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, Feb 12, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Local politicians learned one thing very quickly this week: there was no escaping the "Snowpocalypse." Winter weather wreaked havoc on every corner of our region, and local leaders often found themselves the target of public anger. Join us...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Feb 5, 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, Jan 29, 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, Jan 8, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon announces plans to step down, ending a long-running investigation into her office. A wealthy developer steps out of the list of potential challengers to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty - for now. And incoming Virginia...

The New Year & The Politics Hour

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

A special look ahead to the politics, policies and personalities that will shape life throughout the Washington region in 2010.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 18, 2009 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, Dec 11, 2009 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, Dec 4, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

There's little time for turkey hangovers in local politics -- The Politics Hour is back with a bang.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Nov 20, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Join Kojo and the gang as we talk about gay marriage, HIV/AIDS and more with D.C. Council Member David Catania.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Nov 13, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's cycling routines spark controversy and Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's corruption trial begins. Join us for our weekly review of local politics.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Nov 6, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Republicans run up the score in Virginia's elections. We read the tea leaves and explore what Tuesday's results mean for our region's political landscape.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 23, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

A D.C. lawmaker goes to bat for the rights of raccoons and bats. A U.S. Senator prods Maryland state officials to clean up the Chesapeake. And Virginia candidates go hunting and gathering for votes.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 16, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Join Kojo as we talk D.C. teacher layoffs, handicap local races in Virginia and more.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 9, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Tune is as we talk about the politics of gay marriage in D.C., transportation in Virginia and more.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 2, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

A bribery investigation sends shockwaves through the D.C. Council. The prospect of statewide speed cameras gives aggressive Maryland drivers the chills. And Virginia's gubernatorial candidates deploy new attack strategies to win over...

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.