Transcripts

Your Letters

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:12
Time now to turn the microphone over to you and read from your letters and emails. A number of you chimed in about Kavitha Cardoza's "American Graduate" Series focusing on the dropout crisis in the District. Mark, for one, heard Kavitha's story about truancy and writes the following: "I just wanted to thank you for the program you recently did on skipping school. I found that it was very informative, and it provided me with additional perspectives about why kids skip and what can be done to reduce it."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:38
Steven, meanwhile, took a broader lesson from the series. He writes, "We Americans have a choice today, one that we never talk about. We can prepare for wars against China and Iran by building battleships and bombers, or we can start providing a decent life for our children with stellar public schools, well-paid teachers, public healthcare and better support for working parents."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:58
Finally, our story last week about the District's first tech accelerator, The Fort, prompted this note from Eric. "Your story on the Fort really jumped out at me this morning," he writes, "because of your lively reporting. I loved the word-play and spirit. You really brought the feature alive and got my morning commute from Bethesda off to a great start. I wanted to write to you first thing upon my arrival at the office today to share with you my appreciation."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:24
Well, thank you so much for the compliment, Eric. And whether you have kudos or critiques, we want to hear from you. You can reach us at metro@wamu.org or find us on Facebook. Our page is facebook.com/metroconnection.org.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:02:03
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Jessica Gould, Sabri Ben-Achour, Martin DiCaro and Kavitha Cardoza. Our acting news director is Meymo Lyons. Tara Boyle is our managing producer. Lauren Landau is our editorial assistant. Our intern is Alex Platis. Jonna McKone, Lauren Landau, Heather Taylor and Alex Platis 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

00:02:31
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MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:02:52
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MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:03:12
We'll paddle along with some Olympic hopefuls as they spend a ton of time practicing competitive kayaking, and we're going to meet a group of Illinois kids who scrimped and saved for a trip to the District and got help from D.C. kids they met under most unusual circumstances.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE ONE

00:03:28
You know, I mean, I think cried a little bit. I was just -- it's so cool. You know, you see so many crummy things in the world these days, and this is one of the nicest, most wonderful things that could happen.

SHEIR

00:03:41
I'm Rebecca Sheir, and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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