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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.

  • 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?

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  • An Early Look At The 2020 Presidential Race
    An Early Look At The 2020 Presidential Race

    June 4, 2019

    On this edition of Update One, veteran political journalist Larry Barrett, who covered campaigns, elections, and the White House, notably for Time Magazine and the New York Herald Tribune, looks at the early stages of the 2020 campaign, and the lessons learned--or the lessons that should have been learned--by the media.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • A Leadership Institution Advocating For A Free Press
    A Leadership Institution Advocating For A Free Press

    May 22, 2019

    In this edition of Update-1, Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Lincoln Smith interviews Ambassador Stuart Holliday, the president and chief executive officer of the Meridian International Center, a non-partisan diplomatic and global leadership institution that strengthens U.S. engagement around the world.

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  • Senate Historian Discusses Upcoming Celebration Of The 19th Amendment
    Senate Historian Discusses Upcoming Celebration Of The 19th Amendment

    May 11, 2019

    Senate Historian Betty Koed talks about the many resources her office offers journalists to help them cover current events and put their stories into a historical context. In an interview with Broadcast/Podcast team member Janice Law, she also discusses the importance of being the institutional memory of the Senate and an oral history project planned for the centennial celebration of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. This is a two year celebration of the amendment, which was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • Former State Department Negotiator Joel Wit Discusses North Korea
    Former State Department Negotiator Joel Wit Discusses North Korea

    April 28, 2019

    On this edition of Update-1, a former State Department negotiator with the North Koreans offers background on the current efforts to promote nuclear disarmament. Joel Wit directs a project at the Stimson Center called 38 North, a reference to the 38th parallel of latitude that has divided North and South Korea since 1953.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  •  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