Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Vint Cerf and Our Uncertain Digital Future

Friday, January 01, 2016

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

Munchausen by Internet

Friday, December 25, 2015

Taryn Harper Wright spends her spare time unraveling the efforts of people who fake illnesses online. 

What Does a Body Good?

Friday, December 25, 2015

"Food Babe" Vani Hari has petitioned 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.

Get Your Health Awareness!

Friday, December 25, 2015

The country’s health observances calendar is slated with more than 200 awareness days and weeks and months to satisfy even the choosiest of hypochondriacs.

The Guardian Goes Positive

Friday, December 18, 2015

Eight months after The Guardian launched its "Keep It In The Ground" climate change campaign, it has shifted its focus from divestment to a less tangible but more optimistic goal: hope. 

Polling & Democracy: An Uneasy Relationship

Friday, December 18, 2015

What if the problem with polling isn't bad polls but polls in general? The New Yorker's Jill Lepore on the history of polling and why skepticism is, and has always been, necessary.

A Very Semi-Serious Conversation

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bob sits down with Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of the New Yorker, to talk about life, cartoons, and much more. 
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"Vultures, Jackals, and Hyenas"

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bob reports from Redlands, CA on the media maelstrom that invaded the alleged San Bernardino shooters' condo.

Plaintiff Shopping

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Plaintiffs who come to symbolize major supreme court cases are often carefully cast by advocates and public-interest lawyers.
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Our Lies, Our Selves

Friday, December 04, 2015

Our relationship with lying in our own lives has a lot to do with how we judge the lies of politicians. 

Politifact-Checking the Politicians

Friday, December 04, 2015

If fact-checking is meant to chasten politicians who lie, why isn't it more chaste out there? We speak to Politifact about educating the public and the definition of a "half-truth."

The Patriot Act's Unintended Consequences

Friday, November 27, 2015

Ultimately, our assumption that the Patriot Act is at the center of our nation's struggle between privacy and security...may not be true. 

France's (Latest) Patriot Act

Friday, November 27, 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France passed a bill vastly expanding surveillance power, drawing comparisons to the USA Patriot Act. After the latest Paris attacks, more of the same.

Present At The Creation

Friday, November 27, 2015

A mere six weeks after 9/11, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. Brooke and Bob relive the act's conception amid a climate of fear, confusion, and deceit.

What's in the Bill?

Friday, November 27, 2015

For almost fourteen years we've been hearing about the Patriot Act. What's in it, again?

What Does It Mean to Have 'Boots On The Ground'?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Politicians and pundits have been using the phrase "boots on the ground" to declare limits in U.S. involvement in the Middle East. But what does that phrase mean, anyway?

Dabiq Magazine

Friday, November 20, 2015

While we're watching continuous coverage of ISIS, they're also watching, and even publish politicians and pundits in their propaganda magazine, Dabiq.

What Did Exxon Know?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ExxonMobil is under investigation by the NY Attorney General for potentially misleading shareholders. How does the case compare to the federal prosecution of Big Tobacco in the 1990s?
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In Praise Of "Gotcha!"

Friday, November 06, 2015

Most of the Republican candidates agree that the main problem with last week's CNBC debate was the preponderance of "gotcha" questions. Bob begs to differ.

Two Angry Men

Friday, November 06, 2015

Bob and Alec Baldwin discuss all things media.