Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield is the co-host of On the Media

Bob Garfield isn’t exactly a media whore, but he’s extremely promiscuous.

Apart from On the Media, Bob has been a columnist for 30-plus years, at the moment on the subjects of media and marketing for The Guardian and MediaPost. In the world of marketing he is an institution, like the Red Cross. Or San Quentin.

When not casting broadly, Bob casts podly, with former OTM producer Mike Vuolo on the insanely popular Slate language program “Lexicon Valley.” In print, Bob has been a contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, Civilization and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic and Wired and been employed variously by ABC, CBS, CNBC and the defunct FNN as an on-air analyst. As a lecturer and panelist, he has appeared in 37 countries on six continents, including such venues as the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol, the Rainbow Room, the Smithsonian, Circus Circus casino, the Grand Ole Opry, the U.N., Harvard University, Princeton University and, memorably, a Thai Kickboxing ring in Cape Town, South Africa.

He is the author of five books, most recently Can’t Buy Me Like. His first book, Waking Up Screaming from the American Dream, was published by Scribner in 1997, favorably reviewed and quickly forgotten.  His 2003 manifesto on advertising, And Now a Few Words From Me, is published in six languages (although, admittedly, one is Bulgarian). His 2009 crackpot screed The Chaos Scenario, about the supposed collapse of mass media and advertising, has all come true. Garfield co-wrote “Tag, You’re It,” a snappy country song performed by Willie Nelson, and wrote an episode of the short-lived NBC sitcom “Sweet Surrender.” It sucked.

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Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Summer Listens #4: The Anthem

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The fourth in our summer listening series.
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Summer Listens #3: The World is a Morgue

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The third of our summer listening series.
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Summer Listens #2: The Wilhelm Scream

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The second installment in our new summer listening series. 
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Blocking Ad-Blockers

Friday, July 10, 2015

Online ad-blocking software doesn't just remove advertisements from screens -- it also endangers the internet.

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'Denial' and the Dominican Media

Friday, July 10, 2015

Human rights groups say the Dominican Republic’s new policy toward those of Haitian descent is unfair. A Dominican journalist says the press there is mostly in 'denial' about the charge.

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Putting Tips In The Internet's Guitar Case

Friday, July 10, 2015

A new Google product lets you support websites by bidding for their ad space. But is it a way to give users choice, or another way for Google to expand control over your web experience?

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This Quack Don't Track

Friday, July 10, 2015

DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn't collect your personal information, surges in popularity in the wake of the Snowden revelations.

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The Numbers Don't Lie, Except When They Do

Friday, July 10, 2015

The media has been clamoring to understand what Donald Trump's "surge" in the polls means for the election. According to Bob it means one thing: the media is really bad with polls.

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Summer Listens #1

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The first in our summer listening series: we'll be reaching into the archives each week with a old favorite for you to enjoy. 
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The Story Behind "The Dingo Ate My Baby"

Friday, July 03, 2015

In 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was falsely convicted of murdering her 9 week old infant daughter, and her cry for help became a global punch line. 

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The "Department of Jokes"

Friday, July 03, 2015

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff on performing in the Soviet Union, where comics had to submit jokes to a Department of Humor for approval.

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The (Perceived) Tragedy of Greece

Friday, July 03, 2015

Greece's financial house is in ruins, they're destroying the Eurozone, and it's all their fault. Or not.

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Surviving A Solar Flare

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rocky Rawlins created the Survivor Library in preparation for a solar flare taking us back to a pre-digital age.

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Preventing a NASA Dark Age

Friday, June 26, 2015

NASA's archives faced technological extinction, until a series of happy accidents allowed Keith Cowing to rescue the iconic photograph, Earthrise.

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Vint Cerf and Our Uncertain Digital Future

Friday, June 26, 2015

Four decades after he co-developed one of the protocols that made the internet a reality, Vint Cerf is worried about our digital future.

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I'm Not A Scientist

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bob raises an eyebrow at the perennial non-denial denial of climate change. 

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Animating Anti-Extremism

Friday, June 19, 2015

A home-grown cartoon character named Abdullah-X is the face of a grassroots approach to anti-extremism.

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A Healthy Dose of Information

Friday, June 19, 2015

Myths abound about the Supreme Court's imminent ruling on the Affordable Care Act.   

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The Future of Storytelling Is Here

Friday, June 12, 2015

Bob takes a tour of an exhibit that lets him soar like bird, visit a refugee camp in Syria, and smell Goldilocks' porridge. 

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Librarians Vs. The Patriot Act

Friday, June 05, 2015

Once called the "library provision," Section 215 of the Patriot Act forced libraries to become headliners in the battle waged to protect American freedoms. 

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