Podcasts

Critical Update: Containing Chernobyl

We’re joined by an engineer who helped build the final containment structure at Chernobyl, in a race against time, bureaucracy and the aftermath of the Soviet Union.

Critical Update: Peering Into the Agriculture Department’s Digital Transformation

One of the Agriculture Department’s top officials talks about how the agency is using technology to serve its customers better.

Critical Update: Inside DARPA's DARPA

Valerie Browning, director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, discusses self-aware machines, the future of quantum computing and preventing technology surprises.

Critical Update: Get Stuff Done

Except he didn’t say “stuff.” Defense Digital Service co-founders join the podcast to talk security clearances, big cloud procurements and plenty of Star Wars.

Critical Update: At Your Digital Service, Part 2

We talk with U.S. Digital Service project managers for a ground-level view of what it really takes to make innovation happen in government.

Critical Update: Innovation Happens Naturally—With a Lot of Work

U.S. Digital Service Administrator Matt Cutts joins the podcast to talk about the current state—and future of—one of the most wide-reaching innovation programs in government.

Critical Update: Enter The Innovators

Season 3 of Critical Update kicks off with a mythbusting session on what it means to be innovative in government.

Critical Update: 3 Major Programs to Watch in 2019

To wrap season two, we run down three programs with high stakes for the agencies in play, as well as the rest of government.

Critical Update: No End in Sight For Shutdown as Costs Mount

The partial government shutdown is having dire effects across the country, not just at federal agencies.

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Critical Update: Government Contracting Trends for 2019

In the latest episode of Critical Update, we address everything from OTAs to the government shutdown’s impact on contracting.

Critical Update: The New Congress (And a Shutdown)

New leaders mean new priorities—and the partial shutdown is affecting some of those decisions.

Critical Update: How Marines Started 3D Printing Everything From Buckles to Barracks

Marines have a long history of MacGyver-ing what they need, but this unit has given them a 21st-century twist.

Critical Update: Government’s Not Prepared for the Social Media War

Social could be as important to the future of war and politics as the telephone and telegraph, Peter Singer writes in his new book “LikeWar.”

Critical Update: Cyber Leadership Has to Come from the Top

Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., wants more cabinet secretaries to make cyber a top priority.

Critical Update: Rep. Will Hurd Explains Why Everyone Should Care About Government Tech

For episode 5, Nextgov goes to Capitol Hill to talk with one of the most persistent voices on federal IT management and reform.

Critical Update: How Agencies Can Get and Keep the Best Talent

U.S. Digital Service Chief of Staff Elaine Ho joins the podcast to offer tips for recruiting and retaining tech employees.