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, 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.

The Politics Hour

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

Virginia Sen. Mark Herring (D) and D.C. Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) join us in the studio.

The Politics Hour

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

We chat with U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Maryland Senator Richard Madaleno (D).

The Politics Hour

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

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities shaping the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

The at-large candidates running in D.C.'s Democratic primary join Kojo and Tom Sherwood for a special campaign forum.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Mar 23, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

WAMU, 88.5 reporter Patrick Madden joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to preview the upcoming primaries in Washington, D.C. on April. 3.

The Politics Hour

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

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with a Democratic candidate looking to pull off an upset in Maryland's 6th District Congressional primary.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Democratic congressional candidate Rob Garagiola talks about his campaign in Maryland's 6th District.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Mar 2, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The Politics Hour

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

D.C. Council Member Marion Barry (D- Ward 8) is in studio.

The Politics Hour

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

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) drops by the studio to chat with the Politics Hour crew.

The Politics Hour

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

Speed bumps are on the agenda this week. In Virginia, new barriers to adoption for gay couples look likely to pass, while a bag tax stalls in Prince George's County. District school bus drivers are linked to a fraud scheme, while DC firefighters are battling more than fires.

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.