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 Different Way Of Thinking About The Coronavirus

Friday, April 03, 2020

"If thought corrupts language,” George Orwell once wrote, “language can also corrupt thought.” So, what does it mean to be "at war" with Covid-19?

Worker Warriors Demand More

Friday, April 03, 2020

History shows us how the heroes of war can be empowered to demand better treatment and protections.

What War Rhetoric Means For A Wartime Economy

Friday, April 03, 2020

The economic policies put into place now could have implications for years to come.

How To Value A Life

Friday, March 27, 2020

The media conversation this week prompted big questions about what each of us is worth.

Science Communications In the Time of Coronavirus

Friday, March 27, 2020

Biologists and epidemiologists are sharing their findings on preprint servers. What those are, and how journalists and news consumers should regard them.

Armchair Virology Goes Viral

Friday, March 27, 2020

Covid-19 is the story of our time. And suddenly, everyone's an expert.

We're On Pandemic Time Now

Friday, March 20, 2020

As the pandemic progresses, timelines are stretching, compressing, and even sometimes flipping. 

Bracing for Impact

Friday, March 20, 2020

Prepping for the worst, hoping against hope for the best. Welcome to our new reality.

Can Eviction Moratoriums Stop The Bleeding?

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

We ask Matt Desmond, Princeton University sociologist and author of Evicted.

Pandemic Propaganda

Friday, March 13, 2020

Grim reality catches up with the president's chaotic, contradictory messaging.

Rewatching "Contagion" During The Pandemic

Friday, March 13, 2020

For one critic, the 2011 Hollywood thriller was a source of unlikely comfort — and terrifying gravity. 

How Coronavirus Rumors Ravaged a Small Ukraine Town

Friday, March 13, 2020

And what we can learn from the spread of misinformation.

Why Nonvoters Choose to Opt Out

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

To turn out the vote, it pays to understand why people don't vote in the first place.

Don't Go Chasing Certainties

Friday, March 06, 2020

As the White House strives for certainty in its messaging, how one journalist is embracing uncertainty. 

Covering a Pandemic When Institutions Go Dark

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

The media messaging surrounding coronavirus is coming directly from the CDC. Is that in our best interest?

A New Theory of Swing Voters

Friday, February 28, 2020

What if they're not just switching between Republican and Democrat?

Certainty in Our Uncertain World

Friday, February 28, 2020

Pundits make broad predictions about what will be. Why do we listen?

Black Swans

Friday, February 28, 2020

Making sense of a looming pandemic and a puzzling Democratic primary.

Epidemic Voyeurs No More

Friday, February 28, 2020

Usually Americans observe outbreaks from afar. This time, they may get an up-close look. 

Goodbye Sweet Norms

Friday, February 14, 2020

The president should not decide who to prosecute or protect.