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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

Confronting DC food deserts and hunger. Plus, the DMV’s bid for 2026 World Cup

The District said its taking the legal step of eminent domain to bring a Giant Food to a part of Ward 7, which is essentially a food desert. We talk to Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, John Falcicchio, about this store and the city’s broader plans to increase food access. We also speak with Director of DC Hunger Solution, Beverley Wheeler, about the on-the-ground reality of hunger in the nation’s capital. And will D.C. and Baltimore host the World Cup in 2026? WTOP Senior Sports Director Dave Johnson says he’s confident and explains why.

911 call from man threatening Justice Kavanaugh & Va. neighbors debate over renaming Confederate streets

We are learning new details about exactly what happened when an armed California man walked up to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s house with the intent to kill him. We share portions of Nicholas Roske’s 911 call and talk about why he ultimately turned himself in and how Congress took action to increase security for the justices and their family members. Plus, in Fairfax County, there’s a debate raging over whether to rename more than a dozen streets that have ties to slavery and the Confederacy. WTOP’s Nick Iannelli shares the argument from both sides that he says is part of a broader racial reckoning in Virginia.

Explosion displaces bed-bound seniors & DC booksellers renew their vows for Juneteenth

An explosion and fire forced more than a hundred seniors to evacuate in Bowie Tuesday morning. No one was hurt, but it caused the building to partially collapse. Now, the vulnerable residents don’t know where they’ll go. WTOP’s John Domen heard the blast and went straight to the scene. He tells what happened and what concerns the residents’ loved-ones. And many of us are looking forward to a long weekend to honor Juneteenth. Derrick and Ramunda Young, who own Mahogany Books, are celebrating the holiday by renewing their vows and throwing a street celebration in honor of Emancipation Day.

Md.’s plan to ease your trip to the beach & Rockville native wins big at Tony Awards

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a $15 million project to advance the state’s long-term “Reach the Beach” plan with the goal of relieving congestion along Maryland Route 90. We talk to Charlie Gischlar with the Maryland State Highway Administration about why this is so needed. And a Maryland native made history at the Tony Awards last night. Myles Frost became the youngest person to win best lead actor in a musical for his role as Michael Jackson on Broadway’s “MJ: The Musical.” WTOP’s Jason Fraley talked to Frost about how went from Wootton Highschool to Broadway.

‘The pain that lingers’: Jan. 6th hearings takeaways

We take a local focus on the first January 6th hearing with CBS Congressional Correspondent Scott MacFarlane. He gives us perspective on the biggest takeaways from the hearing, but also the very real trauma that our neighbors and friends who work at the U.S. Capitol are still dealing with a year and a half later. And Professor of History at American University – Allan Litchman – takes us back to critical moments in our country’s history that threatened our Democracy before and the impact the insurrection on January 6th will have on our future.

Why Commanders lost Va. stadium deal & DC council’s RFK interest

A day after the defensive coordinator for the Washington Commanders doubled down on his tweet minimizing the January 6th attack on the US Capitol, Virginia lawmakers withdrew legislation that could have brought the team’s new stadium to the Commonwealth. WTOP’s Sports Director George Wallace tells us what Jack Del Rio said and why it’s having such an impact. Then, we speak with lawmakers from both Virginia and D.C. about why they chose to speak out in opposition to a stadium for different reasons.

DC Police Chief Robert Contee: State of the District’s safety

In this second portion of the exclusive conversation with DC police Chief Robert Contee, we focus on the state of public safety in the nation’s capital. Chief Contee shares his thoughts on the competition to hire police officers, the perceived increasing violence on Metro, and what he thinks residents and businesses can do to make the city safer.

DC Police Chief Contee: Threat of mass shootings ‘keeps me up at night’

As mass shootings send shockwaves through the country, we sit down with D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee to learn more about how his department is preparing for mass shootings and how it responded to the last shooting in April in Van Ness. In part one of this two-episode exclusive conversation, Chief Contee shares details of that mass shooting response, what his department has learned from other mass shootings and the plan to reassess the response plan with school leaders. Contee also shares his approach to a rise in teen-related violent crime.

DC convictions ‘called into question’ after crime lab blunders & Heavy cars set to face hefty fee

A DC lawmaker is refusing to wait to see whether DC’s Department of Forensic Sciences can right its own ship, proposing legislation to restructure the crime lab which lost the ability to process crime scene evidence in the Spring of 2021. Megan has been reporting on this saga for years. She tells us how we got to this point, and where a criminal investigation into lab management stands. Then, lawmakers in DC have placed a fee hike in the 2023 budget for drivers of heavy vehicles. WTOP’s Melissa Howell tells us while it’s meant to prevent additional wear and tear on the District’s roads, it could also impact the purchase and production of electric vehicles.

Gaging where feds stand on return-to-work debate & a DC deli owner’s fight to survive

To return or not to return to the office, that is the question workers and managers face across the country and in our area. This debate is likely to go on for a while, but in our region all eyes are on how federal agencies will decide whether to lean toward virtual, hybrid or in-person work. We talk to Federal News Networks’ Drew Friedman about how the government’s decision on his will shape how other industries navigate out of the pandemic. And with fewer office workers, some small businesses downtown are struggling with the drop in customers. We talk to WTOP’s Jeff Clabaugh about the numbers and a D.C. deli owner’s fight to survive.