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, May 15, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Republicans are on a statewide losing streak in Virginia. But former Attorney General Bob McDonnell-- the GOP's candidate for governor-- says the future for his party is looking up. And Marylanders are worried about losing the state's...

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

The D.C. Council chambers become ground zero for the nationwide debate on gay marriage. Former President Clinton wades into Virginia's local political waters. And the rumor mill churns about potential challengers to Maryland Gov. Martin...

Facing the Mortgage Crisis: The Washington Region

Friday, May 1, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

"Buy or rent?" This question is complicated enough when the markets are calm or your finances are strong. But many people in the Washington region are confronting that question in the face of a massive mortgage crisis. We explore where...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Politicians in the Washington region had little time for fun and games this week. Mayor Fenty dumped the city's director of parks and recreation. Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidates locked horns in their first primary debate...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Maryland's immigrant communities are targeted by a new driver's licensing policy. Gun control advocates put one of Virginia's gubernatorial candidates squarely in their sights. And hunting season for baseball tickets is underway among the...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 10, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Lawmakers in Washington make early bets on a plan to legalize gay marriage in the District. Virginia's GOP chairman loses big in a gamble over his political future. And supporters of a Maryland stadium plan stumble in the first turn of the...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 3, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

The fate of Maryland's slot machine gambling hits the council chambers in Anne Arundel County. Advocates for D.C. voting rights debate whether it's worth rolling the dice on the legality of their plan. And Virginia Republicans push all...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

Virginia's gubernatorial hopefuls push the campaign into overdrive as the primary fast approaches. We're joined by a candidate who's looking to convert his ties to Northern Virginia into statewide success. Meanwhile, the District's voting...

The Politics Hour

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

The District learns its HIV/AIDS epidemic is getting worse, despite years of public health efforts. Montgomery and Prince George's counties confront budget woes could result in layoffs and service cutbacks. And the head of Virginia's...

The Politics Hour

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

Virginia's gubernatorial race is making its way into the national spotlight, but one candidate is keeping a foot planted firmly in the day-to-day politics of the legislature. The District's budget forecast is getting cloudier, but plans...

The Politics Hour

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

A bill to give D.C. a vote in Congress gets tangled up in the debate over gun rights. Maryland lawmakers spar over plans to severely restrict the state's use of the death penalty. And Virginia's gubernatorial candidates turn up the heat in...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.

District of Columbia citizens are one step closer to voting rights, having jumped a major legislative hurdle in the U.S. Senate. And it's back to the future, as Virginia officials resurrect the transportation debate over widening...

The Politics Hour

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

The ink is barely dry on the economic stimulus plan, and already local leaders are scrambling to figure out how the package will benefit their constituents. We examine how the money will likely be spent on Metro, roads and other...

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...


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.