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, Jul 9, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood take on the week in local politics.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jul 2, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Bob Ehrlich and D.C. congressional hopeful Doug Sloan join the Politics Hour crew in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 25, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Virginia congressional candidate Keith Fimian and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot join us in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 18, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood sit down with Gerron Levi, a Democratic candidate for Prince George's County Executive, and Joseph Walsh, the director of D.C.'s Department of Employment Services.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and crew talk with D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 4, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and the gang talk with Metro board chairman Peter Benjamin and Congressman Gerry Connolly.

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 28, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and the Politics Hour gang talk with Prince George's County Sheriff Michael Jackson, and Vincent Orange, a candidate for chairman of the D.C. Council.

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Maryland elections officials wage war against fake political Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts. D.C. lawmakers standoff with the mayor over fee hikes and budget fixes. And Virginia politicians draw battle lines on off-shore drilling.

The Politics Hour

The Politics Hour crew chats with D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee and Doug Prouty, the president of Montgomery County's teachers' union.

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 7, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

The Politics Hour gang sits down with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 30, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom talk with D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles about a host of issues facing the city.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood chat with developer R. Donahue Peebles, a potential mayoral candidate in the District, about the pressing issues facing Washington, D.C.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 9, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood sit down with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and the gang talk with D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, who this week filed papers to challenge Adrian Fenty in the 2010 race for mayor.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Mar 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.

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.