Brooke Gladstone

Host, On The Media

Brooke Gladstone is host of On the Media. She is 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:

What's at Stake in Biden's Build Back Better Act?

Friday, October 15, 2021

From the expanded child tax credit, to promising measures on climate.

Does Social Media Turn Nice People Into Trolls?

Friday, October 15, 2021

Research shows that jerks online are jerks offline too.

The Fraught Promise of Salvation Through Technology

Friday, October 15, 2021

Is it just old time religion, repackaged?

Who Is The Bad Art Friend? Why Not Both?

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The story behind the viral New York Times Magazine article.

Mocking Politicians, Regulating Tech

Friday, October 08, 2021

Does it matter if Sen. Blumenthal knows what a "finsta" is?

How Hacked Records Revealed Oath Keepers Ties With Police Departments

Friday, October 08, 2021

From New York to California.

The Pandora Papers Reveal a Shadow Economy

Friday, October 08, 2021

It's the largest investigation in history.

Desperation Mode: The Looming Decline of Facebook

Friday, October 08, 2021

Why the social media giant seems nervous. 

From Birtherism to Election Theft

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Who is John Eastman, and why does he keep spreading anti-democratic theories?

The Trial of Elizabeth Holmes

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Elizabeth Holmes said she'd revolutionized blood analysis. Investigative reporter John Carreyrou exposed the truth.

A Dark Obsession With Ordering the World

Friday, September 03, 2021

Lulu Miller on the possibilities — and perils — of trying to bring order to chaos.

Biased Algorithms, Biased World

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

The algorithms that govern our lives are opaque and biased.

Against Free Speech Absolutism

Friday, August 27, 2021

A hard look at the assumptions under-girding free speech absolutism.

American Free Speech: Radical and Radically Inconsistent

Friday, August 27, 2021

We think we know what free speech is. But history and the history of the law make things tricky. 

70 Years After Trump

Friday, August 27, 2021

Is the path to a better society paved through laws? Or norms? Or something else altogether?

A New First Amendment

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

How New York Times v Sullivan changed journalism.

Revisiting Lorena

Friday, August 20, 2021

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.

You Were Wrong About Her

Friday, August 20, 2021

Revisiting the stories of maligned women of the '90s with the hosts of You're Wrong About.

How Radio Makes Female Voices Sound Shrill

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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

How a Manifesto Against 'Objectivity' Transformed One Journalist's Career

Friday, July 23, 2021

Moving on from so-called "objectivity."