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:

An Alt-Right Chat Room of One's Own

Friday, September 22, 2017

To the founders and users of the right-leaning social media website Gab, Google and Twitter are the imperious masters of a left-wing social web that imperils freedom of speech.

Whose Internet Ethics?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Google and Facebook regulate much of what we see and interact with in our day-to-day lives. Whose ethical standards should they follow?

What Facebook Won't Tell You

Friday, September 22, 2017

As Facebook faces pressure from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Congress, investigative journalists and its own users, ProPublica launches a transparency initiative.

"Free Speech Week" Puts Berkeley Back in the Crosshairs

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos says he's hosting "Free Speech Week" at UC Berkeley. The University says the event may not happen at all. But what is this story really about?
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In Defense of Boredom

Friday, September 15, 2017

Brooke talks to Note to Self host Manoush Zomorodi about her fear of boredom and Manoush's new book, "Bored and Brilliant."

When Neo-Nazis Lay Claim to Your Field

Friday, September 15, 2017

How academics and experts in medieval studies are fighting against white supremacists for the future of the field they love.

Taylor Swift: Alt-Right Icon

Friday, September 15, 2017

Over the last few years Taylor Swift has attracted a following among white supremacists. How it happened and why critics thinks she needs to speak up.

The Debt Ceiling Distraction

Friday, September 15, 2017

Trump was praised for his deal with "Chuck and Nancy" on the debt ceiling. But why is the debt limit an important political tool in the first place? 

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: U.S. Storm Edition

Friday, September 01, 2017

We examine the myths, misleading language, and tired media narratives that clog up storm coverage.

Flood of Lies

Friday, September 01, 2017

Revisiting the story of Sal and Mabel Mangano, nursing home owners who became media scapegoats for the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.

"A Total Meat Grinder"

Friday, September 01, 2017

Former White House Chief Strategist has warned that September could be the "breaking point" for the Trump presidency. Haven't we heard that before?

Reporting A Disaster Before It Happens

Friday, September 01, 2017

Last year, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica reported on why Houston was so prone to flooding, and what would happen in a massive rainstorm. 

Bob's Docs Finale: Conflicting Narratives

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The finale of Bob's Docs (really this time), our summer series featuring interviews Bob has done over the years with documentarians about their films.
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The Man Who Declared War On Drugs

Friday, August 25, 2017

The "War on Drugs" started long before Nixon. It goes back to a man named Harry J. Anslinger and his quest to demonize and racialize drugs.

A (Long) History of American Drug Panics

Friday, August 25, 2017

Media hysteria about drugs didn't come about overnight. In fact, it has been building for decades -- one drug at a time.

How The Environment Got Political

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Trump administration wants to gut the EPA. But the agency was created by a Republican president in a time of widespread environmental concern. How we got here, and what's at stake.

An Abortion In The Media Spotlight

Friday, August 04, 2017

Sherri Chessen knows more about the American conversation around abortion than almost anyone. She’s the person who started it.

Is 'Pro-Choice' a Problem?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Does the framing of "choice" limit how we think about abortion?

When Republicans Wanted Abortion Rights

Friday, August 04, 2017

Historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore explains how the intractable political battle came to be.

Psychology's Replication Crisis

Friday, July 21, 2017

When a 2011 article claimed to prove the existence of ESP, it triggered a crisis of confidence throughout the behavioral sciences.