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DMV Download is the only daily local news podcast created for Washingtonians. Every weekday afternoon, hosts Megan Cloherty and Luke Garrett go beyond the headlines with WTOP’s team of reporters and sources to bring listeners more on the biggest stories impacting the D.C. region.

Latest Episodes

DC, Va. gun owners sue for right to carry concealed handguns on Metro

Four local gun-rights advocates filed a suit against D.C. saying Metro’s ban on concealed handguns on public transportation is unlawful. That lawsuit comes a week after the U.S. the Supreme Court upheld the right to carry a gun outside of the home. WTOP’s Valerie Bonk , who has a law degree, breaks down the suit and tells us what’s at stake. And we are learning more about a horrific murder of a father and non-profit CEO in Northern Virginia. WTOP’s Neal Augenstein has the charging documents and tells us about the nature of the killing.

Outgoing Fairfax schools leader admits virtual learning ‘mistakes’

We spend the whole episode with Fairfax County Public School Superintendent Scott Brabrand who leaves his post today after 5 tumultuous years leading Virginia’s largest school system. During our wide-ranging and exclusive interview, he shares his regrets from early in the pandemic, his defense of the new admission policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and his thoughts on how to make schools safer. WTOP Digital Editor Scott Gelman, who covers education, joins the conversation.

Abortion, gas & inflation: What do Maryland voters care about?

We’re looking ahead to the race to become Maryland’s next governor. WTOP’s Kate Ryan joins us to share what issues a poll found voters care about – and how it’ll be hard to predict who might win given the timing of the primary and the fact that a majority of voters said they could change their minds. Then, we talk with Hirshhorn Museum Curator Evelyn Hankins about the life and legacy of Sam Gilliam, an acclaimed abstract artist whose groundbreaking work drew the artworld’s attention to Washington, D.C.

Abortion ban ‘likely coming’ to Va. as Fairfax County’s top prosecutor prepares to fight

Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County Steve Descano spends the entire episode with us discussing the state of justice in Northern Virginia, including what he thinks is a likelihood that Virginia will soon implement an abortion ban following the Supreme Court’s ruling. Descano discusses how he’d navigate that from a prosecutorial standpoint and provides insight into the investigation into Bijan Ghaisar’s killing, the rise in carjackings and the impact of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial at the courthouse.

‘There’s a tension’: Reston church vandalized post-Roe & Fireworks plan shifts on National Mall

A Catholic church in Reston, Virginia became a target after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Parishioners found their community church defaced by graffiti and learned it was also set on fire. We talked to a spokesman with the Archdiocese of Arlington who urges peaceful dialogue during such a tense political time. And July 4th is right around the corner. Mike Litterst with the National Park Service walks us through changes to the fireworks plan on the National Mall this coming weekend.

Post-Roe in Va., Md. & DC. Plus, the arguments for and against SCOTUS decision

The Supreme Court overturned almost 50 years of precedent Friday morning when it delivered its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Supreme Court voted to knock down the legal protections for abortion guaranteed by the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. In this episode, we talk whether the right to an abortion is at risk in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. with WTOP’s Neal Augenstein and Kate Ryan, respectively. We then to to the ramifications of the decision nationwide and locally with constitutional experts Lia Epperson of American University’s Washington College of Law and Mark Rienzi of The Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. We also hear from WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez from the steps of the Supreme Court.

Md. conceal carry law vulnerable after Supreme Court gun ruling & Katie Ledecky keeps swimming and winning

The Supreme Court handed down a major expansion to gun rights this morning as the Senate moved to pass the first bi-partisan gun restrictions in decades. We talk to WTOP’s Kate Ryan about how the high court’s ruling could affect Maryland’s gun laws and to Professor Daniel Webster from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health about what the decision means for safety in our communities. We also hear from USA Today Sports Columnist Christine Brennan about the 50th anniversary of Title IX and Bethesda-native Katie Ledecky’s consistent gold-medal performance at the World Swimming Championship.

Congress slaps Commanders’ Snyder with subpoena & Who won DC, Va. primaries

The Commanders Football Team is the topic of discussion on Capitol Hill as the House Oversight Committee delves into allegations of sexual harassment, a toxic workplace, and financial impropriety inside the team. Learning of owner Dan Snyder’s absence, the committee chair said she’ll issue a subpoena for him to testify in a future hearing. WTOP’s Congressional Correspondent Mitchell Miller tells us what details NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shared under oath. And we now know who won their primaries in D.C. and Virginia, WTOP reporters Luke Lukert and Nick Ianelli tell us what the outcome of the races mean for the future of politics in the Commonwealth and the nation’s capital.

Parents’ guide to COVID vaccines for kids under 5 & A new clinic to help all runners improve

It’s a big day for parents who’ve waited for their children under 5-years-old to get vaccinated. We hear from parents who were first in line at a District clinic and talk with an infectious disease expert about the differences between the two vaccines that are FDA-approved for young kids. Plus, a new University of Maryland clinic is launching with the goal to help all runners improve. WTOP’s Kristi King tells us what you can expect and how much it will cost for an assessment of your running style.

How an intern’s calls stymied Watergate break-in & DC mayoral primary may be ‘nail-biter’

We look back at the lesser-known stories from the Watergate scandal – which is marking 50 years today. Rick Massimo shares some of the stories from his week-long series on Watergate which ultimately led to the first resignation of a sitting U.S. President. And where are the voters? That’s the question D.C. election officials are asking. We discuss what the low early voting count means for the D.C. Mayor race and how the candidates feel about major issues with WTOP’s Will Vitka.