Join Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood on Fridays at noon for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Each week Kojo and Tom help make sense of legislation, hold elected officials accountable and provide in-depth analysis of local issues and elections. The Politics Hour is also a vital forum for Washingtonians to engage directly with their local leaders.
In recent months, Metro has not only increased the frequency of trains, but is now expected to start offering 24-hour bus service on more than a dozen routes starting in December. This comes despite a looming financial crisis as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) faces a $750 million budget gap. Metro General Manager Randy Clarke joins the show to discuss this balancing act. Plus, what more can be done to stop fare evasion?
The terrorist attacks in Israel and the resulting war have emotionally impacted many locals, with vigils and memorial services taking place across the region this week. WAMU's Immigrant Communities reporter Héctor Alejandro Arzate attended one at Meridian Hill Park, where more than a hundred people gathered to say the Mourner's Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for the dead, and mourn for lives lost in Israel and Palestine. He talks with Kojo and Tom about what he saw and heard. Plus, a look at how officials in the region are responding to the events in the Middle East, including added security at local places of worship.
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