Brooke Gladstone

Host, On The Media

Brooke Gladstone is best known for the …pause…that Bob Garfield inserts before mentioning her name in the credits for On the Media. Among her other accomplishments, she was an NPR Moscow-based reporter, its first media reporter, senior editor of NPR’s All Things Considered, and the senior editor of Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. As the years progress, she grows ever more senior.

She’s the recipient of two Peabody Awards, a National Press Club Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and many others you tend to collect if you hang out in public radio long enough.

Just before coming to On the Media, she did some pilots for WNYC of a call-in show about human relationships with Dan Savage called A More Perfect Union. That was pretty cool.

She also is the author of The Influencing Machine (W.W. Norton), a media manifesto in graphic form, listed among the top books of 2011 by The New Yorker, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, and among the “10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction” by The Atlantic.

Gladstone always wanted to be a comic hero and she finally did it. Here she is animated.

At WNYC’s 2012 Christmas party, backed by the fabulous Radio Flyers band, she sang “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” with her sisters Lisa and Stacey, thus fulfilling all her dreams.

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Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

Return of the Zombie Legislation

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Mark Jaycox on why President Obama's current cyber-security proposal is dangerous, misguided, and anything but new.

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Too Little, Too Late

Friday, January 30, 2015

WikiLeaks learns that its private data had been given to the US Government by Google over three years ago, with no notice until now.

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Reporting Between the Lines in Egypt

Friday, January 30, 2015

The 4th anniversary of the Egyptian revolution saw tragically familiar violence on the streets of Cairo. But Egypt's media is subtly resisting the state's crackdown on critical voices. 

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ISIS and the Japanese Captives

Friday, January 23, 2015

The video from ISIS threatening to kill two Japanese captives within 72 hours has sent pacifist Japan into agony, horror, and self-examination. 

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In Defense of Corporate Persons

Friday, January 23, 2015

Five years after the Citizens United decision, corporate and constitutional law professor Kent Greenfield defends corporate personhood as both a necessity and a potential liberal boon.

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Debunking Conventional Wisdom

Friday, January 23, 2015

Republicans took the reins of Congress, prompting an outpouring of conventional wisdom that the GOP now actually has to legislate to win in 2016. It sounds right—but is it true? 

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Free Speech in France

Friday, January 16, 2015

Brooke speaks with Celestine Bohlen, a columnist for the International New York Times, about how the cries of double standards in France are competing with those of free speech for all. 

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Why Paris, But Not Baga?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Ethan Zuckerman from MIT discusses the complicated prejudices that made the Paris attacks top news last week, but not the destruction and killings in Baga, Nigeria. 

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The Ongoing Horrors of Boko Haram

Friday, January 16, 2015

Journalist Alexis Okeowo on the latest attacks by Boko Haram and the difficulty of covering a conflict with no end in sight.

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Countering Radical Islam

Friday, January 16, 2015

A progressive Muslim leader argues that to effectively counter radical Islam, Muslims must acknowledge and address religious justification for atrocity. 

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A Paranoid Reflection Of Our Digital Age

Friday, January 16, 2015

"Black Mirror" creator Charlie Brooker on making a hit TV show that explores technological obsession and the more disturbing facets of our humanity.

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Charlie Hebdo's Raison D'Etre

Friday, January 09, 2015

Prominent French media critic Daniel Schneidermann on the Charlie Hebdo attack and the legacy of the paper's boundary-pushing cartoons. 

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Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2014

Friday, January 09, 2015

Brooke speaks with futurist and io9 contributing editor George Dvorsky about the 2014 breakthroughs in science, technology, and culture that could be right out of a sci-fi novel. 

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On "Je Suis Charlie"

Friday, January 09, 2015

After the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, there have been cries of "Je Suis Charlie" in solidarity with the murdered cartoonists. But do journalists have a share in this bravery?

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"Monty Python But 50 Times As Rude"

Friday, January 09, 2015

On the rich tradition of cartoons in French culture, satirical and otherwise, as well as the unique reputation of Charlie Hebdo.

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Online Supersleuths

Friday, January 02, 2015

Brooke speaks to writer Deborah Halper about her book on the thriving community of internet sleuths who try to crack cold cases. 

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Gavel to Gavel

Friday, January 02, 2015

The 1991 trial of a young woman named Pamela Smart was the first to be covered on TV, gavel to gavel.

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Brooke and Bob on the Decline of Beat Reporting

Friday, December 26, 2014

Bob remembers the best story he got while working the crime beat for a small newspaper in Pennsylvania.

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The History of Beats

Friday, December 26, 2014

You’d think that beat reporting has been fundamental to journalism since the birth of the business. But beats didn’t really take off until a little over a century ago.

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Rod Blagojevich Meets His Match

Friday, December 26, 2014

How one reporter was in the right place at the right time to uncover the story of a lifetime.

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