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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

'We suspect we know where he is': Fairfax Co. police track suspect in Hannah Choi's killing

Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis gives an update in the investigation into Hannah Choi’s murder and what keeps him up at night when he thinks about the serial murderer dubbed the “shopping cart killer.” On his one-year anniversary in the role, Chief Davis also talks broadly about the rising crime in the D.C. region, specifically the uptick in thefts from the underbelly of cars and his concerns about police retention and recruitment.

Md. man could get life in prison for a ton of weed & 1st Commanders’ draft

A Maryland man faces federal charges after he allegedly moved more than a ton of marijuana between California and Maryland. If convicted, Jonathan Wall, 27, could go to prison for decades. Law360’s Senior Cannabis reporter Sam Reisman talks about the significance of this case being tried in federal court. And is the name change enough to turn the Commanders’ around? WTOP’s Sports Director George Wallace tells us why the team’s choice in a starting quarterback dictated its ‘new strategy’ in the 2022 draft.

Ocean City killer who dismembered a couple seeks parole

Nearly 20 years after a former-Navy SEAL and his wife brutally killed and dismembered a Fairfax County couple in Ocean City, Maryland, the convicted killer Benjamin Sifrit faced a parole board to seek an early release. WTOP’s Neal Augenstein talks about the murders and the new details of cannibalism discovered during the appeals process. Then, WTOP’s Luke Lukert has some tips about how to avoid delays and high prices when booking summer travel plans.

Fairfax Schools rethink cell phone use in the classroom

The Fairfax County Schools board is considering updating its cell phone use policy to ban social media if it isn’t related to academics and define when kids can use their phones. WTOP’s Scott Gelman tells us there’s pushback after years of virtual learning when students relied on social media to connect. Then, WTOP’s Mike Murillo gives the upshot from a D.C. Mayoral forum Wednesday night where the mayor and most of her opponents faced off on the issues that will determine the race — crime, education and housing.

Pentagon fails to track cyberbullying of women in the military

Sexual harassment, crude jabs, and doxxing bombard female service members everyday on the internet. That’s according to Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione. In his years of reporting on cyberbullying, he found the military isn’t tracking these cases, making it difficult to enforce an executive order that assigns punishment to service members who harass colleagues online. And then WTOP’s Kyle Cooper tells us about plans to redo the most iconic street in the U.S. — Pennsylvania Avenue.

All eyes on the battle over who gets into Thomas Jefferson High School

A legal fight over race and equity in an elite high school’s admission practices is garnering the attention of schools across the country. The Supreme Court weighed in on the battle over who gets into Alexandria’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. WTOP’s Mike Murillo catches us up on where the case stands and where it leaves students. And with covid numbers declining, some cities are rethinking how many pandemic-related changes to keep in place. We talk to an urban planner about the impact of streeteries and why covid may have changed how outdoor spaces are designed in the future.

Tracing the Van Ness sniper’s digital trail

D.C. Police are scanning the digital footprint of the man they say injured four people while shooting indiscriminately from the window of his apartment near the Van Ness Metro station Friday. WTOP’s Luke Lukert spoke to the police chief on where the investigation stands into the deceased shooter. And a controversy is heating up in Chevy Chase, Maryland over whether to include affordable housing in the project to renovate a beloved community library. WTOP’s Kate Ryan gives us the background on the issue and shares her interview with Montgomery County’s Council president, Gabe Albornoz.

'Electrify DC': Earth Day starts in protest

Earth Day kicked off in downtown D.C. with a protest by a group known for disrupting everyday life in the city. The group’s demands are specific and they went to great heights to get their message across. WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez tells us what they want and why they’re willing to be arrested for it. And Metro is the region’s biggest consumer of energy – we talk to its Director of Sustainability Rachel Healy about what Metro is doing to reduce its carbon footprint and how much greener it really is to take public transportation.

How Md. 210 became Piscataway Hwy

In what Governor Larry Hogan calls the “best session yet after eight years,” he signed more than one hundred bills into law, including those that address first responders’ mental health, cat’s claws and the name of a controversial highway. We speak with the matriarch of the Piscataway Indian Nation about their fight for this law. And a dog in Virginia was set to be euthanized seven years ago but thanks to his owners’ attorney he’s still kicking. WTOP’s Neal Augenstein talks about the years-long fight to free Niko.

‘Intruder’ killed at the Peruvian ambassador’s home

A man surprised the Peruvian ambassador’s family when he tried to break into their residence in Northwest, D.C. U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Police officers eventually shot the man they say had a metal stake. WTOP’s Luke Lukert talks about what we know so far about the break-in at one of the District’s largest private properties. And then, WTOP’s Senior Sports Director Dave Johnson tells the reasons behind D.C. United’s decision to fire its head coach.