The Politics Hour

Every Friday at noon, host Kojo Nnamdi and resident analyst Tom Sherwood connect you to your community through the lens of local and regional government and politics -- interviewing news-makers and delving beyond the headlines to help listeners understand how government actions affect their lives. More...

Recent Shows

The Politics Hour - April 18, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

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Kojo and Tom chat with Abigail Smith, D.C.'s deputy mayor for education, about proposals to redraw school boundaries in the District. Later, Maryland Sen. Brian Frosh (D) joins the crew in the studio.

The Politics Hour - April 4, 2014

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Muriel Bowser, the Democratic nominee for mayor of the District of Columbia.

The Politics Hour - March 28, 2014

Kojo and Tom Sherwood analyze the home stretch of D.C.'s upcoming Democratic primary. Then, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, a gubernatorial candidate, pays a visit to the studio.

The Politics Hour - March 21, 2014

Montgomery County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett (D) and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) join Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

The Politics Hour - March 14, 2014

D.C. mayoral candidate and Council Member David Catania and Virginia Del. David Albo (R-Springfield) join Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

The Politics Hour - March 7, 2014

Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Delman Coates, a Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate in Maryland, and D.C. Council Member David Grosso (I-At Large) join the Politics Hour crew in the studio.

The Politics Hour - Feb. 28, 2014

D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and Phil Andrews, a Democratic candidate for executive of Montgomery County, join the Politics Hour gang in the studio.

The Politics Hour - Feb. 21, 2014

Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette (D) and John McCarthy, Maryland States Attorney for Montgomery County, join Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

The Politics Hour - Feb. 14, 2014

Doug Duncan, former executive of Montgomery County, Md., joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to chat about why he wants his old job back.

The Politics Hour - Feb. 7, 2014

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The Politics Hour - Jan. 31, 2014

Ken Ulman, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Maryland, joins the team in the studio.

The Politics Hour - Jan. 24, 2014

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans is in studio.

The Politics Hour - Jan. 3, 2014

D.C. Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) join Kojo and Tom Sherwood.

About

Following the axiom that "all politics is local," The Politics Hour allows listeners to hear from -- and speak with -- our region's elected officials, community activists, and business leaders. We connect the dots between events happening in Washington, D.C., and the statehouses in Annapolis and Richmond (along with the suburbs in between), revealing the links between seemingly unrelated political debates. It's a serious mandate for a show that doesn't take itself too seriously: The Politics Hour operates on the principle that politics can be fun.

Energized by listener calls and email during, before, or after the show, The Politics Hour encourages you to share your thoughts on the news of the week. Many great show topics and ideas come from the audience, and listener suggestions keep us on our toes and help to improve the quality of the discussion.

The Politics Hour builds on our long-running show, The D.C. Politics Hour. That program focused exclusively on the politics and personalities of the District of Columbia. In January 2008, we expanded our focus to include Maryland and Virginia coverage as well.
Whether you tune in for the local news-maker interviews or just to hear what Kojo and Tom will say next, we hope you'll join us for The Politics Hour, at noon every Friday, with an encore airing at 8 p.m., Friday evenings. To ensure you never miss it, consider subscribing to our podcast.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.