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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.

  • Little To Celebrate In This Year's World Press Freedom Index
    Little To Celebrate In This Year's World Press Freedom Index

    May 3, 2018

    Hostility towards journalists and the news media is escalating dramatically worldwide, led by political leaders and authoritarian regimes, according to the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders on April 25. In this episode of Update-1, NPC member Viola Gienger, a journalist who has reported from more than 30 countries and supported independent media in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans, interviews Margaux Ewen, the North America director for Reporters Without Borders. Ewen discusses how the U.S.

    Listen Now | 12 Minutes

  • Chinese Press Freedom In The Spotlight
    Chinese Press Freedom In The Spotlight

    April 30, 2018

    On this edition of Update One, broadcast journalist and National Press Club member Irv Chapman examines the role of the press in China. Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, discusses the limited range of press freedom allowed both Chinese and foreign journalists. Daly says a "vibrant" Chinese press can print and broadcast a wide range of information and entertainment, as long as it does not challenge the agenda set by the regime.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  • Head Of Ukraine’s Independent Association Of Broadcasters Discusses Press Freedom Threats
    Head Of Ukraine’s Independent Association Of Broadcasters Discusses Press Freedom Threats

    April 24, 2018

    Ukrainian journalists trying to deliver news about their country’s existential struggles with aggression from Russia and corruption at home are facing their own battles: oligarchic control of media, increasing restrictions on press freedom and even attacks on journalists.

    Listen Now | 17 Minutes

  • Author And Correspondent Peggy Orchowski Discusses The History Of Immigration In The U.S.
    Author And Correspondent Peggy Orchowski Discusses The History Of Immigration In The U.S.

    April 13, 2018

    As National Guard troops are deployed along the Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, Update-1 examines the issue of immigration. Peggy Orchowski is a credentialed Congressional correspondent for Hispanic Outloook Magazine, based in Washington, D.C. She's also senior correspondent for The Georgetowner.

    Listen Now | 23 Minutes

  • The 50-Year History Of "60 Minutes"
    The 50-Year History Of "60 Minutes"

    April 8, 2018

    It's one of the most successful programs in television history, and on March 27 the 50-year history of "60 Minutes" was recognized at the National Press Club. "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Jeff Fager and Correspondent Bill Whitaker discussed the show's past and future in a discussion that was moderated by former CBS Radio Network News General Manager and NPC Board member Michael Freedman. This episode of Update-1 features part of that conversation.

    Listen Now | 19 Minutes

  • USAF Public Affairs Restrictions to Hinder Press Coverage
    USAF Public Affairs Restrictions to Hinder Press Coverage

    March 20, 2018

    New training requirements for U.S. Air Force public affairs officials and their commanders could have a chilling effect not just on investigative journalism, but on more benign coverage as well. In this edition of Update-1, NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team member Adam Konowe interviews Jill Aitoro, executive editor of Defense News about this development, one in a series undertaken by the Defense Department in the last year and a half.

    Listen Now | 20 Minutes

  • A Conversation With Former NBC Reporter and White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen
    A Conversation With Former NBC Reporter and White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen

    February 22, 2018

    After serving as war correspondent for NBC News during the Vietnam conflict and later as the network's Washington D.C. correspondent in the 1970s, Ron Nessen moved on to become press secretary for President Gerald Ford from 1974-1977.

    Listen Now | 17 Minutes

  • Update-1 Reaches 100 Episodes
    Update-1 Reaches 100 Episodes

    January 30, 2018

    In October, 2013 the first Update-1 podcast was published. Since then it has been an integral part of the National Press Club, giving a voice to issues pertaining to press freedom, journalism and communication. Now, a little more than four years later, we're celebrating our 100th episode.

    Listen Now | 12 Minutes

  • 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