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:

When the Safety Net Doesn't Catch You

Friday, October 21, 2016

Government assistance in the United States helps millions out of poverty, but often the most needy fall through the cracks. 

Rags to Riches

Friday, October 14, 2016

Confronting the myth that America is a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all. 

Who Deserves To Be Poor?

Friday, October 07, 2016

The notion that poverty stems from a lack of will power and a poor work ethic is as old as America. Why that needs to be dispelled. 

Debunking America's Poverty Myths

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Brooke Gladstone, host of WNYC’s "On the Media," talks about the show's new five-part series: “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths."

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The Poverty Tour

Friday, September 30, 2016

Welfare advocate Jack Frech has taken reporters on "poverty tours" of Athens County, Ohio, for years. But has media attention made any difference in the lives of the Appalachian poor? 

The Poverty Tour

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Welfare advocate Jack Frech has taken reporters on "poverty tours" of Athens County, Ohio, for years. But has media attention made any difference in the lives of the Appalachian poor? 
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This Week in Politics: Pinocchio vs. the Politician

Saturday, September 17, 2016

With trust in mass media at an all-time low, journalists continue to struggle with how to cover Trump.


After 9/11, Nothing Was Funny

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Brooke talks to Marc Maron and Will Ferrell about the place of humor in tragedy after 9/11.
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Why Don't People Trust Hillary Clinton?

Friday, September 09, 2016

We explore the origins of the notion that Hillary Clinton is "hiding something." 

Loathsome Mr. Fox

Friday, September 09, 2016

Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit against Roger Ailes has exposed years of sexual harassment and a culture of intimidation and surveillance. 

The German TV Show Helping Refugees Assimilate

Friday, September 09, 2016

As fear over refugees increases in Germany, one TV show looks to help Syrian and Arab refugees assimilate. 

Brooke Gladstone Is a Trekker

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

On the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Brooke explains her favorite show. 
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Scoring the Presidency

Friday, September 02, 2016

From rousing campaign songs to sinister attack ad backdrops, a look at the evolution of music in presidential campaigns.

In Defense of Trigger Warnings

Friday, September 02, 2016

Trigger warnings have become the object of much mockery. Why one professor believes they're vital. 

Free Expression Takes Work

Friday, September 02, 2016

Critics say safe spaces and trigger warnings inhibit free expression. A UChicago graduate on why he believes they enable it. 

Freedom To Disagree

Friday, September 02, 2016

A University of Chicago law professor on threats to free speech on American college campuses. 

Bob's Grill #5: Former CNN President Jon Klein

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

It's the latest and last installment of Bob's Grill, and we've got a special guest chef (it's Brooke). We revisit a 2005 interview with former CNN President Jon Klein.
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Caster Semenya, Femininity, and the Meaning of Sports

Friday, August 26, 2016

What is the point of sports? How important is the biological distinction between men and women? These questions are wrapped up in the coverage of Olympics athlete Caster Semenya. 

Louisiana Doesn't Look Like What You Think It Looks Like

Friday, August 26, 2016

The state map of Louisiana is an iconic shape: a boot, a large L in the American South. But it's also a lie that obscures a huge environmental threat.

Foretold Cataclysm: The Media's Low Bar For Rio

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Rio Olympics proceeded without major hiccups, belying the media's doomsday lead-up coverage. But were the Games a success for the residents of Rio?