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:

The Case for Allowing Offensive Trademarks

Friday, May 22, 2015

Self-described "Chinatown dance rock band" The Slants is comprised solely of Asian-American musicians, but their trademark was denied because it's disparaging to... Asian-Americans.

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An NFL Rookie Leaves the Game

Friday, May 22, 2015

In March, a rising 24-year-old football star shocked the sports industry when he announced that he was retiring from the NFL because of the long-term dangers of concussions. 

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The Evolving Narrative of the NFL Concussion Debate

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 2007, a New York Times reporter brought national attention to NFL concussions with a front-page story about a Philadelphia Eagles player. But the story didn't stop there. 

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The Right to Repair Our Things

Friday, May 22, 2015

Because of copyright laws and the rise of the Internet of Things, farmers break the law if they tinker with the software inside their tractors. That is, unless a new bill helps them.

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Nagging Questions About the Bin Laden Raid

Friday, May 15, 2015

While other journalists rushed to debunk Sy Hersh's latest story, Carlotta Gall of the New York Times says there's a lot to follow up on - and at least one detail rings true. 

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Sy Hersh On His "Counter-Narrative"

Friday, May 15, 2015

This week journalist Seymour Hersh published an account of the killing of Osama bin Laden that directly contradicts the White House narrative. 

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The Marketing of Muckraking

Friday, May 15, 2015

A New York Times exposé on labor abuses and health risks for New York City manicurists goes viral. We explore why. 

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Podcast Extra: Seymour Hersh

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

After publishing an account of the killing of Osama bin Laden contradicting the official narrative, Hersh is being called a kook and conspiracy theorist. Here's his response.
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About That Texas Takeover...

Friday, May 08, 2015

The latest conspiracy theory that an upcoming military exercise in Texas is cover for a military takeover is now part of political debate. How should journalists cover crazy? 

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A Conversation with Veep's Armando Iannucci

Friday, May 08, 2015

Bob spoke with Veep creator Armando Iannucci last year for our special hour on Washington, D.C. We never aired that interview, until now...

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The Police Body Cam Conundrum

Friday, May 08, 2015

There is overwhelming support to outfit the nation's cops with body cameras. Theoretically, they promote accountability and transparency, but in practice it's much more complicated. 

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What Does a Body Good?

Friday, April 24, 2015

"Food Babe" Vani Hari has managed to get the "yoga mat" out of Subway sandwiches and the synthetic coloring out of Kraft's macaroni & cheese. But her logic might be flawed.  

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Getting Clinical Trials On The Record

Friday, April 24, 2015

Clinical trials—where doctors test new medicines or treatments on humans—keeps medicine state-of-the-art. But too many trials don't publish their results, says Dr. Ben Goldacre.

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Washington's Nerds Go To Prom

Friday, April 17, 2015

Patrick's Gavin's new documentary, "Nerd Prom: Inside Washington's Wildest Week" is a behind-the-scenes look into the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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The Right to Record Police

Friday, April 17, 2015

While bystander cellphone videos can shed light on police misconduct, the right to film the cops is not always guaranteed. 

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Watchdogs In Tuxedos

Friday, April 17, 2015

A week before the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner, Bob revisits his critical trip to last year's event.

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California's #DroughtShaming

Friday, April 10, 2015

In California, the search is on for who is most to blame for the drought. Neighbors report water waste using hashtags and apps, and finger-pointing has extended to national media.

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Climate Feedback

Friday, April 10, 2015

Scientist Emmanuel Vincent spearheads Climate Feedback, a group of scientists annotating climate change coverage online to bridge the gap between reportage and scientific fact. 

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The Guardian Takes A Stand

Friday, April 10, 2015

Alan Rusbridger talks about his last campaign as editor of The Guardian: getting the world's two largest charities to divest from fossil fuels - before it's too late.

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The Unreported Story, Part 2: Bias or Blind Spot

Friday, April 10, 2015

Chris Allbritton is one of the journalists who did cover the Colombian report. Bob speaks with Chris about the difficulty of covering this particular story.

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