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:

How a National Security Reporter Reads the Flynn Leaks

Friday, February 17, 2017

Is there a smoking gun in the reports of contact between the Trump camp and Russian intelligence? If not, what are we really learning from the leaks?

For Antifa, Not All Speech Should Be Free

Friday, February 10, 2017

Anti-fascist activists seek to deny a platform to those who preach hate -- by any means necessary.

Reimagining Protest in NYC (and Every City)

Friday, February 10, 2017

How can New York -- and cities around the world -- be better places for protest?

Word Watch: Constitutional Crisis

Friday, February 10, 2017

No, we're not in a "constitutional crisis" yet. Why the term should be deployed with care. 

The Rise and Fall of Fake News

Friday, January 27, 2017

The short but exhilarating life of the phrase "fake news" and what to do now that it's lost its meaning.

Spicer vs. the Interns

Friday, January 27, 2017

How sending interns to future press briefings could help the media shed their role as Trump's hate object.

"Keep Going Back to Substance and the Truth"

Friday, January 27, 2017

Applying a linguist's logic to a Trump falsehood.

How Trump Might Save the Media He So Despises

Friday, January 20, 2017

President Trump is likely to keep attacking and antagonizing the mainstream media. Here's why that might be a good thing. 

The View from the Other Side of the Press Corps

Friday, January 20, 2017

Reporters have long voiced frustration with the way the White House press corps works. Turns out, it's no more satisfying on the other side.

The President and the Press: A History

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hostile, strange, and always changing: the long and tumultuous relationship between the president and the press.

Radiolab Presents: On the Media: Busted, America's Poverty Myths

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone tells Jad and Robert about a project they launched to look at the tales we tell when we talk about poverty.
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"Busted" #5: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Poverty in America Edition

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

When reporting on poverty, the media fall into familiar traps. How to steer clear of stereotypes and seek insight.
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"Busted" #4: When the Safety Net Doesn't Catch You

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Government assistance in the United States helps millions out of poverty, but often the most needy fall through the cracks. 
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"Busted" #3: Rags to Riches

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Confronting the myth that America is a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all.
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"Busted" #2: Who Deserves To Be Poor?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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. 
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"Busted" #1: The Poverty Tour

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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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Secret Dossiers, Muzzled Journalists...The Job of Reporters in 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Buzzfeed's decision to publish the full Trump dossier reflects a traditional-versus-internet split in journalistic ethics. 

Trump's Reality Distortion Field

Friday, January 13, 2017

When politicians lie, they usually misrepresent or obscure the truth--but Trump's lies warp the meaning of reality altogether.

A Taxonomy of Trump Tweets

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cognitive linguist George Lakoff thinks journalists are covering Trump tweets all wrong. 

January Surprise

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Brooke speaks with Slate's Will Oremus about Buzzfeed's (and Slate's) decision to publish the anonymous Trump-Russia dossier in full. 
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