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

FiveThirtyEight Explains Super Tuesday

Primary voters in twelve states (and American Samoa) head to the polls on Super Tuesday -- and media expectations are high. Our collaborators at the data news site FiveThirtyEight have a politics podcast, and this week their look at Super Tuesday explains how to read the Super Tuesday results, including media declarations of "inevitability" and "momentum." Plus: why Donald Trump's candidacy has thrown forecasting models into disarray. We play two long excerpts from the podcast, which you can listen to in its entirety here

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Second Comes Right After First!

President Obama's latest attempt to close Guantanamo Bay prison has been met with fierce opposition from Congress. We look at what the prison has come to mean to the American public...and what it means for jihadists. Plus: a look at vigilante groups fighting to uphold their version of the law on both sides of the US-Mexico border, the Apple/FBI showdown, and the GOP "front-runner" who has yet to actually win a primary or caucus. 

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.