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.


Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Cameras In The Court (feat. The Justices)

Friday, October 09, 2015

Supreme Court justices refuse to allow filming in the court during oral arguments and on decision days. We consider the arguments for and against -- and the justices sing a song. 

The Other Greenhouse Effect

Friday, October 09, 2015

Does the liberal intellectual press really influence the Supreme Court? 

Plaintiff Shopping

Friday, October 09, 2015

Plaintiffs who come to symbolize major supreme court cases are often carefully cast by advocates and public-interest lawyers.

Behind the Corinthian Columns

Friday, October 09, 2015

At a time when digital connectivity rules, the nine justices of the Supreme Court operate in intentional, analog obscurity. A special look into our highest court.

We Got Scooped: SCOTUS Edition

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

This week's show is all going to be all about the Supreme Court, and we were excited about a particular segment on transparency... until the Court made it totally obsolete on Monday.
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Podcast Extra: After Oregon

Saturday, October 03, 2015

In 2011, a reporter asked for Oregon's gun ownership stats. The legislature quickly made that data private. Plus: a father explains why his son's killer shouldn't be named by the press.
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"Those Who Reject Mainstream Climate Science"

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Associated Press Stylebook now urges journalists to avoid the terms "climate change denier" or "skeptic." An AP science reporter defends their preferred term, "doubter."  

Munchausen By Internet

Friday, September 25, 2015

Taryn Harper Wright spends her spare time unraveling the efforts of people who fake illnesses online. 

The Pope Is Not a Politician

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pundits treat Pope Francis like a politician, even referring to his "approval ratings." But the Pope, as Bob notes, isn't running for anything. And his positions are not partisan.

Exxon's History of Climate Change Research

Friday, September 18, 2015

A report from InsideClimate News details how the oil giant Exxon was at the forefront of climate change research for a decade, before beginning to fund denial groups.

Exxon Responds to InsideClimate News

Friday, September 18, 2015

Exxon's Richard Keil reacts to reporting about how the company was at the forefront of climate change research in the 1970s and '80s - before pivoting to funding climate change denial.

Debunking Migration Memes

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fact-checking some of the anti-refugee and anti-migration memes making their way around social media.

Forgotten US History: The Mexican "Repatriations" of the 1930s

Friday, September 11, 2015

An estimated one million people were expelled to Mexico during the Great Depression, 60 percent of whom were US citizens. We hear how the anti-immigrant policies echo today's rhetoric.

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Refugees or Migrants?

Friday, September 11, 2015

As the crisis in the Mediterranean intensifies, news outlets wrestle with terms: should we say "migrant crisis" or "refugee crisis"?

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A Deeper Understanding of Europe's Migration Crisis

Friday, September 11, 2015

While the coverage of refugee-laden boats and bedraggled droves on highways may generate sympathy, fear, or confusion, it doesn’t always convey reality.

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There Oughta Be A Law

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Kim Davis controversy prompts the GOP field to consider the relationship between religion and the Supreme Court.

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The Bitter Advertising of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Friday, September 04, 2015

With Congress voting this month on the Iran nuclear agreement, ads from opponents and supporters of the deal are filling the airwaves. Hear a fact-check of the rhetoric and messaging.

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Further Down the Ashley Madison Spiral (Pt. 1)

Friday, September 04, 2015

Hacked data from the adultery website Ashley Madison has hit the open web, and scammers are coming up with new ways to extort people whose names appear in the leaked database.

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Summer Listens #9: Pledge This!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The final installment in our summer listening series. 
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The Fat Jew: Superstar or Supervillain? (Part 1)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Josh Ostrovsky, better known by his social media alter-ego "The Fat Jew," was recently signed by mega-agency CAA, arousing the ire of comedians who say he steals their jokes.

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