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

Spotlight on 'Spotlight', The Movie

The Academy Award nominated movie "Spotlight" depicts the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that uncovered the systemic sexual abuse and widespread cover up in the Catholic church, with refreshing accuracy. Get ready for Sunday night's Oscars by listening to Brooke's conversation with Walter Robinson, who headed the investigation and is played by Michael Keaton in the film, and Sacha Pfeiffer, who was one of the four reporters on the team and is played by Rachel McAdams. They talk about what it was like to see themselves on the silver screen, and the continuing impact of their award-winning reporting.


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The Supreme Court, Explained

A political battle is raging over Justice Scalia's replacement on the high court. But what does the public really know about how the court operates? We revisit our special hour on the Supreme Court, from the unknowable impact of decisions to the justices' peculiar traditions and how popular culture frames our understanding. Plus: the not-so-evolving position on cameras in the courtroom. 

Ignore That Thing About Zika and Pesticides

A report linking the uptick in microcephaly cases in Brazil to a pesticide -- not Zika -- makes headlines. Turns out, it's scientifically baseless. Bob talks with Anna Almendrala, who debunked the story in the Huffington Post, about the interest group behind the report, how Monsanto got thrown into the mix, and why the story is ripe for belief despite clear red flags. 


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The Zika Effect

The threat of the Zika virus has been covered extensively, but the reality is still largely unknown. A look away from the panicked headlines at what we know and don't know about the virus, as well as how Zika serves as a window into global questions surrounding climate change and reproductive rights.

I Am An Outsider And So Can You!

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!


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Dark Arts

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.