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 #26 - A Gold Bottle of Champagne The Size of An Adult Human Man

Most people use social networks to present themselves as happier than they really are - it's hard to get an honest read on anyone. But writer Charlie Warzel believes there's a secret method you can use to find out how someone is actually feeling online. On TLDR this week, we try to use Charlie's method to divine the secret heart of Drake, the rapper.

Thanks for listening. Eric's tumblr, photos Drake liked, is hereCharlie writes about internet stuff hereIf you like our show, please subscribe to us on iTunes. Or you can follow PJ and Alex and TLDR on Twitter. Or Drake on Instagram.

Experiencing Tragedy at the 9/11 Museum

Balancing visitor experience and harrowing tragedy at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, how the Chinese media are reacting to the Justice Department's hacker indictment, and the often head-spinning reporting of health news.

A Conversation With Veep's Armando Iannucci

For OTM's special hour on Washington DC, Bob spoke with Armando Iannucci, the creator and executive producer of HBO's hit comedy "Veep." We liked that conversation so much, we decided to put up an extended cut here. Iannucci tells Bob about his fascination with American politics, how the show manages to capture the unglamorous details of the nation's capital, and why everyone inside the beltway claims to know a "Jonah," but no one claims to be one.

TLDR #25 - Monsters

Kim Correa loves the online game DayZ, which lets you interact with other humans during a zombie apocalypse. DayZ's appeal is that it allows weird, spontaneous interactions between players. It also allows really terrible ones. Kim talks about her experience of being raped in a virtual world -- something she doesn't quite know what to do with. We also talk to writer Julian Dibbel, who wrote about how one online community dealt with a virtual rape back in 1993.

You can read Kim's essay about her experience hereJulian Dibbel's piece about how one online community dealt with virtual rape is here. Thanks for listening. If you like our show, please subscribe to us on iTunes. Or you can follow PJ and Alex and TLDR on Twitter.