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 5, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Jo-Ann Chase, a Republican candidate for the Virginia House.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Maryland House Majority Leader Kumar Barve (D) and Barbara Favola, a Democratic candidate for the Virginia Senate.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jul 22, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with D.C. Council Member Michael Brown and Jaime Areizaga-Soto, a Democratic candidate for the Virginia Senate.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jul 15, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood talk with D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells and Maryland Del. Neil Parrott.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jul 8, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Ward 7 activist and D.C. Council candidate Ron Moten and Virginia Del. David Englin (D-45th District)

The Politics Hour

Friday, Jul 1, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with D.C. Lottery chief Buddy Roogow and Alexandria Mayor William Euille.

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker (D).

The Politics Hour

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Gino Renne, president of the Municipal and County Government Employees Organization in Montgomery County and Elissa Silverman of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

We chat with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Sharon Bulova, the chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with a group of candidates fighting for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council in a special election later this month.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 8, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

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

The Politics Hour

Friday, Apr 1, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Jamie Radtke, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, and Kristopher Baumann, the chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police Metropolitan Police Department Labor Committee.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

D.C. City Administrator Allen Lew and Montgomery County President Valerie Ervin (D) join Kojo and Tom in studio.

The Politics Hour

Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Virginia State Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield) and D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3).

The Politics Hour

Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and D.C. Council Member Jack Evans.

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.