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:

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.

Save Our Census!

Friday, June 23, 2017

What a crippled Census Bureau—leaderless and underfunded—could mean for the health of our democracy.

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.

Sen. Ron Wyden on the Secret Republican Health Care Bill

Friday, June 16, 2017

Restricting press access, refusing to hold public hearings, and rushing the vote.

Don't Blame Shakespeare

Friday, June 16, 2017

Critics on the right have accused a production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" of inciting violence, but that fundamentally misunderstands the play.

The GOP's Approach To The Investigations

Friday, June 16, 2017

The RNC's talking points reveal its approach to Trump's investigation.

No One Is Above the Law

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This week two Attorneys General filed suit, claiming the president is violating the emoluments clause of the constitution. We offer a primer on American political corruption. 
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Axis Journalism

Friday, June 09, 2017

During WWII, the AP exchanged photos with the Nazis in order to get to the truth. Was it the right thing to do?

How Not to Leak

Friday, June 09, 2017

How careless leaking, and reporting, led to the arrest of NSA contractor Reality Winner.

Why Liberals Are Falling for Fake News About Russia

Friday, June 02, 2017

Louise Mensch has been propagating fake facts about the "Trump-Russia affair." Why are some Democrats so quick to believe them?

The Russia Disconnect

Friday, June 02, 2017

There’s a widening gap between what political types and regular people care about most.

Bryan Stevenson on Memorializing Our Country's Shameful History

Friday, May 26, 2017

As some cities in the South begin to take down Confederate statues, the Equal Justice Initiative envisions new monuments to the history of slavery, lynching, and racism in America.

Too Much Information

Friday, May 26, 2017

From Manchester to the Trump administration, newspapers are rushing to cover leaks. But when is publishing the wrong move?

Drawing New Lines

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Supreme Court this week struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina, reviving a challenge to gerrymandering. We take a closer look at the politics of district lines.
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Losing the Conservative Moment

Friday, May 19, 2017

To many conservatives, Trump's election looked like an opportunity to make big legislative strides. That may not happen.

A Syrian Journalist on Chronicling Life, Not Just War

Friday, May 19, 2017

Zaina Erhaim has trained scores of citizen journalists to tell the stories western media tend to miss. 

The Trouble With Reality

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

We live in an era of smoke and mirrors as never before. How did we reach this pass, where basic facts have no impact and fundamental norms are violated at will? Brooke explains.
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Brooke Gladstone: "Trump Shattered Reality"

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"There are as many political bubbles as there are individuals. They are bespoke, hand crafted.”

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Bad News Isn't the Whole Story

Friday, May 12, 2017

Journalists are trained to report on problems. The case for reporting on solutions, too. 

Why Normal News Language Is Unfit for Trump

Friday, May 12, 2017

Journalists frequently attribute statements to "The White House" but Jay Rosen says that phrase has become meaningless because Trump's administration can't speak on his behalf.