Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Our Lies, Our Selves

Friday, December 04, 2015

Our relationship with lying in our own lives has a lot to do with how we judge the lies of politicians. 

A Recent History of Political Lies

Friday, December 04, 2015

Though this election season feels particularly falsity-filled, we've been on this road for a long time. Here's a brief history of political lies and how Trump has broken the mold.

Politifact-Checking the Politicians

Friday, December 04, 2015

If fact-checking is meant to chasten politicians who lie, why isn't it more chaste out there? We speak to Politifact about educating the public and the definition of a "half-truth."

The Patriot Act's Unintended Consequences

Friday, November 27, 2015

Ultimately, our assumption that the Patriot Act is at the center of our nation's struggle between privacy and security...may not be true. 

France's (Latest) Patriot Act

Friday, November 27, 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France passed a bill vastly expanding surveillance power, drawing comparisons to the USA Patriot Act. After the latest Paris attacks, more of the same.

What's in the Bill?

Friday, November 27, 2015

For almost fourteen years we've been hearing about the Patriot Act. What's in it, again?

Present At The Creation

Friday, November 27, 2015

A mere six weeks after 9/11, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. Brooke and Bob relive the act's conception amid a climate of fear, confusion, and deceit.

Dabiq Magazine

Friday, November 20, 2015

While we're watching continuous coverage of ISIS, they're also watching, and even publish politicians and pundits in their propaganda magazine, Dabiq.

What Does It Mean to Have 'Boots On The Ground'?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Politicians and pundits have been using the phrase "boots on the ground" to declare limits in U.S. involvement in the Middle East. But what does that phrase mean, anyway?

What Did Exxon Know?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ExxonMobil is under investigation by the NY Attorney General for potentially misleading shareholders. How does the case compare to the federal prosecution of Big Tobacco in the 1990s?
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In Praise Of "Gotcha!"

Friday, November 06, 2015

Most of the Republican candidates agree that the main problem with last week's CNBC debate was the preponderance of "gotcha" questions. Bob begs to differ.

Two Angry Men

Friday, November 06, 2015

Bob and Alec Baldwin discuss all things media.

An Optimistic Look At The Newspaper Business

Friday, November 06, 2015

Despite declining circulation, lower ad revenues, and continuing newsroom cuts, we found someone who doesn't think it's all doom and gloom for the newspaper industry. Meet David Chavern.

ESPN's Piano Man

Friday, November 06, 2015

ESPN's former ombudsman, Robert Lipsyte, talks to Bob about the self-proclaimed "Worldwide Leader in Sports" and its fraught relationship with journalism.

Will Mobile Save Newspapers?

Friday, November 06, 2015

More news consumers are reading headlines on their phone, and social media platforms want to make it easier and faster. What does it mean for the struggling newspaper industry? 

Debate Demands

Friday, November 06, 2015

Republican presidential candidates trying to reassert control over future debates were roundly mocked for their demands.

Lessig's Less

Friday, November 06, 2015

Lawrence Lessig, Harvard law professor and crusader for campaign finance reform, explains why he ditched his reluctant campaign for president. 

Two Angry Men

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Bob talks with Alec Baldwin about all things media.
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Humdingers, Boondoggles and the Big Apple

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On the Media's Bob Garfield answers questions like "How did New York become the Big Apple?" and explains the origins of great words like "humdinger" and "boondoggle."

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California Protects Online Privacy

Friday, October 23, 2015

A new California law requires police to get a warrant before searching your electronic data. Bob talks to State Sen. Mark Leno, a co-sponsor of the bill, about its implications.