Brooke Gladstone

Host, On The Media

Brooke Gladstone is best known for the …pause…that Bob Garfield inserts before mentioning her name in the credits for On the Media. Among her other accomplishments, she was an NPR Moscow-based reporter, its first media reporter, senior editor of NPR’s All Things Considered, and the senior editor of Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. As the years progress, she grows ever more senior.

She’s the recipient of two Peabody Awards, a National Press Club Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and many others you tend to collect if you hang out in public radio long enough.

Just before coming to On the Media, she did some pilots for WNYC of a call-in show about human relationships with Dan Savage called A More Perfect Union. That was pretty cool.

She also is the author of The Influencing Machine (W.W. Norton), a media manifesto in graphic form, listed among the top books of 2011 by The New Yorker, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, and among the “10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction” by The Atlantic.

Gladstone always wanted to be a comic hero and she finally did it. Here she is animated.

At WNYC’s 2012 Christmas party, backed by the fabulous Radio Flyers band, she sang “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” with her sisters Lisa and Stacey, thus fulfilling all her dreams.

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Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

Masha Gessen on the "Impulse to Normalize"

Friday, December 02, 2016

The journalist Masha Gessen recently wrote "Autocracy: Rules for Survival" based on experiences from Putin's Russia and elsewhere. She discusses prospects for journalism and language.

Left Language, Right Language

Friday, December 02, 2016

When ideas are fraught, so is word choice.

How Talking About Trump Makes Him Normal In Your Brain

Friday, December 02, 2016

A cognitive linguist argues that normalizing Trump is inevitable, unless the media rethink a couple basic rules of journalism.

How (NOT) to Cover Cuba!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

In 1957 Fidel Castro was rumored to be dead until a fateful interview with NYT reporter Herbert Matthews in the Cuban jungle. Also: how (not) to cover Cuba. 
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In Praise of Forgetting

Friday, November 25, 2016

"History is about the past. Memory is about how we use the past for the purposes of the present."

Resurrecting Kitty Genovese: A Love Story

Friday, November 25, 2016

The brother of Kitty Genovese tracks down some of the witnesses to his sister's infamous death in an attempt to retrieve the whole story of her life.

Thanks for Everything, Bing

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Get in the holiday mood with this look at how Bing Crosby contributed to the rise of Silicon Valley (really). 
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The Election's Fake News Problem

Friday, November 18, 2016

An analysis this week found that fake news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than real news stories before the election. So what's the lesson, and what can Facebook do?

Steve Bannon's Jekyll and Hyde Strategies

Friday, November 18, 2016

The former head of Breitbart News has utilized incendiary commentary -- as well as rigorous investigative research -- to undermine his chosen politicians. 

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Fake News Edition

Friday, November 18, 2016

How to sort the truthful from the troublesome. 

Thanksgiving Is For Eaters (with Amy Sedaris)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Amy Sedaris and Mo Rocca offer advice on dealing with family, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich tells of a lovesick turkey, and we call Butterball’s hotline for life advice.

This Week in Politics: The Marginalized Media

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Critics say the media failed in 2016. So now what?

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Reimagining the Red/Blue Map

Friday, November 11, 2016

How a plan to change the electoral college could make elections more democratic, and election coverage more representative of America. 

Election 2016: America's Rorschach Test

Friday, November 11, 2016

This election has left many in the media shocked, confused, and wondering how they missed the story. But maybe we didn't see it because we didn't want to. 

Nate Silver Won't Eat Crow

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight, was shocked but not surprised by the election results. He explains why you shouldn't have been surprised either. 

Now What?

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Usually editorial meetings take place in Brooke's office with Bob dialed in on the conference phone. This week we did it in the studio and recorded it for you.
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The Brian Lehrer Show Live with Bill Moyers, Brooke Gladstone, Chris Hayes and Christina Greer

Friday, November 04, 2016

Watch live as Brian talks with veteran journalist Bill Moyers, MSNBC's Chris Hayes, On the Media's Brooke Gladstone and Fordham University political professor Christina Greer and more.


Presidential Politics Round-Table

Friday, November 04, 2016

Brooke Gladstone, Christina Greer and Oren Cass join for a round-table discussion on presidential politics and the state of the nation with a few days left before Election Day.

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The Polling Conspiracy

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Trump camp claims that polls are rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton. Our friends at FiveThirtyEight explain why that theory misunderstands how polling works. 

The Truth About Trump Supporters

Friday, October 28, 2016

Although the media make it seem otherwise, the success of the Trump campaign cannot be pinned entirely on the white working class. Reporter Sarah Smarsh breaks down the trope.