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

Special: The Torture Report

On Tuesday The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on CIA torture and the lies surrounding it. Bob speaks to Matt Apuzzo from the New York Times about cases cited in the report where the C.I.A. said its torture tactics thwarted plots and led to the capture of terrorists, but the committee's report undercut those accounts. Then, Bob speaks to Eric Umansky, the assistant managing editor at ProPublica, who has been cataloging the use of torture terminology used by various news organizations.


Last month, Rolling Stone published an explosive, 9,000 word feature titled “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA.” The author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, opened with a terrifying description of a female college freshman being raped by seven University of Virginia fraternity brothers. The story portrayed not just a brutal crime, but a woeful administration response bordering on obstruction of justice and an unreconstructed UVA rape culture. But at its core, Erdely’s article was about a single event, a ritualistic gang rape, told by a single source, the victim nicknamed Jackie. The Rolling Stone article reverberated far and wide, inciting a national conversation about rape on college campuses. But, on Friday, Rolling Stone magazine retracted the story.


On Ferguson

A special edition of On the Media examining the media's reaction to the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.