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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:

Foretold Cataclysm: The Media's Low Bar For Rio

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Rio Olympics proceeded without major hiccups, belying the media's doomsday lead-up coverage. But were the Games a success for the residents of Rio?

Louisiana Doesn't Look Like What You Think It Looks Like

Friday, August 26, 2016

The state map of Louisiana is an iconic shape: a boot, a large L in the American South. But it's also a lie that obscures a huge environmental threat.

Caster Semenya, Femininity, and the Meaning of Sports

Friday, August 26, 2016

What is the point of sports? How important is the biological distinction between men and women? These questions are wrapped up in the coverage of Olympics athlete Caster Semenya. 

Climate Change Happened Today

Friday, August 26, 2016

It took mainstream media several days to catch on to the latest historically destructive floods in Louisiana. Was it just bad timing or evidence of a greater lack of understanding?

The Subversive History of Adult Coloring Books

Friday, August 19, 2016

Years before adult coloring books were whimsical stress relievers, they were objects of political subversion. 

Why the Publishing Industry Isn't in Peril

Friday, August 19, 2016

Stories about the imperiled publishing industry have become so familiar that it was something of a shock when publishers reported marked growth in 2015. 

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

Friday, August 19, 2016

Driven by the desire to amass a beautiful library of rare books, a bibliophile becomes a notorious thief.  

'The Election-Industrial Complex'

Friday, August 12, 2016

You've heard that money buys elections. But if most of it is used on ineffective television ads, then what is it really buying? 

The Punditocracy

Friday, August 12, 2016

Why are pundits like Bill Kristol still paid for their botch prognostications?

Debunking That Trump-Putin Thing

Friday, July 29, 2016

Trump is not Putin's puppet -- and the media narrative that he is only distracts from the true implications of a Trump presidency. 

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Migration Edition (At Home)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Professor Doug Massey walks us through the myths and misconceptions surrounding immigration in America for Part Two of our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Migration Edition.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Migration Edition (Abroad)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Debunking the myths and quelling the fears surrounding migration. 

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Military Coup Edition

Friday, July 22, 2016

Coup attempts don't come up that often. But when they do, be prepared with these tips for avoiding the war of narratives.

Black Lives Matter Moves Forward

Friday, July 22, 2016

Brooke talks to Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors about the movement's future and broader mission.

Flashpoints and Finger-Pointing

Friday, July 22, 2016

How to "make America safe again”...when the numbers say America has already been getting safer.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Bearing Witness Edition

Monday, July 11, 2016

How to film the police, wisely and within your rights. 
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The Mechanism of Blind Belief

Friday, July 08, 2016

Why people believe what they want to believe, despite the facts. 

Elitist Traitors vs Fascist Morons

Friday, July 08, 2016

For many on the Left, Trump's popularity merely confirms their assumptions about those other people in America. And this may be the most dangerous lie of all.

When Polls Obscure The Truth

Friday, July 08, 2016

November is coming, and with it, polling data. We revisit Nate Silver’s discussion about the importance of reading polls with a critical eye.

A Taxonomy of Political Lies

Friday, July 08, 2016

Kicking off our deep dive into deception with a taxonomy of the political lie.