Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

In Hefner's Wildest Dreams

Friday, September 29, 2017

After Hugh Hefner's death on Wednesday, Bob and Brooke revisit conversations they had with, and about, the Playboy Magazine founder.

What's Going on in Puerto Rico?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hurricanes Irma and Maria have left a crippled Puerto Rico struggling for electricity, drinking water and recognition from mainland politicians and the media.

When Crime Data Becomes Politicized

Friday, September 29, 2017

New FBI data shows that homicides were up by 8.6% in 2016. Why politicians, commentators and advocates interpret that number so differently.

Catalonia Crackdown

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Spanish government is raiding newsrooms and Catalan government offices in an effort to quash the upcoming Catalan independence referendum.

The Fight for Antitrust

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tech giants like Facebook assure us of their commitment to democracy, but others think our democracy won't be safe until we take on the tech platforms themselves.

RT, Sputnik and the Slippery Slope

Friday, September 22, 2017

The US government is pressuring Russia-run media outlets RT and Sputnik to register themselves as propaganda. But do we stand to lose more than we gain?

What Lies Ahead For Puerto Rico

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The damage to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria may be far worse than downed power lines and flooded rivers.
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How Democrats Used to Talk About Immigration

Friday, September 08, 2017

Why there are no longer dissenting voices on immigration in the Democratic Party.

The Southern Poverty Law Center: Anti-Hate Activists, Slick Marketers or Both?

Friday, September 08, 2017

Over the years, the Southern Poverty Law Center has faced criticism from the left and the right. SPLC President Richard Cohen responds to recent financial and political charges. 

The Misleading Rhetoric Around DACA

Friday, September 08, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions drew upon longstanding myths about DACA in his announcement this week.

What FEMA Is For

Friday, September 08, 2017

Created to respond to a nuclear attack, FEMA now responds mostly to "natural" disasters. How the agency's transition changed the way we think about its role. 

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Drugs Edition

Friday, August 25, 2017

The media coverage of drug abuse is often fraught with hyperbole and inaccuracy. We dispel some of the most common myths.

A Case for Law Enforcement

Friday, August 25, 2017

A journalist argues that drug treatment won't work without proper policing.

How To Answer "Is This Caused By Climate Change?"

Friday, August 18, 2017

The scientific field of "extreme weather attribution" offers answers that journalists have long avoided.

Your Local TV News Is About To Get A Lot Worse

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sinclair Broadcast Group is poised to expand its reach in local TV news. It has a pro-Trump bent, and pretty low production values.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Worse Than You Think

Friday, August 18, 2017

The plastic is everywhere. 

The Slow Crisis in America's Immigration Courts

Friday, August 11, 2017

The immigration courts determine the fates of millions of people. So why aren't they more transparent?

A Fragile Patchwork of Press Protections

Friday, August 11, 2017

Journalists working with whistleblowers have fewer legal protections than we might think.

Trump Is Making MS-13 Stronger

Friday, August 11, 2017

How the administration uses the gang's brutal brand to its advantage.

Gawker and the New Era of Media Censorship

Friday, August 11, 2017

A new documentary examines how the ultra-wealthy silence journalism.