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

Elrich v. Blair: Why the race for Montgomery Co executive is still so close

Election workers are accepting the last batch of mail-in ballots for a tight Democratic primary race for Montgomery County executive today. WTOP’s Kate Ryan tells us why this run-off between incumbent Marc Elrich and businessman David Blair – despite its length – is just part of a step-by-step ballot counting process. And while some ballots are still coming in, the candidates running for Maryland governor are set. Despite democrats outnumbering republicans in Maryland, Kate Ryan says the race between democrat Wes Moore and republican Dan Cox is not a foregone conclusion.

Viral TikTok about harassment prompts Metro safety concerns

Metro’s new General Manager Randy Clarke is starting his role officially by addressing the fallout from a viral TikTok video where rider says she was sexually harrassed by a man on a station and no one came to help. Questions remain over what exactly happened on the Metro platform, but all eyes are on the question of how to ride Metro safely. WTOP’s John Domen asked Clarke about this issue and we also talk about what you can do if you’re in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation on Metro. Then WTOP’s John Aaron shares some of Clarke’s service announcements on his first official day, including updates to the Silver Line and shorter wait times for passengers on three rail lines.

DC stands firm on 'no shots, no school'

Kids go back to school in about six weeks depending on their school district, and education leaders in DC say now is the time to get students vaccinated. WTOP’s Kristi King tells us about the aggressive ‘no shots, no school’ policy in the District and how it’s accommodating parents to ensure in-person instruction can go on without any quarantine interruption this fall.

Monkeypox surges, DC pivots vaccine plan as supply thins

The District has one of the highest rates of the virus in the country and we know from the spread of COVID, that it doesn’t take long for a virus to cross state lines. In response, the D.C. Department of Health is shifting its strategy in addressing the outbreak. The department is now prioritizing giving out one dose of the limited monkeypox vaccines, instead of offering eligible residents a two dose regimen. We talk to the Senior Deputy Director at D.C. Health Patrick Ashley about the strategy and the virus itself.

Humidity wave: Why the DC area swelters

The heat index reached triple digits again on Monday after a week straight of temperatures in the 90-degree range. What is up with this extreme heat in the DMV? I talk to NBC4’s Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer about what this spate of hot temperatures means for our region. And I ask Doug whether climate change is to blame for this sweltering heat.

Texas buses migrants to DC, local aid groups struggle to keep up

Local leaders from across the D.C. region met today regarding migrants arriving in the area. D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau chaired the meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Region Forward Coalition as local aid groups struggle with dwindling resources to assist migrants bused into the District under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s direction. Abel Nuñez – Executive Director of local non-profit CARECEN – attended the meeting and tells us what the reality is like on the ground for these immigrants and the local organizations struggling to serve them.

Between ‘hard rock’ and a place: Why Metro’s Silver Line Pt. 2 idles

Metro’s Silver Line Pt. 2 received another $250 million in funding this week in order to complete the extension project once and for all. NBC Washington’s Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss covers the beleaguered project and tells us why this extra money is needed and why the project is 4 years behind schedule. And we also go beyond the challenges and talk about how this extension – once complete – will benefit the region. Adam tells us the story of a Dulles Airport worker who lives in Maryland.

Does recycling actually work in the DC area?

What happens to that bottle you toss in the blue bin at home or at the coffee shop? Are our efforts to reduce waste in the D.C. area actually doing anything? For answers I talk to a local recycling guru and sustainability manager for the American Institute of Architects Charlotte Dreizen. We talk about why recycling matters to us here in the D.C. region and what’s at stake if we don’t get waste management under wraps.

Monkeypox symptoms and stigma as DC cases spike

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows D.C. leads the nation in the number of monkeypox cases per capita. Today, we hear from Dr. Tara Palmore – professor of infectious diseases at George Washington University – about the disease’s symptoms and spread, the local response, and the harmful stigma attached to monkeypox. And, as the District’s health system works to vaccinate at-risk communities and keep the disease at bay, we hear from one D.C. resident about why he got the shot.

‘This is anybody’s game’: Md. governor primary race is a toss-up

Maryland’s primary election is upon us and the race for the governor’s mansion is neck and neck for both Democratic and Republican candidates vying to make it to the general election. WTOP’s Kate Ryan has covered the campaign for months. She tells us who the contenders are and where the governor’s race stands. And in Howard County, a teenager made it on the ballot before being able to buy a cigarette or a lottery ticket. WTOP Digital Reporter Ivy Lyons talks about 17-year-old Dhruvak Mirani’s story.