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:

Politics Is For Power

Friday, January 17, 2020

You love civic engagement, right? You're politically active? 

Warren, Sanders and the Question of Sexism

Friday, January 17, 2020

In the run-up to Iowa, a new story threatens a shaky peace between the two leading progressive candidates.

The Origins of an Oligarchy

Friday, January 17, 2020

What the long view on the Kushner and Trump family histories reveal.

The End is Always Near

Friday, January 10, 2020

Will our world become a ruin for archaeologists to dig up and explore?

The Hashtag Warriors

Friday, January 10, 2020

How Generation Z interpreted a geopolitical crisis — through memes. 

Everything Is Media

Friday, December 27, 2019

How public radio's signature media show has come to expand our mission.

Everything Is Fake

Friday, December 27, 2019

A walk through 2019 starts with confronting a deep sense of unreality.

Everything Is Race

Friday, December 27, 2019

At the core of the narratives we unpacked this year, a consistent theme.

The Hidden Truths of Hanukkah

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

A special history lesson in time for the holidays.

Body of Law: Beyond Roe

Friday, December 13, 2019

Justice Ginsburg says she wishes it had been another case, not Roe v. Wade, that SCOTUS heard as the first reproductive rights case. On the Media and The Guardian take a closer look.

Making Sense of the Illiberal Right

Friday, December 06, 2019

How the conservative conversation about democracy is shifting.

A Plane Crash Unites A Country...Then Divides It In Two

Friday, November 29, 2019

Since 2014, a far-right nationalist party has been in power in Poland. How a conspiracy theory helped it get there.

How Radio Makes Female Voices Sound "Shrill"

Friday, November 22, 2019

Biases built into radio technology have shaped how we hear women speak. 

The GOP's Ultimate Defense: Keeping America Tuned Out

Friday, November 22, 2019

Why Republicans' epistemology is pushing democracy toward a tipping point. 

Biased Algorithms, Biased World

Friday, November 22, 2019

The algorithms that govern our lives are opaque and biased.

John Dean On The Impeachment Comparisons

Friday, November 15, 2019

John Dean was arguably the star witness in the Watergate impeachment hearings. So, what's he thinking as he watches this week's testimony?

What Public Opinion Will Really Mean for Impeachment

Friday, November 15, 2019

Public support for impeachment has grown within the past two months. Don't expect Republican leaders to follow suit.

The Supreme Court Justice With The Most To Say

Friday, November 08, 2019

Clarence Thomas has a comprehensive vision for America. We ignore it at our own peril. 

In a Burning California, Decades of Technical Debt Comes Due

Friday, November 01, 2019

A new metaphor from the computer world for our era of planetary crisis.

The Battle Against Building New Jails

Friday, October 25, 2019

As the battle over how and whether to replace the notorious Rikers Island wages on in NYC, a look at the criminal justice reform conversation in 2019.