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.
A newly released letter reveals the FBI's attempt to blackmail MLK to commit suicide. Plus, the song of the 67P comet.
An unpacking of the post-midterm election myths, whether algorithms can intuit emotions, and 25 years after the Berlin Wall.
The corrosive influence of money in politics post Citizens United, and the dark task of online content moderation.
A Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Infectious Disease Edition, "dark money" in midterm elections, and demystifying #GamerGate.
A look at Laura Poitras' new documentary about Edward Snowden, "CitizenFour," a view from inside the continued protests in Ferguson, and barring political protesters outside SCOTUS.
In the late nineties Leah Reich was working for the video game website IGN, which was the most popular website on the internet for 13 to 18 year old boys at the time. She started reading and responding to the site's mailbag, and before she knew it she had become the trusted advisor for thousands of lonely teenaged boys. This week PJ (who was one of those boys) talks to Leah about the trials and rewards of being a counselor to confused, budding nerds.
Thanks for listening. You can read Leah's writing about her time as an advice columnist at The Bygone Bureau and The Kernel. She's also writing a series of essays called A Year of Wednesdays, which are very great. If you like our show, please subscribe to us on iTunes. You can also follow PJ and Alex and TLDR on Twitter.