On The Media

On The Media, hosted by Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone, is America's only national radio program devoted to media criticism and analysis, lifting the veil on how the media works.

Recent Episodes

The Zika Effect

The threat of the Zika virus has been covered extensively, but the reality is still largely unknown. A look away from the panicked headlines at what we know and don't know about the virus, as well as how Zika serves as a window into global questions surrounding climate change and reproductive rights.

I Am An Outsider And So Can You!

The victories of Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary are being hailed as a coup for "outsiders." But throughout this presidential election season nearly every candidate has presented him or herself as an "outsider." As it turns out, running for president as an "outsider" is a long held American tradition. Brooke revisits our history of political outsider-ness with the National Education Association's Erica Seifert and the Washington Post's Paul Waldman


Want to see and hear the campaign posters and songs described in this segment? Check out our "Brief History of the Political Outsider" page for all of this and more!


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Dark Arts

A former reporter turned opposition researcher offers an insider’s perspective on the work of unearthing political dirty secrets. Also, the real story of the Dean Scream-- the unforgettable, unscripted moment blamed for ending Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid. And, a new documentary chronicles the life of the late conflict correspondent James Foley. 

'We've Sort of Become Friends': Remembering David Foster Wallace

The late David Foster Wallace's magnum opus, Infinite Jest, was published 20 years ago this week and left an indelible mark on the literary world. To mark the occasion, we're revisiting a conversation that Brooke had with writer David Lipsky, whose interviews with Wallace were dramatized in the 2015 film The End of The TourHe and Brooke listen to the original tapes, made over five days on the last leg of Wallace's 1996 Infinite Jest book tour, which Lipsky later turned into a book, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace. Brooke and Lipsky discuss the delicate bond the writers formed and what it's like to hear his tapes acted out by Jesse Eisenberg (Lipsky) and Jason Segal (Wallace).


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The Elephant in the Room

A certain candidate was conspicuously absent from this week's Republican debate. But Donald Trump's presence on conservative talk radio has never flagged. We look at the influence of Rush Limbaugh and his cohorts on this election season. Plus, why the government's plan to build an algorithm to spot terrorists is doomed to fail, and a deep dive into the legal controversies surrounding Planned Parenthood. 

Note To Self Presents: Infomagical

Our friends at Note to Self have just launched a new project called Infomagical, which hopes to be an antidote to "infomania" and a "collective FOMO course correction". It’s not about your gadgets per se, it’s about all the stuff on them, and all the stuff coming out of them, and getting a grip on the constant stream of information. Through Infomagical, Note to Self hopes to turn your anxiety-inducing information portals into overload-fighting machines.


We're bringing you the introductory episode (listen above). You can visit Note to Self's page to stay tuned and find out more about Infomagical.


Sign up to participate at wnyc.org/infomagical. Challenge week starts February 1 and runs through February 5.