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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.

  • Disinformation And The 2020 Presidential Election
    Disinformation And The 2020 Presidential Election

    November 12, 2019

    How much of a factor will disinformation be in the 2020 presidential election? In this edition of Update-1, Paul Barrett, the deputy director of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, talks to Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Irv Chapman about the spread of disinformation that already has occurred, the different forms of disinformation and some examples of how it has played out.

    Listen Now | 18 Minutes

  • Veteran Broadcaster Irv Chapman On What We Have Learned From Vietnam
    Veteran Broadcaster Irv Chapman On What We Have Learned From Vietnam

    October 24, 2019

    With a broadcast journalism career spanning over 50 years, Irv Chapman has reported for Radio Press International and ABC News and now is with Bloomberg News. During his time with ABC, Irv was assigned to cover the Vietnam War. In this edition of Update-1, NPC Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Lincoln Smith talks to Irv about his time in Vietnam and how what he reported on might apply to a current conflict, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

    Listen Now | 20 Minutes

  • A Sponsor For In-Depth Reporting On Critical Global Issues
    A Sponsor For In-Depth Reporting On Critical Global Issues

    October 1, 2019

    With fewer newspapers still in business, and constrained budgets of those that remain, foundation and donor-supported organizations are seeking to fill the gap by sponsoring reporting trips to far-away places, producing stories that even top news media welcome. On this edition of Update-1, longtime Press Club member Irv Chapman interviews the executive editor of one prominent journalism organization, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Indira Lakshmanan reported for the Boston Globe from Bosnia, China, Afghanistan and Latin America and still writes a foreign affairs column for the Globe.

    Listen Now | 16 Minutes

  • NPC Members Display Photos At Annual Club Exhibit
    NPC Members Display Photos At Annual Club Exhibit

    September 20, 2019

    The NPC’s annual photo exhibit is on display in the Club’s lobby through September 27. Broadcast/podcast co-vice chair Adam Konowe spoke to photo team co-chair Alan Kotok about the evolution of the exhibit and its relevance in today’s critical society. Konowe also interviewed Aileen Schlef about her photos at a Washington, D.C. church, as well as Molly McCartney, who captured life in Syria before the civil war. Both photographers discuss how the photos were taken and the stories behind them.

    Listen Now | 15 Minutes

  •  Washington Post Humor Columnist Alexandra Petri Is Primed To Defend Her Championship At The Club's Press Vs. Politicians Spelling Bee
    Washington Post Humor Columnist Alexandra Petri Is Primed To Defend Her Championship At The Club's Press Vs. Politicians Spelling Bee

    September 9, 2019

    Can you spell the scientific name for bedbugs? You can bet Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri (pronounced Pea’-try) can. Not only did she write a recent column taking on the persona of a bedbug incensed at being dragged into the muck of U.S. politics, she’s also a champion speller. In this edition of Update-1, National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Viola Gienger has a fun conversation with Petri about her sense of humor, her championship last year in the NPC Press vs. Politicians Spelling Bee and her pending return this year, on Sept. 17, to defend her title.

    Other previous winners have included U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in 2013 and U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) in 2015. Art Swift of Gallup won in 2016, and Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News orthographed his way to the championship in 2017

    Bee There or Bee Square! For more information about the event and to buy tickets, see the NPC website or the Eventbrite page.

    Besides listening on Press.org, Update-1 can be found on iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn by searching for "Update-1."

    Listen Now | 10 Minutes

  • Former NPC President Mark Hamrick Discusses The State Of Journalism, Technology And What You Can Do To Support The First Amendment
    Former NPC President Mark Hamrick Discusses The State Of Journalism, Technology And What You Can Do To Support The First Amendment

    August 29, 2019

    The Internet is a global distribution platform, but along with such unprecedented technology and capability to instantly communicate, there area many overarching questions. What is the state of press freedom? How often is the First Amendment observed? What is the status of Freedom of Information? And how have the media changed from the 1960's to today? In this edition of Update-1, National Press Club Broadcast/Podcast Committee member Lincoln Smith interviews former National Press Club President Mark Hamrick, who addresses these questions and more.

    Listen Now | 26 Minutes

  • 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.

    Listen Now | 22 Minutes

  • 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