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, Jul 25, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

The politics of cold, hard cash are heating up in the District. Students wait to get paid for summer work, while teachers weigh how much to give up in exchange for a big increase in pay. Join us for our weekly review of the politics...

The Politics Hour

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

Residents get the right to pack heat in the nation's capital -- but the legal wrangling over gun control continues. Plus, activists push for change in Prince George's County. Why they're lobbying for a new chapter of the NAACP. Join us for...

The Politics Hour

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

It's a marathon race to the finish for District politicians as they prepare to vote on gun control and other contentious issues before their summer recess. Plus, we hear from Chancellor Michelle Rhee about her proposal to give some...

Beer vs. Wine

Friday, Jul 4, 2008 at 12:31 p.m.

One owns an award-winning brewery. The other is head sommelier at a presitigious culinary institute. Both insist their respective beverages of choice exemplify the best in human ingenuity and artistry. So what pairs best with a summer...

Barbeque U!

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

Steven Raichlen- host of PBS' "Barbeque U!"- has been called the "Gladiator of the Grill". From chocolate chipotle baby-backs ribs to the best fruits to smoke on the grill, he teaches us about the three greatest letters in the alphabet:...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 27, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

The long-awaited Supreme Court ruling on the District's handgun ban is in, but the legal fight may be just beginning. We'll explore political and legal battles on the horizon. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

The politics of policing are never dull, whether it's the District's controversial checkpoint program or a suburban community's plan to crack down on immigrants. We'll get the latest on how two communities are handling those controversies...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

The slate is set for election showdowns in northern Virginia. Congress takes up school vouchers and Metro funding. And one local activist argues that the path to D.C. voting rights leads to the Beijing Olympics. Join us for our weekly...

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 6, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Another debate about security versus civil rights is making headlines in the District. We talk with Police Chief Cathy Lanier about her controversial plan to use checkpoints in a crime-plagued neighborhood. Plus, the candidates in...

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 30, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

District leaders all seem to want a new soccer stadium East of the river. We look at why they're not so sure how to pay for it. Plus, we meet the candidates trying to unseat Virginia's longest serving Congressman, Frank Wolf (R). And we...

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 23, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

The last few election cycles have been rough on our region's Republican parties. We talk with two local leaders about the challenges facing our communities, and whether the solutions offered by the "Grand Old Party" will resonate with...

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 16, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Virginia's in the midst of gridlock -- whether it's taxes, transportation, or judicial appointments. The Commonwealth's top lawyer offers his take on causes and possible solutions. Plus we talk with Montgomery County's executive about...

The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

Governor Martin O'Malley came to Annapolis almost two years ago, promising to clean up the Bay and increase funding for education. But tough economic times are forcing legislators to make difficult decisions about their priorities. Gov...

The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, May 2, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

The race to replace one of Virginia's most prominent Republicans is heating up. We'll meet the Democrats who say it's their chance to take back Virginia's 11th Congressional seat. Plus, a look at simmering tensions between police and...

The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 12:06 p.m.

The District government has an ambitious agenda. And it's not afraid to go to court to achieve it. We talk to Mayor Adrian Fenty about taxi-meters, slumlords, and the wave of lawsuits facing the city. Plus, we examine how the housing...


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.