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

The Elephant in the Room

A certain candidate was conspicuously absent from this week's Republican debate. But Donald Trump's presence on conservative talk radio has never flagged. We look at the influence of Rush Limbaugh and his cohorts on this election season. Plus, why the government's plan to build an algorithm to spot terrorists is doomed to fail, and a deep dive into the legal controversies surrounding Planned Parenthood. 

Note To Self Presents: Infomagical

Our friends at Note to Self have just launched a new project called Infomagical, which hopes to be an antidote to "infomania" and a "collective FOMO course correction". It’s not about your gadgets per se, it’s about all the stuff on them, and all the stuff coming out of them, and getting a grip on the constant stream of information. Through Infomagical, Note to Self hopes to turn your anxiety-inducing information portals into overload-fighting machines.


We're bringing you the introductory episode (listen above). You can visit Note to Self's page to stay tuned and find out more about Infomagical.


Sign up to participate at wnyc.org/infomagical. Challenge week starts February 1 and runs through February 5.

Our Quinceañera

"This week, On the Media -- in its current incarnation -- turns ten years old." That was five years ago, meaning... you guessed it: On the Media is 15 years old! Join us in celebrating our quinceañera by listening to this 2011 segment that revisits our first mad decade of existence. From the rise of "blogs" to the increasing power of "cell phones," OTM was there all along.


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Our Quiñcenera

"This week, On the Media -- in its current incarnation -- turns ten years old." That was five years ago, meaning...you guessed it: On the Media is 15 years old! Join us in celebrating our quinceañera by listening to this 2011 segment that revisits our first mad decade of existence. From the rise of "blogs" to the increasing power of "cell phones," OTM was there all along.


For more On the Media, follow us on Twitter @OnTheMedia, and subscribe to our newsletter on our website, www.onthemedia.org/newsletter.

Bernie Sanders Is Running For President!

Why did it take so long for Flint's water crisis to be acknowledged by local officials, let alone the national media? Plus: how '13 Hours' frames partisan discussion about Benghazi; and how the political press has struggled to understand the Bernie Sanders' campaign. 

What It's Like to Follow Chris Christie for Five Years

American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption was not the story that Matt Katz thought he was going to write when he accepted the biography book deal back in 2013. The New Jersey Governor had just won a landslide election in a blue state and seemed destined for a 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. Then, the notorious lane-closure scandal happened, and Matt became the first reporter to publicly confront the Governor on it. From that point on, Christie's path to the nomination became decidedly choppier, and his relationship with Matt quickly soured.


Matt Katz has covered Christie for the last five years, first for The Philadelphia Inquirer and now for WNYC, New Jersey Public Radio, and the weekly Christie Tracker Podcast from WNYC Studios. He sat down with Brooke to talk about his new book and what it's like to cover a master of media manipulation. Turns out, there’s much more, and less, to the guy last seen insult mongering from the stage of the GOP candidate debates.


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