Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

"Those Who Reject Mainstream Climate Science"

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Associated Press Stylebook now urges journalists to avoid the terms "climate change denier" or "skeptic." An AP science reporter defends their preferred term, "doubter."  

Munchausen By Internet

Friday, September 25, 2015

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

The Pope Is Not a Politician

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pundits treat Pope Francis like a politician, even referring to his "approval ratings." But the Pope, as Bob notes, isn't running for anything. And his positions are not partisan.

Debunking Migration Memes

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fact-checking some of the anti-refugee and anti-migration memes making their way around social media.

Exxon Responds to InsideClimate News

Friday, September 18, 2015

Exxon's Richard Keil reacts to reporting about how the company was at the forefront of climate change research in the 1970s and '80s - before pivoting to funding climate change denial.

Exxon's History of Climate Change Research

Friday, September 18, 2015

A report from InsideClimate News details how the oil giant Exxon was at the forefront of climate change research for a decade, before beginning to fund denial groups.

Forgotten US History: The Mexican "Repatriations" of the 1930s

Friday, September 11, 2015

An estimated one million people were expelled to Mexico during the Great Depression, 60 percent of whom were US citizens. We hear how the anti-immigrant policies echo today's rhetoric.

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Refugees or Migrants?

Friday, September 11, 2015

As the crisis in the Mediterranean intensifies, news outlets wrestle with terms: should we say "migrant crisis" or "refugee crisis"?

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There Oughta Be A Law

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Kim Davis controversy prompts the GOP field to consider the relationship between religion and the Supreme Court.

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A Deeper Understanding of Europe's Migration Crisis

Friday, September 11, 2015

While the coverage of refugee-laden boats and bedraggled droves on highways may generate sympathy, fear, or confusion, it doesn’t always convey reality.

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The Bitter Advertising of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Friday, September 04, 2015

With Congress voting this month on the Iran nuclear agreement, ads from opponents and supporters of the deal are filling the airwaves. Hear a fact-check of the rhetoric and messaging.

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Further Down the Ashley Madison Spiral (Pt. 1)

Friday, September 04, 2015

Hacked data from the adultery website Ashley Madison has hit the open web, and scammers are coming up with new ways to extort people whose names appear in the leaked database.

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Summer Listens #9: Pledge This!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The final installment in our summer listening series. 
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The Fat Jew: Superstar or Supervillain? (Part 1)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Josh Ostrovsky, better known by his social media alter-ego "The Fat Jew," was recently signed by mega-agency CAA, arousing the ire of comedians who say he steals their jokes.

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The Fat Jew: Superstar or Supervillain? (Part 2)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Vilified by the media, Josh Ostrovsky (aka "The Fat Jew") mostly declined comment to the press, until Vulture.com's Jesse David Fox finally persuaded him to talk. It didn't go well.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Stock Market Volatility Edition

Friday, August 28, 2015

When stocks go haywire, so do reporters. A breaking news consumer's handbook to help you make sense of senseless stock market coverage. 

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Summer Listens #8: Crackerjack

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The eighth in our summer listening series. 
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Fighting for the Future (With the Tools of the Past)

Friday, August 21, 2015

A nonprofit harnesses the power of fax machines to protest cybersecurity legislation.

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An American "Right To Be Forgotten?"

Friday, August 21, 2015

It takes little effort to make an impression online. But erasing that impression can be impossible. Privacy watchdog John Simpson on the need for a "right to be forgotten" in the US.

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The Socrates of the NSA

Friday, August 21, 2015

Buried in the trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden was a series of internal opinion columns entitled The SIGINT Philosopher. How'd the NSA wind up with an in-house philosopher?

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