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:

Why Do Journalists Keep Falling for Police Fast Food Hoaxes?

Friday, June 26, 2020

The fake story about poisoned police officers at Shake Shack is part of a troubling pattern.

A Rush To Editorial Judgment, Averted

Friday, June 26, 2020

How staffers at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution stopped themselves from criminalizing a victim of police brutality. 

"Abstinence-Only" Coronavirus Guidance Won't Save Us

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Public health experts who research how to manage risk advise a harm-reduction approach instead.

We're Still In The First Wave

Friday, June 19, 2020

But actually, it looks more like a plateau with 20,000 new Covid-19 cases a day.

How We Remember the Tulsa Massacre

Friday, June 19, 2020

In 1921, the predominantly Black community of Greenwood was the site of one of the largest so-called "race riots" in American history. Why don't we talk about it?

The Milkshake Duck-ing of Bon Appetit

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

On whiteness in food media — and the downfalls of Bon App and Alison Roman. 

Is This 'Unrest' or an 'Uprising'?

Friday, June 05, 2020

 A former foreign correspondent's perspective.

How We Keep Our Communities Safe

Friday, June 05, 2020

We're hearing increasing calls to "defund the police." What could we fund instead?

Humans Are Only As Bad As The Systems We Build

Friday, June 05, 2020

We're constantly told human beings are untrustworthy and greedy and need law and order for society to function. What if that's simply untrue?

Who is "Karen" and Why Does She Keep Calling the Police on Black Men?

Friday, May 29, 2020

A white woman called 911 on a black man in Central Park, and was quickly dubbed a “Karen.” Why?

The Weaponization of White Womanhood

Friday, May 29, 2020

White women have power that comes from perceived weakness — and that can make it a hard kind of power to talk about.

An Archive of Grief

Friday, May 22, 2020

Remembering New Yorkers lost to Covid-19 with an ambitious, crowd-sourced obituary project. 

Why The Press Downplayed the 1918 Flu

Friday, May 22, 2020

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

Brooke speaks with "Mrs. America" creator Dahvi Waller

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

On the lessons from the movement for and against the Equal Rights Amendment.

Report For America: A Case Study in Solving Local Media's Woes

Friday, May 08, 2020

Report For America presents one possible solution to the collapse of the local news industry. 

The Expertise We've Lost

Friday, May 08, 2020

One newly-jobless investigative reporter reflects on what her and her colleagues' joblessness means for their city. 

Answering for Joe Biden

Friday, May 01, 2020

New evidence means new attention on the sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden. But who will ultimately pay the price?

The Post-Pandemic American Marketplace

Friday, May 01, 2020

The economy isn't going back to normal. Where is it going?

What Does It Mean To "Reopen The Economy"?

Friday, May 01, 2020

On how the idea of one "economy" shapes our priorities. 

Who's Really Behind the Anti-Lockdown Protests?

Friday, May 01, 2020

Yes, there's some grassroots organizing. There's also some astroturf funding.