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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.

  • Press Club member Charlotte Grimes Discusses Why Opinionated News Coverage Has Proven Successful
    Press Club member Charlotte Grimes Discusses Why Opinionated News Coverage Has Proven Successful

    December 19, 2014

    Bias is a four-letter word when it comes to news coverage. With the Fox News Channel consistently ahead of the other cable news networks in the ratings, this edition of Update-1 examines why infusing news coverage with opinion has proven so successful from a business standpoint. National Press Club member Charlotte Grimes, an expert in news literacy and the recently-retired Knight Chair in Political Reporting at Syracuse University, talks with Press Club member Violet Ikonomova about when and how biased reporting became widely accepted and why she thinks it's harmful to a democratic society.

    Listen Now | 13 Minutes

  • Giovanna Dell'Orto: The Challenges of Reporting on Immigration
    Giovanna Dell'Orto: The Challenges of Reporting on Immigration

    December 1, 2014

    The challenges of covering immigration from the southern borders of the U.S. and the EU are the focus of the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast.

    NPC member Giovanna Dell'Orto, a journalism professor and former Associated Press immigration reporter, talks with International Correspondents Committee chair Molly McCluskey about how media coverage of immigration challenges is often too narrowly focused, and fails to take into account the cultural, political, and ecomomic factors behind mass migration.

    Listen Now | 12 Minutes

  • Actor and radio show host Sean Astin is not impressed with the state of journalism
    Actor and radio show host Sean Astin is not impressed with the state of journalism

    November 14, 2014

    Actor and radio show host Sean Astin says preparation is the key to public discourse. Astin is often interviewed by reporters but he's not impressed with the state of journalism, saying many of the journalists he interacts with are not as prepared as they should be. Austin prides himself on being well-researched for his radio show, "Vox Populi." He spoke recently at the National Press Club and his appearance is featured in this latest edition of Update-1.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • A Reference Guide to the Language of Politics
    A Reference Guide to the Language of Politics

    October 17, 2014

    Politics is the focus of the latest edition of Update-1. Specifically, the language of politics and the terms and phrases we hear on a daily basis. Broadcast Committee member Jared Rizzi, the White House correspondent for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, interviews Chuck McCutcheon, a co-author of "Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech." They discuss who uses what terms against whom, and some surprising examples of their use.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • From The Diet Food We Eat To Why Men Cheat, An Evolutionary Biologist Argues Misconceptions Abound
    From The Diet Food We Eat To Why Men Cheat, An Evolutionary Biologist Argues Misconceptions Abound

    October 7, 2014

    From popular diets that encourage us to eat like our ancestors to the idea that a man who cheats can blame his behavior on his DNA, misconceptions about evolution abound, argues evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk on the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club podcast.

    Listen Now | 11 Minutes

  • Ken Burns discusses his new PBS series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” at an NPC luncheon
    Ken Burns discusses his new PBS series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” at an NPC luncheon

    September 22, 2014

    The latest edition of Update-1 features filmmaker Ken Burns and his recent trip to the National Press Club to promote his new series, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

    The seven-part series looks at Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and recently ran on PBS stations. Burns says no other family has "touched as many Americans as the Roosevelts.” According to Burns, there is an "avalanche" of information about the Roosevelts, and he says this series shows them to be a “complicated Russian novel.”

    Listen Now | 14 Minutes

  • Charlie Rose honored with the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award
    Charlie Rose honored with the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award

    September 16, 2014

    Charlie Rose says he has many people to thank for the success he has had as a television journalist. Rose is the 42nd winner of the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award, which honors journalists who have made significant contributions to their field. Rose hosts the interview program "Charlie Rose" on PBS and also is a co-anchor on "CBS This Morning" and a contributing correspondent to "60 Minutes." Rose said winning the Fourth Estate Award means "everything" to him.

    Listen Now | 9 Minutes

  • Immigration Reform in the Spotlight after Thousands of Unaccompanied Children Cross into the U.S.
    Immigration Reform in the Spotlight after Thousands of Unaccompanied Children Cross into the U.S.

    August 27, 2014

    The issues of immigration and border security have been getting a lot of attention in recent months as the United States considers how to deal with the thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America who have crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. In this edition of Update-1, Broadcast Committee member Sofia Mannos discusses these topics with Michelle Mittelstadt, the director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Migration Policy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank that analyzes the movement of people worldwide.

    Listen Now | 10 Minutes

  • Journalists Fight for the Public's Right to Know
    Journalists Fight for the Public's Right to Know

    August 11, 2014

    The White House has responded to a July 8 letter from journalism organizations and open government groups urging President Barack Obama to honor his pledge for openness by relaxing the control federal agencies have over reporter access to federal government newsmakers.

    Society of Professional Journalists President David Cuiller called the response from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest a "typical spin and response through no response."

    Listen Now | 12 Minutes

  • Higher Fares and More Fees Mean a Stronger Bottom Line for U.S. Airlines
    Higher Fares and More Fees Mean a Stronger Bottom Line for U.S. Airlines

    July 23, 2014

    From the development of new aircraft to the recent tragedies of Malaysian Airlines flights MH370 and MH17, commercial air travel continues to play a prominent role in today’s news. In this edition of Update-1, National Press Club broadcast committee member Adam Konowe interviews Edward Russell, an air transport reporter for FlightGlobal, which provides news and statistics to the aviation industry. They discuss the financial health of the airline industry, ticket and fee pricing, news from the recent biennial Farnborough International Air Show, as well as MH370 and MH17.

    Listen Now | 10 Minutes