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

Bacon Bits

On Monday the WHO classified high consumption of processed meats like bacon and sausage as a class one risk factor for colorectal cancer. But contrary to headlines, it's NOT the same as smoking. Brooke talks with Ivan Oransky, who explains what the announcement actually means and how we should interpret it. Also, we revisit our Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Health News Edition with Gary Schwitzer to help you navigate the perennially murky world of health and diet reporting. 


Discuss on Twitter: #OTMBacon

Truth(ish)

A farewell to coverage of Joe Biden's non-existent presidential campaign. Plus: clarifying the misleading language of drone warfare and what it says about policy; a new film examines Dan Rather's downfall at CBS; the Lockerbie bombing investigation gets leads from a documentary; and a story about the Benghazi attack that you didn't hear at the committee hearing this week. 

George Takei Has A Play

The new musical, Allegiance, starring George Takei is in previews now and will open on Broadway early next month. The show is set during the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and is inspired by true life events in Takei's life. We thought we'd revisit a conversation Bob had last year with Takei, in which the two discuss Allegiance, Takei's activist work, and of course, Star Trek. 


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Porn Politik

Playboy has announced it will soon stop publishing full nudes. We look at the history of men's magazines and what it means that sex doesn't sell in print for the magazine anymore. Plus: "who won the debate?"; Bernie Sanders versus the media; a new privacy win in Europe; and more. 


Discuss on Twitter: #OTMdebate, #OTMbernie, #OTMgallup, #OTMprivacy, #OTMplayboy

Bench Press

OTM digs into the Supreme Court, an institution as secretive as it is powerful -- and how we understand it through the media. Plus: how regular people become poster children for thorny legal issues, potential press influence on the court, and cameras in the courtroom: now set to music.


Discuss on Twitter: #OTMSCOTUS

We Got Scooped: SCOTUS Edition

This week's show is all going to be all about the Supreme Court, and we were excited about a particular segment on transparency... until the Court made it totally obsolete on Monday. 


In the spirit of transparency we're putting the segment down our podcast feed and explaining the story behind the story. First, Adam Liptak of The New York Times tells us about the justice's practice of editing their opinions after they've been handed down, and not telling anybody about the changes. Then, David Zvenyach tells us about the Twitterbot @SCOTUS_servo, which he created to make those edits public. And then, OTM producer Alana Casanova-Burgess explains how the Supreme Court changed their policy this week and made our segment useless. Progress! 


Coming up on Friday's show: an hour on the Supreme Court. (Working Title: "Hot Bench")