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 with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Feb 1, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Local officials are trying to make us all a little healthier. This week, Maryland rolls out its statewide smoking ban and Virginia weighs whether to eliminate trans-fats from school cafeterias. We consider the politics of personal vice...

Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

News flash for D.C. government workers: don't surf for porn on the taxpayer dime. We explore why nine District employees have been fired, and how city workers are spending their time. Plus, we debut our weekly regional coverage with a...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Jan 18, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

The Fenty administration grapples with public pushback over its plan to close some public schools. We explore whether protesters can convince city leaders to make changes to the proposal. Join us for our weekly review of the politics...

DC Politics Hour With Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

After the discovery of four girls' bodies in a Southeast rowhouse, city officials are scrambling to figure out how a troubled family slipped through the District's safety net. We get an update on the city's response from Administrator Dan...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Jan 4, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

It's a new year in District politics, a time when public officials are busy making resolutions -- or should be. We consider which vows will be kept and which will be broken in 2008, and what it all means for the rest of us. Join us for...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta (Rebroadcast)

Friday, Dec 28, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

From a dramatic electoral victory to heated battles over education, we look at a year in the life of the mayor. Adrian Fenty joins us to defend his record and offer a glimpse at his top priorities for the year ahead. It's our weekly...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Dec 21, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

We look at the turf wars and tough choices that are part of the daily grind for Council Chairman Vincent Gray. Plus, we get intriguing insights from the city's new top lawyer. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Dec 14, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

From a dramatic electoral victory to heated battles over education, we look at a year in the life of the mayor. Adrian Fenty joins us to defend his record and offer a glimpse at his top priorities for the year ahead. It's our weekly...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Dec 7, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

In an increasingly affluent city, the challenge of helping the homeless is more political than ever. We look at how one D.C. neighborhood is grappling with the balance between humanitarianism and homeowners' rights. Plus, we explore the...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Nov 30, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

Mayor Fenty's plan to close two dozen schools is prompting protest among some parents and members of the City Council. We'll hear from Chancellor Michelle Rhee about her strategy for winning them over. Plus, we'll look at Maryland's...

East of the River -- Then and Now (Rebroadcast)

Friday, Nov 23, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

In the 1800s, it was a rural resting stop for travelers heading to the big city. Today, the area east of the Anacostia River is a complex urban landscape, whose residents have sometimes felt cut off from the changes taking place in the...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Nov 16, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

The City Council is plunging headfirst into the investigation of an alleged scam in the District's Office of Tax and Revenue. We'll look at Thursday's marathon hearing on the issue and whether the fallout from the crisis is over. Plus, we...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Nov 9, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

It's being called the biggest theft ever from District government: millions of dollars allegedly siphoned by workers at the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue. We assess the political fallout. Plus, we consider when the government should be...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Nov 2, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

Across the city, workers are flexing their political muscles. We discuss the fights over school reform, taxicabs, and more. Plus, we look at the language gap in District government -- and why some say the city owes more to non-English...

DC Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Oct 26, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

It's bad news, but hardly a surprise: a new study say that the poorest residents of D.C. are getting poorer, even as the overall economy has grown in recent years. We'll look at the results and whether this "tale of two cities" can be...

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.