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MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:12
Time now to turn the microphone over to you and read from some of your letters and emails. A few weeks ago, we heard about the Library of Congress Packard Campus in Culpepper, Va. where all sorts of old phones, TV shows and audio recordings are archived. The facility used to be a Cold War bunker and Steve wrote in to share his memories of that earlier era in the Packard Campus's history.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:36
He writes, "I once was on a sales call to the Federal Reserve at that location in the late 1980s. It was very secure and after the entrance level everything was down via elevator. The place not only was a repository for cash, it was the backup site for the Federal Reserve East Coast." We asked the folks that worked there if there was any money stored there. They really couldn't reveal that information. Their only response was, "Well, if anything happens we'll have one heck of a card game."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:03
Jessica Gould recently brought us a story on potential funding cuts for some DC Public School librarians. It prompted responses from a bunch of listeners including Tony, who says, "School librarians help develop and support literacy. I and many of my friends recall our first steps in reading were started at the local library. A curious budget choice in a school system that ranks very low in reading and writing skills."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:28
And finally, Martin DiCaro's story about plans to put credit card machines and other new features in all D.C. taxicabs prompted this response from Matthew. He writes, "Problems will all get resolved if and only if taxi drivers get a voice in decision-making. Without their voice, there can be millions of opinions and conclusions drawn as to how horrible cabbies are. I am a taxi driver and not a paid journalist nor a lawyer. I have to keep my eyes on the road and my ears tuned to my customer's requests.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:57
If you have any comments on stories you've heard on the show, send us a message. You can reach by email, at metro@wamu.org, or tweet us at wamumetro.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:02:31
And that's "Metro's Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's Jessica Gould, Brian Russo, Sabri Ben-Achour, Martin DiCaro and Emily Friedman. 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

00:02:59
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MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:03:15
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE

00:03:54
Well, I was kind of shaking. You know, the ballpark itself was so huge.

SHEIR

00:03:58
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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