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:

What is Twitch?

Friday, February 22, 2019

Now streaming: tragedy, humanity, esports.

Streaming While Homeless

Friday, February 22, 2019

The story of one streamer, who turned to Twitch during his darkest hour.

When 20,000 Nazis Gathered in New York

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A documentary film takes us back to the most notorious event of the German-American Bund.

Lorena, Revisited

Friday, February 15, 2019

Back in the 90s, the media caricatured the Virginia housewife who'd cut off her husband's penis. How this telling missed the real story.

Rethinking MLK Day

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

 On the Anniversary of Martin Luther King's death last year, Brooke spoke to Mychal Denzel Smith who says that Americans - black and white, are due for a vacation from MLK-mania.

The Global Culture War For YouTube Supremacy

Friday, January 18, 2019

The beginning of the end of Western hegemony on the internet.

The Newspaper Vultures Circle Again

Friday, January 18, 2019

A hedge fund zeroes in on the Gannett newspaper empire. 

That time Brooke met Rosanne Cash

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Rosanne Cash celebrates the release of her new album, "She Remembers Everything," in an intimate evening of talk and performance with Brooke at WNYC's The Greene Space.  

Rosanne Cash Remembers Everything: A Night of Performance & Conversation

Friday, January 11, 2019

Watch video as the Grammy Award-winner celebrates the release of her new album, "She Remembers Everything," with the Peabody Award-winning Brooke Gladstone. 


The Border-Stage of McAllen, Texas

Friday, January 11, 2019

President Trump visited McAllen to tell a story about chaos at the border. But the safe city is a strange choice for making that case. 

Fact-Checking the President

Friday, January 11, 2019

Lessons learned from two years of separating truth from fiction.

When the Internet Is Mostly Fake

Friday, January 11, 2019

Fake clicks, fake people, fake metrics, fake businesses. What's left to believe?


Friday, January 04, 2019

150 years ago, the last slaves brought to America founded a community outside of Mobile, Alabama.


Friday, January 04, 2019

150 years ago, the last enslaved people brought to America founded a community outside of Mobile, Alabama.

Remembering Joe Frank

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

On the anniversary of the death of a radio giant, Brooke and Jad Abumrad remember the transcendent nuttiness of Joe Frank. 

Looking Up and Up and Up

Friday, December 28, 2018

Brooke visits a memorial to the victims of lynching.

"This Is Always Going To Be What Happened"

Friday, December 28, 2018

So, what happens when a nation commits itself to the task of confronting its history?

How Germany Can Help America Remember

Friday, December 28, 2018

Bryan Stevenson has taken inspiration from Berlin for his new civil rights memorial and museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

10 Things That Scare Brooke

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

"The problem is, most of what I've ever done in my life is motivated by fear."

Paintings For the Future

Friday, December 21, 2018

Swedish artist Hilma af Klint was one of the first abstract painters. So why are we just learning about her now?