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:

Empire State of Mind

Friday, April 05, 2019

Part two of OTM's "On American Expansion" series.

Part 3: Empire State of Mind

Friday, April 05, 2019

How America's evolving territorial empire has influenced everything from the Beatles to 9/11.

Part 2: Empire State of Mind

Friday, April 05, 2019

In the 19th century, the US sought to be a democracy, an empire, and a white supremacist nation. It couldn't be all three.

Part 1: Empire State of Mind

Friday, April 05, 2019

On bird poop and human rights.

Mueller Can't Save America

Friday, March 29, 2019

Why the framing of the special counsel's report led to so much misunderstanding.

The United States of Amnesia

Friday, March 29, 2019

Americans have a tendency to forget the horrors of the past, making each new era seem separate from what's come before.

Part 1: The Myth Of The Frontier

Friday, March 29, 2019

We're exploring the myths of American Exceptionalism. This week, historian Greg Grandin digs into America's founding narrative: endless expansion. 

The Myth That Fuels the Anti-Vaxx Agenda

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Our 2012 conversation with Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear. 

When 20,000 Nazis Gathered in New York

Friday, March 01, 2019

How a documentary about a 1936 far-right rally ignited a controversy last month.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Mueller Edition

Friday, March 01, 2019

To help you make sense of the rumors and revelations to come.

Like Mobsters From The Movies

Friday, March 01, 2019

Brooke and Bob reflect on the movie tropes embedded in Michael Cohen's testimony.

Longing for Wakanda

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

How the utopian kingdom at the center of Black Panther falls into a long history of black liberation struggles.

Streaming While Homeless

Friday, February 22, 2019

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

What is Twitch?

Friday, February 22, 2019

Now streaming: tragedy, humanity, esports.

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 Newspaper Vultures Circle Again

Friday, January 18, 2019

A hedge fund zeroes in on the Gannett newspaper empire. 

The Global Culture War For YouTube Supremacy

Friday, January 18, 2019

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

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.