Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield appears in the following:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Unreported Story, Part 1: The Burden of Proof

Friday, April 10, 2015

Inspired by a listener query, Bob investigates an explosive set of claims from Colombia and tries to figure out why the American press has remained mostly silent.

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Rolling Stone's Fallout at UVA

Friday, April 10, 2015

Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, tallies the damage done by the Rolling Stone story, "A Rape on Campus."

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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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Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Vs. NSA

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Wikimedia Foundation is suing the NSA over its "upstream" spy program. Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales discusses the "chilling effect" he says surveillance has on its users. 

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Is True Crime Jinxed?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Following the sensational conclusion of HBO's true crime series, "The Jinx," Bob discusses the fine line between interpretation and manipulation in documentary film.

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The Surveillance Stream

Friday, March 20, 2015

You've probably heard of the NSA's "Prism" program, which collects metadata. Wikimedia and other groups are now suing over a different surveillance apparatus called "upstream."

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Stephen Kim's Leak

Friday, March 20, 2015

Stephen Kim is in prison for speaking about a classified document with a reporter, but according to journalist Peter Maass the government threw the book at the wrong leaker. 

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Climate Ch...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Even as Florida is threatened by rising sea levels, Gov. Rick Scott's administration has reportedly banned officials from using the term “climate change” for state business.

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