Brooke Gladstone

Host, On The Media

Brooke Gladstone appears in the following:

Why Nigerian Email Scams Work

Friday, November 01, 2013

When Nigerian prince scam spam hits our inboxes, most of us know to politely decline requests for assistance. One might wonder why scammers don’t come up with something a bit more believable. But according to a paper (pdf) by Cormac Herley of Microsoft Research, the email’s overt scaminess helps identify the biggest suckers. In an interview from August of last year, Psychology professor Daniel Simons, who wrote about the phenomenon in the Wall Street Journal, explains.

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Reporting Around DHS Opacity

Friday, October 25, 2013

When OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman tried getting answers from the Department of Homeland Security for her border detainment story, she experienced first hand how opaque the behemoth federal agency can be with reporters. But her experience wasn't unique. Brooke speaks with New York Times contributor Susan Stellin and Rio Grande Valley correspondent for the Associated Press Christopher Sherman--two journalists that regularly come in contact with DHS and its various agencies--about just how difficult it can be to get information.

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Security Breach at Experian

Friday, October 25, 2013

This week, security reporter Brian Krebs uncovered the story of how Experian, one of the three major credit bureaus, unwittingly sold its data to an identity theft outfit. Brooke talks to Krebs about how he discovered this significant breach.

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How Do We Secure Personal Data?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Brian Krebs' investigation raises larger questions. If Experian, one of the three main credit bureaus, is susceptible to accidentally selling data to identity thieves, what about all of the other data brokers out there? Brooke gets in touch with Avivah Litan, a fraud and security research analyst at Gartner, to put the Experian data breach into context, and talk about the larger implications of data security for consumers. 

Beacon - Late November

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Glenn Greenwald's Departure From the Guardian

Friday, October 18, 2013

This week, Glenn Greenwald, now a household name for his role in reporting the Edward Snowden leaks, announced he was leaving The Guardian for a "a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity." Brooke talks to pressthink.org's Jay Rosen about that opportunity and how it could differ from current journalistic endeavors.

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Genetic Testing Anxiety

Friday, October 18, 2013

Brooke and OTM producer PJ Vogt prepare to send their saliva off to 23andMe, a company that analyzes DNA information. Before they prepare their samples, Brooke and PJ talk with OTM senior producer Katya Rogers, and former OTM producer Jamie York about what they hope to find out from their genetic testing, what they’re concerned about discovering, and the value of having their genetic information online.

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The Results Are In

Friday, October 18, 2013

Brooke and OTM producer PJ Vogt get their genetic tests back and reveal the results to each other. Then, to help them understand what their results really mean, Brooke and PJ speak to geneticist Greg Lennon, co-founder of SNPedia, a wiki-pedia for genetic information that aims to make “DNA stuff” real. Lennon answers some of Brooke and PJ’s pressing questions about their results. Among other things, Brooke finds out she doesn’t have as much Neanderthal in her genes as she hoped.

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Talk to Me, Siri

Friday, October 11, 2013

In Spike Jonze’s upcoming film “Her,” a man falls in love with his Siri-like personal assistant. Brooke speaks to Genevieve Bell, an anthropologist and the Director of User Experience and Research at Intel, who says that humans aren’t just interacting with their devices these days, they’re forming relationships with them

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"The Fifth Estate"

Friday, October 11, 2013

Next week, the story of Julian Assange and Wikileaks hits the big screen in "The Fifth Estate." Brooke speaks with Guardian reporter--and former Wikileaks employee--James Ball about the story of Wikileaks, the new film, and what it was like seeing something he experienced firsthand dramatized by Hollywood.

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Paid Partisans

Friday, October 04, 2013

A recent study found that people will more accurately describe political realities--even if it contradicts their own partisan views--if they are paid for their correct answers. Brooke speaks to Gregory Huber, one of the authors of the study, about their findings.

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False Equivalency Around the Government Shutdown

Friday, October 04, 2013

With the federal government grinding to a halt this week, the specter of false equivalency rose up around the media landscape. The Atlantic’s James Fallows talked to Brooke about his quest to have the media stop over-prizing ‘objectivity’ and start communicating reality.

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Legislating Speech On the Internet in California and the Rest of the Country

Friday, October 04, 2013

Recently, California passed a number of laws meant to protect individuals online from harassment and from themselves, but those laws have potentially problematic speech implications. Bob talks with Santa Clara University Law Professor Eric Goldman about the details of these laws, and how they can affect the rest of the country.

Paul Whiteman - Love Nest

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Coverage of the Government Shutdown, Tweeting TV Audiences, and More

Friday, October 04, 2013

A look at the media coverage - both here and abroad - of the government shutdown, how social media is recreating the old television viewing experience, and California's attempts to legislate the internet.

Watching Each Other Watch

Friday, October 04, 2013

Last Sunday, AMC aired the final episode of Breaking Bad. You may not watch the show, but if you’ve been hanging around anywhere online, its presence is inescapable. Fans on Twitter tweeted 100,000 times a day about the show leading up to the finale. Brooke talks with Kevin Slavin, an Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at  MIT and co-founder of Everybody at Once, who says that fans’ social media interactions are crucial to the modern television experience. 

Paul Whiteman - Love Nest

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Which committee is responsible for providing oversight at our borders?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bob reads listener responses to producer Sarah Abdurrhaman’s piece“My Detainment Story or: How I learned to Stop Feeling Safe in My Own Country and Hate Border Agents.”  Brooke talks to former congressman Lee H. Hamilton, co-author of a recent report calling for reform of the Department of Homeland Security, about how the DHS can, and should, work better.

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The Road to Nowhere (Near the Border)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Terry Bressi is a staff engineer at the University of Arizona's planetary lab. To get to Kitt Peak National Observatory, he must take an east to west running highway, which has an in-country immigration checkpoint. Bressi estimates he’s been stopped over 300 times at immigration checkpoints along this road, which at no point crosses the border, since 2008. Brooke talks with Bressi about how he began videotaping his interactions with the border agents. (The videos have become something of an internet sensation).

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Battling Messages on Obamacare

Friday, September 27, 2013

The next phase of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect next week with the opening of new health insurance exchanges. Brooke and Bob take a look at the messaging war, from the conservative ads advising people to "opt out," to the Obama administration's push to educate people about the new law, and the media's role in covering this protracted battle.

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My Detainment Story or: How I learned to Stop Feeling Safe in My Own Country and Hate Border Agents*

Friday, September 20, 2013

Earlier this month, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman, her family, and her friends were detained for hours by US Customs and Border Protection on their way home from Canada. Everyone being held was a US citizen, and no one received an explanation. Sarah tells the story of their detainment, and her difficulty getting any answers from one of the least transparent agencies in the country.

William Tyler - Country of Illusion

[Hi folks. This piece has been getting a lot of traffic, so we wanted to direct you to more of Sarah's enormously good reporting if you're interested. A nice place to start is her firsthand account of what it was like to coordinate information for anti-Gaddafi rebels, or her profile last month of the newly launched Al-Jazeera America. Or you can just go here for all of her OTM appearances.]

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The Breaking News Consumer's Handbook

Friday, September 20, 2013

We've decided to bring you a list of best practices that will help you, the media consumer, weed out bad information the next time an event like this takes place.

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Tracking Your Steps

Friday, September 20, 2013

Last week the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project released a report stating that 74 percent of adult smart phone owners use their phones to get information based on their current location. As more websites and applications start picking up on this trend by launching mobile geo-navigation applications, Brooke talks to geographer Jim Thatcher about what data these apps are taking from our locations, and how is that data being used?

Night Thoughts - John Zorn

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