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.
The victories of Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary are being hailed as a coup for "outsiders." But throughout this presidential election season nearly every candidate has presented him or herself as an "outsider." As it turns out, running for president as an "outsider" is a long held American tradition. Brooke revisits our history of political outsider-ness with the National Education Association's Erica Seifert and the Washington Post's Paul Waldman.
Want to see and hear the campaign posters and songs described in this segment? Check out our "Brief History of the Political Outsider" page for all of this and more!
A former reporter turned opposition researcher offers an insider’s perspective on the work of unearthing political dirty secrets. Also, the real story of the Dean Scream-- the unforgettable, unscripted moment blamed for ending Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid. And, a new documentary chronicles the life of the late conflict correspondent James Foley.
The late David Foster Wallace's magnum opus, Infinite Jest, was published 20 years ago this week and left an indelible mark on the literary world. To mark the occasion, we're revisiting a conversation that Brooke had with writer David Lipsky, whose interviews with Wallace were dramatized in the 2015 film The End of The Tour. He and Brooke listen to the original tapes, made over five days on the last leg of Wallace's 1996 Infinite Jest book tour, which Lipsky later turned into a book, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace. Brooke and Lipsky discuss the delicate bond the writers formed and what it's like to hear his tapes acted out by Jesse Eisenberg (Lipsky) and Jason Segal (Wallace).
A certain candidate was conspicuously absent from this week's Republican debate. But Donald Trump's presence on conservative talk radio has never flagged. We look at the influence of Rush Limbaugh and his cohorts on this election season. Plus, why the government's plan to build an algorithm to spot terrorists is doomed to fail, and a deep dive into the legal controversies surrounding Planned Parenthood.
Our friends at Note to Self have just launched a new project called Infomagical, which hopes to be an antidote to "infomania" and a "collective FOMO course correction". It’s not about your gadgets per se, it’s about all the stuff on them, and all the stuff coming out of them, and getting a grip on the constant stream of information. Through Infomagical, Note to Self hopes to turn your anxiety-inducing information portals into overload-fighting machines.
We're bringing you the introductory episode (listen above). You can visit Note to Self's page to stay tuned and find out more about Infomagical.
Sign up to participate at wnyc.org/infomagical. Challenge week starts February 1 and runs through February 5.
"This week, On the Media -- in its current incarnation -- turns ten years old." That was five years ago, meaning... you guessed it: On the Media is 15 years old! Join us in celebrating our quinceañera by listening to this 2011 segment that revisits our first mad decade of existence. From the rise of "blogs" to the increasing power of "cell phones," OTM was there all along.