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, 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.

The Politics Hour

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

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

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Irvin Nathan, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, joins the Politics Hour gang in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jul 6, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and the Politics Hour gang chat with D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and Montgomery County Executive "Ike" Leggett (D).

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood analyze the week's action at the U.S. Supreme Court from a local perspective.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom chat with D.C. Council Member Michael Brown, I-At Large.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Phil Mendelson, interim chair of the D.C. Council.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and the gang analyze the resignation of D.C.'s second-highest elected official, Council Chairman Kwame Brown.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jun 1, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Guns, gambling and an Alabama Democrat turned Virginia Republican. Plus, D.C. Council Member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Prince George's Council Member William Campos (D) join Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with the chairman of former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's 2010 campaign, and Daniel Bongino, a GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Maryland Senate President "Mike" Miller (D) and Virginia Delegate Dave Albo (R) join the Politics Hour gang in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Maryland State's Attorney for Prince George's County Angela Alsobrooks and D.C. Council Member David Catania join us in the studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen stops by the studio.

The Politics Hour

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

Montgomery County Executive "Ike" Leggett and D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) join the Politics Hour gang.

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.