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:

Against Free Speech Absolutism

Friday, October 11, 2019

A hard look at the assumptions under-girding free speech absolutism.

70 Years After Trump

Friday, October 11, 2019

Is the path to a better society paved through laws? Or norms? Or something else altogether?

American Free Speech: Radical and Radically Inconsistent

Friday, October 11, 2019

We think we know what free speech is. But history and the history of the law make things tricky. 

Impeachment Tests the Fox-Trump Relationship

Friday, October 04, 2019

Leaders at Fox News search for a path forward amidst infighting and impeachment drama.

Trump Sees Conspiracies Everywhere

Friday, October 04, 2019

Italy, Australia, UK, Ukraine. When all you've got is corruption, everything looks like a conspiracy.

How Whistle-Blower Protections Can Be A Trap

Friday, September 27, 2019

There's a double standard for the intelligence community. 

The Ukrainian Connection

Friday, September 27, 2019

Why is Rudy Giuliani spreading misinformation about Ukrainian politics? And what's the real story?

On The Many Gulfs In Climate Coverage

Friday, September 20, 2019

Congress underestimates the support (around 70%) for action on the climate crisis. And the press hasn't caught up to public opinion either. 

Withdraw Labor and Walk Off the Job

Friday, September 20, 2019

General Motors workers are on strike. Hospital workers might walk out next month. Where have we seen this before?

Who Is Lady Liberty, And What Does She Want?

Friday, September 13, 2019

The many faces, and political uses, of the statue.

How to Report On Gun Violence in America

Friday, September 06, 2019

Why the bulk of coverage misses the range of solutions to our deadly national problem.

In Which CNN Devotes 7 Hours to Climate Change

Friday, September 06, 2019

CNN — yes, CNN! — advanced the climate conversation with a town hall for Democratic presidential candidates.

Walking-to-Work Stories: Heartwarming or Harmful?

Friday, August 30, 2019

Why free cars aren't the answer for America's marathon trekkers. 

Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs: An Operatic Myth

Friday, August 30, 2019

A new, in-progress opera about two mythical figures in American transit history. 

Understanding Rights in Transit

Friday, August 30, 2019

Going beyond point-A-to-point-B mobility. 

Part 3: Empire State of Mind

Friday, August 23, 2019

How America's evolving territorial empire has influenced everything from the Beatles to 9/11.

Empire State of Mind

Friday, August 23, 2019

In a special hour this week, On the Media examines the history of US imperialism — and why the familiar US map hides the true story of our country.

Part 1: Empire State of Mind

Friday, August 23, 2019

On bird poop and human rights.

Part 2: Empire State of Mind

Friday, August 23, 2019

In the 19th century, the US sought to be a democracy, an empire, and a white supremacist nation. It couldn't be all three.

Part 1: The Myth Of The Frontier

Friday, August 16, 2019

We're exploring the myths of American Exceptionalism. This week, historian Greg Grandin digs into America's founding narrative: endless expansion.