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On the Media
On the Media
WNYC Studios

The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Host Brooke Gladstone examines... more

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Episodes

Measuring Bias in Israel-Palestine Coverage, and Mehdi Hasan's Approach to Covering the Region

A Palestinian-American college student was shot in Vermont last fall. On this week’s On the Media, he reflects on the... more

01 Mar 2024 · 50 minutes
American Patriots Support... Vladimir Putin?

In February, Donald Trump praised Russia for being a "war machine" and said that Russia should “do whatever the hell they want” to... more

28 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Christian Nationalism is Reshaping Fertility Rights, and Books Dominate at the Oscars

An Alabama Supreme Court ruling on frozen embryos threatens fertility treatments across the state. On this week’s On the Media,... more

23 Feb 2024 · 50 minutes
Revisiting the Documentary, "Navalny"

  Russia's jailed opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has died in prison. Navalny had been living behind bars since shortly after landing in... more

21 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
Breaking News: Biden is Old. Plus, Bobi Wine’s Fight For Democracy

Coverage of President Joe Biden’s age has reached a fever pitch. On this week’s On the Media, hear whether the... more

16 Feb 2024 · 50 minutes
Tucker Went to Russia and Got a History Lesson

Last week we learned that ousted Fox blowhard Tucker Carlson had gone to Russia. He was spotted eating fake McDonalds... more

14 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
If You Can’t Beat ’Em… Join ’Em? Journalism in an AI World

In December, the New York Times sued OpenAI for allegedly using the paper’s articles to train chatbots. On this week’s... more

09 Feb 2024 · 50 minutes
Naomi Klein's Trip to the Mirror World

Naomi Klein has been confused for writer Naomi Wolf for much of her career. Wolf rose to prominence with the book The... more

07 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
What the Media Gets Wrong About Immigration, and Chris Hayes Wants More Trump Coverage!

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has threatened to defy the federal government’s control over the border as the surge of migrants... more

02 Feb 2024 · 50 minutes
Micah Speaks To Kyle Chayka About The Filter World

In Micah Loewinger's introduction to this interview, he shared this personal anecdote: "Before I landed a job at this show, I... more

31 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
DeSantis' Failed Campaign Has Lessons For the Political Press. And A Public Radio Parody.

After New Hampshire and Iowa, the GOP field is narrowing to Donald Trump's benefit once again. On this week’s On... more

26 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
OTM presents - Blindspot: The Plague in the Shadows

This week we're featuring the work of our colleagues at WNYC: Valerie Reyes-Jimenez called it “The Monster.” That’s how some people... more

24 Jan 2024 · 35 minutes
Trouble at The Baltimore Sun, and the End of an Era for Pitchfork

This year has had a rocky start for journalism. The Baltimore Sun changed hands again, and layoffs loom at the... more

19 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
What Israelis Are Seeing on TV - EXTENDED VERSION

EXTENDED VERSION; Nightmarish images of destruction in Gaza have filled the news and social media feeds for months. But within Israel,... more

16 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
Israeli TV News Sanitizes the Bombing of Gaza. Plus, a Plagiarism Fight Gets Political

The conflict in the Middle East has already killed tens of thousands of Palestinians. On this week’s On the Media,... more

12 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
Mysteries of the Euroverse!

50 years ago ABBA won the contest for the song Waterloo.  Recently Brooke's old friend Charlie asked her to take part... more

10 Jan 2024 · 45 minutes
How a Whistleblower Changed the Course of History

Daniel Ellsberg, the famed whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the Washington Post, died six months ago. On this... more

05 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
The Reporter Who Said No to the FBI

On February 23, 1972, oral arguments began in the Supreme Court for a case that would shape the course of... more

03 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
What a Year

And just like that, the year is coming to a close. On this episode of On the Media, hear about... more

29 Dec 2023 · 52 minutes
Where Did 'White Jesus' Come From?

During this holiday season, you likely encountered public nativity scenes depicting the birth of Jesus, presenting the family with very... more

27 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
The Rise of 'News Avoiders,' and a Stand-Up Comedy Scandal

In the run up to the 2024 election, polls are frontpage news. On this week’s On the Media, a guide... more

22 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
Who Cares About Literary Prizes?

This holiday season, book store displays — and Christmas stockings — will be filled with novels minted with gold and... more

20 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
Climate Delay-ism and the Real Goals of the Book Banning Movement

An unprecedented deal on transitioning away from fossil fuels was struck at the United Nations’ COP 28 summit, but many... more

15 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
Celebrating Norman Lear

Norman lear the veteran writer and producer behind such hit TV shows as All in the Family and The Jeffersons, died last week... more

13 Dec 2023 · 20 minutes
How Media Fueled a Shoplifting Panic, and an AI-Journalism Experiment Gone Wrong

This holiday season, media outlets across the country are raising the alarm about an apparent crisis in retail crime. On... more

08 Dec 2023 · 50 minutes
Happy One Year Anniversary Since George Santos Became a Thing!

This month marks the anniversary of when most of us first heard about George Santos and his ever-expanding list of... more

06 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
Word Watch: “Genocide,” and Do We Have to Care About OpenAI?

After a seven-day ceasefire, fighting has resumed in Gaza. On this week’s On the Media, how the word “genocide” entered... more

01 Dec 2023 · 50 minutes
Media Coverage of the Trump Movement is Missing Vital Context

In his Veteran’s day speech a couple of weeks ago former President Donald Trump said this about his political enemies; TRUMP:... more

29 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Is the New York Times a Tech Company Now?

This year has seen record layoffs in the media industry, with some digital news giants closing down altogether. On this... more

24 Nov 2023 · 50 minutes
The Hasan Minhaj Saga and Evolving Expectations of Truth in Comedy

In September, The New Yorker published an article by Clare Malone titled “Hasan Minhaj’s Emotional Truths,” fact-checking moments from the... more

22 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
TikTok In the Crosshairs... Again. And Saying Goodbye to Jezebel

President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping just recently met face-to-face for the first time in a year. On this week’s... more

17 Nov 2023 · 50 minutes
FTC chair Lina Khan is Kicking A** and Taking Names

As we've discussed on the show at length, most recently with Cory Doctorow in our series The Enshittification of Everything,... more

15 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Trump Coverage is Still Terrible. Plus, Podcasting’s First Boom and Bust

Donald Trump was out of sight at the GOP presidential primary debate – but definitely not out of mind. On... more

10 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
Making Television After #MeToo

Last week on the show, Brooke spoke to two writers about new wrinkles in the now 6-year-old #MeToo movement. But we... more

08 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
Warring Narratives in the Israel-Gaza Conflict and a New #MeToo Movement

Israel began a ground operation in Gaza as a conflict that’s already left thousands dead continues to escalate. On this... more

03 Nov 2023 · 52 minutes
The Evolution of Opinions Online and "Statementese"

There's been no shortage of opinions across the globe as the Israel-Hamas conflict rages on. But stateside, there's also been... more

31 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Israel/Gaza Edition

Experts say disinformation around the Israel-Hamas war is running rampant. On this week’s On the Media, a guide to understanding... more

27 Oct 2023 · 50 minutes
How Right Wing Media Created The House Speaker Fiasco

It's been over 20 days since the United States has had a Speaker of the House. Republican Kevin McCarthy was ousted by... more

25 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
The Fog of War, and the Deadly Toll of Reporting from Gaza and Israel

More than twenty journalists have been killed during the recent Israel-Hamas conflict. On this week’s On the Media, hear about... more

20 Oct 2023 · 51 minutes
What Comparisons to 9/11 Tell Us about the Israel-Hamas Conflict

This week, amid the deluge of coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict following Hamas’ surprise attack on October 7th, a certain... more

18 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
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Trump Coverage is Still Terrible. Plus, Podcasting’s First Boom and Bust
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Donald Trump was out of sight at the GOP presidential primary debate – but definitely not out of mind. On this week’s... more