Our DC Trip in videos

We shot most of the interviews on our two HD camcorders, but they are a lot harder to work, especially when we had to do five interviews in one day, like we did on Wednesday. We now have a new rule: no more than three interviews on any one day. Five almost killed us, especially since two of them weren’t in the same place so we needed to take taxis across town (and after doing all that work we had a party where 500 people showed up to see me and Gary Vaynerchuk — thanks to Andrew Feinberg and Nick O’Neil and several others for helping to make that a really great event).

We did so many interviews and meetings I am having trouble remembering them all.

Let’s see if I can remember them all, and link to their videos on Qik.

  1. Speaker of the House’s Private Balcony. Great views down the National Mall.
  2. Senator Tom Coburn. We got that on Qik, but it’s hard to hear — we’ll get our HD version up in next couple of weeks.
  3. Representative Tim Ryan. Part I on Qik. Part II. HD version coming soon. Those were shot with Andrew Feinberg’s Nokia. I also shot it, but we had a ton of trouble getting a reliable connection, so I didn’t get the whole thing. But my recordings are here: Part I (before the Interview started). Part II. Part III. I called Tim “the Twittering Congressman).
  4. A tour of the Senate’s Press Room (recording devices and computers are not allowed into the press area on Senate Floor).
  5. Representative John Culberson. I liked him the best, he started out by showing us how he ambushed a reporter with his Qik video camera. Then he sat down with us and we had a fun conversation. Andrew Feinberg also filmed this interview and got a different point of view on the conversation (I liked his view better, and my camera crashed so I missed some of the coolest stuff while we were walking through his office. Luckily Andrew got that).
  6. Kyle McSlarrow, CEO of NCTA. Only filmed on our HD camcorders, we’ll have that up in the next couple of weeks.
  7. Representative Cliff Stearns. Only filmed on our HD camcorders, we’ll have that up in the next couple of weeks.
  8. Representative Ed Markey. Only filmed on our HD camcorders, we’ll have that up in the next couple of weeks.
  9. FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. Here’s my view of the Interview on my cell phone. It’ll be fun to see this compared with our HD camcorders.
  10. Representative Zoe Lofgren. Only filmed on our HD camcorders, we’ll have that up in the next couple of weeks.
  11. Barack Obama’s Tech Advisor, Alec Ross. Not filmed, since it was just a breakfast meeting.
  12. White House Deputy Press Secretary Scott Stanzel. See below.
  13. Deputy Director of Newseum, Jack Hurley gave us a tour of the Newseum. More on that in a second. See below.

We had two cancellations due to scheduling conflicts. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and Representative George Miller. We’ll be back in DC in September, so will try again then to setup interviews with them.

The Newseum tour was split up into several parts. The Deputy Director of Newseum showed us around.

  1. Lobby and 2-million-pixel screen. Shows us a news helicopter hanging in lobby and world’s largest hydraulic elevators.
  2. Top of Newseum (great views of the Capitol).
  3. Today’s Front Pages (every day they hang more than 600 front pages from around the world — printed out via PDFs).
  4. The 9/11 Gallery where a piece of the Pentagon, the cameras of the only journalist to die, front pages from around the world on 9/12, and the top of the World Trade Center.
  5. First Amendment walkway and gallery, which explain and demonstrate the freedoms Americans have due to the First Amendment.
  6. Master Control where a wall of computers and screens let a group of technicians to run all the systems in the museum (which is massive).
  7. Internet, TV, and Radio Gallery. Twitterer Jim Long is even featured in one of the videos on one of the walls that explain blogging).
  8. Journalists Memorial, which shows the hundreds of journalists who’ve died. Also shows off an armored pickup truck that protected journalists and is riddled with flak and bullet holes. Later, at about 3 minutes into this video, we see a map of the world which shows whether or not your country has a free press.
  9. Interactive newsroom gallery. Here you can create your own newscast, and play a game to test out your journalistic ethics.

Scott Stanzel, White House Deputy Press Secretary, shows us the Rose Garden, the outside of the Oval Office, the press area, and more. Sorry about the poor quality, I couldn’t get much bandwidth out of the Rose Garden. Later Marine One (a helicopter that holds the President) arrives, and I get told I can’t do live video while the President is outside. Even later Scott takes us into the White House Briefing Room and gives us a tour of that.

Finally, as we were checking out of our hotel we encountered a crowd of press and protesters waiting for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to show up.

Anyway, as we get more of our “pro quality” video up I’ll link those in as well.

10 thoughts on “Our DC Trip in videos

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  2. This is fascinating stuff Robert and really cool that Patrick got to have all those civic class lectures “come to life” during the trip.

    It’s neat in that this blog series – it’s still your main passion – technology – and therefore familiar – but spun into the world of Washington DC’s political context and slice of this American Life to boot. I keep thinking more kids would get into politics and seeing how government is run if they got to see it from this angle more often.

    Cheers!

    Betsy

  3. This is fascinating stuff Robert and really cool that Patrick got to have all those civic class lectures “come to life” during the trip.

    It’s neat in that this blog series – it’s still your main passion – technology – and therefore familiar – but spun into the world of Washington DC’s political context and slice of this American Life to boot. I keep thinking more kids would get into politics and seeing how government is run if they got to see it from this angle more often.

    Cheers!

    Betsy

  4. Will watch for it. I’ve been beating up Congress pretty badly the last few days over the Medicare physician pay cuts looming, so something positive to add was great. It is going to be very interesting to see how advertising is managed as it’s only starting to be in our face and is growing daily, but done right it is very useful.

  5. Will watch for it. I’ve been beating up Congress pretty badly the last few days over the Medicare physician pay cuts looming, so something positive to add was great. It is going to be very interesting to see how advertising is managed as it’s only starting to be in our face and is growing daily, but done right it is very useful.

  6. Barbara: thanks and wait until you see our other videos. The first will probably be Ed Markey. That was the best interview of the week. He got VERY passionate about advertising

  7. Barbara: thanks and wait until you see our other videos. The first will probably be Ed Markey. That was the best interview of the week. He got VERY passionate about advertising

  8. Very nice and well done as always! I had picked up that same link on McCain too on the blog a short while back. too as far as not using a computer! The FCC video is great and I embedded on my site as healthcare is all about communication too, and I dug up the OverLake hospital video from a few years back too, still one of the classics and one of the best you have ever done, as it was the beginning of the wake up in healthcare!

    Representative Cullberson was great and nice to see technology in use in Congress too. I can just imagine the reporter’s feelings at the other end! Can you go back and visit the FDA soon:) Let me know if you do:) Thanks again for the wonderful videos and input.

  9. Very nice and well done as always! I had picked up that same link on McCain too on the blog a short while back. too as far as not using a computer! The FCC video is great and I embedded on my site as healthcare is all about communication too, and I dug up the OverLake hospital video from a few years back too, still one of the classics and one of the best you have ever done, as it was the beginning of the wake up in healthcare!

    Representative Cullberson was great and nice to see technology in use in Congress too. I can just imagine the reporter’s feelings at the other end! Can you go back and visit the FDA soon:) Let me know if you do:) Thanks again for the wonderful videos and input.

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