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Your Letters

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:13
Time now to pass the microphone over to you and read from your letters. On our regular "D.C. Gigs" segment, we recently featured a U.S. Army bugler who performs "Taps" at funerals in Arlington National Cemetery. Well, our listener, Julie, heard that story and was prompted to share this tale.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:30
"The late father of one of my childhood friends was himself an army bugler during the Vietnam War. While at Arlington National Cemetery, he got the notion that he could play 'Taps' while aloft in one of the magnificent trees that grace the cemetery. Three-quarters of the way up, he fell and broke his leg, but fortunately not his bugle. Mustering up all his discipline and musicianship, he managed to perform a rendition of 'Taps.' From a musician's standpoint that was the worst version of 'Taps' ever.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:59
However, the family heard a poignant, haunting rendition and following the ceremony had the sergeant in charge help find him to convey their appreciation. Their praise mitigated the pain of his broken leg, but didn't relieve him of the sergeant's wrath and non-judicial punishment he was awarded for his creative license."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:19
Lauren Landau recently did a piece about upper Northwest D.C.'s Eruv, the wire that creates a symbolic boundary for Jews who observe the Sabbath. The story prompted feedback from people of many faiths including this anonymous listener who writes, "I'm Christian, but interested in all religions. When I visited Israel, I remembered the hotels for Shabbat, they would automatically set the elevators to stop at every floor because the observant Jews were not allowed to press the buttons because the modern interpretation of starting fire had been extended to include electricity.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:01:50
What is equally interesting for me is the ways people of all religious traditions mold their belief systems to be able to adapt to changing times." And finally, not so much a letter as a shout-out really, we were delighted to see that D.C. Brau, our city's very own brewing company, has unveiled a limited release oatmeal stout called "Hell's Bottom." Its inspiration was a story about the once notorious D.C. neighborhood, Hell's Bottom, which we featured on our monthly segment, "The Location," with Kim Bender.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:02:20
So we raise a glass both to Ms. Bender and to the folks at D.C. Brau. Do you have a comment or question about the show? You can reach us at metro@wamu.org or you can send us a tweet at wamumetro.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:03:14
Up next, time to make the cupcakes and some pretty wild ones at that.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE ONE

00:03:19
It's a cornmeal cupcake with a chicken nugget breast inside of it topped with maple butter cream and drizzled with maple syrup. I know people probably say, fried chicken in a cupcake? But if you like the savory and the sweet, it's the perfect cupcake for you.

SHEIR

00:03:34
That and more coming your way on "Metro Connection," on WAMU 88.5.
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