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 View on Trump from China

Friday, April 21, 2017

From Ivanka fever to North Korea panic: how the Chinese media see America under Trump.

The End of O'Reilly

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bill O'Reilly was the master of Fox News's brand of partisan bombast. Where does his ouster leave the channel? 

Let the People Decide

Friday, April 21, 2017

The history of referendums, and their effect on democracy. 

The Man Who Declared War On Drugs

Friday, April 14, 2017

The "War on Drugs" started long before Nixon. It goes back to a man named Harry J. Anslinger and his quest to demonize and racialize drugs.

A (Long) History of American Drug Panics

Friday, April 14, 2017

Media hysteria about drugs didn't come about overnight. In fact, it has been building for decades -- one drug at a time.

The Filibuster: Protection or Obstruction?

Friday, April 07, 2017

A look at the history of the filibuster and its role in the future of Senate proceedings.

Why So Tedious, Taxes?

Friday, April 07, 2017

We all know that doing taxes is a miserable experience. Less well known: that tax prep companies want to keep it that way.

"We Are the Meteor"

Friday, April 07, 2017

After 11,700 years in the Holocene, we may be living in a new geologic epoch. What now?

The (Nonexistent) Good Old Days

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Last week's Supreme Court hearings found both Neil Gorsuch and his interrogators reminiscing about the good old days. When were those exactly?
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Seeing Everything Through the Deficit Lens

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office is in the spotlight over its assessment of the GOP's healthcare proposal. But does the CBO deserve such a prominent role in the passage of legislation?

The View from Poverty

Friday, March 17, 2017

The current GOP healthcare proposal and Trump administration budget both hit the poor disproportionately. Same as it ever was.

The Trump White House's Rosy Scenario

Friday, March 17, 2017

Who's to stop the White House from predicting wildly optimistic economic growth under their policies?

A Muslim Ban By Any Other Name

Friday, March 10, 2017

Trump's Muslim ban might look different, but in reality it's more of the same.

How The Environment Got Political

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Trump administration wants to gut the EPA. But the agency was created by a Republican president in a time of widespread environmental concern. How we got here, and what's at stake.

America's Lost Anti-Corruption History

Friday, March 03, 2017

Modern political corruption cases rely on finding smoking guns and proving "quid pro quo," but this was never the intent of America's founders. 

Paper Trail

Friday, March 03, 2017

How the Obama administration rushed to preserve and disseminate information about Russian interference in the election. 

Ukraine's Remedy for Fake News: News About Fake News

Friday, March 03, 2017

A look at the Ukrainian TV show StopFake, which for three years has devoted itself to debunking fake news flooding in from Russia.

This Gene Was Edited By Brooke

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

A single genetically-modified mosquito could eradicate malaria, but who should get to decide the fate of ecosystems shared by billions? Also in this podcast, clones!
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How a National Security Reporter Reads the Flynn Leaks

Friday, February 17, 2017

Is there a smoking gun in the reports of contact between the Trump camp and Russian intelligence? If not, what are we really learning from the leaks?

Reimagining Protest in NYC (and Every City)

Friday, February 10, 2017

How can New York -- and cities around the world -- be better places for protest?