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, 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.

The Politics Hour

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

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D) and D.C. Council Member Michael Brown (I).

The Politics Hour

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

Kojo and Tom Sherwood talk with a pair of D.C. activists who want to ban corporate donations to local campaigns.

The Politics Hour

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

Kojo and Tom Sherwood talk with Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D).

The Politics Hour

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

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein and Republican D.C. Council candidate Tim Day (Ward 5) join Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

The Politics Hour

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

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with journalists and experts about what to expect in the political year 2012.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 23, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Sherwood chat with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Virginia Senator-Elect Barbara Favola (D) and Andrea Harrison, chair of the Prince George's County Council.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Dec 9, 2011 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, Nov 18, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood talk with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and D.C. Council Member Jim Graham, D-Ward 1.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 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.

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.