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.
Why your favorite restaurant is slowly going under
Restaurants are struggling to survive as two and a half years after the pandemic, covid is still keeping some customers who are working from home from spending a few bucks on coffee or lunch. You also may have noticed you're waiting longer to get your food, or even get a drink, when you go into your favorite spot. The staffing shortage coupled with the rising cost of food is hitting local restaurants hard. We speak with two local restaurant owners who just won WTOP's Top Ten contest about the challenges they are facing in an industry in the midst of a staffing crisis.
The losses of the Vietnam War in 58,000 photos
An incredible project to honor those who gave their lives in the War in Vietnam reached a milestone - collecting photos of the more than 58 thousand servicemembers who lost their lives. Tim Tetz from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund shares the story of a servicemember from Alexandria, Virginia, and why it still needs help with the project that’s so important to our country’s history. Also, Megan discusses a cookie quandary she has for an upcoming big day.
Election audit finds 102 uncounted ballots in Montgomery Co. primary race
The race for Montgomery County Executive was supposed to be certified Friday, but during an audit election officials found more than a hundred provisional ballots in need of counting. We talk to WTOP’s Kate Ryan about whether these ballots could change who is elected. And the number of migrants bused from the southern border to Union Station has now topped 6,000. WTOP’s Nick Iannelli says the resources available for these people are running low.
‘I hope it’s over’: Residents recover after floods kept coming
Two massive storm systems washed through the D.C. region causing significant flooding. Flash flooding overtook cars, stranded drivers and poured into low-lying buildings. WTOP’s John Domen went to Riverdale, Maryland and talked to a business owner about the flood. And the mantra “Turn Around Don’t Drown” is good as gold, but WTOP’s Dave Dildine gives additional flood safety advice as it’s sometimes impossible to turn around.
The Smithsonian’s unlikely birth — 176 years later
It’s the Smithsonian Institution’s birthday. The museum juggernaut is now 176 years old, but it very nearly never existed at all. WTOP’s Rick Massimo brings us this little known story of twists and turns of fate that ultimately brought us the Smithsonian as we know it today. And a local baseball team made it to the Junior League Baseball World Series. WTOP’s Mike Murillo tells the story of a Loudoun County team that lost its chance at a championship during the pandemic and is looking to win it all this year.
Va. students fall behind on reading as classes return
More fourth and fifth grade students in Arlington County, Virginia needed literacy help at the end of the last school year than at the beginning, according to data from the Virginia school system. We talk to WTOP’s Scott Gelman. He helps us make sense of these concerning numbers and the stories behind them. And WTOP's Kristi King tells us the story of beagles rescued from a 'torturous' facility in Virginia. The 10 dogs will soon be up for adoption in Fairfax County.
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Megan and Luke are awesome and help me stay connected to my community.
I started listening when I’ve moved to DC, and I’m hooked! It quickly made me feel like a part of the community, and it helped me catch on to the topics that my neighbors and coworkers were concerned about. Every episode is interesting and relevant!
Your takes on Juan Soto trade = horse$h!t
I like the podcast but you all were redic on that Juan Soto trade. Complete exaggerations and no respect to Nats GM Mike Rizzo. The prospects are strong.