Brooke Gladstone

Host, On The Media

Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

The Storage Potential of DNA

Friday, January 01, 2016

Paper burns. Bits rot. CDs decay. But DNA can last tens of thousands of years. That's why researchers in England have developed a way to code digital data into the code of life. 

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Health News Edition

Friday, December 25, 2015

A bogus study about chocolate and weight loss fooled several news outlets. Here, we present a thorough debunking of health news misreporting.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Celebrity Expert Edition

Friday, December 25, 2015

Toxins, gluten, fad diets, cleanses...and how to separate fact from fiction.  

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Election Polls Edition

Friday, December 18, 2015

How can you to tell important polling headlines from bad ones? Our partnership with FiveThirtyEight continues with this look at how to interpret polling data as the primaries get closer.

"Landmark" or "Fraud"?

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Paris climate change deal has been called both “landmark” and “a fraud". We search for clarity amid all the conflicting commentary. 

On Political Correctness

Friday, December 18, 2015

GOP candidates squared off against the real enemy during Tuesday's foreign policy-themed debate: political correctness.

So You've Got a Demagogue

Friday, December 11, 2015

Donald Trump may be breaking the current political mold, but history has always anticipated characters like him. Here's what we can learn from the rise and fall of demagogues past.

Elitist Traitors vs Fascist Morons

Friday, December 04, 2015

For many on the Left, Trump's popularity merely confirms their assumptions about those other people in America. And this may be the most dangerous lie of all.

A Taxonomy of Political Lies

Friday, December 04, 2015

Kicking off our deep dive into deception with a taxonomy of the political lie.

When Polls Obscure The Truth

Friday, December 04, 2015

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight explains why Donald Trump's position in the polls isn't everything he makes it out to be, and how polls can also obscure the truth.

A Recent History of Political Lies

Friday, December 04, 2015

Though this election season feels particularly falsity-filled, we've been on this road for a long time. Here's a brief history of political lies and how Trump has broken the mold.

The Mechanism of Blind Belief

Friday, December 04, 2015

Why people believe what they want to believe, despite the facts. 

On San Bernardino

Thursday, December 03, 2015

In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, a look at the ban on CDC research into gun violence and how the families of victims manage the media. 
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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?

"Collect It All" Doesn't work

Friday, November 27, 2015

Debate about mass surveillance for counter-terrorism purposes has resurged post-Paris attacks. But evidence shows that bulk data collection isn't the solution to fighting terrorism. 

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.

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. 

Surveillance Beyond the Patriot Act

Friday, November 27, 2015

We all know the Patriot Act, but lesser-known programs like Executive Order 12333 account for the bulk of government surveillance--and receive even less oversight. 

Lessons Unlearned

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Paris attacks have been deemed "France's 9/11." But do the politics and rhetoric of this week reflect what we've learned in the 14 years since 9/11? 

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Terrorism Edition

Friday, November 20, 2015

Drawing on reporters, terrorism experts, and the media's best and worst impulses, a Breaking News Consumer's Handbook for the coverage after an act of terror.