The Gaggle with David Helfenbein
By David Helfenbein
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Just as a gaggle is an informal political press briefing, The Gaggle is a 20-minute casual weekly conversation, released every Monday, that focuses on politics, media and political culture. The Gaggle presents behind-the-scenes perspectives from leaders living their everyday lives in the political, journalistic or governmental spheres, providing special insights into what makes them tick. Host David Helfenbein’s background is in public relations, strategic communication, public affairs and politics. He is currently Vice President at DKC Public Relations and previously worked for Secretary Hillary Clinton at the State Department and in the Senate, at The Brookings Institution and at MSNBC’s Morning Joe. He holds a law degree from Washington University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Communication and Public Service and Political Science. He also writes for The Huffington Post.
||CleanAnn Lewis, former White House Communications Director, President William J. Clinton||Ann Lewis, former Communications Director, President William J. Clinton and Charles Burson, former Chief of Staff, Vice President Al Gore, discuss the inner workings of The White House just days before the 2016 election, in these two final podcasts of .||11/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharles Burson, former Chief of Staff, Vice President Al Gore||Ann Lewis, former Communications Director, President William J. Clinton and Charles Burson, former Chief of Staff, Vice President Al Gore, discuss the inner workings of The White House just days before the 2016 election, in these two final podcasts of .||11/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Daley, Founding Parter of Propper Daley||Mark Daley, Founding Partner of Propper Daley, discusses his work with major movie and television studios, Fortune 500 companies and top celebrities and having served as a Communications Director for then-Secretary Clinton on her first presidential cam.||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoe Conason, veteran political journalist and author, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton||Joe Conason, veteran political journalist and author of Man of The World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton, discusses his new book and stories he learned in-depth from interviewing former President Bill Clinton, such as more about his trip to Nort.||10/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEric Woodard, Director of Fellowships and Internships, the Smithsonian||Eric Woodard, Director of Fellowships and Internships at the Smithsonian and author, Your Last Day of School: 56 Ways You Can Be a Great Intern and Turn Your Internship into a Job, discusses top tips to interning in Washington, D.C. and what it was lik.||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndrew Beatty, White House Correspondent, AFP||Andrew Beatty, White House Correspondent for AFP, discusses what it is like to be a White House Correspondent, to have reported on Nelson Mandela's death, the Haiti earthquake and to have been an embed in Libya during the Civil War -- all with David He.||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanW. Taylor Reveley, IV, President, Longwood University||President W. Taylor Reveley, IV of Longwood University, discusses Tuesday night's Vice Presidential debate at Longwood University in this special edition of The Gaggle with David Helfenbein. #politics #debate #Clinton #Trump #Kaine #Pence||10/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChuck McCutcheon, co-author, Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech and Doubletalk: The Language, Code and Jargon of a Presidential Election||Ever hear a Senator refer to his "good friend across the aisle?" Does it drive you nuts? What terms are Clinton and Trump saying a lot? This week on The Gaggle, Chuck McCutcheon, co-author of Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decodi..||9/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmily Cadei, Political Correspondent, Newsweek||Emily Cadei, Political Correspondent for Newsweek, discusses the "culture wars" of politics, the pace of the media today and her thoughts on Bernie and Trump in this year's election -- all with David Helfenbein on this week's episode of The Gaggle. (*N.||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTara Setmayer, CNN Political Commentator and former Communications Director for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher||Tara Setmayer, CNN Political Commentator and former Communications Director for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, discusses the meaning of "conservatism" to her and her strong objections to Donald Trump's candidacy (whom she calls "braggadocios, narcissist.||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLissa Muscatine, Speechwriter, Secretary Hillary Clinton & Co-Owner, Politics & Prose Bookstore (Washington, D.C.)||For the week of the Democratic National Convention: Lissa Muscatine, Speechwriter for Secretary Hillary Clinton (who also collaborated on Hillary Clinton's White House memoir) and Co-Owner of Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., discusses w.||7/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThomas Mann, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution & Resident Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley||For the week of the Republican National Convention: Thomas Mann, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution & Resident Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley, discusses polarization in.||7/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJake Sherman, Co-Author of POLITICO Playbook & Senior Writer, POLITICO||Jake Sherman, the new co-author of POLITICO Playbook and Senior Writer for POLITICO, discusses the Playbook refresh and highlights of his career in journalism with David Helfenbein on this week's episode of The Gaggle.||7/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaul Singer, Washington Correspondent, USA Today||Paul Singer, Washington Correspondent for USA Today, discusses his work in investigative journalism, including his research into former Congressman Aaron Schock and Hurricane Katrina federal disaster relief money and his advice for budding journalists .||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSara Murray, Politics Reporter, CNN||Sara Murray, CNN Political Reporter, discusses how she handled Donald Trump's critique of her, what the presidential candidate is like when the cameras aren't rolling, and what her dog Shiner does while she is on TV -- all on this week's episode of The.||6/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDan Merica, Political Producer, CNN||Dan Merica, CNN Political Producer, discusses the daily life of being an embedded reporter on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, shares stories from traveling the country with her and talks about covering politics in the age of social media on th.||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHerbie Ziskend, Director of Public Policy & Rise of the Rest Investments, Revolution LLC||Herbie Ziskend, Director of Public Policy & Rise of the Rest Investments at Revolution LLC, discusses his work on the Obama campaign and in the Obama administration, the creation of the Obama family Passover Seder (which became a yearly White House tra.||5/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAbby Huntsman, Anchor and Correspondent, Fox News||Abby Huntsman, Anchor and Correspondent for Fox News, discusses the best career advice she has ever received, the state of the Republican Party today and her daily routine with David Helfenbein on this week's episode of The Gaggle.||5/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames L. "Skip" Rutherford, Dean, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service||James L. "Skip" Rutherford, Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School (UACS) of Public Service, discusses what it is like to be Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service, to have supervised the planning and construction of the Clinton Presid.||5/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Preston, executive editor, CNN Politics||Mark Preston, executive editor of CNN Politics, discusses whether he considers himself an executive, journalist, or both, with David Helfenbein on this week's episode of The Gaggle.||5/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNick Merrill, Traveling Press Secretary, Secretary Hillary Clinton||Nick Merrill, Traveling Press Secretary for Secretary Hillary Clinton, discusses what its like to be on the road with the presidential candidate with David Helfenbein on this week's episode of The Gaggle.||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Lippman, associate editor for states and reporter, POLITICO||Daniel Lippman, associate editor for states and a reporter for POLITICO, describes what it is like to create Politico Playbook with David Helfenbein on this week's episode of The Gaggle.||4/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Love listening to it! Provides behind-the-scene perspectives.
Great guests & insight
A unique and interesting podcast. David asks great questions to some really interesting political guests. You can tell David really knows his stuff and it shows with the insightful Q&A. Surprised at how catchy that intro song is too ...
Great Insights and Advice!
Politics with a heart! These guys seem to really care. Thank you for being such wonderful public servants and thank you for producing the podcast. Who best to gain real advice and insight into politics, media and beyond than the folks who are actually successful in their careers ... Fascinating!