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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:

Staring into the Abyss

Friday, September 19, 2014

Brooke explores our long fascination with nihilism: why it's popular today, and whether that's always been the case.

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Empty Fears at the Southern Border

Friday, September 19, 2014

 Homeland Security officials have declared that there is no evidence of ISIS terror cells at the Mexican border. That hasn't stopped the media and politicians from stoking fears. 

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Most Americans Fear ISIS

Friday, September 19, 2014

Americans across the political spectrum are supporting Obama's military campaign against ISIS. What explains this striking unanimity in public opinion? 

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The History of Beats

Friday, September 12, 2014

You’d think that beat reporting has been fundamental to journalism since the birth of the business. But beats didn’t really take off until a little over a century ago.

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The Labor Beat

Friday, September 12, 2014

As the power of the unions declined, so did the number of labor reporters covering them.

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The Obit Beat

Friday, September 12, 2014

There’s a saying from the early days of newspapers that goes “everyone gets to be in the paper twice: when they’re born, and when they die.”

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Brooke and Bob on the Decline of Beat Reporting

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bob remembers the best story he got while working the crime beat for a small newspaper in Pennsylvania.

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Carl Kasell Tells All

Friday, September 05, 2014

Carl Kasell retired back in May after more than 60 years in radio. Brooke sat down with Carl recently to commemorate his distinguished public radio career.

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The Media Came to Town

Friday, August 22, 2014

How the tidal wave of media coverage in Ferguson, Missouri is impacting locals. 

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Live Coverage's Impact on the Ground

Friday, August 22, 2014

Brooke speaks to Brian Thouvenot, the News Director for Ferguson, Missouri's  KMOV-TV, about whether too much live coverage will lead to more violence on the ground.

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The Anatomy of Six Shootings

Friday, August 22, 2014

Brooke considers the pattern of the media's response to the killing of young unarmed African-Americans since the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.

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James Foley and the #ISISmediaBlackout

Friday, August 22, 2014

The hashtag #ISISmediablackout emerged organically, just hours after the news of American journalist James Foley's execution at the hands of the Islamic State. 

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The Global View of Ferguson

Friday, August 22, 2014

International coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown and the aftermath reveals a lot about how America is seen around the world.

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The View from "Fergustan"

Friday, August 15, 2014

Since the death of Michael Brown by on Saturday, all eyes have been on the protests being held in Ferguson, Missouri. Brooke talks with Trymaine Lee from Ferguson. 

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Islamic State Imagery

Friday, August 15, 2014

Most of what we’ve seen of the Islamic State comes filtered through its own well-oiled media machine. Sebastian Meyer tells us about the images the I.S. wants us to see.

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Gavel to Gavel

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jeremiah Zagar, director of the documentary "Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart," speaks with Brooke about the role the media played in first trial to be covered gavel-to gavel. 

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Our Universal Robots

Friday, August 08, 2014

The word 'robot' first appeared in 1920 in Karel Čapek's play, Rossum's Universal Robots. Since then, intelligent machines have starred countless times in novels and films. Brooke talks with professor Jay P. Telotte about the ways our fears and fascinations with robots are reflected in culture. 

Music: Calexico - Attack El Robot! Attack! Special thanks to @bartona104 (Julia Barton) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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Engineering Intelligence

Friday, August 08, 2014

Despite the technological leaps made in the realm of artificial intelligence, people often object to the idea that the minds of machines can ever replicate the minds of humans. But for engineers, the proof is in the processing. Brooke talks with Stanford lecturer and entrepreneur Jerry Kaplan about how the people who make robots view the field of AI. 

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Robot Humor

Friday, August 08, 2014

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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Google's Robot Brigade

Friday, August 08, 2014

Google has scooped up more than a half dozen robot companies, but they are keeping mum about why they're acquiring these technologies.

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