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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.

  • Comparing Joe Biden's 1988 Presidential Campaign With His 2020 Run For The White House
    Comparing Joe Biden's 1988 Presidential Campaign With His 2020 Run For The White House

    August 21, 2019

    With the 2020 election campaign well under way, the Democrats have a front runner, thanks in part to the name recognition Joe Biden acquired as senator, vice president, and a previous presidential candidate. On this edition of Update One, longtime Press Club member Irv Chapman interviews Larry Barrett, a veteran journalist who covered Biden's short-lived campaign in 1988, when Senator Gary Hart was a competitor and Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis won the nomination and ran against Republican Vice President George H.W. Bush.

    Listen Now | 14 Minutes

  • A Memorial To Honor Fallen Journalists
    A Memorial To Honor Fallen Journalists

    August 14, 2019

    In the wake of the deadliest assault on journalists in U.S. history, a permanent memorial is being planned to commemorate America’s commitment to a free press and honor news reporters and photographers who have sacrificed their lives in service to that cause.

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  • Museum Of PR Features Harold Burson Exhibit
    Museum Of PR Features Harold Burson Exhibit

    August 7, 2019

    The Museum of Public Relations, founded by veteran communications practitioner and lecturer Shelley Spector, recently added an exhibit of 50 items from Harold Burson, founder of Burson-Marsteller. The legendary PR executive, now 98, attended the unveiling with more than 100 young communicators present. Spector talked by phone from the museum to NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team co-vice-chair Adam Konowe about the artifacts on display and the lessons that can be derived from a pre-digital world.

    Listen Now | 21 Minutes

  • Looking Back On The 100-Year History Of The NPC's American Legion Post 20
    Looking Back On The 100-Year History Of The NPC's American Legion Post 20

    July 31, 2019

    Did you know the National Press Club has an American Legion post embedded within the club? On this edition of Update-1, the commander of that post, NPC member Jim Noone, talks with Broadcast/Podcast Team member Tom Young about the long and colorful history of the Post 20, which this year is celebrating its centennial. They discuss how the post began, its notable members both past and present, the support Post 20 and the American Legion offer to veterans, and how you can become a member of Post 20.

    Listen Now | 22 Minutes

  • Students Learning To Determine What's True and What Isn't
    Students Learning To Determine What's True and What Isn't

    July 24, 2019

    America’s young people are learning how to separate fact from fiction in the information avalanche that hits them every day. The National Association for Media Literacy recently held its annual conference in Washington, D.C. National Press Club member Irv Chapman interviews three of its leading participants on this edition of Update-1. Belinha de Abreu of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut chairs the annual conference, Jeff Share teaches new teachers at UCLA, and Natasha Casey teaches at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois.

    Listen Now | 14 Minutes

  • Congressman Cicilline Discusses Legislation To Help Local News Outlets
    Congressman Cicilline Discusses Legislation To Help Local News Outlets

    July 17, 2019

    Congressman David Cicilline is a strong believer in the importance of a free and diverse press. In this edition of Update-1, the Rhode Island Democrat sits down with National Press Club member Bill Loveless to discuss legislation he introduced to allow local news outlets to negotiate collectively with large online platforms like Facebook and Google. From his office on Capitol Hill, Cicilline discusses how the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would provide a lifeline to publishers facing increasingly difficult economic conditions.

    Listen Now | 13 Minutes

  • America's Wars And What Sustains Them
    America's Wars And What Sustains Them

    July 8, 2019

    Although President Trump says he abruptly called off military strikes on Iran last month, American troops are involved in conflicts around the world. In this edition of Update-1, National Press Club member Mike Hempen talks with Emily Manna, a policy analyst for Open the Government, a nonpartisan coalition that believes in a stronger democracy and a more open, accountable, and responsive government. They discuss America's hidden wars, what keeps them going and how public knowledge of what is happening on the battlefield has waned.

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  • Aerospace Magazine Editor Summarizes News From The 2019 Paris Air Show
    Aerospace Magazine Editor Summarizes News From The 2019 Paris Air Show

    July 1, 2019

    Tim Robinson, editor-in-chief of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Aerospace magazine, spoke with NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team co-vice chair Adam Konowe about developments at the 2019 Paris Air Show. The biennial event, held in odd-numbered years, saw sales of existing products from Airbus, Boeing and others; the introduction of new products; progress on efficiency and environmental technology; and the impact of geopolitical trends on the aerospace and defense industry.

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  • Aerospace Media Dinner In Paris Recognizes Journalistic Excellence
    Aerospace Media Dinner In Paris Recognizes Journalistic Excellence

    June 24, 2019

    Peter Bradfield, founder of the Aerospace Media Dinner held annually on the eve of the biennial Paris and Farnborough Air Shows, talks to NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team co-vice chair Adam Konowe about this year’s event. Held on June 16 at the Aéro Club de France, nearly 20 journalists were recognized for aviation-related coverage, including civil and military sectors, plus business and technology. American Barb Zuehlke and Briton Elfan Ap Rees garnered lifetime achievement awards for four and six decades of trade media service, respectively.

    Listen Now | 7 Minutes

  • Free Press: Power To The People
    Free Press: Power To The People

    June 13, 2019

    The founding fathers of American democracy felt strongly about the need to hold the new government accountable and prevent tyranny. They embraced the free press as a watchdog to expose corruption and provide a safeguard to keep power in the hands of the people. Do Americans today still share those views, or has the evolution of technology left us vulnerable to malicious influence that has undermined those original ideals?

    Listen Now | 11 Minutes