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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.

  • South Korea: A conversation with Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies At The Council On Foreign Relations
    South Korea: A conversation with Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies At The Council On Foreign Relations

    January 16, 2018

    In his most recent book, South Korea at the Crossroads, Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers, Scott Snyder charts a course for America and South Korea in the years ahead. In this episode of Update-1, NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team member Lincoln Smith interviews Snyder about the essentials of his new work, which spotlights South Korea’s complex relationships with both the United States and China.

    Listen Now | 18 Minutes

  • Dinner At The Press Club With The Iraqi Ambassador To The United States
    Dinner At The Press Club With The Iraqi Ambassador To The United States

    December 3, 2017

    Iraq's ambassador to the U.S. says Iraqi forces could not have defeated the Islamic State group without help from the U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops. In this edition of Update-1, Fareed Yasseen tells Press Club President Jeff Ballou that the battle with ISIS militants has been a transformative experience that has given the country a new spirit. He also describes the press as the "great equalizer" in the struggle to bring democracy to areas where it doesn't exist much, if at all.

    Listen Now | 24 Minutes

  • A Career In Writing: From Journalism To Fiction
    A Career In Writing: From Journalism To Fiction

    November 15, 2017

    Tom Young is a former Associated Press broadcast editor and reporter who has leveraged an accomplished military and commercial aviation career to write fiction and non-fiction. In this episode of Update-1, NPC broadcast/podcast team member Adam Konowe asks Tom about making the jump from journalism to fiction, as well as his perspective on media coverage of global conflicts and commercial airline incidents. Tom also shares his approach to writing fiction and what would-be authors should know before they try their hand at it.

    Listen Now | 10 Minutes

  • The Trump Phenomenon: What the Media Got Wrong
    The Trump Phenomenon: What the Media Got Wrong

    October 31, 2017

    The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States came as a surprise to many, particularly in the mainstream media and political establishment. But should it have been a surprise? Did the mainstream media miss a beat? And could they still be? Leonard Steinhorn, a professor of communication and affiliate professor of history at American University, believes that might be the case. NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Leone Lakhani speaks to Professor Steinhorn to find out why.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • The Secrecy Surrounding The President's Daily Briefing
    The Secrecy Surrounding The President's Daily Briefing

    October 17, 2017

    If you’ve ever wondered how the president of the United States makes national security decisions, part of it comes from guidance in the President’s Daily Briefing or PDB. The PDB is a top secret report that’s prepared by the intelligence community on security issues around the world and presented to the president every day. It has long been shrouded in secrecy, but to help decipher it, NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Leone Lakhani speaks to David Priess, a former CIA analyst and author of "The President’s Book of Secrets."

    Listen Now | 20 Minutes

  • Champion Whistler And PR Pro Shares Insights In New Book
    Champion Whistler And PR Pro Shares Insights In New Book

    October 2, 2017

    Four-time international whistling champion Chris Ullman’s message is as clear as his music: everyone has a special talent, an individual version of his award-winning whistle. In a new book titled Find Your Whistle, Chris chronicles the development and sharing of his gift, along with a distinguished career in government and private-sector public relations. Broadcast/Podcast team member Adam Konowe’s interview with Chris about his love of communication ranges from whistling for President George W. Bush in the White House to communicating on behalf of the global Carlyle Group.

    Listen Now | 12 Minutes

  • A Retired Political Scientist And His New Book About America As A Divided Nation
    A Retired Political Scientist And His New Book About America As A Divided Nation

    September 21, 2017

    In his new book "Divided We Fall" David Sonius argues that it takes an informed and empowered public to keep America great. In this edition of Update-1, Sonius tells Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Irv Chapman that the president isn't as powerful as many Americans think and that many members of Congress withhold their opinions on issues that are politically risky to discuss. He also believes it’s a myth that Americans are overtaxed, saying most people think they’re overtaxed because the tax system in inequitable. Sonius also says the political divides in the U.S.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • Covering A Solar Eclipse
    Covering A Solar Eclipse

    August 17, 2017

    The solar eclipse on August 21 is not just a boon for scientists, but also an opportunity for citizens and journalists alike. In this Update-1 podcast, NPC Broadcast/Podcast team member Adam Konowe interviews Irene Klotz, space editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology. Klotz discusses why this solar eclipse has generated such widespread attention, as well as other developments in space science. She also explains what it’s been like to cover the space beat for 25 years on behalf of mainstream and trade media from Aviation Week to UPI.

    Listen Now | 11 Minutes

  • Communications In The Trump Administration
    Communications In The Trump Administration

    August 3, 2017

    The recent high profile departures from the Trump administration have some Americans questioning whether the White House is in chaos, and if so, the impact that has had on communications. In this episode of Update-1, Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Mike Hempen discusses the administration's communications with American University journalism professor Jill Olmsted, a former radio and television anchor and reporter. They talk about the leaks and tweets, the staff changes and what it all means to reporters and the public.

    Listen Now | 20 Minutes

  • A One-On-One With Washington Post Award-Winning Columnist Michelle Singletary
    A One-On-One With Washington Post Award-Winning Columnist Michelle Singletary

    July 17, 2017

    Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary says regardless of income level, the key to successful money management is living below your means. In an Update-1 interview with Bankrate.com senior economic analyst and former NPC President Mark Hamrick, Singletary discusses why even high wage earners have money problems. She talks growing up in Baltimore and being taken in by her grandmother, who taught her valuable financial lessons. She explains the role her grandmother played in the start of her award-winning column, "The Color of Money."

    Listen Now | 20 Minutes