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 Past, Present, and Future of Ownership

A special hour, originally aired in March, on our changing understanding of ownership and how it is affected by the law. An author and professor who encourages creative writing through plagiarism, 3D printing, fan fiction & fair use, and the strange tale of who owns "The Happy Birthday Song."

TLDR #9 - The Second Life of Marion Stokes

Marion Stokes was a hoarder. When she died last year, her family had to figure out what to do with 9 separate residences and 3 storage locations full of stuff - everything from tens of thousands of books to decades-old Apple computers. This is the story of how they found a home for the strangest artifact in her collection — 140,000 videocassettes filled with 35 years of round-the-clock cable TV news.

Thanks for listening. Be sure to check out the story by Sarah Kessler in Fast Company, where we first read about Marion Stokes. If you like the show, you can subscribe to us on iTunes. Also, please check out all our previous episodes!

TLDR #8 - The Pace Picante Salsa Robot Has Gone Haywire

This has been a crazy season for internet hoaxes. This week, we investigated one we actually deeply enjoyed being fooled by -- about a social media bot for Pace Picante Salsa going insane and inadvertently revealing an entire world of corporate conspiracy. We talk to the comedian behind the hoax, Randy Liedtke, who has his own very funny podcast called The Bone Zone.

Thanks for listening. If you like the show, you can subscribe to us on iTunes. Also, please check out all our previous episodes!