Streams

Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

The #FreeAustinTice Campaign

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The parents of Austin Tice, the freelance journalist who disappeared in Syria in 2012, on trying to draw attention to their son's plight. 
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Held Hostage

Friday, May 27, 2016

The world's tangled policy on captives means some live to tell the tale, and others don't. 

"I'm John Cantlie"

Friday, May 27, 2016

What a prisoner of ISIS can teach us about the challenges confronting intrepid chroniclers of war.

Covering the First Atomic Bombs

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A look back at two vintage OTM segments on the dropping of the first atomic bombs and how the US government manipulated what information got reported and what got suppressed.
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The Radical Historian Rewriting Ukraine's Past

Friday, May 20, 2016

With the help of new "de-communization" laws, the head of Ukraine's Institute of National Memory is doing everything he can to erase certain chapters in Ukraine's past.

Visiting Hiroshima Without Revisiting History

Friday, May 20, 2016

The US and Japan have, understandably, very different narratives about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. 

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON LISTENING

Friday, May 20, 2016

The origins of the ubiquitous, insufferable, all-purpose "Keep Calm and Carry On" slogan. 

How Not To Normalize Trump

Friday, May 13, 2016

"Who will Trump's VP pick be? Where does he stand on tax policy? Is he acting more presidential?" Bob says: "Who cares?!" The press must stay on the real story: his dangerous statements.

Facebook Caught Doing Journalism

Friday, May 13, 2016

Why we should be more worried about Facebook's algorithms than its human "curators" delivering us our news. 

The Rise, Fall & Redemption (?) of Anthony Weiner

Friday, May 13, 2016

You might remember him as "Carlos Danger," but a new documentary sets out to show that Anthony Weiner is more than a punchline. 

Trending Topics

Friday, May 13, 2016

What's worse: an algorithm controlling the news you see, or humans? Plus, being public editor; normalizing Trump; and when Anthony Weiner ran for mayor.

Nationalize Facebook

Friday, May 13, 2016

Conservatives were quick to decry Facebook's "liberal bias" -- but others say the problem is concentration, not conviction. Robert McChesney on the dangers of media consolidation.

The Public Editor Says Goodbye

Friday, May 13, 2016

Margaret Sullivan has just wrapped up four years as the public editor for The New York Times. Was she able to change practices at the paper of record?

The Puerto Rican Debt Narrative

Friday, May 06, 2016

US lawmakers are grappling with what to do about Puerto Rico's debt crisis, raising uncomfortable questions about the mainland's role in the island's plight.

The "Corrupt Bargain" That Started It All

Friday, April 29, 2016

Prior to 1824, the idea that the masses might not have much of a say in the selection of their president wasn't particularly controversial. One "corrupt bargain" changed all that.

The Guardian Scrapes the Bottom of the Comments Barrel

Friday, April 29, 2016

What The Guardian learned from sifting through the 70 million comments left on its site since 2006. 

Hillary and the Trolls

Friday, April 29, 2016

An FEC loophole allows super PACs to coordinate with campaigns if they aren't spending money. A pro-Clinton group is using that loophole to post comments online.

NPR U OK?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Bob considers what the future might hold for NPR. 

Another Confirmation Crisis

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Clarence Thomas hearings that riveted the country for 3 days in 1991 are being televised again in a dramatized form by HBO, at a similar time of political crisis over a nomination. 

Merkel's Free Speech Dilemma

Friday, April 15, 2016

It will come as no surprise that in Turkey, you can be jailed for insulting President Erdogan. What is shocking is that a critic of Erdogan could be charged with that crime in Germany.