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

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...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Nov 7, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Virginia moves to the "blue" column with Democratic gains in the U.S. House and Senate. Maryland voters back slots and early voting. And Washington D.C. ponders new voting rights tactics and strategy in a new Congress. Join us for our...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 31, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Who says D.C. is a one-party town? From Republicans to "Independent Democrats", we meet all six candidates- and one heavy-hitting incumbent waging a write-in campaign- vying for At-Large council seats. Plus, Maryland and Virginia go...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

It might seem that every aspect of the upcoming election has been scrutinized by the media -- but there are still some big issues that have been unexplored. We'll look at a ballot question in Maryland that could have a big impact on the...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 17, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Northern Virginia election officials prepare for a surge of voters at the polls next month. Meanwhile, D.C. officials grapple with a perceived surge of a different kind -- an increase in juvenile crimes. Join us for our weekly review of...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 10, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

With northern Virginia in the national spotlight, the Republican and Democratic parties are adjusting their tactics and talking points to win over suburban voters. We spotlight the race in the eighth Congressional district, which includes...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Oct 3, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

A new report finds that Maryland police "overreached" when they spied on activist meetings. Area school districts test out new carrots and sticks for students and teachers. And local leaders come to recognize how swelling budgets and...

The Politics Hour

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

Sagging revenue and old spending habits add up to bleak budgetary outlook for Maryland, Virginia and the District. But at least political theatrics provide for a pleasant diversion. Sorting political fact from fiction, and having fun while...

The Politics Hour

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

As cooler weather approaches, the political debate over shelters for the homeless is heating up. We look at the debate over one downtown shelter. Plus, an inside view of how the GOP is trying to woo ethnic minorities in northern Virginia...

The Politics Hour

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

Members of Congress take up the politics of packing heat. We look at competing bills addressing where and when residents can possess guns in Washington, D.C. Plus, we consider whether political rallies should be allowed on school property...

The Politics Hour

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

DC Council candidates plant their final yard signs and deliver their closing arguments this weekend, as they prepare for primary day next Tuesday. Plus, months after a hard-fought congressional primary in Maryland, Republican leaders on...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Aug 29, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Our presidential road show continues, as we wrap up our coverage in Denver and prepare to hit the ground running in St. Paul. Join Kojo for a behind-the-scenes look at the Democratic convention and a preview of the Republicans'...


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.