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

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...

The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

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

Sorting political fact from fiction, and having fun while we're at it. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

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

Fairfax County school officials are grappling with a controversial study looking at "moral character" and race. Meanwhile, their counterparts in the District ponder how to keep schools safe. Join us as we go beyond the basics of reading...

The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

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

What do you get when you combine big homes, tiny plots and irate neighbors? The answer: Montgomery County's fight over so-called "McMansions." We'll hear about a bill that would limit the size of new homes in the county. Plus, we consider...

The Politics Hour with Kojo and Jonetta

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

Politicians love to talk about cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. But every political season, it seems that bold talk rarely translates into bold actions. We consider the politics of pollution in our region. Plus, we look at a controversial...


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.