Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

YouTube's Reply to the "Reply Girls" and Other Irrelevant Videos

Friday, April 06, 2012

OTM recently looked at the phenomenon of "Reply Girls," the cleavage baring women crowding YouTube with nonsensical videos. YouTube says it is trying to fix the problem of irrelevant videos on its site. Bob speaks to YouTube engineering director Cristos Goodrow about how the site is changing its algorithm to show users more of what they want to see.


Smog - Held

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Misconceptions about Gas Prices and the Presidency

Friday, April 06, 2012

With gas prices on the rise, the cost of fuel is set to become a defining issue of the presidential race. Bob speaks to NPR's Planet Money reporter Adam Davidson about how the media haven't done a good job correcting misconceptions about the president's role in rising fuel costs and how the staggering price of gas doesn't really change consumer behavior.


Errors - Tusk

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The First Cell Phone Call

Friday, April 06, 2012

Last week marked the anniversary of the first public cell phone call. It was 1973, ten years before cell phones would become commercially available and many more years before they would become wildly popular. Bob speaks with Martin Cooper, the former Motorola-man who made the first call about his company's rivalry with AT&T and the future of cell phones.


The Durutti Column - Sketch for Summer

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Supreme Court Justices Read Newspapers Too

Friday, March 30, 2012

Media coverage can influence public opinion, but can public opinion really influence the Supreme Court? With its lifetime appointments the court is designed to exist above the fray. Bob speaks with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick who says that despite that, public opinion was a big factor in this week's arguments.


Dustin Wong - Tea Tree Leaves Retreat

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The Multiple Personalities of National Geographic

Friday, March 30, 2012

Last month, the NatGeo channel unveiled "Diggers," a show about treasure hunters with metal detectors that the Society for American Archaeology said glorifies looting. "Diggers" is only one of a slew of pulp non-fiction shows on the NatGeo Channel that would surprise anyone familiar with the more-then-century-old National Geographic Magazine. Bob speaks to SAA president Fred Limp, National Geographic Society CEO John Fahey, and NatGeo Channel CEO David Lyle.


Oddisee - All Along The River

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The Lure of Reporting About Southern Stereotypes

Friday, March 23, 2012

In the lead-up to the Alabama and Mississippi presidential primaries the media seized on poll results which revealed surprising views on interracial marriage and Barack Obama's religion among likely Republican primary voters. Public Policy Polling, who conducted the poll, also asked people who they'd be voting for, but that information wasn't as attention-getting. Bob speaks with Michelle Cottle, a Southerner herself, who has been keeping tabs on media coverage of the polls for The Daily Beast


New Country Rehab - Ramblin' Man

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The Archive Team

Friday, March 23, 2012

Most of us think nothing of putting our lives in the cloud; photos in Flickr, videos on YouTube, most everything on Facebook.  But what about when those services abruptly go away, taking all of our collective contributions with them?  Well Jason Scott operates on the assumption that everything online will one day disappear.  He explains to Bob why he and the Archive Team are dedicated to saving user-generated content for posterity.

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An Archive of Soccer Fan Chants

Friday, March 23, 2012

The impulse to archive isn't restricted to dying languages or ancient relics. Sometimes you archive something simply because you love it. is a repository of more than 20,000 soccer fan chants from all over the world. It started as a business and remains one - but it's become a labor of love. Bob speaks with Michael Dennis, a co-founder of Fan Chants. 

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Divorcing Google

Friday, March 23, 2012

This week, two class action lawsuits were filed by privacy advocates against Google, because under their new privacy policy, the company can pool user data collected from all of its web services into one place. Software researcher Tom Henderson reacted in a different way: he decided to stop using all of Google's services. Bob speaks with Tom about how he “divorced Google.”


Daniel Rossen - Up On High

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Lowes, All-American Muslim and Boycotts

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lowes pulls their ads from the show All-American Muslim after pressure from anti-Islam groups. Now the chain is facing criticism. Bob Garfield, host of On the Media and author of The Chaos Scenario, discusses the controversy.

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Remembering Steve Jobs: What Made the Apple Co-Founder a Visionary

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Jobs was a bona fide liberator. A revolutionary. A visionary leader. First, he liberated his customers from DOS. Then from Windows. And with each such effort, he pried the thumb...

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Should the White House Release a Photo?

Friday, May 06, 2011

The Obama Administration decided not to release photos of Osama Bin Laden's corpse. The New Yorker's Philip Gourevitch and The American Prospect's Paul Waldman debate the decision.

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On the Media's Bob Garfield

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

On the Media host Bob Garfield discusses the 10-year anniversary of the WNYC show On the Media, how technology has transformed the media landscape in the last decade, and what we can expect going forward. He’ll also talk about On The Media’s project Blow The Whistle, a collaboration with Government Accountability Project to uncover the identity of the senator who last December put an anonymous hold on the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (Bill S.372), essentially killing it at the last minute.

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The Greene Space

On The Media

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

7:00 PM

On February 15, in the midst of Twitter-facilitated revolution in the Middle East, on the very day artificial intelligence battles with humans on Jeopardy! - On The Media looks at the potential of new media to deliver - or totally destroy - mankind.

MST2010 Political Ads

Monday, October 25, 2010

Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield, co-hosts of NPR's "On the Media," analyze this year's bumper crop of bizarre campaign ads.

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The Chaos Scenario

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bob Garfield, host of NPR's On The Media and columnist for Ad Age, talks about his unified theory and his new book, The Chaos Scenario (Stielstra Publishing, 2009) about the future of the media business model.

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Changing Guard

Friday, October 16, 2009

Meet Ross Douthat, the youngest regular columnist ever at the New York Times. He discusses health care reform, the war in Afghanistan, and other news of the day. Then: new media and old media don’t get along very well, and that’s just fine by On the Media host Bob Garfield, ...

Call In: Off-Label Drug Use

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, agreed to pay $2.3 billion, the largest criminal fine in history, to settle civil and criminal allegations for illegally marketing drugs for uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bob Garfield, co-host of NPR's On the Media, columnist at ...

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The Chaos Scenario

Monday, August 03, 2009

Bob Garfield, Advertising Age editor-at-large and co-host of On the Media, documents how the digital revolution has separated the 350-year connection between mass media and mass marketing, and prescribes a new way for business and institutions to go forward in the changing media landscape. His book The ...

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Super Ads

Friday, January 30, 2009

Bob Garfield, co-host of WNYC's "On The Media" and Advertising Age columnist, looks at the effects of the recession on Super Bowl advertising.

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