Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Why Is Amazon Opening Physical Bookstores?

Friday, March 11, 2016

In November 2015, Amazon opened a bookstore in Seattle, potentially the first of many. Could physical bookshops hold the key to the retailer's digital strategy?

A War Reporter Played By Tina Fey

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Kim Barker, author of the memoir that inspired Tina Fey's new film, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, reflects on covering war in Afghanistan. 
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"Magic" Terre Haute

Friday, March 04, 2016

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

The Punditocracy

Friday, March 04, 2016

Yes, this election year has been particularly unpredictable, but that alone doesn't let the media off the hook. After all, they're always wrong! Why? That's a bit more complicated.

The Psychology of Predictions

Friday, March 04, 2016

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

Guantanamo As Propaganda

Friday, February 26, 2016

One of the major arguments for closing Guantanamo prison has been that it is serves as a recruiting tool for terrorists. Fourteen years after it opened, how do jihadis see the prison?

Apple vs. the FBI

Friday, February 26, 2016

Is the fight between Apple and the FBI about lofty principles of privacy vs. national security, or more about respective self-interests? 

'Cartel Land' Blurs the Borders of Good and Evil

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Oscar-nominated 'Cartel Land' began as a portrait of vigilantes fighting Mexican cartels on the US-Mexican border, but it became a study in the blurred lines of good and evil.

Guantanamo By Any Other Name

Friday, February 26, 2016

President Obama has made another pitch to close the Guantanamo detention facility. Congress balked. But what does the public really understand about the prison?

Marco Rubio: Front-Runner In Second

Friday, February 26, 2016

Marco Rubio is the perfect Republican front-runner: he has the record, the endorsements, the fawning media support. Only hitch: he's not running in front. At all.

Cameras In The Court (Feat. The Justices)

Friday, February 19, 2016

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, February 19, 2016

Does the liberal intellectual press really influence the Supreme Court? 

Behind The Corinthian Columns

Friday, February 19, 2016

The death of a justice has launched the Supreme Court back into the spotlight, revealing all that we do and don't know about the institution. A special look into our highest court.

Ignore That Thing About Zika and Pesticides

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A report linking the uptick in microcephaly cases in Brazil to a pesticide -- not Zika -- goes viral. Turns out, it's scientifically baseless. Ignore it.
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Pestilence In A Warming World

Friday, February 12, 2016

As our climate changes, so spread the breeding conditions for mosquitoes carrying diseases like Zika, bringing threats to regions that were previously immune.

The Power of the Zika Poster Child

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Brazilian journalist says her country was slow to respond to the potential seriousness of Zika until it had a human face attached to it. But should those images be published at all?

"Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't"

Friday, February 12, 2016

The WHO declared Zika virus and its potential link to birth defects a "global health emergency" to raise international attention. But when does awareness shift to panic?

The Life of James Foley

Friday, February 05, 2016

The new documentary Jim: The James Foley Story sets out to reclaim the legacy of a freelance journalist who many last remember on his knees in an orange jumpsuit.

The Dark Art of Political Dirt Digging

Friday, February 05, 2016

Isn't it incredible how political dirt tends to materialize at exactly the worst possible time for a candidate? Actually, not at all. A look into the dark art of opposition research. 

Howard Dean's Scream, Revisited

Friday, February 05, 2016

A "Dean Scream" is shorthand for a campaign disaster. But did Howard Dean's 2004 shriek even happen the way it's remembered? And did it really doom him? FiveThirtyEight investigates.