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:

Our Justices, Our Selves

Friday, October 09, 2015

Cultural depictions of the Supreme Court can shed light upon the walled-off world of the justices. But does the court derive power from its inaccessibility? 

Cameras In The Court (feat. The Justices)

Friday, October 09, 2015

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. 

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: SCOTUS Edition

Friday, October 09, 2015

With the expertise of seasoned SCOTUS reporters, we've put together a handy guide for the discerning news consumer to make sense of the court, its decisions, and its coverage.

Behind the Corinthian Columns

Friday, October 09, 2015

At a time when digital connectivity rules, the nine justices of the Supreme Court operate in intentional, analog obscurity. A special look into our highest court.

Speaking in Tongues

Friday, October 02, 2015

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be like entering a foreign land where you don't speak the language. 

The War on Prevention

Friday, October 02, 2015

We tend to describe cancer with war metaphors: “battling” the disease, winning the “fight.” But this war language might actually be distorting how we think about cancer prevention.

What Makes a Great Disease Story?

Friday, October 02, 2015

A rare muscle cancer made David Grover sick—and famous—when he was just a kid. But then the media moved on.

Perception vs. Reality

Friday, October 02, 2015

The latest cancer cures, fundraising campaigns, and miraculous survival stories are ubiquitous in the news— but cancer coverage rarely reflects real-world cancer incidence rates.

A Brief Biography of Cancer

Friday, October 02, 2015

Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies, charts cancer’s 2,500 year history.

Understanding Abortion Polling

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pollster Tresa Undem explains why most polls don't tell us anything about how Americans really feel about abortion.

Every Story Has A Twin

Friday, September 25, 2015

A new collection of fiction gives voice to figures at the margins of history. 

Pope Primer

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

On the occasion of Pope Francis's U.S. tour, we offer a primer on the pontiff. 
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Inevitable Resonance

Friday, September 18, 2015

A German reporter considers how the press and public response to the current refugee crisis carries the weight of history.

At Vienna's Westbahnhof Station

Friday, September 18, 2015

Brooke visits Vienna's main train station to talk with refugees gathered there, and speaks with Vienna-based journalists about how the Austrian press is covering the migration crisis. 

The Audacity of Moderation

Friday, September 18, 2015

Misinformation ran rampant during this week's GOP presidential debate, with minimal intervention from CNN's debate moderators.

The "Museumification" of 9/11

Friday, September 11, 2015

On the 14th anniversary of 9/11, a look at what it means to make a museum out of the events of the day. 

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Further Down the Ashley Madison Spiral (Pt. 2)

Friday, September 04, 2015

When hackers leaked user information from the cheating site Ashley Madison, they also revealed data showing women on the site are not what they seem. Or even women. 

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The Photo of Aylan Kurdi

Friday, September 04, 2015

This week, a photo of a drowned Syrian toddler shocked the world. Brooke discusses why she thinks the image should be seen -- and what it means that it has been so widely shared.

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The End of Sábado Gigante

Friday, September 04, 2015

After 53 years, Univision's Sábado Gigante is going off the air. We look at the iconic variety show's history and what it says about Latino demographics in the US. 

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Summer Listens #9: Pledge This!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The final installment in our summer listening series. 
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