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Who's Afraid of On the Media?

Friday, July 25, 2014

We asked On the Media's Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone to duke it out in this parody of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? from our American Icons episode on Mad Magazine.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Icky Truth Behind the White House Correspondents Dinner

Monday, May 05, 2014

During the White House Correspondents Dinner, On The Media host Bob Garfield and New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich held a "Media Ethics Colloquy" in the same hotel. No one showed up. They discuss why the annual dinner makes them worry about the state of the U.S. media.

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On The Media

Letters

Friday, April 26, 2013

Bob reads from a few of your letters and comments.

 

Jim James - All Is Forgiven

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WNYC News

Implications of the (False) Tweet Sent Round the ‘Verse

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A tweet from a hacked Associated Press Twitter account spread like wildfire on Tuesday, with users tweeting and re-tweeting the false report that a bomb had gone off in the White House and had harmed the president.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bob Garfield's Novel, Bedfellows

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On the Media’s Bob Garfield talks about his new novel, Bedfellows. Jack Schiavone wants to rebuild his life after an embezzlement scandal saw him drummed out of his high-paying advertising job. So he’s reinvented himself as “Mr. Mattress,” a discount bedding franchisee in Ebbets Beach, Brooklyn. He has a nice, quiet life until he gets sucked into a simmering mob war.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Newsweek Print Edition Dies

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bob Garfield, co-host of On the Media and author of The Chaos Scenario, and Stephen Shepard, founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, discuss the demise of the print edition of Newsweek and what it means for journalism.

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On The Media

CDC's Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are unleashing a new ad campaign that graphically depicts the consequences of smoking. The campaign, called "Tips From Former Smokers," is the first of its kind by the federal government.  Bob speaks to CDC director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden about the new commercials.

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On The Media

The NEW "Choice of a New Generation"

Friday, March 16, 2012

For years, Pepsi was the "Choice of a New Generation." The iconic tagline was used in Pepsi advertisements throughout the 1980s, but now the breakfast cereal company MOM Brands is repurposing the phrase to market its Better Oats instant oatmeal. Bob speaks to MOM Brands corporate communications manager Linda Fisher about using an old tagline for a new product.

 

Boots Randolph - Yakety Sax

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On The Media

The Pundit Tracker

Friday, March 09, 2012

Typically, political pundits are able to get away with making predictions that are spectacularly wrong because it’s not as if somebody’s going to go back and check their work. But the new site Pundit Tracker seeks to change that by scoring television pundits on their prognostication powers. Bob talks to Sanjay Ayer, the founder and CEO of Pundit Tracker, about what he hopes to achieve with the site.

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On The Media

Attack of the Reply Girls!

Friday, March 09, 2012

A new crop of cleavage-baring ladies on YouTube known as "reply girls" have been manipulating the video sharing site's related video function in order to cash in on some advertising revenue. Bob speaks to Daily Dot writer Fruzsina Eordogh about the "reply girl" phenomenon and why they are making YouTube users so angry.

 

JumokeTV - Reply Girl (Song)

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On The Media

Getting Out the Vote in Iran

Friday, March 02, 2012

This week Iranians returned to the polls for the first time since 2009’s presidential election, and opposition groups and reformers have called for a boycott of the elections. The government wants high voter turnout to show that the regime is still strong, and so they've attempted to clamp down on the media in order to get their version of the story out. Bob talks to Muhammad Sahimi of Tehran Bureau about the regime's efforts at message control. 

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On The Media

Iran's "Halal Internet"

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Iranian government is set to launch a "Halal Internet" this spring as an alternative to the greater World Wide Web. Bob speaks to Fast Company reporter Neal Ungerleider about the most ambitious attempt by a government to censor the internet since China's "Great Firewall."

 

Quantic and His Combo Barbaro - Cancao Do Deserto

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On The Media

The Transparency Grenade

Friday, March 02, 2012

Berlin based artist Julian Oliver has crafted an object that looks just like the classic Russian F1 hand grenade you often see in war movies. But when you pull the pin on this grenade, it doesn’t explode in fire and bits of shrapnel, it records nearby audio and gathers information from local wireless signals and explodes that information onto the Internet. Bob talks to Oliver about the motivations behind his transparency grenade.

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On The Media

Online Privacy Gets 'A Bill of Rights'

Friday, March 02, 2012

Familiar with the apps that vacuum in your personal information without your knowledge? Or online companies that track you even after you’ve nicely asked them not to? Well, the White House announced last week a new ‘Consumer Bill of Rights’ that will try to clarify how online companies and app developers are supposed to navigate your privacy.  Bob speaks with Ryan Singel of wired.com about consumer privacy’s prospects and potential.

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On The Media

Go FOIA Yourself!

Friday, March 02, 2012

In an attempt to make the government more transparent with the information it has collected about her, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman is sending out personal Freedom of Information Act Requests to numerous government agencies.  Bob speaks to Sarah about what it takes to FOIA yourself.

 

Errors - Tusk

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On The Media

Bad News (casts)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hollywood can conjure realistic car chases, wars, and alien invasions. When it comes to a simple evening newscast, however, the results are almost always unconvincing. Bob speaks with a TV critic, a TV news director, an Onion News Network writer, and two directors to find out why Hollywood gets it wrong.

Battles - White Electric (Shabazz Palaces Remix)

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On The Media

This Is Not A Film

Friday, February 24, 2012

Jafar Panahi is an award-winning Iranian director who was recently given a six-year jail sentence and a twenty-year filmmaking ban for what his government has called propaganda against the state. In response, he’s made a movie. It’s called This is Not a Film, and he shot it in his apartment on a digital camera and an iPhone. Fellow Iranian filmmaker Jamsheed Akrami talks to Bob about the non-film, which was smuggled out of Iran in a cake.

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On The Media

Tweeting Graphic Videos From Syria

Friday, February 10, 2012

The situation in Syria is worsening, with estimates of over 5000 dead and the regime of President Bashar Al Assad showing no signs of backing down. With a virtual media blackout in the country, videos posted to YouTube and Facebook are providing some of the only glimpses into the atrocities taking place on the ground.  Bob speaks to NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin and Sky News digital news editor Neal Mann about walking the line between conveying the immensity of the brutality without traumatizing audiences.

The Chieftans - The Stone

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On The Media

Defending the First Amendment Right to Profanity

Friday, February 10, 2012

In the wake of MIA's bird-flipping performance at the Super Bowl and Gisele Bundchen's post-game profanity, Bob talks to Mary Prevost, a lawyer representing a California sports fan's who was ejected from a football game for swearing. Prevost says that ejecting him from the park was a violation of his First Amendment rights.

MIA - Paper Planes

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On The Media

Why Dana Milbank Loves Newt Gingrich

Friday, February 10, 2012

A few weeks ago Dana Milbank, political columnist for the Washington Post, pinned his heart on his sleeve and wrote a very high profile love letter.  To Newt Gingrich.  It was raw, it was honest and it was a totally tongue-in-cheek way of acknowledging the vested interest that reporters have in the seemingly endless horse race coverage. Milbank tells Bob why it was time to take his Newt love to the next level.

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