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:

Trump's Reality Distortion Field

Friday, January 13, 2017

When politicians lie, they usually misrepresent or obscure the truth--but Trump's lies warp the meaning of reality altogether.

Secret Dossiers, Muzzled Journalists...The Job of Reporters in 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Buzzfeed's decision to publish the full Trump dossier reflects a traditional-versus-internet split in journalistic ethics. 

A Taxonomy of Trump Tweets

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cognitive linguist George Lakoff thinks journalists are covering Trump tweets all wrong. 

January Surprise

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Brooke speaks with Slate's Will Oremus about Buzzfeed's (and Slate's) decision to publish the anonymous Trump-Russia dossier in full. 
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Live Coverage of President-Elect Trump's Press Conference

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Live coverage of the President-elect Donald Trump's press conference.

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Trump's Press Conference Preview With Brooke Gladstone

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A preview with On The Media's Brooke Gladstone and then a livestream of Donald Trump's press conference.


The Shroud Over Syria

Friday, January 06, 2017

How do you cover a place that's almost impossible to visit?

"I'm John Cantlie"

Friday, January 06, 2017

What a prisoner of ISIS can teach us about the challenges confronting intrepid chroniclers of war.

Our Shakespeare, Ourselves

Friday, December 30, 2016

How the fight over the true identity of William Shakespeare reflects shifting perceptions of culture, class, genius, art, and... ourselves. 

Tragedy for 35 Years: Shakespearean Comedy in Kabul

Friday, December 30, 2016

Staging Shakespeare's Love's Labors Lost in Kabul as a celebration of hope and a form of therapy.

What is Time?

Friday, December 23, 2016

One physicist's definition: "Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once."

Obama's Final Sprint

Friday, December 23, 2016

Brooke Gladstone talks with deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz about Obama's plans for the next month, and why he's forging ahead with his usual civility.

A Wish List for Obama

Friday, December 23, 2016

With less than four weeks left of the Obama administration, we ask experts what the President should do about Guantanamo, surveillance, dark money, and other important problems. 

Michigan's Muckraker

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

This week, four more officials were charged in the Flint, Michigan water crisis. But the story initially unfolded without national attention. Brooke speaks to muckraker Curt Guyette. 
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Why the FBI and CIA Can't Just Get Along

Friday, December 16, 2016

Differing conclusions about Russian involvement in the US election are just the latest example of the longstanding friction between the FBI and CIA.

Goodbye, Broadcasting Board of Governors

Friday, December 16, 2016

Has the US government opened the door to a taxpayer-funded Trump TV?

Tuning in to the Voice of America

Friday, December 16, 2016

Voice of America is the largest US international broadcaster. But is it propaganda?

The Great Election Hack of 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

What we know about Russian interference in the US election and what is left to find out.

This Puerto Rican Eggnog Puts The Feliz In Your Navidad

Monday, December 12, 2016

We talk with coquito masters in Harlem and a moonshiner in the Bronx to learn about the holiday drink that’s the centerpiece of a Puerto Rican Christmas celebration.

Expanding The Government's Hacking Powers, Under The Radar

Friday, December 09, 2016

Changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure went into effect last week without debate or discussion in Congress. Did you notice?