DMV Download from WTOP News

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

Local moms help each other find baby formula & Preventable delays hit Metrorail

Parents in the DMV are banding together to find baby formula as the national shortage has some retailers limiting how much you can buy. WTOP’s Kyle Cooper reports on where parents are posting what they find and how you can help parents in need afford the expensive formula. Then, some Metrorail riders now face worse delays as 72 train operators are pulled from service due to expired certifications. WTOP’s Luke Lukert spoke with riders and explained how long to expect a delay on the Yellow and Green lines.

Politicizing protests outside Justices’ homes & Opioid overdoses increase, stigma persists

Thousands are expected to protest on the Mall Saturday in response to the leak of a draft opinion out of the Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade. But as the protests moved from outside the court to outside the Justices’ homes in the suburbs, the question over how to protect them while maintaining protesters’ rights turned political. WTOP’s Neal Augenstein explains. And more than 107,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses last year. Gary Mendell, who lost his son to an opioid overdose in 2012, turned his pain into action. He talks about how to combat and treat the disease that prompted him to start a non-profit for families facing addiction.

Inside the Van Ness sniper investigation & A Va. nurse 'scared' of effects of staff shortage

D.C.’s Police Chief is sharing the details of the investigation so far into Raymond Spencer, the man who opened fire from his apartment in Van Ness three weeks ago, injuring four people before killing himself. He shares what they’ve learned about Spencer since the shooting. And nursing has long been a difficult profession, but amid a staffing shortage, nurses rallied in downtown D.C. to call attention to the risk they take on a daily basis. On this nursing week, we talk to a Fairfax County nurse about the challenges she faces each day, and we get reaction from her hospital’s management about how it is working to support its healthcare workers.

Family of officer killed by friendly-fire reaches settlement & young investors meet volatility

Prince George’s County settled a lawsuit with the family of Jacai Colson – a police officer who responded to an active shooter outside his police station in 2016 and was killed by friendly fire. All these years later, his family settled with the county but say they still want justice. We speak with John Domen about how this case could move forward. And the financial markets are not doing great right now. How should young investors, who have seen record gains in the last few years, react to this volatility? We connect with Lynx Investments founder Peter Tanous about how this crowd should navigate this roller coaster of a market.

Meet Metro’s new GM & Where we stand with COVID

We now know who is taking the helm at Metro. Randy Clarke — who comes to the D.C.-area from Austin, Texas — is stepping into what many consider one of the most challenging jobs in U.S. transportation. He’s tasked with rehabbing an underfunded and aging, yet essential transit system in the nation’s capital. We talk to WTOP’s Luke Lukert about his past experiences and how they could translate to our transit system. Then we speak with Johns Hopkins virologist Andrew Pekosz about the rising case count and where things stand with COVID-19, as many of us are getting sick this Spring.

Dodging gas prices, DMV travel habits change

Driving in the D.C. area is more expensive and the price of gas keeps going up. Tom Kloza with the Oil Price Information Service tells us why costs keep climbing and if it will ever taper off. And on a related note, Metro is seeing more than double the riders it had on its rail service than it did last year. It’s likely due to the return to work in-person combined with the escalating cost to drive. WTOP’s Luke Lukert sums up the latest Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority report which shows ridership may be up, but satisfaction with Metro is not.

The searing testimony of the Depp-Heard trial and its effect on #MeToo

The defamation suit turned spectacle between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp has attracted nearly 10 million views so far. But there will be nothing to watch until May 16 as the trial goes on break after both Depp and Heard delivered searing accounts of their abuse and violence. WTOP’s John Domen summarizes what we’ve missed from the Fairfax County courtroom. And then, Professor of Law at the University of Louisville Jamie Abrams provides a legal perspective on the trial’s significance, how it’s impacting the #MeToo movement and society’s understanding of domestic violence.

The Great Exhaustion: Area teachers predicted to retire in droves & bus drivers want a better contract

Teachers have had enough. The Montgomery Co. teachers union says resignations and retirements are predicted to be higher than ever due to teachers feeling undervalued and overworked, with many planning to leave mid-career. President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten joins us to talk about what other D.C.-area school districts are seeing. From one essential worker to another, Circulator bus drivers are on strike and have reached a tentative deal with the bus company on a new contract. The strike started Tuesday and a vote is expected tonight.

If Roe falls, the effect on local abortion laws & the tick’s bite that triggers meat allergies

Following Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked opinion draft, thousands of protesters took to the steps of the Supreme Court. We speak with a reproductive rights expert on how local laws or resources will be affected if Roe is overturned. Then, a tick whose bite can cause you to develop an allergy to red meat is becoming more prevalent in our region. An entomologist tells us how this bug’s bite could harm us as more people head outdoors in the Spring weather.

'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.