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.

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Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

National Geographic Examines Its Racist Past

Friday, March 16, 2018

When National Geographic decided to do a deep dive on race issues, it started by looking at its own troubling past coverage.

Why Google Shows Different Maps to Different Countries

Friday, March 16, 2018

How Google is undermining our sense of a shared geographical reality.

The Perils of Covering the Alt-Right

Friday, March 02, 2018

Reporters who have covered far-right groups break down frequent media pitfalls.

The Kids Are (And Have Always Been) All Right

Friday, February 23, 2018

Some are shocked to see teenagers leading a movement against gun violence. They shouldn't be.

Dreams of Wakanda

Friday, February 23, 2018

How the utopian kingdom at the center of Black Panther falls into a long history of black liberation struggles.

Can We Ever Replace Alcohol?

Friday, February 09, 2018

There's a synthetic alcohol with all of the benefits but none of the risks. 

Alcohol in Ancient Times

Friday, February 09, 2018

Our show this week is all about booze, beginning in ancient times with Iain Gately, author of "Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol."

The Red Wine Paradox

Friday, February 09, 2018

How 60 Minutes made red wine popular. 

Alcoholics Anonymous Goes to Hollywood

Friday, February 09, 2018

Brooke and Gabrielle Glaser discuss the history — and P.R. mechanics — of A.A.

The Day After, Today

Friday, February 02, 2018

In 1983, a made-for-tv movie called The Day After set the stage for a national conversation about the threat of nuclear war. Is it time for a remake?

What The Simpsons Can Teach Us About Nuclear Apocalypse

Friday, February 02, 2018

In "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play," playwright Anne Washburn imagines how our society might cope with a sudden nuclear catastrophe...with the help of The Simpsons.

Le Guin's Legacy

Friday, January 26, 2018

Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin created vivid worlds that gave credence to radical, political ideas and progressive notions of gender and race.

Memos, Storms and the Right Wing Media

Friday, January 26, 2018

From #ReleaseTheMemo to "The Storm," right wing internet conspiracies and memes continue to bubble up into mainstream media. Journalist Will Sommer helps us make sense of the trends.

The Voice in Your Head - A Tribute to Joe Frank

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How do you pay proper tribute to a legend that many people haven’t heard of?
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Joe Frank: The Known-Unknown

Friday, January 19, 2018

Influential and experimental radio host Joe Frank passed away earlier this week. He was 79. Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and writer Mark Oppenheimer join Brooke to discuss his work.

The #MeToo Backlash Begins

Friday, January 19, 2018

The latest round of celebrity allegations have some asking if the #MeToo moment has gone too far. But are they missing the point?

Feminist Lessons From the Third Wave

Friday, January 19, 2018

We look back on debates within feminism in the 1990s to understand how far the movement has come — and how far it still has to go.

Live From the Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards!

Friday, January 12, 2018

The time has finally come for President Trump's promised "Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards." Bob and Brooke hit the (fictional) red carpet to check it out.

Masha Gessen on Outrage Fatigue in Trump's America

Friday, January 12, 2018

One year ago, Gessen warned about coming autocracy and provided rules for surviving it. How have her predictions borne out?

When Republicans Wanted Abortion Rights

Friday, January 05, 2018

Historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore explains how the intractable political battle came to be.