Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

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.

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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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. 

The Misleading Rhetoric Around DACA

Friday, September 08, 2017

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

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. 

A Case for Law Enforcement

Friday, August 25, 2017

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

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.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Worse Than You Think

Friday, August 18, 2017

The plastic is everywhere. 

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 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?

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.

A Fragile Patchwork of Press Protections

Friday, August 11, 2017

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

The Messaging War on Single-Payer Healthcare

Friday, July 28, 2017

Polls show growing support for single-payer healthcare, or "Medicare for All." But over the past century, the idea of the policy has been tied to a messaging war over socialism.

Covering A Secret Bill

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Senate proceedings on healthcare this week were high on drama but short on policy details, leaving lawmakers and reporters in the dark. 

The Once-In-A-While Maverick

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Atlantic's James Fallows discusses McCain's long tenure in the media spotlight — a story of dualities, cozy jokes, and the occasional, genuine maverick choice. 

Citizen Charlie Gard

Friday, July 28, 2017

How a British baby born with a rare disease became a pawn in the right-wing battle against government healthcare in the US.

The Trump Administration's PR War on Obamacare

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services used to spend money promoting Obamacare. Now, it funds videos that undermine it.