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 Twins Can Tell Us About Humanity

Friday, October 19, 2018

The film "Three Identical Strangers" tackles the darker side of nature and nurture research.

70 Years of Reforming Saudi Arabia

Friday, October 19, 2018

From reformer to brutal dictator: a historian analyzes a familiar narrative.

Roots, Reconciliation and DNA

Friday, October 19, 2018

For African Americans that have been stripped of their language, their culture and access to their roots, DNA tests can be invaluable.

By Blood, and Beyond Blood

Friday, October 19, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren inadvertently stepped into a long-simmering struggle over genetics and tribal sovereignty. 

The Radical Catalog

Thursday, October 18, 2018

In which we learn about the softer side of Sears... and how the ubiquitous catalog challenged Jim Crow. 

Reimagining History

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Writer John Keene received a MacArthur "genius grant" for his innovative works that reimagine history.

On Native American Loss and Triumph

Friday, October 05, 2018

A reexamination of the tragic and simplistic narratives that dog American Indian history.

Germany's Native American Fantasy

Friday, October 05, 2018

In nearly every major period of political upheaval, Germans have turned to fantasies about Native Americans to understand their evolving national identity.

Picking Apart the Backlash

Friday, October 05, 2018

Some men are mad about the Brett Kavanaugh nomination process. The logical fallacies undergirding the anger.

Voter Suppression By Any Other Name

Friday, September 28, 2018

After the Civil War, southern states imposed tests, taxes and policies designed to disenfranchise black voters. Over a century later, how far have we come?

Having It Both Ways With Kavanaugh

Friday, September 28, 2018

Brooke's reflections on the Kavanaugh hearings.

Your Moment of Zen

Friday, September 28, 2018

Brooke learned to meditate, so why can't you?

#MeToo Men, Repent

Friday, September 21, 2018

What sexual harassers, and the rest of us, can learn from the Jewish tradition of repentance.

The Anita Hill Effect

Friday, September 21, 2018

Looking back on the "Year of the Woman," and the political collaboration — and backlash — that followed. 

Why the #MeToo Comeback Essays Come Up Short

Friday, September 21, 2018

Two men accused of sexual assault penned personal essays about their experiences. The backlash has been swift. 

An Obit, This Time For Real

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Remembering the veteran news media hoaxer Alan Abel.

Boom and Bust on The Big Screen

Friday, September 14, 2018

A look at a century of movies about thrifty entrepreneurs, greedy bankers and America's financial woes.

One Financial Crisis, Many Explanations

Friday, September 14, 2018

Who says what about how the global economy tanked? And why? 

Adults in the Room

Friday, September 07, 2018

We knew we'd cover the anonymous op/ed. We disagreed about how to do so. 

The Perils of Covering the Alt-Right

Friday, August 31, 2018

Reporters who have covered far-right groups break down frequent media pitfalls.