Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Mass Grief in a Divided America

Friday, May 22, 2020

Will America mourn together when this is all over?

Obituaries Reveal Who and What We Really Care About

Friday, May 22, 2020

Decades from now, historians will turn to obituaries to understand the pandemic.

What To Say When A Loved One Shares Pandemic Disinfo

Friday, May 15, 2020

Attempting to heal the harm caused by "Plandemic" and other conspiracy theories.

Mixed Messages in the Heartland

Friday, May 15, 2020

Communities in the American heartland are becoming coronavirus hotspots. But residents are being cut off from data that show how severe it's getting.

A Tale of Two Cities

Friday, May 15, 2020

There’s a literal playbook for communications during an epidemic. Seattle followed it. New York didn’t.

Are Online Courts Less Fair?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Advocates for online courts cite efficiency — but at what cost?

In Memoriam: The Ad Revenue–Based Newspaper Business Model

Friday, May 08, 2020

A brief and spine-chilling history of the demise of a centuries-old business model. 

R.I.P. The Local Rag

Friday, May 08, 2020

America's local-news deserts are expanding. 

Waiting For a Game-Changer

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

A silver bullet isn't coming — but the media and the public are running out of patience.

The Art of Disastertising

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Advertising used to be advertising. During the pandemic, it's become disastertising. 

For Cities, Does Density Mean Coronavirus Destiny?

Friday, April 24, 2020

Instinctive anti-urbanism in coronavirus coverage has a long history in America.

A Brief History of Timekeeping

Friday, April 24, 2020

Is it Sunday? Tuesday? Friday? What can we learn from our current time disorientation?

A Model Scapegoat

Friday, April 17, 2020

What happens when scientific models are put through the spin machine?

Memory Hole

Friday, April 17, 2020

The president tries to obscure the truth with his bark — but the press is biting back.

Virtual Worship Is Older Than You Think

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The surprising historical roots of Zoom seders and mass.

The Hybrid Reality of No-Sports Sports TV

Friday, April 10, 2020

A look at the experimental, utterly bizarre state of sports.

Filling the Covid-19 Data Gaps

Friday, April 10, 2020

Why so many turn to the COVID Tracking Project — and not federal health agencies — for data aggregation and explanation. 

How Hydroxychloroquine Became A Thing

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

The path of a misleading study, from France to Elon Musk to Fox to the White House.

Worker Warriors Demand More

Friday, April 03, 2020

History shows us how the heroes of war can be empowered to demand better treatment and protections.

Coronavirus, Famesplained

Friday, April 03, 2020

What responsibility do A-list celebrities have to the public in the midst of a pandemic?