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, Jan 4, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

We chat with two local leaders on the front lines of high-profile battles: D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 21, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Former D.C. Council Member William Lightfoot (I-At Large) and U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) join the Politics Hour crew.

The Politics Hour

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) gives Kojo and Tom an inside look at Democratic politics in the commonwealth and around the country.

The Politics Hour

We connect with a Republican angling to be Virginia's next lieutenant governor and three Democrats competing for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

The Politics Hour

Outgoing Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran and D.C. Council Member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) join us in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Forging ahead on a casino at National Harbor, Md., streetcars in Arlington, Va., and school closings in the District. It's our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The Politics Hour

U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) and D.C. Council member-elect Davis Grosso (I- At-Large) join us in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Our conversation with the at-large candidates for the D.C. Council continues with less than a week to Election Day.

The Politics Hour

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with a group of candidates competing for at-large seats on the D.C. Council.

The Politics Hour

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker (D) joins us in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) hangs out with the Politics Hour crew in the studio.

The Politics Hour

The Nats are in the playoffs, and the Politics Hour crew is kicking it into overdrive.

The Politics Hour

Virginia Del. Jennifer McClellan (D) and Maryland State's Attorney for Prince George's County Angela Alsobrooks join us in studio.

The Politics Hour

U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) sits down with Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Tracing the fallout from the massive teachers strike in Virginia back to the debates over education reform in the District of Columbia.

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.