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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:

Therapists Against Trumpism

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mental health experts are generally advised to stay out of political debate. But are there moments that call for a break with convention?

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Diagnose 'Em

Friday, August 26, 2016

As right-wing rumors about Clinton's health spread, the media continues to speculate about Trump's mental health. On the ethics of diagnosing candidates.

Bob's Grill #4: ExxonMobil's Richard Keil

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This week on Bob's Grill: an interview with ExxonMobil spokesman Richard Keil about an investigation into what the company knew, and when, about climate change.
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The Business of Books By the Foot

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Frederick, Maryland warehouse of Wonder Book is where unwanted used books go to find a second life--as decorative objects sold by the foot to fill empty bookshelves.

Amazon's Mysterious New Bookstores

Friday, August 19, 2016

We consider whether physical bookshops hold the key to the retailer's digital strategy.

Bob's Grill #3: James O'Keefe

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This week on Bob’s Grill: an encounter with “sting operation” videographer James O’Keefe.
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The Psychology of Predictions

Friday, August 12, 2016

If political prognostication is usually so wrong, why do we keep listening? And what makes a good forecaster, anyway?

The Punditocracy

Friday, August 12, 2016

Why are pundits like Bill Kristol still paid for their botch prognostications?

'Magic' Terre Haute

Friday, August 12, 2016

What if the will of the electorate could be divined without polling and pundit guesswork? There may be a way.

Polling & Democracy: An Uneasy Relationship

Friday, August 12, 2016

What if the problem with polling isn't bad polls but polls in general? The New Yorker's Jill Lepore on the history of polling and why skepticism is, and has always been, necessary.

Bob's Grill #2: Hunter Moore

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A burger and a cold one just won’t suffice on Bob’s Grill #2. This week he's roasting a whole pig: Hunter Moore, revenge porn site creator.
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Voting From the Head, Not the Heart

Friday, August 05, 2016

A Canadian initiative urging citizens to vote strategically got results in 2015. Can America learn from it? 

In Defense of Nader

Friday, August 05, 2016

Nader's role as spoiler in the 2000 election has been used as a cautionary tale for the American Left ever since. Sixteen years later, a reevaluation of the facts.

The Lesser Evil

Friday, August 05, 2016

What does it really mean to vote your conscience?

Another Day, Another Trumpruption

Friday, August 05, 2016

After a year of misguided media speculation about whether Trump’s latest outburst has gone “too far,” we ask: is that the wrong question?

If Anybody Is a Spoiler, We're All Spoilers

Friday, August 05, 2016

You can't spoil something that wasn't good to begin with, says Ralph Nader.

The Daily Caller Call-Out

Friday, August 05, 2016

Bob presses an editor from the Daily Caller on the demeaning right-wing media coverage of Khizr Khan.

Bob's Grill #1: Judith Miller

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Our series of some of Bob's most sizzling interviews from years past kicks off with former New York Times journalist Judith Miller.
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Inside the Coup Raid of a Turkish Daily

Friday, July 22, 2016

While putschists led his coworkers out of the Hürriyet newspaper building at gunpoint, one Turkish journalist hid and captured the raid on Facebook Live. 

Make America ____ Again

Friday, July 22, 2016

To hear the RNC speakers tell it, America is on the brink of ruin and only Trump can save us. We put the warnings in perspective.