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 Body Of An American

In 1993, the photojournalist Paul Watson took three photographs of Somalians dragging the body of an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. As he took the shots, he thought he heard the soldier, William David Cleveland, whisper: "If you do this, I will own you forever." The moment and its aftermath is the subject of a play, "The Body of An American", on through March 20 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Brooke speaks with the playwright, Dan O'Brien, and with Watson about the photographs, the play, and their friendship. 


Information about 'The Body of An American' is available through the Cherry Lane Theatre's website.


For more On the Media, follow us on Twitter @OnTheMedia, and subscribe to our newsletter on our website, www.onthemedia.org/newsletter.

Print Is Back, Back Again

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, South Korea’s well-funded quest for a Nobel Prize in Literature, the subversive history of adult coloring books, and more. 


 

A War Reporter Played By Tina Fey

When New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani reviewed reporter Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir, The Taliban Shuffleshe described Barker as “a sort of Tina Fey character, who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to the adrenaline rush of war.” That line piqued the interest of a certain actress and producer; not long after, Paramount Pictures acquired the rights to The Taliban Shuffle. The resulting movie, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, stars Fey as a journalist named "Kim Baker." Bob talks with Kim Barker about how she learned the ropes as a conflict journalist in the early days of war in Afghanistan, and what it's like to have Tina Fey play you in a movie. 

Predictile Dysfunction

Political commentators have repeatedly, reliably, been wrong this election season. There was the improbable Bernie Sanders. The inevitable Jeb Bush. The passing-fad Donald Trump. Now that we've landed so far from where we began, we examine why pundits make such bad predictions, and why they probably won't stop.

FiveThirtyEight Explains Super Tuesday

Primary voters in twelve states (and American Samoa) head to the polls on Super Tuesday -- and media expectations are high. Our collaborators at the data news site FiveThirtyEight have a politics podcast, and this week their look at Super Tuesday explains how to read the Super Tuesday results, including media declarations of "inevitability" and "momentum." Plus: why Donald Trump's candidacy has thrown forecasting models into disarray. We play two long excerpts from the podcast, which you can listen to in its entirety here


You can subscribe to FiveThirtyEight's podcasts here


 

Second Comes Right After First!

President Obama's latest attempt to close Guantanamo Bay prison has been met with fierce opposition from Congress. We look at what the prison has come to mean to the American public...and what it means for jihadists. Plus: a look at vigilante groups fighting to uphold their version of the law on both sides of the US-Mexico border, the Apple/FBI showdown, and the GOP "front-runner" who has yet to actually win a primary or caucus.