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Brooke Gladstone

Host, On The Media

Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

Margaret Atwood Writes for the Future

Friday, June 26, 2015

Novelist Margaret Atwood recently handed in a new manuscript, Scribbler Moon, to the Future Library -- which means we'll have to wait until 2114 to read it.

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The Storage Potential of DNA

Friday, June 26, 2015

Paper burns. Bits rot. CDs decay. But DNA can last tens of thousands of years. That's why researchers in England have developed a way to code digital data into the code of life. 

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The Solar Flare Scenario

Friday, June 26, 2015

Could a solar flare cause a digital meltdown? Brooke speaks with Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, about the sun's power to affect our electrical grid.

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A Comedic Counternarrative

Friday, June 19, 2015

Humza Arshad, a British-Pakistani comedian and YouTube star, makes teens laugh -- and steers them away from religious extremism and ISIS recruitment.

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Drawing Politics

Friday, June 19, 2015

Middle Eastern cartoonist Khalid Albaih believes that cartoons can deliver vital political truths in a way that bypass restrictions on expression.

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A Hate Crime in Charleston

Friday, June 19, 2015

Brooke traces the historical legacy of racially-motivated hate crimes in the wake of this week's shootings in Charleston.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Data Breach Edition

Friday, June 12, 2015

The federal government has suffered one of the largest data breaches--or hacks--in its history. Cyber policy expert Robert Knake reminds us how to react. 

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Bearing Witness Edition

Friday, June 12, 2015

As another disturbing video of police action goes viral, we provide a handbook for filming police encounters and bearing witness.

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Did Science Fiction Predict the Future of Journalism?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Brooke speaks with journalist Loren Ghiglione, who believes he might have found some answers about the future of journalism in the science fiction of the past.

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Behind the Code Curtain

Friday, June 12, 2015

Most of us are familiar with Facebook or Apple products, but don't really understand the code that animates them. Programmer Paul Ford wants to change that.  

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Owning Your Voice With Pat Harrison And The Dreaded Vocal Fry

Monday, June 08, 2015

Pat Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, champions the role of women in public media and the dreaded phenomena of vocal fry is tackled.

Rap Lyric or Online Death Threat?

Friday, June 05, 2015

This week, the Supreme Court made its first ruling on a case about the nebulous world of violent online speech. 

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Counting the Uncounted

Friday, June 05, 2015

Two newspapers have published databases attempting to count everyone killed by police in 2015. Brooke speaks to the reporters behind the investigations.

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Racial Bias in Crime Reporting

Friday, June 05, 2015

Research shows the media disproportionately portray African-Americans as criminals. Brooke speaks with Nazgol Ghandnoosh of The Sentencing Project about racial bias in news coverage.

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Librarians Vs. The Patriot Act

Friday, June 05, 2015

Once called the "library provision," Section 215 of the Patriot Act forced libraries to become headliners in the battle waged to protect American freedoms. 

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This Week's Showdown: Freedom Act Vs. Patriot Act

Friday, May 29, 2015

 Three provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire this weekend, unless a gridlocked Congress manages to find a last minute solution.

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What's in the Bill?

Friday, May 29, 2015

For almost fourteen years we've been hearing about the Patriot Act. What exactly is in it again?

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The Patriot Act's Unintended Consequences

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ultimately, our assumption that the Patriot Act is at the center of our nation's struggle between privacy and security...may not be true. 

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Surveillance Beyond the Patriot Act

Friday, May 29, 2015

The current Patriot Act debate suggests that mass surveillance comes primarily from Section 215. But other, less-known programs actually account for most of the metadata collected.

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Present at the Creation

Friday, May 29, 2015

A mere six weeks after 9/11, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. Brooke and Bob relive the act's conception amid a climate of fear, confusion, and deceit.

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