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This Week On Metro Connection: Taking Stock

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:08
Welcome to "Metro Connection." I'm Rebecca Sheir wishing you a hardy Happy New Year from all of us here at the show. Now, by this point in the week, you've probably been asked, at least a few times, maybe a few dozen times, if you're working on a New Year's resolution. Well, whether you embrace resolutions or avoid them like the proverbial plague, for many of us, the start of the New Year can be a time to pause and reflect on where things are going and where we'd like them to go over the next 12 months.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:37
And that process of self evaluation is the theme of today's show, taking stock. And the Washingtonians we're about to meet are doing just that. We'll hear from people who are shaking up their lives after a grave medical diagnosis. We'll journey to the jungle with local scientists scrambling to save the stock of an incredibly endangered frog. And we'll talk with a playwright who's taking stock of her problems with intimacy and bringing them to the stage.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:04
But first, we hit the streets, how local residents are pondering the start of 2012.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 1

00:01:09
What do I want to see in the New Year? Well, a recovered economy would be great, lots of jobs, some changes in our federal government, some state government, good weather.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE 1

00:01:19
I hope to see, specifically, good things for my kids. I just want to make sure that my kids are happy and healthy and doing what they can be doing and should be doing in school.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 2

00:01:28
Personally, I hope it'll bring a job. I'm in law school right now. For the world, I suppose I hope that our economy balances out and that the Euro doesn't crash.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE 2

00:01:37
Everybody's hoping for peace so that's what I'd like to see.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE 3

00:01:42
I would love to see our priority for students and the eager 25 to 30-year-olds willing to work, willing to jump their careers. Give them an opportunity.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 3

00:01:53
I suppose my New Year's resolutions would be to take care of my body a little bit better and make those around me feel as appreciated as much as I love them.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE 4

00:02:03
I'd like to find more inner peace and just more acceptance of people themselves.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE 4

00:02:08
I think that every single day you should be resolved to live your life in a better way. I don't think that we should pick one time of the year to say, like, today is the day I'm going to do all these drastic changes in my life. I think you can wake up any morning and really make a huge difference in your life.

SHEIR

00:02:20
Those were local residents talking with "Metro Connection's" Lauren Landau.
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