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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:

Pestilence In A Warming World

Friday, February 12, 2016

As our climate changes, so spread the breeding conditions for mosquitoes carrying diseases like Zika, bringing threats to regions that were previously immune.

The Power of the Zika Poster Child

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Brazilian journalist says her country was slow to respond to the potential seriousness of Zika until it had a human face attached to it. But should those images be published at all?

"Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't"

Friday, February 12, 2016

The WHO declared Zika virus and its potential link to birth defects a "global health emergency" to raise international attention. But when does awareness shift to panic?

Howard Dean's Scream, Revisited

Friday, February 05, 2016

A "Dean Scream" is shorthand for a campaign disaster. But did Howard Dean's 2004 shriek even happen the way it's remembered? And did it really doom him? FiveThirtyEight investigates.

The Life of James Foley

Friday, February 05, 2016

The new documentary Jim: The James Foley Story sets out to reclaim the legacy of a freelance journalist who many last remember on his knees in an orange jumpsuit.

The Dark Art of Political Dirt Digging

Friday, February 05, 2016

Isn't it incredible how political dirt tends to materialize at exactly the worst possible time for a candidate? Actually, not at all. A look into the dark art of opposition research. 

The Many Facets of Radicalization

Friday, January 29, 2016

Is it possible to create an algorithm to detect potential terrorists online? Probably not. 

A Trump-less Debate

Friday, January 29, 2016

Donald Trump sat out this week's debate because he feared moderator Megyn Kelly would be unduly hard on him. Those who did attend might wish they had done the same.

Detecting Terrorism Online Raises Legal Questions

Friday, January 29, 2016

The US government is in talks with Silicon Valley about creating tools to identify potential terrorists on social media. Is that legal?

Our Quinceañera

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Celebrate the show's 15th birthday by listening to some vintage OTM, in which we celebrate our 10th birthday.
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Do Chicago Police Have a Surveillance Slush Fund?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Using a barrage of FOIA requests, a group of techies and activists in Chicago is trying to uncover what surveillance equipment local police have, how it was obtained, and how it's used.

Has There Been A Bernie Sanders Blackout?

Friday, January 22, 2016

We return to our collaboration with FiveThirtyEight to look at the ongoing question of Bernie Sanders and the media.

Why The Media Missed Bernie Sanders

Friday, January 22, 2016

Since he launched his campaign, Bernie Sanders has been called many things. Until recently, "serious candidate" wasn't one of them. Dylan Byers on the media's Bernie problem.

Why One Mexican Journalist Said 'No' To An El Chapo Exclusive

Friday, January 15, 2016

A former editor of Mexico's leading newspaper, El Universal, recalls when editors rushed into his office to tell him that El Chapo was offering the paper an interview. 

The Pentagon's Law of War Manual, Revisited

Friday, January 15, 2016

Five months after our initial conversation, we follow up with the Pentagon on the way their contentious Law of War Manual applies to journalists. 

Terms of Engagement

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Mexican journalist reacts to Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo;  Bob checks back in with the Pentagon; and the history of copyright, from its dramatic birth to its uncertain future.

Sean Of The Jungle

Friday, January 15, 2016

Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo's capture by the Mexican government was quickly overshadowed by the revelation of his secret meeting with Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn. Bob weighs in.

Why Al Jazeera America Pulled the Plug

Thursday, January 14, 2016

On Wednesday afternoon, executives at Al Jazeera America (AJAM) gathered employees to inform that the effective April of this year, AJAM TV and digital content would no longer exist.

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The Untold Story of Guns

Friday, January 08, 2016

Though it might seem like ancient history, there was a time when the NRA supported gun control, and the staunchest supporters of "gun rights" were on the radical left. 

The Gun Policies Americans Agree On

Friday, January 08, 2016

A popular poll asking Americans to choose whether gun "rights" or gun "control" are more important indicates a schism in public opinion on guns.  But does it ask the right question?