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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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It's not TV it's...

In 2022 HBO picked up nearly forty Emmy awards — many of which went to The White Lotus. That year also... more

29 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Is Lying On the Radio...Legal?

Highly politicized, partisan companies like Salem Media Group have a hold on the airwaves — and they don’t plan to... more

24 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
How Neoconservatism Led the US to Invade Iraq

If you ask Democrats why the US invaded Iraq in 2003, many will say that President George W. Bush cynically lied... more

22 Mar 2023 · 15 minutes
How did Talk Radio Get So Politically Lop-Sided?

How did the right get their vice grip of the airwaves, all the while arguing that they were being silenced... more

17 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
Silenced Samples: How Copyright Laws Infringe on Hip Hop

Iconic hip hop group De La Soul's music is finally available on streaming platforms, just in time for the fiftieth anniversary... more

15 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
The Most Influential Christian Talk Radio Network You've Probably Never Heard of

In 2016, Christian talk radio host Eric Metaxas begrudgingly encouraged his listeners to vote for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. By... more

10 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
How Lina Khan Became Antitrust Critics' Favorite Target

In March 2021, when President Joe Biden announced the nomination of Lina Khan to be a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission,... more

08 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Historical Fictions

A billion dollar defamation lawsuit has given the public an unprecedented view into the inner workings of Fox News. On... more

03 Mar 2023 · 50 minutes
The OTHER Lawsuit Involving the Murdochs

Fox News is in the fight of its legal life right now. Dominion is suing Fox News for 1.6 billion dollars... more

01 Mar 2023 · 8 minutes
Who Profits?

The Supreme Court heard two cases this week that could upend Silicon Valley. On this week’s On The Media, a... more

24 Feb 2023 · 50 minutes
Brooke on the Press in Times of War

This week we're airing an interview that Brooke did while on a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. She... more

22 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
Off the Rails

1. Julia Rock [@jul1arock], reporter at the The Lever, and Allison Fisher [@citizenfisher], director of the Climate and Energy Program for Media Matters for America, on why... more

17 Feb 2023 · 50 minutes
Joke, Threat, Obvious

YouTube is one of the biggest media companies in the world. In 2020, we uploaded 500 hours of footage to the site every minute.... more

15 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Hide and Seek

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no, it’s a spy balloon. On this week’s On the Media, how to grasp... more

10 Feb 2023 · 50 minutes
David Remnick Speaks to Salman Rushdie About Surviving the Fatwa

Thirty-four years ago, the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, issued a fatwa calling for the assassination of the... more

09 Feb 2023 · 50 minutes
Too Big to Fail?

On this week’s On the Media, what the data says about how boys and men are struggling today. Plus, the... more

03 Feb 2023 · 50 minutes
Puerto Rico in 8 Songs

Former OTM producer Alana Casanova-Burgess is back with season 2 of her critically acclaimed podcast series, La Brega. This one... more

01 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Sorry, That's Classified

If millions of Americans have access to classified documents, can we really call them secrets? On this week's On the... more

27 Jan 2023 · 50 minutes
Operation Podcast: What the CIA's Latest Media Venture Can Teach Us About the Agency

For decades, the Central Intelligence Agency has cultivated its appeal as an organization shrouded in secrecy, engaged in cutting edge... more

24 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
Great Expectations

Many of us are still cookin’ with gas, but should we? On this week’s On the Media, a look at... more

20 Jan 2023 · 50 minutes
Salvation Through Technology?

Human aspirations for technology are vast. One day, maybe we'll develop technologies that cure cancer. Rid us of viruses. Perhaps fix... more

18 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
It’s a Machine’s World

Schools across the country are considering whether to ban the new AI chatbot, ChatGPT. On this week’s On the Media,... more

13 Jan 2023 · 50 minutes
HBO's "The Last of Us" and The Curse of Video Game Adaptations

This week HBO is set to release its latest show, The Last Of Us, about two strangers, who end up... more

11 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
Caution: Fragile!

The start of a new year is a time to look both forward and back. On this week’s On the... more

06 Jan 2023 · 51 minutes
A Taxonomy of TikTok Panics

At the end of 2022, Congress passed legislation to ban TikTok from all government devices, citing data privacy concerns and... more

04 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes

In October, a court ruled in favor of the Department of Justice and blocked the merging of two publishing giants:... more

30 Dec 2022 · 49 minutes
The Origins of America's White Jesus

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

28 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
In Retrospect

And just like that, 2022 is coming to a close. On this week's On the Media, a look back at... more

24 Dec 2022 · 50 minutes
The Divided Dial - BONUS EPISODE!

We covered a lot of ground in the series, so in this bonus episode we wanted to give space to... more

21 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
The Good Ol' Days

This year, right-wing groups at home and abroad were animated by wistful recollections of the past. On this week's On... more

16 Dec 2022 · 50 minutes
The Divided Dial: Episode 5 - There's Something About Radio

Highly politicized, partisan companies like Salem have a hold on the airwaves — and they don’t plan to give it... more

15 Dec 2022 · 49 minutes
Still Watching?

A 2020 story about Hunter Biden's hacked laptop keeps finding its way back into the news cycle. On this week's... more

09 Dec 2022 · 50 minutes
The Divided Dial: Episode 4 - From The Extreme to The Mainstream

In the 1970s, talk radio was hitting its stride, with hosts and listeners from all political persuasions. But the radio... more

06 Dec 2022 · 36 minutes
The Oldest Trick

An ancient scapegoat for society’s woes is back in the news. On this week’s On the Media, a deeper look... more

02 Dec 2022 · 50 minutes
Brooke and Brian Lehrer Interview Each Other

This week, we’re sharing a chat Brooke had with her longtime colleague Brian Lehrer for Interview Magazine. Brian hosts his... more

01 Dec 2022 · 24 minutes
The Divided Dial: Episode 3 - The Liberal Bias Boogeyman

How did the right get their vice grip of the airwaves, all the while arguing that they were being silenced... more

29 Nov 2022 · 32 minutes
Bark and Bite

Conspiracy theories and disinformation have found a home on right-wing talk radio, where falsehoods often escape scrutiny from regulators and... more

25 Nov 2022 · 50 minutes

In television's younger days, going live was extremely difficult, costly and rare. But in November of 1963 a monumental tragedy... more

23 Nov 2022 · 11 minutes
The Divided Dial: Episode 2 - From Pulpit to Politics

Episode 2: From Pulpit to Politics How did the little-known Salem Media Group come to have an outsized political influence? In this... more

22 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
Flipping The Bird

Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, there has been nothing short of crisis — leading to massive layoffs and lost... more

18 Nov 2022 · 50 minutes
Mastodon: The Platform Taking Twitter's Worn and Weary

In the wake of the five alarm fire at Twitter, a small, quiet social media alternative has been quietly attracting... more

16 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes
The Divided Dial: Episode 1 - The True Believers

Episode 1: The True Believers In 2016, Christian talk radio host Eric Metaxas begrudgingly encouraged his listeners to vote for then-presidential... more

15 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
Infinite Scroll

Across the county, librarians are fighting to keep libraries open and books on the shelves. On this week’s show, hear... more

11 Nov 2022 · 50 minutes
Re-Sorting the Shelves: A Look at Bias In the Dewey Decimal System

Jess deCourcy Hinds is the solo librarian at the Bard High School, Early College library in Queens, New York. In 2010,... more

09 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Free and Fair

As the midterms approach, conspiracy theories about election fraud are shaping some races. On this week’s On the Media, a... more

04 Nov 2022 · 56 minutes
Inside the Sunken Place: A Conversation with Betty Gabriel

When Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out hit theaters in 2017, it became an unexpected blockbuster and cultural phenomenon. The... more

02 Nov 2022 · 10 minutes
Fear Itself

With early midterm voting underway, Fox News has been increasing crime coverage to drive voters to the polls. On this week’s On... more

28 Oct 2022 · 50 minutes
The Digital Divide

An investigation by nonprofit newsroom The Markup found that four internet providers disproportionately offered lower-income and least-White neighborhoods slow internet service for... more

27 Oct 2022 · 12 minutes
The F Word (Rebroadcast)

Early in the pandemic, weight was named a risk factor for severe covid-19. But what if the greater risk is... more

21 Oct 2022 · 49 minutes

What counts as media? For us, its any medium through which we express ourselves — whether from one to one, from one... more

19 Oct 2022 · 12 minutes
At What Cost?

A jury recently ordered Alex Jones to pay nearly one billion dollars to the families of the victims of the... more

14 Oct 2022 · 50 minutes
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

Monday was Indigenous People’s Day, renamed from Columbus day to honor the lives and history lost to centuries of colonization.... more

12 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
So Sue Me

This week, two cases headed to the Supreme Court that could change the internet as we know it. On this... more

07 Oct 2022 · 50 minutes
Still Loading...

Are the women-led protests in Iran powerful enough to force change when past attempts have failed? On this week’s On... more

30 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
In John Waters' Home (But Not In His Colon)

John Waters is the writer and director of such cult classics like Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, and his biggest mainstream success, Hairspray. He’s... more

28 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
Case Closed?

Adnan Syed, the subject of the hit podcast Serial, left prison this week after serving two decades for a murder... more

23 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
No. The Medieval Times Were Not All Game of Thrones

Today, when we encounter the medieval world it’s mostly a dark time. Un-enlightened by reason, but also literally gloomy – all bare stone... more

21 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
The Fine Print

The federal court is hearing a case that could change the publishing industry as we know it. On this week’s show,... more

16 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
How a Russian Sleeper Agent Charmed Her Way Onto NATO's Social Scene

This week, Brooke talks to Christo Grozev, lead Russia investigator with Bellingcat, about how he uncovered the real identity of... more

14 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
Lock Him Up?

As the government continues its investigation into classified documents found at former President Donald Trump’s home, a tough question has... more

09 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
"Library With A Turret On Top"

This week saw the conclusion of the campaign to shut down one of the internet’s most toxic forums, Kiwi Farms. Twitch... more

07 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Ukraine's Fight

Six months into Russia’s invasion, Ukrainians are still fighting back on all fronts. On this week’s show, hear how Ukraine’s newest... more

02 Sep 2022 · 49 minutes
Big Tech vs. Ukraine's Local Media

For most of the 20th century, during which time it was the control of a Moscow-based government for nearly 70 years, Ukraine... more

31 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Russia's War

Six months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, President Putin has rallied the Russian population around the brutal conflict. On... more

26 Aug 2022 · 49 minutes
Softening Expectations

This week OTM shares the third and final episode of Hard, a series about Viagra from our colleagues at Death, Sex &... more

24 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
We Are Family

When you hear the word “Neanderthal,” you probably picture a mindless, clumsy brute. It’s often used as an insult —... more

19 Aug 2022 · 50 minutes
Little Pill, Big Pharma

This week OTM shares the second episode of the three-part series, Hard, produced by our WNYC colleagues at Death, Sex &... more

17 Aug 2022 · 31 minutes
Reading the Room

An old threat has returned to classrooms across the country — and it’s made of pages and ink. On this... more

12 Aug 2022 · 50 minutes
Erectile Disappointment

In 1998, when Viagra was approved by the FDA, it suddenly opened up new sexual possibilities for people who had... more

10 Aug 2022 · 31 minutes
Handle with Care

A group of climate scientists warn that the potential for humanity's mass extinction has been dangerously underexplored. On this week’s... more

05 Aug 2022 · 50 minutes
Under The Table

This week’s podcast extra is about podcasts, but this story has its roots in the early days of rock 'n' roll. Alan... more

04 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
The Cold Shoulder

Former president Donald Trump is trying to bury the January 6th committee’s findings, but his old allies aren’t helping. Meanwhile,... more

29 Jul 2022 · 49 minutes
Great White Lies

It's Shark Week. This year's Discovery programs boast flashy titles like Stranger Sharks, Air Jaws, Great White Serial Killer, and... more

28 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
In This Economy?

Gas prices are coming down. Inflation is still going up. Jobs are strong, yet recession fears abound. This week, On... more

22 Jul 2022 · 49 minutes
Escaping the Kremlin's Propaganda Machine

This weekend marks five brutal months since Russia invaded Ukraine — with no end in sight. And in Russia, support for... more

21 Jul 2022 · 28 minutes
How to Report a Cold Case

In 2014, the brutal killing of John and Joyce Sheridan, a prominent couple with personal ties to three governors, shocked... more

15 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
Why Reporter Nancy Solomon Chose True Crime

Earlier this year, the New Jersey Attorney General opened up an investigation into the killings of John and Joyce Sheridan,... more

13 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
The F-Word

Early in the pandemic, weight was named a risk factor for severe covid-19. But what if the greater risk is... more

08 Jul 2022 · 49 minutes
Hong Kong's Rewritten Histories

This fall, students in Hong Kong will learn a new version of history — one that erases the fact the... more

06 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
Locked and Loaded

The overturning of Roe v. Wade will remain the most discussed opinion of this Supreme Court term. But just a... more

01 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
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This weekend marks five brutal months since Russia invaded Ukraine — with no end in sight. And in Russia, support for the war... more