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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.

The Gaggle with David Helfenbein David Helfenbein

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    • 4.7 • 11 Ratings

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.

    Ann Lewis, former White House Communications Director, President William J. Clinton

    Ann 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 the 2016 election season, with David Helfenbein of The Gaggle. #HillaryClinton #Clinton #2016Election

    • 18 min
    Charles Burson, former Chief of Staff, Vice President Al Gore

    Charles 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 the 2016 election season, with David Helfenbein of The Gaggle. #HillaryClinton #Clinton #2016Election

    • 19 min
    Mark Daley, Founding Parter of Propper Daley

    Mark 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 campaign -- all with David Helfenbein on this week's episode of The Gaggle. #HillaryClinton #Democrats

    • 16 min
    Joe Conason, veteran political journalist and author, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton

    Joe 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 North Korea to rescue Laura Ling and Euna Lee -- all with David Helfenbein on this week's episode of The Gaggle. #BillClinton #Clinton #Democrats #politics

    • 20 min
    Eric Woodard, Director of Fellowships and Internships, the Smithsonian

    Eric 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 like to learn from his former boss, Secretary Hillary Clinton (as her former Special Assistant and Scheduler in the Senate) -- all with David Helfenbein on this week's episode of The Gaggle. #hillaryclinton #clinton #internships #intern #politics #democrat #washingtondc #dc

    • 19 min
    Andrew Beatty, White House Correspondent, AFP

    Andrew 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 Helfenbein on this week's episode of The Gaggle. #politics #WhiteHouse

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

gtr565676 ,

The Gaggle is great!

Interesting and fun! David asks very thoughtful questions, and his guests are super insightful. I highly recommend it.

CultureWarsVet ,

Sound Quality - Show Stopper

Would love to listen to these but the sound quality is such that I opt for another podcast. Sure, there are times when there's no choice but to go with a conventional phone line. But it should be when there is absolutely no other option, not the norm.

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Excellent podcast

This is great! Lots of interesting behind-the-scenes info.

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