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

Is Dan Snyder selling the Commanders?

There’s a buzz around the Washington Commanders after the team released a statement saying owners Dan and Tanya Snyder hired Bank of America Securities to “consider potential transactions.” Forbes and Axios are reporting the team is considering a potential sale. It’s hard to say what exactly is going on behind the scenes, but we know one thing for sure, this has never happened before. WTOP’s Senior Sports Director George Wallace shares his thoughts on the potential sale from the Commanders headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia. And then we talk with fans from the newsroom about what they want from the possible new owner.

Cramming for midterms: Spanberger against Vega in Va.

One week out from the midterm elections, we’ll be looking at the candidates in the major races across the DMV, starting in Virginia’s 7th district. WTOP’s Congressional Correspondent Mitchell Miller sat down with Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger and tells us why Republican candidate Yesli Vega is energizing the right in the Commonwealth, making the race too close to call. Then Luke shares his theory on why Taylor Swift will skip D.C. while on tour this year.

Why it’s scary to talk about how much we make?

Pay parity — making the same amount for the same job — is a hard thing to pin down. It’s difficult to ask your co-workers what they make, which also is often based on experience and time at the company. But it’s also not easy to answer the question out of fear of how you’ll feel after learning you make more or less than your cohorts. We talk to WTOP Digital Editor Abigail Constantino who has a great report on pay transparency on Plus, we give you tips on how to optimize sound quality on your phone.

One-on-one with Fairfax County’s police chief

Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis sits down for a one-on-one interview with Megan Cloherty to discuss the sharp rise in pedestrian deaths in the county, where current investigations stand including the killing of Hannah Choi, teens breaking into cars, protests at the Supreme Court Justices’ homes, and the role of police at polling places in the upcoming elections, among other topics.

Inside Marvin Gaye’s high school, now DC’s newest museum

We get a sneak peek into a brand new art museum here in the District. It’s owned by a couple from Miami with an extensive contemporary art collection. Our Mike Murillo talks to the owners about their mission to bring art to the public and the dream of opening a space in Washington, D.C. He also shares the story of a local artist whose work will be featured in the museum which opens Saturday. Plus, we share our biggest Halloween costume wins — in case you’re still looking for ideas.

Hogan cries foul in FBI HQ fight

The FBI needs a new headquarters. That’s something everyone can agree on, but a nearly decade-long debate over where the next HQ should be: Maryland, Virginia, or DC, is heating up after the feds changed the criteria, devaluing Maryland’s 2 proposed sites. WTOP’s John Domen explains why this process has been stalled for so long and what’s next in the fight for the FBI headquarters. Plus, another, sweet DMV Dates segment.

Why are kids getting so sick?

Cold and flu season is upon us but it’s coming in stronger than many expected, and far more severe. Kids are filling hospitals across the country and in turn, concerned parents are doing what they can to get them seen early. We talk to a professor of infectious diseases at University of California San Francisco Dr. Monica Gandhi about why cold and flu are hitting us so hard.

How to help DC students make up for learning loss

We’re learning just how far behind our students are after the pandemic. The National Assessment of Educational Progress released numbers that quantify how bad learning loss was in our region. What can parents do to help their students catch up? We talk to the executive director of City Tutor DC, Cat Peretti, about the free tutoring resources. We also talk about how they can improve their child’s learning at home. And it’s that time of year again, soup season. Stick around until the end of the show to hear Megan’s butternut squash soup recipe.

Tending to the dead: Meet the man who lives on a DC cemetery

Cemeteries in our region see a huge increase in visitors looking for a spooky activity to embrace the Halloween holiday. But there’s far more than just the novelty of a visit, the history of the land and the stories of the people buried there make these graveyards living museums. We speak to the superintendent of Georgetown’s Oak Hill Cemetery Paul K. Williams, who actually lives on the grounds. Williams tells us how they create space for more plots and says one of his favorite parts of the job is helping clients find their final resting place.

How 400 signatures prompted Md. to reexamine 100 in-custody deaths

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is calling for the re-examination of the autopsies of 100 people who died while restrained in police custody. We speak with Frosh about why the work of the former chief medical examiner, Dr. David Fowler, are being called into question, in part, due to his testimony regarding the murder of George Floyd. Also, Rusty the Red Panda has died. We remember the local legend who escaped the Smithsonian National Zoo in 2013, capturing the attention and hearts of DC residents.