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.

Shows and Blogs:

Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

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?

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?

"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."

Brooke Gets Mindful

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Brooke learned to meditate, so why can't you?
Read More


#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.

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?

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?

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.
Read More

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.  
Read More

Comments [4]

Monumental Questions

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

On Monday night, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly warned against the removal of Confederate statues, equating it with the erasure of history. Why that's... not right.
Read More

Sexual Harassment, Revisited

Friday, October 27, 2017

Have we finally reached a turning point in the long fight against sexual harassment?

I Can't Breathe

Friday, October 27, 2017

A new book by Matt Taibbi explores what the life and death of Eric Garner can teach us about policing, our justice system, and America's ongoing struggle to deal with race.

What the JFK Conspiracy Theories Say About Us

Friday, October 27, 2017

Some previously classified documents about the JFK assassination were released this week. After over 50 years, the unanswered questions still gnaw at Americans.

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. 
Read More


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. 

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."