Transcripts

Your Letters

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:13
It's time now to pass the microphone to you and read from "Your Letters." A few weeks ago we did a story about bike commuting and how congested some of our more popular bike trails can get and that piece prompted this note from our listener, Sarah.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:28
"I'm a 55 year-old female who bike commutes from Falls Church to D.C.," she says. "So I cover 30 miles of trails every day. I've been a bike commuter since my early 20's and think it's exciting how many more bike lanes and bike commuters there are here now. Even when the weather is too wet or the road's too icy to cycle all the way from Falls Church there's Capital Bike Share, for getting around once I'm here."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:50
And last week we ran a piece about school kids visiting D.C. for the first time. We asked whether any of you experienced Washington for the first time as a student and here's what our listener, Anne, had to say. "In 1961 I won the Scripts Howard Spelling Bee for central New York and flew my first flight to Washington, where I was to represent our area in the National Spelling Bee. We stayed at the Mayflower, which also hosted the bee. I lasted only until the second round."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:18
"The losers and alternates got to tour D.C. and we saw everything we dreamed of, all the memorials, a day at the Smithsonian, a Washington Senator's ballgame, dining out at the Occidental, the Watergate and other well-known restaurants and a ride on a boat towed by a mule. We were enchanted and I returned to D.C. many times throughout college."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:42
Well, if you've been returning to "Metro Connection" many times or if you're a first-time listener, we'd like to hear from you. You can send a note to metro@wamu.org or find us on Facebook. That's facebook.com/metroconnection.org.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:02:38
And that's "Metro's Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Sabri Ben-Achour, Jessica Gould and Emily Friedman along with producer, Marc Adams. And special thanks to reporter Cindy Swanson in Rockford, Illinois. Jim Asendio is our news director. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Jonna McKone, Peter Domingos and Lauren Landau produce "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

00:03:07
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

00:03:19
And while you're there, you can find us on Twitter, you can like us on Facebook. You can subscribe to the weekly "Metro Connection" podcasts and you can check out free transcripts of all the stories on the show. We hope you can join us next week when we'll present our annual haunted D.C. show. We'll hear about the specters that haunt the Marine barracks in D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood and visit an eastern shore swamp that's seen some rather spooky events. Plus, you might remember how on last year's show, we at "Metro Connection" received a rather special invitation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE SPEAKER

00:03:51
I can see if I can get a blow-up mattress and arrange for you to spend an evening by yourself in this house. Do you want to take me up on that?

SHEIR

00:04:02
Honestly, I don't know if I could handle that.

SHEIR

00:04:04
Well, we finally accepted the offer so stay tuned. I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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