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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:

Covering the First Atomic Bombs

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A look back at two vintage OTM segments on the dropping of the first atomic bombs and how the US government manipulated what information got reported and what got suppressed.
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Resurrecting Kitty Genovese: A Love Story

Friday, May 20, 2016

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

In Praise of Forgetting

Friday, May 20, 2016

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

How The "Fake News" Gets Made

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Writers from The Daily Show, The Nightly Show, and Full Frontal discuss making "Fake News" that's often more trusted than the real thing.
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Trending Topics

Friday, May 13, 2016

What's worse: an algorithm controlling the news you see, or humans? Plus, being public editor; normalizing Trump; and when Anthony Weiner ran for mayor.

Is 2016 A "Critical Election?"

Friday, May 06, 2016

"Critical elections" occur every few decades and can lead to major shifts in the nature of political parties. We may be in the midst of one. 

The 1979 Iranian Revolution: The Game

Friday, May 06, 2016

A video-game designer puts you in the shoes of an Iranian photojournalist during the 1979 Revolution. 

The Media's Third Party Delusion

Friday, May 06, 2016

Could the year that has seen the success of candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders be the moment for a third party centrist? Probably not! But the media sure wish so.

A Recent History of Electoral Skulduggery

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cruz and Kasich's short-lived alliance was just the latest GOP maneuver to block the presumptive nominee, and the latest in a long history of electoral skulduggery.

Mexico's Missing 43

Friday, April 29, 2016

The haunting disappearance of 43 students in Mexico may finally force a kind of reckoning.

Revisiting the Belfast Project

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Boston College is once again being subpoenaed to turn over the confidential collection of interviews with Irish militia members known as the Belfast Project. 
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"We've Lived Tragedy for 35 Years": Performing a Shakespearean Comedy in Kabul

Friday, April 22, 2016

The staging of Shakespeare's comedy Love's Labors Lost in Kabul as a celebration of hope and a form of therapy.

Our Shakespeare, Ourselves

Friday, April 22, 2016

How the fight over the true identity of William Shakespeare reflects shifting perceptions of culture, class, genius, art, and... ourselves. 

VIDEO! Shakespeare In the Park

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Brooke donned her finest ruff and took a trip to Washington Square Park to hear what the Bard means to the "rabble" (as he would say).
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Little Pink Pill

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The first FDA-approved drug to treat sexual dysfunction in women has been hailed as "the female Viagra." But like nearly all aspects of the drug, it's not quite that simple.
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The Man Behind the Men Behind "All the President's Men"

Friday, April 08, 2016

Forty years after its release, "All the President's Men" is still seen as a symbol of all that is good in American journalism. If it weren't for one man, it might not have been so.

Panama and the USA: A Finance Story

Friday, April 08, 2016

How US corporate and political interests aligned to create the perfect conditions for the Panamanian offshore banking industry to flourish.   

76 Countries, 400 Journalists, 11.5 Million Documents

Friday, April 08, 2016

The Panama Papers are the result of an unprecedented feat of journalistic coordination. We check in with reporters from around the world who were involved. 

Why Should You Read That Depressing News Story?

Friday, April 01, 2016

When President Obama criticized the press this week, he extended his criticism to the public too. As as members of a news-consuming public, what ethical responsibilities do we have? 

The Exploits and Inspiration of Africa's Most (and Least) Well-Known Undercover Reporter

Friday, April 01, 2016

The most celebrated face of investigative journalism in Africa belongs to a journalist who very few would recognize. He's even disguised himself as a rock to report a story.