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 13, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Protests erupt over plans to raise tuition at the District's only public university. The Prince George's County police force steps out from federal oversight. And Virginia legislators mark the half-way point of a legislative session marked...

The Politics Hour

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

Some local governments may soon force restaurants onto a trans-fat free diet. We explore why officials are finding it isn't so easy to cut the fat from local budgets. Plus, we examine why laws regulating cigarettes and gun-sales are so...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Voting-rights advocates get their day in Congress. Suburban officials navigate the tricky process of renegotiating union contracts for county workers. And pipe bursts and unsafe drinking water reports remind everyone that infrastructure...

The Politics Hour

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

The inaugural parties are over, and now it's time to get back to the local political grind. In Maryland, leaders are fighting over money -- or the lack thereof. In Virginia, partisan gridlock, special elections and a colorful governor's...

The Politics Hour

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

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has a long to-do list this year. He joins us to discuss his priorities, from new rules on suburban development to the latest release by his Irish-rock band, "O'Malley's March." Plus, D.C. Mayor Adrian...

The Politics Hour

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

The District's looking for possible locations for gun stores, while Maryland's seeking locations for video gambling parlors. And Virginia Governor Tim Kaine's looking for more hours in his day, as he takes on a part-time job as head of the...

The Politics Hour

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

It's the first Friday in 2009. Join us as we make a few predictions about what this year will bring to the politics and personalities of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The Politics Hour: Year in Review

Friday, Dec 26, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

It's been a momentous year in American politics -- and many of the biggest stories came straight out of the Washington region. Virginia went "blue" for the first time in more than four decades. D.C. became a flashpoint for the national...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 19, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Local leaders are celebrating the holidays with a last-minute flurry of politicking. D.C. Councilmembers are spreading the cheer with talk of guns, booze and lessons learned from a million dollar tax scam. Northern Virginia leaders are...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 12, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

President-elect Barack Obama says he wants the federal government to fund "shovel ready" infrastructure projects across the country. We talk with a veteran congressman and top transportation officials in Virginia and Maryland about what...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 5, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

D.C. government approves round-the-clock drinking at local bars during inauguration week. Meanwhile, the political transition has voting rights activists pondering whether to push for more than one representative on Capitol Hill. Plus as...

Sweet Honey in the Rock (Rebroadcast)

Friday, Nov 28, 2008 at 12:40 p.m.

The Grammy-winning a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Its music merges contemporary rhythms with religious spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, jazz riffs, rap, reggae, hip-hop and more --...

Politics and Civility in Virginia (Rebroadcast)

Friday, Nov 28, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

During the past two decades, Virginia's political identity has shifted from solidly "red" to surprisingly "purple." And the Commonwealth is expected to play a pivotal role in this year's presidential election. But some observers worry...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Nov 21, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

The District finally has a permanent Attorney General after a closely divided City Council approved the city's interim A.G. Meanwhile, a former District judge and prosecutor appears poised to take over the nation's top law enforcement job...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Nov 14, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Grand expectations and grim realities are colliding as local governments scale back spending. We'll explore which programs are on the chopping block. Plus, a high profile panel calls for an end to capitol punishment in Maryland. We look at...


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.