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 Not to Beat a Bully

Friday, December 08, 2017

From our workplaces to the White House, bullies seem to be everywhere. What we need to understand to deal with them properly.

The Rise and Fall of Tax Reform

Friday, December 08, 2017

Last week, the Senate pushed through a convoluted 500-page tax bill. Historian Molly Michelmore says this anti-tax frenzy has been a long time coming. 

Sexual Harassment and Realpolitik in the Senate

Friday, December 08, 2017

Democrats and Republicans appear to be playing by two different sets of rules when it comes to sexual assault allegations. 

A Reckoning in Our Own House: John Hockenberry and Harassment

Monday, December 04, 2017

WNYC's Brooke Gladstone, Jami Floyd, Brian Lehrer and Shumita Basu will be on the radio live tonight at 8pm to talk about sexual harassment allegations at NYPR and across the nation.

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Net Neutrality: Done Deal, Open Question

Friday, December 01, 2017

Bob is joined by former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Nick Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief of, to debate the FCC's upcoming vote on net neutrality.

Reality Intolerant

Friday, December 01, 2017

Brooke chews on the ever-loosening relationship with reality in America and abroad.

Public Comment Is Broken

Friday, December 01, 2017

How the rise of bots is giving officials cover to ignore citizens.

America's History of Hoaxes and Popular Delusion

Friday, December 01, 2017

America may not have invented fakery but one  of its first celebrities, PT Barnum, helped perfect it.

"Solastalgia," and Other Words for Our Changing World

Friday, November 24, 2017

The distress caused by environmental change needs its own term, and so do other new phenomena in the Anthropocene.

Kim Stanley Robinson on Our Future Cities

Friday, November 24, 2017

How we're currently "living in a science fiction story we're writing together."

The Desert Reasserts Itself

Friday, November 24, 2017

In a novel by Claire Vaye Watkins, a growing sand dune is threatening the Southwest. What can we learn from it?

When Science Fiction Isn't Fiction

Friday, November 24, 2017

Author Jeff VanderMeer has been called the "weird Thoreau" for his nature-inspired science fiction. But what's sci-fi when the future of the planet is unpredictable?

Brooke Gets Mindful

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Brooke learned to meditate, so why can't you?
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When Bad People Make Good Art

Friday, November 17, 2017

When a cultural figure is revealed to be an abuser, is it possible to separate the art from the artist?

What About Bill?

Friday, November 17, 2017

When Juanita Broaddrick first accused President Bill Clinton of sexual assault, the media dismissed her. Maybe they shouldn't have.

Rebecca Traister on the #MeToo Moment

Friday, November 17, 2017

Amid the flood of sexual harassment allegations against powerful men, what are we reconsidering about our own lives and careers?

#MeToo in Middle America

Friday, November 17, 2017

The #MeToo movement has taken coastal communities by storm, but little attention has been paid to its influence in working-class and middle America.

Bracing for the Backlash

Friday, November 17, 2017

As the list of men accused of sexual harassment and assault grows, some fear that a backlash is imminent. What to expect and how to do better.

Rebecca Traister Says 'the Anger Window' Is Open

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New York magazine writer Rebecca Traister says that every new revelation about sexual harassment confirms what women have always known.
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12 Months Later: Brooke and Bob on Covering Trump

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

On the anniversary of the 2016 election, we revisit the fraught next day editorial meeting we recorded and the epiphany that Bob told Brooke about this summer.  
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