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:

Raqqa Liberated

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Raqqa was finally liberated from the clutches of ISIS this week but the city and its inhabitants paid a high price for their freedom. 
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Beware the "Adults in the Room"

Friday, October 13, 2017

Although we're assured that they provide a moderating influence on President Trump, why we should be wary of the so-called "adults in the room."

How Gossip Works

Friday, October 13, 2017

Long before this week's flood of coverage, Harvey Weinstein's alleged abuses were well known to those who knew where to look. On the essential role of gossip blogs and whisper networks.

The Godfather of Gossip

Friday, October 13, 2017

Perhaps no one understood the fine line that gossip journalists must walk better than the infamous gossip-columnist-turned-political commentator Walter Winchell. 

The Trouble With Defining "Terrorism"

Friday, October 06, 2017

The Las Vegas shooting has revived a conversation that follows many mass shootings: when to call an attack "terrorism" and what the official definition implies. 

What's So Bad About Being A Replicant?

Friday, October 06, 2017

The original Blade Runner film influenced countless books and films depicting dystopias. But it also presented novel ideas about memory and what it means to be human.

After Vegas

Monday, October 02, 2017

After the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, we're seeing some familiar media tropes.
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In Hefner's Wildest Dreams

Friday, September 29, 2017

After Hugh Hefner's death on Wednesday, Bob and Brooke revisit conversations they had with, and about, the Playboy Magazine founder.

Anatomy of an Outrage

Friday, September 29, 2017

How the President's attack on the NFL fueled a multi-day meltdown of outrage, solidarity and race-baiting.

The Star-Spangled Banner: A Radical History

Friday, September 29, 2017

Far from being sacrosanct, the national anthem has long served as a tool for protesters. Musicologist William Robin leads us through some of the most notable iterations.

What's Going on in Puerto Rico?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hurricanes Irma and Maria have left a crippled Puerto Rico struggling for electricity, drinking water and recognition from mainland politicians and the media.

Among Many Victims in Mexico, There Was One Who Never Existed

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The efforts to rescue a 12-year-old girl from rubble in Mexico captivated people around the world. But she never existed at all. 
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OTM live at the Texas Tribune Festival: The Politicians

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A live recording of On the Media at the Texas Tribune Festival, an event that gathers hundreds of speakers and thousands of citizens to discuss the big issues of the day.
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OTM live at the Texas Tribune Festival: The Journalists

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A live recording of On the Media at the Texas Tribune Festival; an event that gathers 100's of speakers and 1000's of citizens to discuss the big issues of the day. 
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What Facebook Won't Tell You

Friday, September 22, 2017

As Facebook faces pressure from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Congress, investigative journalists and its own users, ProPublica launches a transparency initiative.

Whose Internet Ethics?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Google and Facebook regulate much of what we see and interact with in our day-to-day lives. Whose ethical standards should they follow?

An Alt-Right Chat Room of One's Own

Friday, September 22, 2017

To the founders and users of the right-leaning social media website Gab, Google and Twitter are the imperious masters of a left-wing social web that imperils freedom of speech.

"Free Speech Week" Puts Berkeley Back in the Crosshairs

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos says he's hosting "Free Speech Week" at UC Berkeley. The University says the event may not happen at all. But what is this story really about?
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When Neo-Nazis Lay Claim to Your Field

Friday, September 15, 2017

How academics and experts in medieval studies are fighting against white supremacists for the future of the field they love.

Taylor Swift: Alt-Right Icon

Friday, September 15, 2017

Over the last few years Taylor Swift has attracted a following among white supremacists. How it happened and why critics thinks she needs to speak up.