'Metro Connection' moved me deeply. It brought the sadness and bravery of that day to life as well as its present import to our lives in remarkable ways. Your program today was unforgettable in its poignancy and quality."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:39
On that show, Emily Friedman produced a story about people who celebrate birthdays on September 11. Well, after the broadcast, we heard from a number of other September 11 babies, including Karen. She writes, "I have never felt such a personal connection to a story. It is very hard to have so much sadness connected to your own birthday and it's amazing to hear other people who have the exact same feelings I do. In 2001, I was 27, old enough to understand the gravity of the events unfolding and old enough to remember many happy birthdays before 2001, when my birthday was just another date."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:15
Ann remembers the day of the attacks vividly. She writes, "I was born on September 11, 1954, so I was celebrating my 47th birthday on the day of the attacks. I work in an elementary school in Montgomery County and was wearing my annual birthday blouse that day, a shirt with brightly colored embroidered balloons and ribbons that I wore because my students enjoyed it. I wished I had something to wear while we on the school staff swallowed fears about our own families to make sure that the hundreds of kids in our care were safely reunited, one by one, with the parents lining up outside our doors."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:52
If you'd like to chime in on a recent story you've heard on the show or you'd like to share an idea for a future story, we're all ears. Just send a note to metro@wamu.org or visit us on Facebook. That's facebook.com/metroconnection.org.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:02:50
And that is "Metro's Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza, Sabri Ben-Achour, Emily Friedman and Jim Hilgen along with reporter Alice Ollstein. Jim Asendio is our news director. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Jonna McKone produces "Door To Door." Thanks as always to the WAMU engineering and digital media teams for their help with production and the "Metro Connection" website.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:03:14
Our theme song, ''Every Little Bit Hurts'' and our ''Door To Door'' theme "No Girl" are from the album "Title Tracks" by John Davis and used with permission of the Ernest Jennings Record Company. You can see a list of all the music we use on our website, metroconnection.org.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:03:27
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE

00:03:59
We need this very badly. It's because of that, otherwise there's no source to fund The Phillips or the (unintelligible) or Shakespeare Theater or arena stage. These are national giants and they're large economic engines so it's very challenging not to have that recognition.

SHEIR

00:04:14
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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