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:

Too Much Information

Friday, May 26, 2017

From Manchester to the Trump administration, newspapers are rushing to cover leaks. But when is publishing the wrong move?

Bryan Stevenson on Memorializing Our Country's Shameful History

Friday, May 26, 2017

As some cities in the South begin to take down Confederate statues, the Equal Justice Initiative envisions new monuments to the history of slavery, lynching, and racism in America.

Drawing New Lines

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Supreme Court this week struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina, reviving a challenge to gerrymandering. We take a closer look at the politics of district lines.
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A Syrian Journalist on Chronicling Life, Not Just War

Friday, May 19, 2017

Zaina Erhaim has trained scores of citizen journalists to tell the stories western media tend to miss. 

Losing the Conservative Moment

Friday, May 19, 2017

To many conservatives, Trump's election looked like an opportunity to make big legislative strides. That may not happen.

The Trouble With Reality

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

We live in an era of smoke and mirrors as never before. How did we reach this pass, where basic facts have no impact and fundamental norms are violated at will? Brooke explains.
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Brooke Gladstone: "Trump Shattered Reality"

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"There are as many political bubbles as there are individuals. They are bespoke, hand crafted.”

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Bad News Isn't the Whole Story

Friday, May 12, 2017

Journalists are trained to report on problems. The case for reporting on solutions, too. 

Why Normal News Language Is Unfit for Trump

Friday, May 12, 2017

Journalists frequently attribute statements to "The White House" but Jay Rosen says that phrase has become meaningless because Trump's administration can't speak on his behalf.

"The Subject Is the Proper Noun Donald Trump"

Friday, May 12, 2017

Glenn Thrush, of The New York Times, explains what it's like to report on Donald Trump and his administration, and what the public learns from the chaos at the White House.

How to Turn Climate Change Skeptics Into Advocates

Friday, May 05, 2017

A former climate change skeptic attempts to get conservative lawmakers to take climate change seriously.

Asking the Right Questions About Health Care

Friday, May 05, 2017

There's the political debate over health care, and then there's the lived reality. The gap between the two is extremely clear in Kentucky. A reporter from WEKU explains that incongruity.

Is It Okay to Say "Jew"?

Friday, April 28, 2017

A rumination on the history of the word and why Jews need not shy away from using it.

No Such Thing As Failure

Friday, April 28, 2017

How Trump has long managed to succeed... without actually succeeding. And why it matters. 

Tax Reform By Any Other Name

Friday, April 28, 2017

Taking stock of the ambiguous terms the media use to talk about taxation and the government's budget.

In Other Words

Friday, April 28, 2017

The symbolism of the border wall, a debate about the word "Jew," and our ongoing battle over reality. 

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 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 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.