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 #10 - One Hundred Songs a Day

One way to make money making music online is the boring way. Write one song that does incredibly well and live off the royalties for the rest of your life.


Matt Farley is a musician who’s gone a different route. He's written over 14,000 songs and he makes a tiny bit of money each time someone plays one on Spotify or iTunes. PJ visited Matt at his home recording studio to see how it all works.

Thanks for listening. Be sure to check out Matt's music. If you like the show, you can subscribe to us on iTunes. Also, please check out all our previous episodes!

The Past, Present, and Future of Ownership

A special hour, originally aired in March, on our changing understanding of ownership and how it is affected by the law. An author and professor who encourages creative writing through plagiarism, 3D printing, fan fiction & fair use, and the strange tale of who owns "The Happy Birthday Song."