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:

Episode 4: What Would Jesus Do?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Brooke discusses the fourth episode of the season with two veteran political reporters.
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Episode 5: Marking Their Territory

Monday, March 30, 2015

Brooke discusses the fifth episode of House of Cards with Fred Kaplan and Patti Solis-Doyle.
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What Makes a Great Disease Story?

Friday, March 27, 2015

A rare muscle cancer made David Grover sick—and famous—when he was just a kid. But then the media moved on. 

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The War on Prevention

Friday, March 27, 2015

We tend to describe cancer with war metaphors: “battling” the disease, winning the “fight.” But this war language might actually be distorting how we think about cancer prevention.

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Speaking in Tongues

Friday, March 27, 2015

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be like entering a foreign land where you don't speak the language. 

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Perception vs. Reality

Friday, March 27, 2015

The latest cancer cures, fundraising campaigns, and miraculous survival stories are ubiquitous in the news— but cancer coverage rarely reflects real-world cancer incidence rates. 

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A Brief Biography of Cancer

Friday, March 27, 2015

Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies, charts cancer’s 2,500 year history.

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Episode 4: What Would Jesus Do?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brooke discusses the fourth episode of House of Cards with Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz.
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On House of Cards 3: You Have Just Been Served

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brooke discusses the third episode of the season with two foreign policy experts. 
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Episode 3: You Have Just Been Served

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brooke discusses the third episode of the season with two foreign policy experts. 
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Staring Into the Abyss

Friday, March 13, 2015

Brooke follows up on her conversation with Radiolab, and explores our longstanding fascination with nihilism: why it's popular today, and whether that's always been the case.

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In the Dust of This Planet

Friday, March 13, 2015

Radiolab host Jad Abumrad explores the philosophy that turned his brother-in-law's book cover into a celebrity fashion statement.

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Treason, Stunt, or Idiocy?

Friday, March 13, 2015

The National Iranian American Council's Jamal Abdi discusses the potential fallout from the media's coverage of the open letter to Iran by forty-seven Senate Republicans.

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Cashing In On Ferguson

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ferguson has become a buzzword, a symbol, and a business—all while ignoring the struggles of daily life for protesters on the ground. 

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Episode 2: The Lady Parts

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Brooke discusses the second episode of House of Cards with Cokie Roberts and Linda Wertheimer.
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Episode 1: Sic Semper Francis

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"House of Cards" fan Brooke Gladstone dissects the first episode of this season with a veteran Washington journalist and the show's own creator, Beau Willimon. 
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My Name Is Hollywood And I Have A Problem

Friday, March 06, 2015

Even if you've never been to an AA meeting, chances are you think you know how one works, thanks largely to film and television. Not so, says investigative journalist Gabrielle Glaser.

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The Damage Has Been Done

Friday, March 06, 2015

With the release of their latest propaganda video featuring an apparent destruction of the Mosul Museum, ISIS got the art world fumed.

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Sinful But Valuable

Friday, March 06, 2015

Groups like ISIS and the Taliban have long used the Quran to justify the destruction of priceless antiquities. 

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Hillary's Emails

Friday, March 06, 2015

Hillary Clinton used her private email address for all correspondence while at the State Department. Now, the media can't agree on what law she broke—or didn't. 

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