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

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and interim D.C. Council Member Sekou Biddle.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jan 7, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 10, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Nathan Saunders, the new president of the Washington Teachers' Union.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 3, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Thomas Graham, president of Pepco.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Nov 19, 2010 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

Friday, Nov 12, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

The District makes plans to cut $200 million from the city's budget. A Virginia Congressman survives election day with a razor-thin victory.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Nov 5, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood discuss the election results -- and sit down with Prince George's County Executive-elect Rushern Baker.

Election Wrap-Up 2010

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

We examine the results from yesterday's general election -- from the D.C. Council to the U.S. House.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 29, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood sit down with Gerald Connolly and Keith Fimian, the candidates running for the congressional seat in Virginia's 11th District.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 15, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood take on the week in local politics -- and the resignation of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 8, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood talk with D.C. Council Member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Montgomery County Council candidate Craig Rice, a Democrat.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 1, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

We keep the election coverage rolling with a forum between the District's Ward 3 council candidates.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Sep 24, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood talk with Angela Alsobrooks, a candidate for state's attorney in Prince George's County, and Jeff Barnett, a congressional hopeful in Northern Virginia.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Sep 10, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood talk with the candidates scrapping for the nomination in the Ward 5 race for the D.C. Council.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Sep 3, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood talk with Kwame Brown and Vincent Orange, Democratic candidates competing to be chair of the D.C. Council.

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.