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

Nothing But The Truth

The splintering image of the Secret Service, why rumors are more interesting than fact, and an atheist tome for kids.

Message Wars

A cartoon aimed to deter potential ISIS recruits, using prisoners to deliver propaganda, and correcting the Ebola numbers.

Confronting the Unknown

Why most Americans fear ISIS, politicians and pundits stoking terror panic on the US-Mexico border, and Nihilism: now and forever. 

TLDR #37 - Every City Gets the Hero it Deserves

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Police released a video of some unidentified suspects in a brutal attack on a gay couple. Within a few hours, a Philly sports fan and his online friends had identified some of the people in the video without the blizzard of false accusations that usually accompany an online investigation. Alex speaks to  "Fan Since 09" about how he managed to corral a online mob into potentially solving a crime.

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TLDR #36 - The Mystery of Childish Gambino

Rapper Childish Gambino (A.K.A actor Donald Glover) famously claims to have received his rap pseudonym, "Childish Gambino," from an online Wu-Tang Name generator. But investigating whether this story is true or not led TLDR host Alex Goldman on an odyssey of discovery.

Thanks for listening! If you want to receive your own Wu-Tang name, check out the original Wu-Tang Name Generator here, and the other wu-tang name generator here. You can read Tim Carmody's article about the mystery of Childish Gambino at kottke.org. If you like our show, please subscribe to us on iTunes. You can follow PJ and Alex and TLDR on Twitter.