Brooke Gladstone

Host, On The Media

Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

Israeli Raid on Palestinian TV Station

Friday, May 04, 2012

In February, Israeli Defense Forces raided Wattan TV, a local Palestinian station operating out of Ramallah. Brooke speaks to Wattan TV general director Muamar Orabi about the raid and the heartbreak he feels after a decade of work at the station.

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Policing Gossip

Friday, April 27, 2012

GossipCop.com is premised on the idea that gossip mongers need to be policed and that readers are interested in seeing rumors corrected. Brooke speaks with Gossip Cop's Michael Lewittes who explains how he goes about trying to correct celebrity rumors and why the site has become so popular.

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Reporters Unwittingly Exposing Sources

Friday, April 27, 2012

Journalists have become increasingly reliant on digital technology in their work, but weak or nonexistent digital security measures open their sources to risk of exposure. Brooke speaks to journalist Matthieu Aikins about the need for reporters to take more precautions to protect their digital information, especially in conflict areas.

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"Cover the Night", A Qualified Success

Friday, April 27, 2012

Last Friday, the group Invisible Children tried to capitalize on the astounding success of their Kony 2012 video by organizing a worldwide demonstration called "Cover the Night." According to reports, the protest fizzled. Critics said this is symptomatic of the difficulty of translating online advocacy into real-world action, but Africa researcher Asch Harwood says that he still considers the film a qualified success.

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How Publishing and Reading Are Changing

Friday, April 20, 2012

Publishers are trying to adapt as the book industry changes dramatically, and they're doing so in the face of rapidly changing reading habits among consumers. Publishing industry analyst Mike Shatzkin talks to Brooke about how readers' behavior is changing, and about ways the publishing industry might survive in the coming years.

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Life After Publishers

Friday, April 20, 2012

As a newly minted editorial assistant at Norton, writer Tom Bissell was able to resuscitate an out-of-print novel called Desperate Characters by Paula Fox. In Bissell's new book, Magic Hours, he wrote about how, paradoxically, that experience shook his faith in publishing. Brooke talks to writer Tom Bissell about whether we as readers will miss the publishing industry, imperfect as it is, if it disappears.

 

Julian Smith - I'm Reading A Book

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Is Amazon A New Monopoly?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Without the ability to work together, industry watchers say the 'Big 6' publishers won’t be able to stop Amazon from pricing books as the company sees fit. Brooks speaks with Barry C. Lynn, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, who believes that the DOJ decision opens the door to an Amazonian monopoly in the book industry.

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The Story of Pottermore

Friday, April 20, 2012

Michael Shatzkin, publishing futurist, tells us the story of Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's one-woman attempt to challenge the mighty Amazon.

 

Harry and The Potters - This Book is So Awesome

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Are Publishers Stuck In The Past?

Friday, April 20, 2012

The publishing industry is not the first to be shaken by a newly digital world. It’s also not the first to resist that change. Brooke speaks with Mathew Ingram, a senior writer at GigaOm, who thinks the publishers’ efforts to tame Amazon may delay a brighter future for the book industry.

 

John Williams - Hedwig's Theme

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The Convenience of the Co-op Controversy

Friday, March 30, 2012

Controversy broke out last week in Brooklyn New York, when members of the Park Slope Food Co-op argued over a proposed boycott of Israeli-made foods. Remarkably, coverage of the local dispute made its way into some prominent news outlets. Brooke muses about why the little feud became so large. 

 

Anika - Officer Officer

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Personal Video Games

Friday, March 30, 2012

Anyone who’s played videogames like Call of Duty or Red Dead Redemption knows what kind of narratives they tell. Their protagonists are snipers or outlaws ready to fight missions that step outside all legal bounds. Game designers Anna Anthropy, Sebastian Janisz and Michael Molinari choose to tell very different stories. No ambushes, no clandestine ops or full throttle attacks. Brooke talks to the designers about their very personal games.

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Trayvon Martin, Week Two

Friday, March 30, 2012

If last week Trayvon Martin’s death broke as a national story, then this week it reached a full boil. Every day new details have been leaked and analyzed, pundits have opined and the interested parties have sought to characterize each other.  Brooke again talks with Huffington Post senior reporter Trymaine Lee about how this story has continued to develop.

 

Breton - The Commission

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How Questioning "Obamacare's" Constitutionality Went Mainstream

Friday, March 30, 2012

When "Obamacare" first debuted, opponents of the legislation criticized its cost and reachnot the possibility that it might be unconstitutional. But this week the Supreme Court spent three days hearing arguments on the mandated health care law. Brooke speaks to Politico's Josh Gerstein about how challenging Obamacare on constitutional grounds went from a zany fringe idea to a mainstream conversation.

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New Endings

Friday, March 30, 2012

The video game series Mass Effect has earned millions in sales and near-universal critical acclaim, but the series' conclusion, released this month, was met with howls of rage by gamers. Their gripe? They hated the ending. In response, the game's developers have promised to add additional content that would give fans "more closure." Brooke talks to Grantland's Tom Bissell about whether or not dissatisfied gamers are entitled to a new ending.

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Updating Your Social Media After You Die

Friday, March 23, 2012

With social media, so much of our interactions with the world now live online, even after we may not be living at all. Brooke talks to James Norris, the founder of the website Deadsocial about prolonging social media relationships after death.

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The Curator's Code

Friday, March 23, 2012

One of the greatest assets of the internet is that it leads to great content discoveries that readers might not otherwise be able to find. One of the biggest liabilities is that content is frequently repackaged without crediting its creators or where it was found. Brooke talks to Maria Popova, editor of the website Brain Pickings and one of the creators of the Curator's Code, which seeks to honor the way people discover content online.

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Why the Trayvon Martin Story Took So Long to Gain Traction

Friday, March 23, 2012

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by his neighbor on Feburary 26th, but the story didn't become ubiquitous until this past week. Trymaine Lee has been covering the story since very early on for the Huffington Post -- he talks to Brooke about why the story took so long to spread. 

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Reporting Fatigue

Friday, March 23, 2012

Atlantic editor Ta-Nehisi Coates has also been covering the Trayvon Martin story since very early on. However, he tells Brooke that he hesitated for a couple weeks before he started writing about the story. Coates says he sees so many stories about young black men who are killed in questionable circumstances, and those stories are rarely covered by the media. 

 

Breton - The Commission

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Is There Life After Facebook?

Friday, February 03, 2012

It’s easy to forget that Facebook has only been around for eight years. In that time, Facebook’s grown from a college dorm room project to a multi-billion dollar company, and made its 27 year-old founder the 4th richest person in the United States. But Facebook’s life represents an eternity in internet years, where sites live, dominate and die at historic speeds. Surely, then, Facebook must one day die, right? According to Clay Shirky, no one ought to hold their breath waiting for Facebook's demise.

Bangs - Meet Me On Facebook

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The Greene Space

State of the Union Watch Party

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

7:15 PM

Once again, It's A Free Country invites you to watch the State of the Union address with your fellow politics junkies. Brian Lehrer will be there along with others from the It's A Free Country team and WNYC fans from left, right and center.