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:

How The Environment Got Political

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Trump administration wants to gut the EPA. But the agency was created by a Republican president in a time of widespread environmental concern. How we got here, and what's at stake.

When Republicans Wanted Abortion Rights

Friday, August 04, 2017

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

An Abortion In The Media Spotlight

Friday, August 04, 2017

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

Is 'Pro-Choice' a Problem?

Friday, August 04, 2017

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

8 Months Later: Brooke and Bob On Covering Trump

Friday, July 21, 2017

The day after the election, Brooke and Bob butted heads over how to cover Trump. This week, they reflect on Bob's approach.

Psychology's Replication Crisis

Friday, July 21, 2017

When a 2011 article claimed to prove the existence of ESP, it triggered a crisis of confidence throughout the behavioral sciences.

Walking Back the Backfire Effect

Friday, July 21, 2017

Social scientist Brendan Nyhan re-evaluates some long-held beliefs about the power of fact-checking, and what it means about how people change their minds.

Not Repealed, Not Replaced

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Republican Party’s seven-year attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act kicked the bucket this week and Donald Trump declared that he would “let Obamacare fail.” 
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What We Get Wrong About Putin

Friday, July 14, 2017

Vladimir Putin: strategic mastermind, or reactive thug?

The Backlash to the "Voter Fraud Panel" Isn't What You Think It Is

Friday, July 14, 2017

Reports claim that "44 states are refusing to comply" with a request for information from Trump's commission on voter fraud. In reality, the states have no choice.

How an Iraqi Radio Station Helped Save Mosul

Friday, July 14, 2017

The broadcasters at Radio Al-Ghad risked their lives to shine a light into the isolated city.

Kim Stanley Robinson On Our Future Cities

Friday, July 07, 2017

How we're currently "living in a science fiction story we're writing together."

"Solastalgia," and Other Words for Our Changing World

Friday, July 07, 2017

The distress caused by environmental change needs its own term, and so do other new phenomena in the Anthropocene.

The Desert Reasserts Itself

Friday, July 07, 2017

In a novel by Claire Vaye Watkins, a growing sand dune is threatening the Southwest. What can we learn from it?

When Science Fiction Isn't Fiction

Friday, July 07, 2017

Author Jeff VanderMeer has been called the "weird Thoreau" for his nature-inspired science fiction. But what's sci-fi when the future of the planet is unpredictable?

It's the End of the World and We Know It

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

To whet your appetite for our upcoming apocalypse show, a conversation with Ben Winters about his trilogy, "The Last Policeman," in which the earth is to be destroyed by an asteroid.
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Grieving in Life, and in the Media

Friday, June 30, 2017

We explore why after acts of racially charged violence, society demands that black families "mourn in public." 

TRussia Daily: Is the Media Missing the Forest for the Trees?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

On the Media's Brooke Gladstone talks about how the Trump-Russia investigation is impacting the job of the press in terms of how it reports stories and plans coverage.

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How Government Spyware Tracked Activists and Journalists in Mexico

Friday, June 23, 2017

Journalists and human rights activists have been surveilled using government-exclusive spyware on their cell phones. It starts with a text message.

It's All About The Gerrymandering

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on how district lines are drawn. Democrats are finding it hard to win special elections. Why it all comes back to gerrymandering.