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Tune in to the Update-1 audio podcast for insight into news, politics, entertainment and sports. A production of the National Press Club, Update-1 provides a forum for listeners to learn more about newsworthy stories originating from the Club's facilities, as well as broader topics related to journalism, communications, freedom and transparency. For straightforward insight beyond the headlines, turn to Update-1.

  • The Secrecy Surrounding The President's Daily Briefing
    The Secrecy Surrounding The President's Daily Briefing

    October 17, 2017

    If you’ve ever wondered how the president of the United States makes national security decisions, part of it comes from guidance in the President’s Daily Briefing or PDB. The PDB is a top secret report that’s prepared by the intelligence community on security issues around the world and presented to the president every day. It has long been shrouded in secrecy, but to help decipher it, NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Leone Lakhani speaks to David Priess, a former CIA analyst and author of "The President’s Book of Secrets."

    Listen Now | 20 Minutes

  • Champion Whistler And PR Pro Shares Insights In New Book
    Champion Whistler And PR Pro Shares Insights In New Book

    October 2, 2017

    Four-time international whistling champion Chris Ullman’s message is as clear as his music: everyone has a special talent, an individual version of his award-winning whistle. In a new book titled Find Your Whistle, Chris chronicles the development and sharing of his gift, along with a distinguished career in government and private-sector public relations. Broadcast/Podcast team member Adam Konowe’s interview with Chris about his love of communication ranges from whistling for President George W. Bush in the White House to communicating on behalf of the global Carlyle Group.

    Listen Now | 12 Minutes

  • A Retired Political Scientist And His New Book About America As A Divided Nation
    A Retired Political Scientist And His New Book About America As A Divided Nation

    September 21, 2017

    In his new book "Divided We Fall" David Sonius argues that it takes an informed and empowered public to keep America great. In this edition of Update-1, Sonius tells Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Irv Chapman that the president isn't as powerful as many Americans think and that many members of Congress withhold their opinions on issues that are politically risky to discuss. He also believes it’s a myth that Americans are overtaxed, saying most people think they’re overtaxed because the tax system in inequitable. Sonius also says the political divides in the U.S.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • Covering A Solar Eclipse
    Covering A Solar Eclipse

    August 17, 2017

    The solar eclipse on August 21 is not just a boon for scientists, but also an opportunity for citizens and journalists alike. In this Update-1 podcast, NPC Broadcast/Podcast team member Adam Konowe interviews Irene Klotz, space editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology. Klotz discusses why this solar eclipse has generated such widespread attention, as well as other developments in space science. She also explains what it’s been like to cover the space beat for 25 years on behalf of mainstream and trade media from Aviation Week to UPI.

    Listen Now | 11 Minutes

  • Communications In The Trump Administration
    Communications In The Trump Administration

    August 3, 2017

    The recent high profile departures from the Trump administration have some Americans questioning whether the White House is in chaos, and if so, the impact that has had on communications. In this episode of Update-1, Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Mike Hempen discusses the administration's communications with American University journalism professor Jill Olmsted, a former radio and television anchor and reporter. They talk about the leaks and tweets, the staff changes and what it all means to reporters and the public.

    Listen Now | 20 Minutes

  • A One-On-One With Washington Post Award-Winning Columnist Michelle Singletary
    A One-On-One With Washington Post Award-Winning Columnist Michelle Singletary

    July 17, 2017

    Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary says regardless of income level, the key to successful money management is living below your means. In an Update-1 interview with Bankrate.com senior economic analyst and former NPC President Mark Hamrick, Singletary discusses why even high wage earners have money problems. She talks growing up in Baltimore and being taken in by her grandmother, who taught her valuable financial lessons. She explains the role her grandmother played in the start of her award-winning column, "The Color of Money."

    Listen Now | 20 Minutes

  • NPC Member Irv Chapman Talks About His More Than 50 Years In The Business
    NPC Member Irv Chapman Talks About His More Than 50 Years In The Business

    July 10, 2017

    National Press Club member and Bloomberg Radio Washington reporter Irv Chapman reviews his more than 50 years of broadcast network news reporting for Radio Press International, six bureaus of ABC, and now Bloomberg in a new Update-1 interview with Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Bill McCloskey.

    From the ease of covering the Kennedy White House to the rigors of reporting from Moscow and the side trips to cover former President Harry Truman and Japan's Emperor Hirohito, Chapman describes with good humor the career he says he will continue pursuing "until I find something better to do."

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • Trade Media Covering A Global Event
    Trade Media Covering A Global Event

    June 27, 2017

    The biennial Salon du Bourget or Paris Air Show is recognized as one of the world's largest industry events. For one week, thousands of reporters descend on the show in search of relevant news. In the bustling media center, NPC broadcast/podcast team member Adam Konowe interviews Thomas Withington, editor of two trade publications, Armada International and Asian Military Review.

    Listen Now | 14 Minutes

  • Aerospace Media Awards Recognize Excellence In Journalism
    Aerospace Media Awards Recognize Excellence In Journalism

    June 21, 2017

    The annual Aerospace Media Awards dinner was held this year at the Aéro Club de France on June 18, the eve of the Paris Air Show. NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team member Adam Konowe, head of the judging panel, was at the event, which was founded by industry veteran Peter Bradfield. The following day, Konowe interviewed Bradfield and his celebrity host, Scottish comedian Fred MacAulay, in the Paris Air Show media center.

    Listen Now | 10 Minutes

  • Reviewing The Clinton Campaign With The Author Of A New York Times Best Seller
    Reviewing The Clinton Campaign With The Author Of A New York Times Best Seller

    June 12, 2017

    Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign was an example of poor organization and ineffective messaging. So says Amie Parnes, the co-author of "Shattered," the number one New York Times best-seller about the Clinton campaign. She joins Gallup Managing Editor and NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Art Swift on Update-1. Their discussion includes where the campaign stumbled, how outside influences may have played a role in the election outcome and why Clinton remains in the spotlight.

    Listen Now | 17 Minutes