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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:

The Media's Gun Blindspot

Friday, June 24, 2016

Another struggle over gun control reinforces the disconnect between those who are pro- and anti- gun. The media's ignorance of basic gun facts doesn't help.

What the Media Don't Get About Gun Owners

Friday, June 24, 2016

The media tend only to focus on guns in the wake of a violent crime, failing to portray the fact that the majority of gun owners will never do harm. 

The "Criminal Mind" Calculator

Friday, June 24, 2016

Algorithm-based risk assessment software wasn't originally intended for use in criminal sentencing, but that’s exactly how it’s being used now -- with dubious accuracy.

'White Trash' and Class in America

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

To mark the release of her book, "White Trash," we revisit our conversation with author Nancy Isenberg about the long and often unacknowledged history of class in America.
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"Mournful Forgetting"

Friday, June 17, 2016

The shootings in Orlando became a political talking point almost immediately. Is this the wrong response? 

Being Gay and Muslim After Orlando

Friday, June 17, 2016

One of the questions driving media coverage after the Orlando shootings has been: how is this massacre to be viewed?

To Say or Not to Say "Radical Islam"

Friday, June 17, 2016

The attack in Orlando has reignited the debate over whether or not to use the words "radical Islam." Why the semantic debate matters.

The Challenge of Fighting Terrorism Online

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

After Orlando, Hillary Clinton renewed calls for a government partnership with Silicon Valley to help fight terrorism and radicalization online. That's not as easy as it sounds.
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The Shroud Over Syria

Friday, May 27, 2016

How do you cover a place that's almost impossible to visit?

"I'm John Cantlie"

Friday, May 27, 2016

What a prisoner of ISIS can teach us about the challenges confronting intrepid chroniclers of war.

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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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." 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.