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

Witness details UVA shooting as suspect appears in court

During the suspect’s first court appearance, prosecutors released new details on what happened during a shooting at the University of Virginia that left three students dead and two injured Sunday night. WTOP’s Luke Lukert joins us from a courthouse in Charlottesville, Virginia with the latest information on the shooting and how the UVA community is dealing with this tragedy.

Silver Lining: Metrorail finally gets riders to Dulles airport

It’s a day D.C.-area residents and more specifically Dulles International Airport travelers have been waiting on for years, if not decades. The Silver Line extension opened up to rail passengers — four years behind schedule. The six new rail stations connect the Metrorail system to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County, Virginia. WTOP’s Nick Iannelli went to the opening ceremony and tells us how these new Metro stations will impact the region. Plus, we hear how WTOP’s Jessica Kronzer got tickets to the Taylor Swift Eras Tour.

227-year-old Md. almanack makes winter weather prediction

Since 1797, the Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack has provided residents in our area a 16-month weather forecast. The almanack’s prognosticator and WTOP meteorologist Chad Merrill joins the show to give his prediction of how much snow we will get this winter and when to expect the white stuff. Plus, WTOP engineer David Mundschenk tells us why vinyl is making a comeback in this digital age.

‘A magical wall:’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial marks 40 years

Forty years after the Vietnam Veterans Memorial first opened to the public, millions still flock to the spot on D.C.’s National Mall. Some are there to search for the names of their loved ones, while others leave tokens or letters. But when it was first unveiled to the public, the memorial was criticized as ugly and unpatriotic. WTOP’s Kate Ryan takes us back in time, walks us through the history of the wall and shares the stories of those who feel the magic of the memorial.

DC sues Commanders, Dan Snyder, and NFL

D.C.’s attorney general Karl Racine on Thursday announced that he has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against the Washington Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell. WTOP’s John Domen breaks down the lawsuit, what it means and what it might reveals about the investigation into sexual harrassment and misconduct at Commanders.

New restaurants, food markets headed to Southeast DC

It’s DMV Black Restaurant Week. It runs until November 13 and the now three-term DC mayor, Muriel Bowser, kicked off the week announcing seven new Food Access Fund grants to small businesses in Wards 7 and 8. We talk to Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio – who oversees the program – and Melvin Hines – owner of DCity Smokehouse – who received one of these grants.

Abortion, democracy & inflation pull voters to the polls

Over the last week, we’ve heard from candidates, politicians, and poll workers, but on this Election Day, it’s the voters’ turn to speak. Today we’re going to be hearing from those at the polls across our region, starting in Virginia where there are two super competitive House races in Districts 7 and 10. Then we turn to Maryland voters who weighed in on the race for governor and shared strong feelings about the state of democracy in our country.

‘Make democracy happen’ – Veterans step in amid poll worker shortage

On this Election Day eve, many jurisdictions are facing a problem — there are not enough poll workers. WTOP’s Kate Ryan spoke to veterans who are part of an organization stepping up to serve at polling places across our region that are understaffed. Then, Luke shares a story of a freak accident that doctors say isn’t uncommon.

Metro’s GM on wiping out ghost buses, arresting fare evaders

Metro General Manager and CEO Randy Clarke passed the 100 day mark as the head of the region’s transit system this week. In an exclusive interview, we talk to Clarke about recent breakthroughs at the transit agency: the return of the sidelined 7000 series rail cars and the opening of the Silver Line extension. We also discuss the work left to be done: reducing crime on the system and increasing reliable service on bus and rail lines.

Cramming for the midterms: Md. governor hopefuls on economy, tolls

In our series ‘Cramming for the midterms,’ we look at Maryland’s race for governor. The Governor’s mansion in Annapolis is up for grabs this midterm election and the two candidates, Democrat Wes Moore and Republican Dan Cox, have very different visions for the Old Line State. WTOP’s Kate Ryan talked to both men about their plans for education, transportation and the economy among other issues.