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.

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Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

How a Manifesto Against 'Objectivity' Transformed One Journalist's Career

Friday, July 23, 2021

Moving on from so-called "objectivity."

What it's Like to Report on Gay Marriage When It's Deeply Personal

Friday, July 23, 2021

Covering gay marriage when your own vows are at stake. 

When Black Journalists Are Barred From Covering Black Lives Matter Protests

Friday, July 23, 2021

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

The Most Dangerous Time to be a Journalist

Friday, July 23, 2021

Brooke speaks with Joel Simon about his almost 25 year journey with the Committee to Protect Journalists.

How Newsrooms Could Better Support Journalists with Trauma

Friday, July 23, 2021

In a profession where trauma is an occupational hazard, trauma has also been used to disqualify journalists from covering certain subjects.

How a Nightclub Fire Brought Down a Government

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A nightclub fire. Hospital deaths. Government corruption. And the Oscar-nominated film that tells the whole story.

A Shakespearean Comedy in Kabul

Friday, July 16, 2021

Staging Shakespeare's Love's Labors Lost in Kabul as a celebration of hope and a form of therapy.

How Shakespeare Became an American Icon

Friday, July 16, 2021

What the Bard can teach us about what it means to be American.

Painting for the Future and Talking to the Dead

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Swedish artist Hilma af Klint was one of the first abstract painters. So why are we just learning about her now? Plus, how dead spirits helped women find their voices.

Red Wine's "French Paradox"

Friday, July 09, 2021

How 60 Minutes made red wine popular. 

Beyond Ethanol

Friday, July 09, 2021

On developing a synthetic alcohol with all of the benefits but none of the risks. 

America Has a Drinking Problem

Friday, July 09, 2021

America's relationship with solitary drinking started far before COVID.

Alcohol in the Ancient Times

Friday, July 09, 2021

The drinks of yore. 

The Zello Tapes: The Walkie-Talkie App Used On January 6th

Friday, July 02, 2021

Listen to recordings from an insurrectionist as she stormed the Capitol.

Zello: A Recruitment & Organizing Tool For The Far Right

Friday, July 02, 2021

How violence surrounding the election began unfolding months earlier.

Is 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' a Neo-Confederate Anthem?

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A pop critic unpacks the complexities of The Band's canonical, misunderstood song. 

A New Model for Local Journalism?

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The New Bedford Light revives investigative journalism in a historic whaling town where Gannett gutted the local newspaper.

The DOJ Seizes Reporters' Records, Again

Friday, June 18, 2021

Another round of transparency v. "national security."

What The Press Missed About the Pentagon Papers

Friday, June 18, 2021

The late Les Gelb, project leader for the Pentagon Papers, on what representations of the leak leave out of the real story. 

Was the Biden-Putin Meeting Anything More Than Political Pageantry?

Friday, June 18, 2021

What Russian and American media got right and wrong about Putin and Biden's first meeting.