Brooke Gladstone

Host, On The Media

Brooke Gladstone is best known for the…pause…that Bob Garfield inserts before mentioning her name in the credits for On the Media.

She’s the recipient of two Peabody Awards, a National Press Club Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and many others you tend to collect if you hang out in public radio long enough.

Just before coming to On the Media, she did some pilots for WNYC of a call-in show about human relationships with Dan Savage called A More Perfect Union. That was pretty cool.

She also is the author of The Influencing Machine (W.W. Norton), a media manifesto in graphic form, listed among the top books of 2011 by The New Yorker, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, and among the “10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction” by The Atlantic.

Gladstone always wanted to be a comic hero and she finally did it. Here she is animated.

At WNYC’s 2012 Christmas party, backed by the fabulous Radio Flyers band, she sang “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” with her sisters Lisa and Stacey, thus fulfilling all her dreams.

Shows and Blogs:

Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

How Shakespeare Became an American Hero

Friday, November 27, 2020

Lessons the Bard can teach us about what it means to be American.

Why The Press Downplayed the 1918 Flu

Friday, November 27, 2020

Until recently, that deadly pandemic has been mostly absent from our collective memory.

Rewatching "Contagion" in a Pandemic

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Rewatching "Contagion" in a pandemic. 

Trump's Sabotage of Public Data

Friday, November 13, 2020

The Trump administration's comprehensive assault on data collection prevents us from seeing ourselves clearly.

A Former Conservative Blogger On the Failures of Right-Wing Media

Friday, November 13, 2020

He argues that US conservatives misunderstand the very purpose of journalism.

The Pfizer Vaccine Isn't a Home Run Yet

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A few caveats to the good news. 

The Right's Long History of Ignoring the Will of the People

Friday, November 06, 2020

It didn't start with Trump.

One Man's Dark Obsession With Ordering the World

Friday, October 30, 2020

Lulu Miller on the possibilities — and perils — of trying to bring order to chaos.

Welcome To The Fandom Era

Friday, October 23, 2020

On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first Twitch stream and the future of American politics. 

The Birth of the Modern Campaign

Friday, October 23, 2020

Political consulting and dirty tricks as we know them today can be traced back to a single race — in 1934.

Journalists Should be in 'Emergency' Mode

Friday, October 16, 2020

Letting go of convention and standing for democracy.

How Zello Became A Recruitment & Organizing Tool For The Far Right

Friday, October 16, 2020

How violence surrounding the election might unfold and what can be done to mitigate it.

Brooke speaks with Lulu Miller about her new book, "Why Fish Don't Exist"

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The story of a long-heralded, lately-demoted taxonomist of fish and then, notoriously, people. 

Against Democracy

Friday, October 09, 2020

How and why the right has come to stand against liberal democracy.

Joe Biden, Child of the "Lucky Few" Generation

Friday, October 09, 2020

How Biden's generation's impeccable timing might have shaped his politics and worldview. 

What is the Religious Left?

Friday, October 02, 2020

And what kind of power does it really wield?

Better Questions About Amy Coney Barrett's Faith

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Are assumptions about religion distracting journalists as they cover Amy Coney Barrett? 

Joe Rogan: Debate Moderator?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Podcaster Joe Rogan wants to host a presidential debate on his podcast. Who is this guy?

The "Red Mirage" and Other Election Night Coverage Catastrophes

Friday, September 11, 2020

How seriously should we take these potential election night scenarios?

QAnon Sneaks Into The Offline World

Friday, September 11, 2020

Last month more than 200 cities saw modest events organized by believers in the dangerous conspiracy theory.