Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

The Many Facets of Radicalization

Friday, January 29, 2016

Is it possible to create an algorithm to detect potential terrorists online? Probably not. 

Detecting Terrorism Online Raises Legal Questions

Friday, January 29, 2016

The US government is in talks with Silicon Valley about creating tools to identify potential terrorists on social media. Is that legal?

Our Quinceañera

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Celebrate the show's 15th birthday by listening to some vintage OTM, in which we celebrate our 10th birthday.
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Do Chicago Police Have a Surveillance Slush Fund?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Using a barrage of FOIA requests, a group of techies and activists in Chicago is trying to uncover what surveillance equipment local police have, how it was obtained, and how it's used.

Why The Media Missed Bernie Sanders

Friday, January 22, 2016

Since he launched his campaign, Bernie Sanders has been called many things. Until recently, "serious candidate" wasn't one of them. Dylan Byers on the media's Bernie problem.

Has There Been A Bernie Sanders Blackout?

Friday, January 22, 2016

We return to our collaboration with FiveThirtyEight to look at the ongoing question of Bernie Sanders and the media.

Why One Mexican Journalist Said 'No' To An El Chapo Exclusive

Friday, January 15, 2016

A former editor of Mexico's leading newspaper, El Universal, recalls when editors rushed into his office to tell him that El Chapo was offering the paper an interview. 

Sean Of The Jungle

Friday, January 15, 2016

Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo's capture by the Mexican government was quickly overshadowed by the revelation of his secret meeting with Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn. Bob weighs in.

Terms of Engagement

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Mexican journalist reacts to Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo;  Bob checks back in with the Pentagon; and the history of copyright, from its dramatic birth to its uncertain future.

The Pentagon's Law of War Manual, Revisited

Friday, January 15, 2016

Five months after our initial conversation, we follow up with the Pentagon on the way their contentious Law of War Manual applies to journalists. 

Why Al Jazeera America Pulled the Plug

Thursday, January 14, 2016

On Wednesday afternoon, executives at Al Jazeera America (AJAM) gathered employees to inform that the effective April of this year, AJAM TV and digital content would no longer exist.

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The Untold Story of Guns

Friday, January 08, 2016

Though it might seem like ancient history, there was a time when the NRA supported gun control, and the staunchest supporters of "gun rights" were on the radical left. 

The Gun Policies Americans Agree On

Friday, January 08, 2016

A popular poll asking Americans to choose whether gun "rights" or gun "control" are more important indicates a schism in public opinion on guns.  But does it ask the right question?

Thoughts, Prayers, and Lots of Cash

Friday, January 08, 2016

A journalist reminds the public of the cozy and lucrative relationship between members of Congress and the seemingly all-powerful gun lobby.

Who Bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal?

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Last month, someone bought Nevada's largest newspaper for $140 million. After a week of speculation, the new owner was finally revealed. But the drama didn't end there.
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Preventing a NASA Dark Age

Friday, January 01, 2016

NASA's archives faced technological extinction, until a series of happy accidents allowed Keith Cowing to rescue the iconic photograph, Earthrise.

Surviving A Solar Flare

Friday, January 01, 2016

Rocky Rawlins created the Survivor Library in preparation for a solar flare taking us back to a pre-digital age.

Vint Cerf and Our Uncertain Digital Future

Friday, January 01, 2016

Four decades after he co-developed one of the protocols that made the internet a reality, Vint Cerf is worried about our digital future.

Munchausen by Internet

Friday, December 25, 2015

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

Get Your Health Awareness!

Friday, December 25, 2015

The country’s health observances calendar is slated with more than 200 awareness days and weeks and months to satisfy even the choosiest of hypochondriacs.