Brooke Gladstone

Host, On The Media

Brooke Gladstone is host of On the Media. She is 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:

How an OTM Reporter Became Part of One of the Biggest January 6th Trials

Friday, May 26, 2023

Micah Loewinger recorded Oath Keepers storming the Capitol. Then he received a subpoena. 

Seditious Conspiracy

Friday, May 26, 2023

When reporting becomes federal evidence; a history of journalists being called to testify; escaping the far right and an abusive marriage. 

Ben Smith on the Death of BuzzFeed News

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

The former Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News on the end of an era of digital news, and what's next.

Debunking Ongoing Myths About the Writers' Strike

Friday, May 19, 2023

Why the myth of a reality TV boom keeps circulating. 

How the AI Senate Hearing Missed the Mark

Friday, May 19, 2023

Longterm, speculative fears of AI's ability to outsmart us are obscuring current issues.

Enshittification Part 3: Saving The Internet

Friday, May 19, 2023

Solutions to Big Digital gone bad


Friday, May 19, 2023

Regulating AI; Old Hollywood Myths; Fixing the Internet 

Debunking Myths About the Writers' Strike

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Why the myth of a reality TV boom keeps circulating. 

What Did Trump's CNN Town Hall Actually Reveal?

Friday, May 12, 2023

When "representation" and "free speech" become reasons to platform lies.

Enshittification Part 2: The Mechanisms That Helped Big Digital Go Bad

Friday, May 12, 2023

We know that internet platforms have gotten worse. But how exactly did our systems allow it?

E. Jean Carroll and the Progress of #MeToo

Friday, May 12, 2023

It's not about what happens to the men.

Enshittification Part 1: Why Every Platform Goes Bad

Friday, May 05, 2023

When did the internet start getting worse?

Inside the 20-Year Fight for a Free Press in Iraq

Friday, May 05, 2023

How Iraqi journalists have fought to tell their own stories over the last twenty years.

What Media Coverage of Disney v. DeSantis is Missing

Friday, May 05, 2023

This isn't just a case about the First Amendment.

Tucker Carlson, Rupert Murdoch, and the Future of Fox News

Thursday, April 27, 2023

The state of Fox News today is thanks to Rupert Murdoch. A look inside the Murdoch media empire shows how media outlets can turn into right-wing political influence machines. 

Meet the Redstones, the Complicated Family Behind a Media Empire

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

The embattled family behind a media empire that inspired Succession.

The Real-Life Media Moguls That Inspired the TV Show Succession

Friday, April 21, 2023

How the Murdoch media empire influenced broader culture. 

Fox News Settles the Defamation Suit Brought by Dominion Voting Systems

Friday, April 21, 2023

What we learned from the case that almost went to trial.

Clarence Thomas' Unshaken Belief in Big Money

Friday, April 21, 2023

What his friendship with billionaire Harlan Crow reveals.

Twitter and Public Media

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Why NPR has decided to pause its use of its Twitter accounts after the disagreement over how it was labeled.