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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.

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Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Special: The Torture Report

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On the Media takes a special look at the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture, and examines the vocabulary of "enhanced interrogation."
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Special: The UVA Story

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Rolling Stone retracted an explosive piece about a ritualistic gang rape at a frat house, as told by a single source. Here are the discrepancies we know about so far.
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Those Black Friday Numbers

Friday, December 05, 2014

Stories based on Black Friday consumer spending numbers are a holiday tradition. 

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A Letter

Friday, December 05, 2014

Bob reads a very powerful letter from a listener.

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Conservatives on Ferguson

Friday, December 05, 2014

Bob speaks with reporter David Weigel about how conservative media talk about the shooting death of Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson.

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What Police Video Can and Can't Do

Friday, December 05, 2014

As the debate surrounding the effectiveness of police-worn body cameras grows, Bob Garfield looks at the concerns and evidence regarding the technology and its practical use.

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The Con Artists Take the Media

Friday, December 05, 2014

On how con artists can seize the media's power to make names for themselves.

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Spanish AP Style Guide

Friday, November 28, 2014

While an estimated 450 million people use Spanish, they don't all use it the same way. 

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Radio Ambulante

Friday, November 28, 2014

"Radio Ambulante" is a Spanish-language radio program that's been called "This Latin American Life".

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Es La Hora: Hispanic Media in English

Friday, November 28, 2014

An overview of the Hispanic media landscape

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On Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A special edition of On the Media examines the media's reaction to the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

A Conversation with George Takei

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob speaks to Star Trek icon turned multimedia phenomenon George Takei.

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The Mysterious Rehana

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob talks with Emergent's Craig Silverman about 'Rehana' - a mysterious Kurdish volunteer fighter who became the propaganda object of both ISIS and its enemies. 

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The Story Behind "The Dingo Ate My Baby"

Friday, November 21, 2014

In 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was falsely convicted of murdering her 9 week old infant daughter, and her cry for help became a global punch line. 

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Her Name is Rehtaeh Parsons

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rehtaeh Parsons's name became synonymous in Canada with online sexual cyber-bullying after her suicide following two years of torment. But now, saying her name is illegal.

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Cosby Coverage

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bob talks with The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates about a 2008 magazine piece he wrote about Bill Cosby. 

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Survivor Library

Friday, November 14, 2014

In 1959, a solar storm threw an electromagnetic pulse at Earth so strong it fried the telegraph system. A whole lot more is on the line now.  

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Resuscitating Net Neutrality

Friday, November 14, 2014

As Obama's first post-midterms policy proposal, net neutrality has once again been shocked with a defibrillator. Bob speaks with NYT reporter Edward Wyatt about the latest developments. 

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The Suicide Letter

Friday, November 14, 2014

The attempts by late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to discredit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were an ugly and well-documented chapter in American history. 

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An App to Stop Suicide

Friday, November 07, 2014

An app that alerts you to potentially suicidal tweets from the people you follow on Twitter raises ethical and even legal questions. 

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