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:

A Short History of Trans Representations in Hollywood

Friday, May 07, 2021

The Netflix documentary "Disclosure" walks us through the good, the bad, and the troubling.

How Trans Kids Became a GOP Target

Friday, May 07, 2021

Making sense of the science behind legislation targeting trans youth in over 30 states.

Trans Children Have a Long History

Friday, May 07, 2021

History shows that trans children aren't a "trend."

Toward Trans Liberation

Friday, May 07, 2021

How a more complete history of trans lives offers new pathways to the future.

Still Processing the MOVE Bombing, 36 Years Later

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Revisiting the incident after remains of at least one victim were returned just last week. 

On the Inside Looking Out

Friday, April 30, 2021

For the incarcerated, basic info about the vaccines is even harder to parse with limited access to news.

"You Don't Belong Here"

Friday, April 30, 2021

How three women changed the course of history and paved the way for women to cover wars. 

Thoughts on Presidential Prose

Friday, April 30, 2021

What to do with words — or silence — from the Oval Office. 

Not Your Inmate: The Weight of Language in Criminal Justice Coverage

Friday, April 30, 2021

Terms like “inmate,” “felon,” and “offender” aren’t as neutral as some reporters presume.

It's Gonna Be May Day

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

May Day isn't some kind of Soviet export developed in Moscow's Red Square. It actually started in the U.S.

Are We Alone? The Search for Life Beyond Earth

Friday, April 23, 2021

As we rove Mars, are others roving us? 

Chasing Dash: A Former Child Actor Grapples With His Defining Role

Friday, April 23, 2021

The actor behind Dash of "The Incredibles" confronts its sequel for the first time.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Vaccine Edition

Friday, April 16, 2021

We examine the fuzzy math and misleading language that can cloud media coverage of vaccines. 

How the Bessemer Story Got the Wind Knocked Out of It

Friday, April 16, 2021

Labor-friendly media depicted a movement with momentum. Did they overhype the union drive? 

On the Inside Looking Out

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

For the incarcerated, information about the covid vaccines is even harder to parse with limited access to the media.

Turning Tragedy into Televised Spectacle

Friday, April 02, 2021

Court TV, which produced soapy legal broadcasts in the 90s, is manning the cameras at the Derek Chauvin trial.

Reporting on You: A Look Back at the Fight for Gay Marriage

Friday, April 02, 2021

Covering gay marriage when your own vows are at stake. 

Why the View From Nowhere is a Harmful Myth

Friday, April 02, 2021

Moving on from so-called "objectivity."

How the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Doubled Down on a Stark Double-Standard for Black Journalists

Friday, April 02, 2021

White editors still have significant control of newsroom leadership positions — and "objectivity" itself. 

Newsrooms Need To Support Reporters With Trauma — Not Disqualify Them

Friday, April 02, 2021

The case of Felicia Sonmez, and the role of trauma in journalism.