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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Sep 7, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Virginia gets the VIP treatment at the Democratic National Convention, while the District and Maryland watch from the nosebleed seats.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo joins the Politics Hour gang live from Tampa, where he's been covering the Republican National Convention.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous joins the Politics Hour crew to chat about what he feels is at stake in this year's elections and how they are conducted.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

The campaign trail cuts through The Politics Hour. Tim Kaine, former Virginia governor and current Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, joins the crew in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) sits down with Tom Sherwood and Kojo.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Aug 3, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

As the Maryland General Assembly gears up for a special session on gambling, Comptroller Peter Franchot joins us in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Robert Spagnoletti, the chairman of D.C.'s new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, joins the Politics Hour crew in the studio.

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Friday, Jul 20, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

D.C. Council member David Catania sits down with the Politics Hour crew.

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.