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.

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Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

Lessons From the Insurrection Impeachment Trial

Friday, February 12, 2021

The truth itself was on trial once again last week.

"You're Wrong About" Comes to OTM

Friday, February 12, 2021

Revisiting the stories of maligned women of the '90s — this time, with empathy.

Freeing Britney

Friday, February 12, 2021

A deeper look at a pop star's battle for independence and understanding.

Who Owns the COVID-19 Vaccines?

Friday, January 29, 2021

To get more vaccines produced, we might need to take a whack at intellectual property rights — at least temporarily.

Did Lulz Break Wall Street?

Friday, January 29, 2021

How Redditors turned the stock market — which is absurd — into something very, very absurd. 

The Perils of Pandemic Doomsaying (and Other Covid Messaging Mix-Ups)

Friday, January 29, 2021

Why public health experts need to tell the whole truth — and admit what they don't know.

Did Lulz Break Wall Street?

Thursday, January 28, 2021

How bored Redditors turned the stock market — which is absurd — into something very, very absurd. 

The Shepard Tone Turns Off

Friday, January 22, 2021

After four plus years, a (short-lived) reprieve.

What The Press Have And Should Have Learned From The Trump Era

Friday, January 22, 2021

How do we begin to repair the deep damage done to our information ecosystem?

Twenty Years of On The Media

Friday, January 22, 2021

Bob and Brooke reflect on two decades worth of shows.

The Zello Tapes: The Walkie-Talkie App Used During The Insurrection

Friday, January 15, 2021

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

Imagining Our Social Media Future

Friday, January 15, 2021

Social media's future might look more like a public park than a space ship.

How the School Transmission Conversation Became So Muddled

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Coronavirus spreads in schools. Just like it spreads everywhere else.

Why Some Hear 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' As A Neo-Confederate Anthem

Friday, January 08, 2021

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

What Do We Call This?

Friday, January 08, 2021

On Wednesday, as law enforcement struggled to respond, journalists struggled for words. 

WNYC's Time Capsule Call-In Special

Sunday, December 27, 2020

As this historic year comes to a close, it's time to set aside what we want to remember. Today, a Time Capsule call-in special.

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The Year Of The Right

Friday, December 25, 2020

Brooke and Bob reflect on lessons learned from covering the right's anti-majoritarianism drift.

The Year Of The Uprising

Friday, December 25, 2020

Brooke and Bob reflect on essential lessons learned about 2020's protests for racial justice. 

The Year Of The Virus

Friday, December 25, 2020

Brooke and Bob revisit some essential lessons from a year of reporting on the pandemic.

Unlearning White Jesus

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Examining the consequences of 'White Jesus' in America.