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. Among her other accomplishments, she was an NPR Moscow-based reporter, its first media reporter, senior editor of NPR’s All Things Considered, and the senior editor of Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. As the years progress, she grows ever more senior.

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:

Feminist Lessons From the Third Wave

Friday, January 19, 2018

We look back on debates within feminism in the 1990s to understand how far the movement has come — and how far it still has to go.

The #MeToo Backlash Begins

Friday, January 19, 2018

The latest round of celebrity allegations have some asking if the #MeToo moment has gone too far. But are they missing the point?

Joe Frank: The Known-Unknown

Friday, January 19, 2018

Influential and experimental radio host Joe Frank passed away earlier this week. He was 79. Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and writer Mark Oppenheimer join Brooke to discuss his work.

Masha Gessen on Outrage Fatigue in Trump's America

Friday, January 12, 2018

One year ago, Gessen warned about coming autocracy and provided rules for surviving it. How have her predictions borne out?

Live From the Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards!

Friday, January 12, 2018

The time has finally come for President Trump's promised "Most Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards." Bob and Brooke hit the (fictional) red carpet to check it out.

What 'The Post' Missed

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Les Gelb, project leader for the Pentagon Papers, on what Steven Spielberg's new film may leave out of the real story.
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Is 'Pro-Choice' a Problem?

Friday, January 05, 2018

Does the framing of "choice" limit how we think about abortion?

An Abortion in the Media Spotlight

Friday, January 05, 2018

Sherri Chessen knows more about the American conversation around abortion than almost anyone. She’s the person who started it.

When Republicans Wanted Abortion Rights

Friday, January 05, 2018

Historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore explains how the intractable political battle came to be.

The State Legislator Will See You Now

Friday, January 05, 2018

An OB-GYN reflects on the rules state legislators have made about how she can communicate with her patients.

The Man Behind Black Mirror

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

As Black Mirror launches its fourth season--and the real world seems to increasingly resemble the show--we revisit a 2015 conversation with the show's creator.
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Brooke Gets Mindful

Friday, December 29, 2017

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

Staring Into the Abyss

Friday, December 29, 2017

Brooke explores our long fascination with nihilism: why it's popular today, and whether that's always been the case.

Fox's Rallying Cry Against Robert Mueller

Friday, December 22, 2017

Commentators at Fox News are not mincing words when it comes to the special counsel and his team.

The Puerto Rican Showcase

Friday, December 15, 2017

Crippled by climate change and facing epidemic poverty and inequality, Puerto Rico can seem like a model of the many weaknesses in our society. Can it also show us a way forward?

What Maria Revealed

Friday, December 15, 2017

After Hurricane Maria stripped away Puerto Rico's lush vegetation, residents suddenly saw what had been previously hidden — from unknown neighbors to long-standing political concerns.

Dark Humor After Maria

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sharing a disaster creates a special kind of humor. But as they say, you had to be there. 

Is It Okay For Kayla Moore to Say "Jew"?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mark Oppenheimer on Kayla Moore's moment, how to spell Hanukkah, and the "Jew" vs. "Jewish" debate.
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How Not to Beat a Bully

Friday, December 08, 2017

From our workplaces to the White House, bullies seem to be everywhere. What we need to understand to deal with them properly.

Sexual Harassment and Realpolitik in the Senate

Friday, December 08, 2017

Democrats and Republicans appear to be playing by two different sets of rules when it comes to sexual assault allegations.