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:

Covering The Apocalypse

Friday, August 24, 2018

"In a time of apocalypse, the facts are actually even more important."

What The Simpsons Can Teach Us About Nuclear Apocalypse

Friday, August 24, 2018

In "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play," playwright Anne Washburn imagines how our society might cope with a sudden nuclear catastrophe... with the help of The Simpsons.

The Day After, Today

Friday, August 24, 2018

In 1983, a made-for-tv movie called The Day After set the stage for a national conversation about the threat of nuclear war. Is it time for a remake? 

What is Twitch?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Now streaming: tragedy, humanity, esports. 

Streaming While Homeless

Friday, August 17, 2018

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

A Private App for Public Officials

Friday, August 10, 2018

How can public records be preserved when state officials use an app that destroys messages?

Reporting from the Death Chamber

Friday, August 10, 2018

Michael Graczyk, AP reporter, on the mindset required to cover hundreds of executions in Huntsville, Texas.

For the Sake of The People In This Room

Friday, August 03, 2018

The White House and the press spar once more. What's the end game?

Who Do We Think We Are?

Friday, July 27, 2018

We're not only wrong about how we see the other party — but also how we see ourselves.

White House Press Corps Gets In Formation

Friday, July 27, 2018

Finally, some unity.

How Fringe Ideas Become Policy

Friday, July 20, 2018

How shifting the so-called "Overton Window" has helped push "Abolish ICE" into the mainstream. 

30 Years Of Talking (And Talking And Talking) About Climate Change

Friday, July 20, 2018

The summer of 1988 featured a heat wave, a drought, wildfires, and the first national discussion about the greenhouse effect and global warming. 

At a Fever Pitch, Again

Friday, July 20, 2018

This week's Russia news rose to a fever pitch. It'll come back down again. 

I Can't Breathe

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Eric Garner was killed by an NYPD officer four years ago today. We revisit Brooke's talk with Matt Taibbi about what we should learn from Garner's life and death.

The Red Wine Paradox

Friday, July 06, 2018

How 60 Minutes made red wine popular. 

Alcoholics Anonymous Goes to Hollywood

Friday, July 06, 2018

Brooke and Gabrielle Glaser discuss the history — and P.R. mechanics — of A.A.

Alcohol in Ancient Times

Friday, July 06, 2018

Our show this week is all about booze, beginning in ancient times with Iain Gately, author of "Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol."

Can We Ever Replace Alcohol?

Friday, July 06, 2018

There's a synthetic alcohol with all of the benefits but none of the risks. 

What Does Civic Success Look Like?

Friday, June 29, 2018

James and Deborah Fallows's five year expedition through American towns reveals that civic success is possible and happening more than we think.  

The Problem with Civility

Friday, June 29, 2018

Throughout history, notions of civility have been used to silence dissent and maintain the status quo.