Streams

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:

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.
Read More

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON LISTENING

Friday, May 20, 2016

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

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. 

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.

The Public Editor Says Goodbye

Friday, May 13, 2016

Margaret Sullivan has just wrapped up four years as the public editor for The New York Times. Was she able to change practices at the paper of record?

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.

Nationalize Facebook

Friday, May 13, 2016

Conservatives were quick to decry Facebook's "liberal bias" -- but others say the problem is concentration, not conviction. Robert McChesney on the dangers of media consolidation.

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. 

Facebook Caught Doing Journalism

Friday, May 13, 2016

Why we should be more worried about Facebook's algorithms than its human "curators" delivering us our news. 

How Not To Normalize Trump

Friday, May 13, 2016

"Who will Trump's VP pick be? Where does he stand on tax policy? Is he acting more presidential?" Bob says: "Who cares?!" The press must stay on the real story: his dangerous statements.

The Puerto Rican Debt Narrative

Friday, May 06, 2016

US lawmakers are grappling with what to do about Puerto Rico's debt crisis, raising uncomfortable questions about the mainland's role in the island's plight.

The "Corrupt Bargain" That Started It All

Friday, April 29, 2016

Prior to 1824, the idea that the masses might not have much of a say in the selection of their president wasn't particularly controversial. One "corrupt bargain" changed all that.

The Guardian Scrapes the Bottom of the Comments Barrel

Friday, April 29, 2016

What The Guardian learned from sifting through the 70 million comments left on its site since 2006. 

Hillary and the Trolls

Friday, April 29, 2016

An FEC loophole allows super PACs to coordinate with campaigns if they aren't spending money. A pro-Clinton group is using that loophole to post comments online.

Another Confirmation Crisis

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Clarence Thomas hearings that riveted the country for 3 days in 1991 are being televised again in a dramatized form by HBO, at a similar time of political crisis over a nomination. 

NPR U OK?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Bob considers what the future might hold for NPR. 

Merkel's Free Speech Dilemma

Friday, April 15, 2016

It will come as no surprise that in Turkey, you can be jailed for insulting President Erdogan. What is shocking is that a critic of Erdogan could be charged with that crime in Germany.

A Global Newsroom Digs Through the Panama Papers

Friday, April 08, 2016

How did 400 journalists from nearly 80 countries go through the world's largest data leak? Very carefully.