Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield is the co-host of On the Media

Bob Garfield isn’t exactly a media whore, but he’s extremely promiscuous.

Apart from On the Media, Bob has been a columnist for 30-plus years, at the moment on the subjects of media and marketing for The Guardian and MediaPost. In the world of marketing he is an institution, like the Red Cross. Or San Quentin.

When not casting broadly, Bob casts podly, with former OTM producer Mike Vuolo on the insanely popular Slate language program “Lexicon Valley.” In print, Bob has been a contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, Civilization and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic and Wired and been employed variously by ABC, CBS, CNBC and the defunct FNN as an on-air analyst. As a lecturer and panelist, he has appeared in 37 countries on six continents, including such venues as the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol, the Rainbow Room, the Smithsonian, Circus Circus casino, the Grand Ole Opry, the U.N., Harvard University, Princeton University and, memorably, a Thai Kickboxing ring in Cape Town, South Africa.

He is the author of five books, most recently Can’t Buy Me Like. His first book, Waking Up Screaming from the American Dream, was published by Scribner in 1997, favorably reviewed and quickly forgotten.  His 2003 manifesto on advertising, And Now a Few Words From Me, is published in six languages (although, admittedly, one is Bulgarian). His 2009 crackpot screed The Chaos Scenario, about the supposed collapse of mass media and advertising, has all come true. Garfield co-wrote “Tag, You’re It,” a snappy country song performed by Willie Nelson, and wrote an episode of the short-lived NBC sitcom “Sweet Surrender.” It sucked.


Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Trudeau's Honeymoon Was Already Over

Friday, June 15, 2018

Before Trump made a target of the Canadian Prime Minister, Trudeau was losing support in his own native land.

Is Anti-Zionist Speech Anti-Semitic?

Friday, June 15, 2018

It's an uncomfortable debate within the Jewish community. And a new piece of legislation says "yes."

Rethinking the Presidential Pardon

Friday, June 08, 2018

Might there be a silver lining to President Trump's pardoning spree?

Inside the Chickenshit Club

Friday, June 08, 2018

Believe it or not, we used to prosecute white collar criminals in this country. What changed?

Fact Checking #WhereAreTheChildren

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How two separate immigration stories mistakenly became one.

Google Enlists

Friday, May 25, 2018

Why Google's deal with the Pentagon has its employees so distressed.

Truth Is Not Relative

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Trump team works to avoid a "perjury trap."

The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

Friday, May 25, 2018

A new book by Slate's Mike Pesca looks at the great hypotheticals in sports history.

Surveillance Valley

Friday, May 25, 2018

While some have been shocked to see Google and Amazon tangling with the military, journalist Yasha Levine says it has always been thus.

Glenn Beck Reverses His Reversal

Thursday, May 24, 2018

In November 2016, Bob spoke to Blaze bloviator Glenn Beck to hear about his opposition to Donald Trump. This weekend, Beck proudly donned on MAGA hat. Bob explains.  

The Recording of America

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

On what would have been Studs Terkel's 106th birthday, we revisit a conversation bob had about the legendary documentarian with his erstwhile collaborator and editor Andre Schiffrin. 

An Extended Trip Through Wild Wild Country

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

A bonus edition of Bob's conversation with the directors.

A Trip Through Wild Wild Country

Friday, May 04, 2018

A Netflix documentary series asks big questions about cults, democracy and the struggle to build and maintain community.

How Journalists Hurt Journalism in the Age of Trump

Friday, May 04, 2018

Why are high-profile reporters minimizing the president's hate campaign against the press?

What Men Do With Their Pain

Friday, May 04, 2018

A conversation about men with a masculinities scholar. 

What Happens at Trump Tower Does Not Stay at Trump Tower

Friday, April 27, 2018

A conversation with the hosts of the Trump, Inc. podcast.

How a Strong Economy Could Lead to Trump's Second Term

Friday, April 27, 2018

Will a strong economy and shifting Democratic party lead Trump to reelection in 2020?

The Age of Defamation

Friday, April 20, 2018

After spreading conspiracy theories for years, Alex Jones and Infowars are now facing a host of defamation suits aimed at bringing down the media organization.

Self-Immolation, Past and Present

Friday, April 20, 2018

A political history of the self-sacrificing protest tactic, in the wake of a very public suicide this week. 

A Life Of Sacrifice

Friday, April 20, 2018

In a small east Texas town in 2014, a retired white pastor named Charles Moore set himself on fire to protest racism. We revisit his life's story.