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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.

  • Trade Journalist Celebrates 40-Year Career With Same Publisher
    Trade Journalist Celebrates 40-Year Career With Same Publisher

    April 16, 2019

    In an era when journalists change employers often out of necessity, Barb Zuehlke has broken the mold. On the cusp of retirement later in 2019, Zuehlke, now senior editor at Aircraft Maintenance Technology, is celebrating a 40-year career for the same publishing company. She spoke with NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee co-vice chair Adam Konowe on the floor of an aviation maintenance convention to discuss her career and the evolution in journalism and public relations during the past four decades.

    Listen Now | 9 Minutes

  • Previewing The "Night Out For Austin Tice"
    Previewing The "Night Out For Austin Tice"

    April 9, 2019

    Austin Tice is the only American journalist currently being held overseas, and the National Press Club is spearheading an effort to bring him home. In this edition of Update 1 NPC Executive Director Bill McCarren and Austin's parents, Marc and Debra Tice, join Broadcast/Podcast Committee co-Vice Chair Mike Hempen to discuss the "Night Out For Austin Tice." The May 2 event will raise reward money for information leading to the safe return of Austin, an award-winning reporter who was taken hostage in August, 2012 while covering the Syrian civil war.

    Listen Now | 18 Minutes

  • Press Freedom and China’s Influence in Ghana, With Journalist and Lawyer George Sarpong
    Press Freedom and China’s Influence in Ghana, With Journalist and Lawyer George Sarpong

    March 27, 2019

    The murder in January of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale-Divela in Ghana, one of Africa’s most stable and democratic countries, shocked the country and journalists around the world. The National Press Club called for a thorough investigation, and urged Ghanaian officials to ensure that journalists can work without the threat of violence.

    Listen Now | 19 Minutes

  •  NPC Press Freedom Chair Discusses Challenges from the Pentagon to the Philippines
    NPC Press Freedom Chair Discusses Challenges from the Pentagon to the Philippines

    March 18, 2019

    The National Press Club has redoubled its efforts to highlight injustices resulting from multiple verbal, legal and even physical attacks on the media. John Donnelly, chair of the club’s Freedom of the Press team, spoke with Broadcast/Podcast co-vice chair Adam Konowe about a range of domestic and international initiatives intended to reinforce the vital role journalism plays in ensuring transparency in a free society.

    Listen Now | 17 Minutes

  • The Complexities Of American Foreign Policy
    The Complexities Of American Foreign Policy

    March 9, 2019

    U.S. foreign policy can be complex and difficult to understand. In this episode of Update-1, George Washington University political science professor Dr. Henry Nau discusses his book, "Perspectives on International Relations," with NPC Broadcast/Podcast team member Lincoln Smith. Dr. Nau provides an understandable synthesis of the world of foreign policy, and talks about the approaches used by Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump. He also offers predictions about American foreign policy in the future.

    Listen Now | 21 Minutes

  • Efforts To Educate The Public About Misinformation
    Efforts To Educate The Public About Misinformation

    January 30, 2019

    The task of helping people of all ages glean the facts and screen out the exaggeration, bias, and misinformation from their sources of news requires a variety of targeted approaches. Dr. Belinha De Abreu is a member of the leadership council of the American Association for Media Literacy Education. She assisted the American Library Association in developing programs for adults in public libraries.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • A New Digital News Publication Focusing On Political Reform
    A New Digital News Publication Focusing On Political Reform

    January 17, 2019

    After three decades as a political reporter, editor and columnist, National Press Club member David Hawkings has become an entrepreneur. He's now the editor-in-chief of The Firewall, an editorially independent digital news publication dedicated to covering political reform at the national, state and local levels. In this episode of Update-1, Hawkings talks with Broadcast/Podcast team member Mike Hempen about the journalistic and business sides of this new initiative, how it came about and what it will take to be successful.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • A Podcast About Newsletters With The Creator Of A Newsletter About Podcasts
    A Podcast About Newsletters With The Creator Of A Newsletter About Podcasts

    January 3, 2019

    In the latest episode of Update-1, National Press Club members Michael Yessis and Molly McCluskey discuss everything newsletters - which ones they read, what they’ve learned by starting their own, and advice for future newsletter creators. Michael is the founder and editor of This Week in Podcasts (@WeekinPodcasts), which offers a weekly roundup in all of the best and latest podcast episodes you might have missed, and Molly is the creator of Diplomatica (DiplomaticaDC), which is a multimedia exploration into the hidden histories of diplomatic properties in Washington, D.C.

    Listen Now | 20 Minutes

  • The Challenges Faced By An Award-Winning Filipino Journalist
    The Challenges Faced By An Award-Winning Filipino Journalist

    December 19, 2018

    Maria Ressa, one of the journalists Time magazine honored as it's "Person of the Year" in 2018, also is a co-founder and editor of Rappler, a news website that was ahead of the curve in her native Philippines by offering hard news and video via internet and mobile.

    Listen Now | 17 Minutes

  • The Rise Of Fake Videos
    The Rise Of Fake Videos

    December 9, 2018

    Fake videos are a new form of digital media manipulation, and the former president and chief executive of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is warning about their dangers. In this edition of Update-1, Thomas Kent talks to Broadcast/Podcast team member Tom Young about technology being used to create video of events that never happened, or video of people making statements they never made. Kent describes video as the "ultimate verifier" for news consumers, but now he says they may no longer be able to believe what they see.

    Listen Now | 8 Minutes