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

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.

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TLDR - What Does TLDR Mean?

Hello! We are taking a week off the podcast to work on some special things that you will like a lot. This episode is a Best Of*, in case you have a friend who hasn't gotten a chance to check us out who you might like to share TLDR with. It also includes an answer to one of our show's enduring mysteries - just what the hell TLDR stands for.


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*Yes, we know that it takes some pretty unmitigated gall to run a clip show two months after launching a podcast.

TLDR #7 - It's Rating Men

Lulu is an app that lets women rate guys they've slept with. Was he willing to commit? Was he gassy? The ratings are anonymous, and men can't see their profiles.

When Lulu launched earlier this year, people didn't like it, but it also seemed more like a thought experiment than a real social network women would use. Nine months later, the company says that one in four female college students is using it. This week, we talk about Lulu with Maureen O'Connor, who blogs for New York Magazine's The Cut.


Thanks for listening, and if you like the show, subscribe to it on iTunes. If you want other people to hear it, please rate and review it! If you want to check out our previous episodes on our website, you can listen here. If you like our theme song, you can hear more by Breakmaster Cylinder here.