Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

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. 

Lockerbie, Revisited

Friday, October 23, 2015

More than 25 years after the Lockerbie bombing, a filmmaker travels to Libya to make sense of the unresolved attack and discovers some damning new ledes.

George Takei Has A Play

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bob speaks with Star Trek star and multimedia phenomenon, George Takei.
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Gallup Quits the Horse Race

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bob talks to Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup, about the organization's decision to stop tracking the presidential primaries after nearly 80 years of polling the horse race. 

"Who Won The Debate?"

Friday, October 16, 2015

Reminder: a debate isn't an election. After this week's Democratic debate, pundits and online polls came to different conclusions about who "won" the night. Bob weighs in.

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.

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.

The Other Greenhouse Effect

Friday, October 09, 2015

Does the liberal intellectual press really influence the Supreme Court? 

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. 

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."  

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.

Munchausen By Internet

Friday, September 25, 2015

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

Debunking Migration Memes

Friday, September 18, 2015

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

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.

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.