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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:

Vint Cerf and Our Uncertain Digital Future

Friday, June 26, 2015

Four decades after he co-developed one of the protocols that made the internet a reality, Vint Cerf is worried about our digital future.

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Preventing a NASA Dark Age

Friday, June 26, 2015

NASA's archives faced technological extinction, until a series of happy accidents allowed Keith Cowing to rescue the iconic photograph, Earthrise.

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Surviving A Solar Flare

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rocky Rawlins created the Survivor Library in preparation for a solar flare taking us back to a pre-digital age.

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I'm Not A Scientist

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bob raises an eyebrow at the perennial non-denial denial of climate change. 

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A Healthy Dose of Information

Friday, June 19, 2015

Myths abound about the Supreme Court's imminent ruling on the Affordable Care Act.   

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Animating Anti-Extremism

Friday, June 19, 2015

A home-grown cartoon character named Abdullah-X is the face of a grassroots approach to anti-extremism.

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The Future of Storytelling Is Here

Friday, June 12, 2015

Bob takes a tour of an exhibit that lets him soar like bird, visit a refugee camp in Syria, and smell Goldilocks' porridge. 

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Worse Than Nothing

Friday, June 05, 2015

The author of a story about an inflammatory report from Colombia explains why he wishes his reporting never got picked up by outside news outlets. 

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Librarians Vs. The Patriot Act

Friday, June 05, 2015

Once called the "library provision," Section 215 of the Patriot Act forced libraries to become headliners in the battle waged to protect American freedoms. 

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Word Watch: Officer-Involved Shooting

Friday, June 05, 2015

The police are involved in shootings every single day, but the headlines often obscure their role in violent incidents. 

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Present at the Creation

Friday, May 29, 2015

A mere six weeks after 9/11, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. Brooke and Bob relive the act's conception amid a climate of fear, confusion, and deceit.

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The Patriot Act, Encore

Friday, May 29, 2015

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, French legislators are considering a new law that looks a lot like what the US passed after 9/11.

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This Week's Showdown: Freedom Act Vs. Patriot Act

Friday, May 29, 2015

 Three provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire this weekend, unless a gridlocked Congress manages to find a last minute solution.

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What's in the Bill?

Friday, May 29, 2015

For almost fourteen years we've been hearing about the Patriot Act. What exactly is in it again?

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The Patriot Act's Unintended Consequences

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ultimately, our assumption that the Patriot Act is at the center of our nation's struggle between privacy and security...may not be true. 

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The Right to Repair Our Things

Friday, May 22, 2015

Because of copyright laws and the rise of the Internet of Things, farmers break the law if they tinker with the software inside their tractors. That is, unless a new bill helps them.

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The Case for Allowing Offensive Trademarks

Friday, May 22, 2015

Self-described "Chinatown dance rock band" The Slants is comprised solely of Asian-American musicians, but their trademark was denied because it's disparaging to... Asian-Americans.

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An NFL Rookie Leaves the Game

Friday, May 22, 2015

In March, a rising 24-year-old football star shocked the sports industry when he announced that he was retiring from the NFL because of the long-term dangers of concussions. 

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The Evolving Narrative of the NFL Concussion Debate

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 2007, a New York Times reporter brought national attention to NFL concussions with a front-page story about a Philadelphia Eagles player. But the story didn't stop there. 

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Sy Hersh On His "Counter-Narrative"

Friday, May 15, 2015

This week journalist Seymour Hersh published an account of the killing of Osama bin Laden that directly contradicts the White House narrative. 

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