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NPC Update-1

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.

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Foreign Policy In The Trump Administration
    Foreign Policy In The Trump Administration

    June 5, 2017

    President Trump faces a multitude of foreign policy challenges in the early months of his administration. From interacting with G-7 leaders to tension with NATO to relations with Asia, we explore what has happened since January and what to expect in the months, and years, to come. We ask, what are the foreign policy situations the media isn't covering, and what else should the Trump White House be focusing on?

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  • New Zealanders Captivated By American Politics
    New Zealanders Captivated By American Politics

    May 24, 2017

    The ins and outs of the Trump presidency are dominating the headlines, not just in the United States but all around the world, even as far as New Zealand. Here, Karl du Fresne, former editor of New Zealand’s daily The Dominion, tells NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Leone Lakhani why New Zealanders are captivated by U.S. politics. As the author of A Road Tour of American Song Titles, du Fresne also shares his unique perspective on America’s heartland.

    Listen Now | 14 Minutes

  • The Life Of A War Correspondent
    The Life Of A War Correspondent

    May 8, 2017

    There is seldom a day that Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan is not in the headlines. But how do journalists in these conflict areas cover the stories on the ground? What are the risks they undertake? Nagieb Khaja, a Danish journalist and filmmaker, has traveled to countless war-torn areas and endured kidnappings, arrests and other hardships, to share his stories with the world.
    In this interview with NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Leone Lakhani, Nagieb talks about his harrowing experiences, what drives him, and why he perseveres, against all odds, to tell his stories.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • Threats To The Press And The Importance Of World Press Freedom Day
    Threats To The Press And The Importance Of World Press Freedom Day

    May 1, 2017

    This edition of Update-1 takes note of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, an observance created by the United Nations to remind member governments that freedom of expression is promised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Kathy Kiely, who holds the press freedom fellowship of the Journalism Insitute at the National Press Club and is a 40-year veteran reporter and editor, discusses the threats to Press Freedom with broadcast journalist Irv Chapman.

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  • A First Hand Account Of Reporting On A Major Snafu At The Academy Awards
    A First Hand Account Of Reporting On A Major Snafu At The Academy Awards

    March 26, 2017

    It's considered the biggest snafu in Academy Award show history - a wrong envelope resulting in the wrong film being named "Best Picture" during this year's Oscars telecast. Vanity Fair Hollywood correspondent Rebecca Keegan talks to NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee Member Veronica Vaquer about what it was like to cover the unfolding story backstage. This was Keegan's 11th time covering the Oscars. She also discusses the reality of doing A-List celebrity profiles and what it's like to co-write a book with iconic film director, comedian, writer, and actor Mel Brooks.

    Listen Now | 17 Minutes

  • Space Industry Trends From Trump To Tourism
    Space Industry Trends From Trump To Tourism

    March 15, 2017

    Two months into the Trump era, much remains unknown about the new administration’s priorities for space and their impact on NASA. However the leadership vacuum at NASA and elsewhere in government stands in stark contrast to the bold plans of private-sector leaders, such as Elon Musk of SpaceX and Jeff Bezos of Blue Origin. Will these entrepreneurs deliver humans to lunar orbit and even Mars in the coming years, or will their ambitious plans fail to achieve escape velocity? And how have technology and politics influenced coverage of the space beat?

    Listen Now | 11 Minutes

  • Using Storytelling To Trigger Change
    Using Storytelling To Trigger Change

    February 27, 2017

    Storytelling has been around for thousands of years, but it’s a practice that’s now widely used by communities and organizations as a way of initiating change at the international, national, state and local levels. Press Club member Kathy Bonk is the Executive Director of the Communications Consortium Media Center, where she’s directly involved with storytelling. In an interview with Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Mike Hempen, she discusses how and why communities use storytelling to empower their residents.

    Listen Now | 18 Minutes

  • The White House Press Corps From Both Sides Of The Lectern
    The White House Press Corps From Both Sides Of The Lectern

    February 16, 2017

    Ron Nessen has seen the relationship between president and press from both sides of the lectern -- in fact, one of his books is titled "It Sure Looks Different from the Inside." As an NBC News Correspondent, Ron covered President Richard Nixon's Vice President Spiro Agnew, who denounced the news media as "nattering nabobs of negativism." He then moved on to cover Gerald Ford when he replaced Agnew, and became White House correspondent when Ford succeeded Nixon. Ford later asked Ron to become his press secretary to deal with controversies such as the Nixon pardon and an economy in recession.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes