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.

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Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

Rags to Riches Revisited

Friday, May 11, 2018

If America is supposed to be a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all, why do so many fall through the cracks?

The Myth of Meritocracy

Friday, May 11, 2018

Exposing the myth that financial success stems purely from hard work.

The Poverty Tour

Friday, May 11, 2018

Welfare advocate Jack Frech has taken reporters on "poverty tours" of Athens County, Ohio, for years. But has media attention made any difference in the lives of the Appalachian poor? 

Making Sense of the Manosphere

Friday, May 04, 2018

Since the Toronto van attack last month launched the word "incel" into public consciousness, there's been renewed attention on the so-called "manosphere." What it is — and isn't.

Mayday, May Day

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

May Day isn't some kind of Soviet export developed in Moscow's Red Square. It actually started in the U.S.

The Trump Voter, Re-Explained

Friday, April 27, 2018

A new study challenges the notion that Trump voters were primarily motivated by economic anxiety.

"The Problem With Apu" Changes a Mind

Friday, April 27, 2018

Comedian Hari Kondabolu confronted "The Simpsons" — and got results. 

The Trump Voter Through the Roseanne Lens

Friday, April 27, 2018

ABC says the reboot of 'Roseanne' portrays "The Family That Looks Like Us." But who is the "us", exactly?

Ken Kesey's Acid Quest

Friday, April 20, 2018

We have never-before-heard tapes from Ken Kesey, the man who taught the hippies how to be hippies and inspired the psychedelic 60's.

Dr. King's Bad Advice

Friday, April 06, 2018

How Dr. King's version of masculinity is wielded against young black Americans. 

How Trump Learned About The Caravan

Friday, April 06, 2018

President Trump has signed an order to send troops to the border. Brooke explores how a single misleading news report has led to an international incident, and who will suffer.

Why an Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill Isn't a No-Brainer

Friday, April 06, 2018

A bipartisan bill that aims to curb sex trafficking is on its way to be signed by the President. So why aren't more people happy?

TV News Anchors Speaking From the Heart — Uh, TelePrompter

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Did you see that video of Sinclair news anchors reading from a script? It's been watched over 7.5 million times and it's put the conservative media outlet back in the spotlight. 

"If Death Is A Postman"

Friday, March 30, 2018

The writer Sinan Antoon reflects on how the American media misread Iraq, and talks about mourning the loss of life through his work. 

The United States of Amnesia

Friday, March 30, 2018

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

How Neoconservatism Led the US Into Iraq

Friday, March 30, 2018

The unlearned lessons that led us into Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Reporting From the Quagmire

Friday, March 30, 2018

Two NPR journalists reflect on their days reporting in Iraq in 2003. 

Iraq's Accidental Journalists

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In a story that originally ran in 2006, Brooke talks with three Iraqis who worked as fixers for American journalists during the war. 

Where Facebook Goes From Here

Friday, March 23, 2018

In 2012, Clay Shirky was confident that Facebook would be with us for a long time. This week, we ask if he has changed his mind.

Facebook's Fight to End Free Will

Friday, March 23, 2018

Facebook is the latest installment in a 200-year history of techno-utopian enterprises that have promised to mathematically streamline our messy lives.