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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

Montgomery Co. seeks to limit where gun owners can carry

Montgomery County leaders are seeking to limit where gun owners can take their firearms, even though Governor Hogan just made it easier to carry a concealed gun in Maryland following a Supreme Court ruling. WTOP’s Kate Ryan walks us through the new legislation introduced today. And have you seen those awe-inspiring images of the cosmos taken by the James Webb Space Telescope? We talk about how Maryland scientists made it possible and what the photos show with WTOP space reporter Greg Redfern.

‘This can’t be real’: Fans shocked legend Wayne Rooney to coach DC United

Soccer legend Wayne Rooney is back at Audi Field, this time to coach D.C. United. The all-star player is the new manager of the District’s Major League Soccer team. WTOP Senior Sports Director, and the voice of D.C. United, Dave Johnson tells us Rooney’s return is a welcome surprise. He explains why. And then we turn to the stands and speak with WTOP’s José Umaña – who hosts the Bad Hombres FC podcast – about how the fanbase is reacting to their new superstar manager.

Commanders’ Snyder ready to testify after Congress flexes subpoena muscle

It is a busy day on Capitol Hill and the Commanders are back in the news as owner Dan Snyder has offered to testify to a committee investigating sexual misconduct and workplace allegations within the team. WTOP’s Mitchell Miller tells us this comes after Snyder all but ignored a subpoena. And have you changed jobs lately? The latest jobs report finds America added more jobs than expected this month. WTOP’s Melissa Howell joins us to share an expert’s take on the state of the Great Resignation.

Why the District’s doctor is leaving, in her own words

We sit down with outgoing D.C. Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt who saw the District through nearly 8 years, and navigated the city through the pandemic. A day after the city announced her departure, Nesbitt tells us what it was like as a health director in the midst of a health emergency. And buying weed legally in D.C. is a complex process, but it just got a little easier after Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a law letting most adults self-prescribe medical marijuana cards. We talk to one of the District Council members who introduced the law, Kenyan McDuffie about the reason it was treated as emergency legislation and why he’s running again after losing the legal fight to run for D.C. Attorney General.

What’s with the tornadoes?

A tornado dropped down into Bowie Tuesday evening – ripping trees from the ground dredging up heaps of sod. So what is up with all these tornadoes? To figure this out, we talk to meteorologist Howard Bernstein. And the beloved Tidal Basin is at risk – it’s literally sinking. Mike Litterst of the National Park Service joins us to talk about how the NPS plans to save this historic landmark and the cherry trees that surround it.

Gov. Hogan makes it easier to carry a concealed gun

There is a new directive in Maryland when it comes to carrying a gun. Governor Larry Hogan issued a directive for the Maryland State Police to essentially ignore a law on the books that restricts ‘concealed carry’ in the state. We talk to Dr. Cassandra Crifasi, the Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, about what this means for Maryland. And, 14 climate protesters set back hundreds of holiday drivers when they shut down the inner loop of the beltway for more than an hour on Monday. WTOP Traffic Reporter Dave Dildine tells us what happened and that it might happen again later this week.

Gov. Hogan makes it easier to carry a concealed gun

There is a new directive in Maryland when it comes to carrying a gun. Governor Larry Hogan issued a directive for the Maryland State Police to essentially ignore a law on the books that restricts ‘concealed carry’ in the state. We talk to Dr. Cassandra Crifasi, the Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, about what this means for Maryland. And, 14 climate protesters set back hundreds of holiday drivers when they shut down the inner loop of the beltway for more than an hour on Monday. WTOP Traffic Reporter Dave Dildine tells us what happened and that it might happen again later this week.

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.