Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Peabody-award winning On The Media examines new technology, threats to free speech, and hidden political narratives in the media.
The weekly podcast explores how the media "sausage" is made, casts an incisive eye on fluctuations in the marketplace of ideas, and examines threats to the freedom of information and expression in America and abroad. For oune hour a week, the show tries to lift the veil from the process of "making media," especially news media, because it's through that lens that we see the world and the world sees us.
Freedom of Information
Three weeks into what's being called the US's biggest prison strike ever, very little... Show More
Three weeks into what's being called the US's biggest prison strike ever, very little information has trickled through the razor wire. We examine the challenges of reporting on prisons. Plus, a look at the coverage of protests in Charlotte after a police shooting; the cell phone alerts that drew New Yorkers into a manhunt for a terror suspect; the digital afterlife of an Al Qaeda propagandist; and a quest to examine the life of Peter Thiel.
Spy magazine coined the term "short-fingered vulgarian" in the 80's to describe Donald Trump... Show More
Spy magazine coined the term "short-fingered vulgarian" in the 80's to describe Donald Trump and it still really, really annoys him. On this podcast extra, we share a segment from an upcoming show produced by our friends at Studio 360 in which current 360 host, and former Spy founder Kurt Anderson reminisces with former Spy editor Susan Morrison about their enduring habit of name-calling. Show Less
Damned If You Do...
This election may be remembered as the moment when a nebulous and formerly obscure white... Show More
This election may be remembered as the moment when a nebulous and formerly obscure white supremacist movement known as the "alt-right" was launched into the mainstream. A look at their ascendancy, their role, and their memes. Plus, fact-checking Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment; struggling to define Facebook; and the challenges of covering the North Dakota pipeline protests. Show Less
After 9/11, Nothing Was Funny
In the days and weeks after the towers fell, nothing felt funny anymore. Comedians on late... Show More
In the days and weeks after the towers fell, nothing felt funny anymore. Comedians on late night TV and in the comedy clubs of New York questioned their own judgement. Brooke spoke to Will Ferrell back in 2001 and Marc Maron on the tenth anniversary of the attacks about the place of humor in tragedy. We revisit both conversations on this podcast extra. Show Less
After The Facts
Critics have long viewed Hillary Clinton as untrustworthy and dishonest. This week, we revisit... Show More
Critics have long viewed Hillary Clinton as untrustworthy and dishonest. This week, we revisit a crucial moment nearly 25 years ago that helped set that narrative in motion. Also, pundits say this election season has ushered in the era of "post-fact" politics, but history tells us it's always been that way. Plus, a guide for making sense of Islamophobic media coverage, and a German TV show trying to teach refugees how to fit in. Show Less
Brooke Gladstone Is A Trekker
In September 1966, Gene Roddenberry dispatched the crew of the Starship Enterprise on its... Show More
In September 1966, Gene Roddenberry dispatched the crew of the Starship Enterprise on its maiden voyage through space and time and into the American living room. It was an inauspicious start, but fifty years later the Star Trek universe is still expanding, with a new movie out this summer, Star Trek Beyond. In a vintage OTM piece, Brooke explores the various television incarnations of the franchise and the infinitely powerful engine behind it all: the fan. Show Less
Kids These Days
A University of Chicago welcome letter criticizing political correctness on college campuses... Show More
A University of Chicago welcome letter criticizing political correctness on college campuses reignited vigorous debate. An examination of the value of tools like trigger warnings and safe spaces. Plus, with just two months until election day, a new Breaking News Consumer's Handbook for making sense of the polls. And, a history of music in presidential campaigns. Show Less
Bob's Grill #5: Former CNN President Jon Klein
It's the latest and last installment of Bob's Grill, and we've got a special guest chef (it's... Show More
It's the latest and last installment of Bob's Grill, and we've got a special guest chef (it's Brooke).
The year was 2005, and CNN was focused on a big story with wall-to-wall coverage. The story was, of course, The Runaway Bride. Jennifer Milbanks had cold feet and disappeared a few days before her wedding. She made tabloid headlines and left tracks all over the cable news channels, including CNN - which covered her day and night for a week. Coincidentally, the network's new president Jonathan Klein, had just months before been promising more rigorous journalism and less sensationalism. So OTM called him up. In this interview, Klein and Brooke butt heads over what constitutes news, and whether stories need justification.
Post-script: Jon Klein left CNN in 2010. Show Less
Right-wing rumors about Hillary Clinton's health have made their way into the mainstream media... Show More
Right-wing rumors about Hillary Clinton's health have made their way into the mainstream media, but it's hardly the first time a candidate's health has been in the headlines this year: the press has been scrutinizing Donald Trump's mental state for months. This week, examining the arguments for and against speculating about a candidate's health. Plus, how the dominant media narratives after the Rio Olympics obscure real problems, and how climate change is reshaping the country as we know it. Show Less
Bob's Grill #4: ExxonMobil's Richard Keil
We return to Bob's Grill this week with a 2015 interview with ExxonMobil's Richard Keil, the... Show More
We return to Bob's Grill this week with a 2015 interview with ExxonMobil's Richard Keil, the company's senior adviser for global public affairs.
Last year, the website InsideClimate News published an investigative series examining ExxonMobil's rich history of scientific study on fossil fuels and global warming. The series, called "Exxon: The Road Not Taken", found that the company was at the forefront of climate change research in the 1970s and 80s -- before pivoting to funding climate change denial groups in 1989.
At the time, Bob spoke with Richard Keil of Exxon about why the company disputed the reporting, and about the company's history of funding climate change denial front groups.
Stay tuned next week for more from the Grill. Show Less
Print Is Back, Back Again
A special hour on the publishing industry and the resurgence of print--from Amazon's flirtation... Show More
A special hour on the publishing industry and the resurgence of print--from Amazon's flirtation with brick-and-mortar bookstores to the success of wholesale suppliers shilling books by the foot as decorative objects. Plus, the mysterious world of novelizations, the subversive history of adult coloring books, and more.