Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

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 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.

8 Months Later: Brooke and Bob On Covering Trump

Friday, July 21, 2017

The day after the election, Brooke and Bob butted heads over how to cover Trump. This week, they reflect on Bob's approach.

From the City of Ghosts

Friday, July 14, 2017

In ISIS-controlled Raqqa, Syrians are victim to frequent airstrikes, assassinations, and violence. A group of citizen journalists fights back.

Through the Lens of the Pro-Trump Media

Friday, July 14, 2017

For the pro-Trump media, it's all "nothing burgers."

When Science Fiction Isn't Fiction

Friday, July 07, 2017

Author Jeff VanderMeer has been called the "weird Thoreau" for his nature-inspired science fiction. But what's sci-fi when the future of the planet is unpredictable?

"Solastalgia," and Other Words for Our Changing World

Friday, July 07, 2017

The distress caused by environmental change needs its own term, and so do other new phenomena in the Anthropocene.

Happy Birthday, Canada?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Many Canadians don't care about their country's 150th anniversary. Why that may be a good thing.

It's All About The Gerrymandering

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on how district lines are drawn. Democrats are finding it hard to win special elections. Why it all comes back to gerrymandering.

How The Census Made "Hispanics"

Friday, June 23, 2017

How the US Census, Univision, and advocates teamed up to add "Hispanic" to the 1980 Census—and forged a new American identity.

The GOP's Approach To The Investigations

Friday, June 16, 2017

The RNC's talking points reveal its approach to Trump's investigation.

Taking the President's Tweets to Court

Friday, June 16, 2017

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cited one of Trump's tweets in its decision to uphold a block on his travel ban—a potential turning point in the debate about how to interpret his feed.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Political Violence Edition

Friday, June 16, 2017

In the aftermath of politically-charged violence, how the media and politicians fall into familiar traps. 

The Dystopian Potential of Augmented Reality

Friday, June 09, 2017

Bob scrutinizes the hype behind augmented reality and explores its dystopian potential.

Too Much of a Bad Thing

Friday, June 02, 2017

A new study finds that media coverage of Trump's first 100 days set new records for negativity.

'Something Is Emerging From This Community'

Friday, June 02, 2017

A Portland reporter on the aftermath of the recent anti-Muslim hate crime, and what the national media are missing. 

This Segment Will Make You Angry

Friday, June 02, 2017

On the craft and longevity of hyper-partisan news.

As Confederate Monuments Come Down, the Struggle Continues

Friday, May 26, 2017

New Orleans recently took down four major Confederate memorials. The group behind the effort says this is just the beginning.

How Tech Isn't Stopping Terror

Friday, May 26, 2017

Although they routinely affirm their commitment to fighting online extremism, the actions of tech companies may suggest otherwise.

Rethinking How To Cover Terrorism

Friday, May 26, 2017

Does wall-to-wall terrorism coverage distort the truth and traumatize viewers?