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Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield is the co-host of On the Media

Bob Garfield isn’t exactly a media whore, but he’s extremely promiscuous.

Apart from On the Media, Bob has been a columnist for 30-plus years, at the moment on the subjects of media and marketing for The Guardian and MediaPost. In the world of marketing he is an institution, like the Red Cross. Or San Quentin.

When not casting broadly, Bob casts podly, with former OTM producer Mike Vuolo on the insanely popular Slate language program “Lexicon Valley.” In print, Bob has been a contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, Civilization and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic and Wired and been employed variously by ABC, CBS, CNBC and the defunct FNN as an on-air analyst. As a lecturer and panelist, he has appeared in 37 countries on six continents, including such venues as the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol, the Rainbow Room, the Smithsonian, Circus Circus casino, the Grand Ole Opry, the U.N., Harvard University, Princeton University and, memorably, a Thai Kickboxing ring in Cape Town, South Africa.

He is the author of five books, most recently Can’t Buy Me Like. His first book, Waking Up Screaming from the American Dream, was published by Scribner in 1997, favorably reviewed and quickly forgotten.  His 2003 manifesto on advertising, And Now a Few Words From Me, is published in six languages (although, admittedly, one is Bulgarian). His 2009 crackpot screed The Chaos Scenario, about the supposed collapse of mass media and advertising, has all come true. Garfield co-wrote “Tag, You’re It,” a snappy country song performed by Willie Nelson, and wrote an episode of the short-lived NBC sitcom “Sweet Surrender.” It sucked.

Shows:

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

The "Triple-Decker Hoax" of the Second Amendment

Friday, June 17, 2016

For the majority of American history, the Second Amendment did not protect an individual's right to bear arms. 

Voting on the British Psyche

Friday, June 17, 2016

Brexit, Britain's impending vote on whether to leave the European Union, is ostensibly about economics. But what's it really about?

The Challenge of Fighting Terrorism Online

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

After Orlando, Hillary Clinton renewed calls for a government partnership with Silicon Valley to help fight terrorism and radicalization online. That's not as easy as it sounds.
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The AP on Reporting Clinton's Delegate Count

Friday, June 10, 2016

How did Hillary Clinton "clinch" the nomination on a day when no one voted? The Associated Press explains how and why they broke the story when they did.

How to Interview Donald Trump

Friday, June 10, 2016

CNN's Jake Tapper has distinguished himself by asking tough, pointed questions of Donald Trump. But if he doesn't get straight answers, are those questions enough?

Trump vs the Facts

Friday, June 10, 2016

For months, reporters have struggled to effectively cover Donald Trump. Will a return to journalistic principles yield a change?

Jumping the Gun

Friday, June 10, 2016

A critical look at the AP's decision to name Hillary Clinton as the presumptive democratic nominee before Tuesday's primaries.

Can We Still Stop A Demagogue?

Friday, June 10, 2016

America was designed to keep dangerous demagogues from rising to the highest office. This year, that system may be put to the test.

Stranger than Fiction

Friday, June 10, 2016

Author Aleksandar Hemon refused to sign an open letter condemning Trump. He explains why this moment is bigger than one man and what the role of literature should be.

Corralling Zika Conspiracy Theories

Friday, June 03, 2016

Official uncertainty around the Zika virus has opened the floodgates for some crazy conspiracy theories. Can they be countered? 

The 28 Pages

Friday, June 03, 2016

Nearly 14 years after they were classified, 28 mysterious pages from a congressional report may reveal Saudi Arabian involvement in 9/11.

The #FreeAustinTice Campaign

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The parents of Austin Tice, the freelance journalist who disappeared in Syria in 2012, on trying to draw attention to their son's plight. 
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Held Hostage

Friday, May 27, 2016

The world's tangled policy on captives means some live to tell the tale, and others don't. 

"I'm John Cantlie"

Friday, May 27, 2016

What a prisoner of ISIS can teach us about the challenges confronting intrepid chroniclers of war.

Covering the First Atomic Bombs

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A look back at two vintage OTM segments on the dropping of the first atomic bombs and how the US government manipulated what information got reported and what got suppressed.
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The Radical Historian Rewriting Ukraine's Past

Friday, May 20, 2016

With the help of new "de-communization" laws, the head of Ukraine's Institute of National Memory is doing everything he can to erase certain chapters in Ukraine's past.

Visiting Hiroshima Without Revisiting History

Friday, May 20, 2016

The US and Japan have, understandably, very different narratives about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. 

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON LISTENING

Friday, May 20, 2016

The origins of the ubiquitous, insufferable, all-purpose "Keep Calm and Carry On" slogan. 

Trending Topics

Friday, May 13, 2016

What's worse: an algorithm controlling the news you see, or humans? Plus, being public editor; normalizing Trump; and when Anthony Weiner ran for mayor.

The Rise, Fall & Redemption (?) of Anthony Weiner

Friday, May 13, 2016

You might remember him as "Carlos Danger," but a new documentary sets out to show that Anthony Weiner is more than a punchline.