Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Facebook Throws Out the Rule Book

Friday, September 16, 2016

Is Facebook a platform or a publisher...or something else entirely?

What Is The Alt-Right ?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Until recently, white supremacist rhetoric was the province of people previously known as the lunatic fringe. So, what's changed?

It's Always Been "Post-Truth" Politics

Friday, September 09, 2016

Donald Trump has told outlandish lies throughout his campaign, but his supporters don't seem to care. Thus, pundits have declared this an era of "post-truth" politics.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Islamophobia Edition

Friday, September 09, 2016

A guide to navigating the Islamophobic ignorance, fear and hate-mongering in today's media.

The Truth About (The Narrative About) Millennials

Friday, September 02, 2016

You know the tropes about millennials: they're destructive, self-absorbed, and killing our economy. But where does that narrative come from? And why do the media love it so much?

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Election Polls Edition, Part 2

Friday, September 02, 2016

We warned before against taking general election polls too seriously, too early. So, what about now? Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight explains how much to read into polls -- and when.

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Diagnose 'Em

Friday, August 26, 2016

As right-wing rumors about Clinton's health spread, the media continues to speculate about Trump's mental health. On the ethics of diagnosing candidates.

Therapists Against Trumpism

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mental health experts are generally advised to stay out of political debate. But are there moments that call for a break with convention?

Bob's Grill #4: ExxonMobil's Richard Keil

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This week on Bob's Grill: an interview with ExxonMobil spokesman Richard Keil about an investigation into what the company knew, and when, about climate change.
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The Business of Books By the Foot

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Frederick, Maryland warehouse of Wonder Book is where unwanted used books go to find a second life--as decorative objects sold by the foot to fill empty bookshelves.

Amazon's Mysterious New Bookstores

Friday, August 19, 2016

We consider whether physical bookshops hold the key to the retailer's digital strategy.

Bob's Grill #3: James O'Keefe

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This week on Bob’s Grill: an encounter with “sting operation” videographer James O’Keefe.
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The Psychology of Predictions

Friday, August 12, 2016

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

Polling & Democracy: An Uneasy Relationship

Friday, August 12, 2016

What if the problem with polling isn't bad polls but polls in general? The New Yorker's Jill Lepore on the history of polling and why skepticism is, and has always been, necessary.

The Punditocracy

Friday, August 12, 2016

Why are pundits like Bill Kristol still paid for their botch prognostications?

'Magic' Terre Haute

Friday, August 12, 2016

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

Bob's Grill #2: Hunter Moore

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A burger and a cold one just won’t suffice on Bob’s Grill #2. This week he's roasting a whole pig: Hunter Moore, revenge porn site creator.
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In Defense of Nader

Friday, August 05, 2016

Nader's role as spoiler in the 2000 election has been used as a cautionary tale for the American Left ever since. Sixteen years later, a reevaluation of the facts.

Voting From the Head, Not the Heart

Friday, August 05, 2016

A Canadian initiative urging citizens to vote strategically got results in 2015. Can America learn from it? 

Another Day, Another Trumpruption

Friday, August 05, 2016

After a year of misguided media speculation about whether Trump’s latest outburst has gone “too far,” we ask: is that the wrong question?