On The Media

  • Saturday 7 a.m.–8 a.m.

On the Media helps you understand how the media 'sausage' is made. The show tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners and led to more than a tripling of its audience in five years. Hosted by Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield.

(photo credit: Ron Purdy)

  • Dec 12

    OTM goes to Liberia

    A special hour from Liberia, where Ebola figures into every issue, in ways both painful and profound. Brooke and OTM producer Meara Sharma shadow reporters at FrontPage Africa, the country's finest paper, to see how Liberia's story is reported by Liberians themselves. 

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  • Dec 06

    SPECIAL: The UVA Story

    Last month, Rolling Stone published an explosive, 9,000 word feature titled “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA.” The author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, opened with a terrifying description of a female college freshman being raped by seven University of Virginia fraternity brothers. The story portrayed not just a brutal crime, but a woeful administration response bordering on obstruction of justice and an unreconstructed UVA rape culture. But at its core, Erdely’s article was about a single event, a ritualistic gang rape, told by a single source, the victim nicknamed Jackie. The Rolling Stone article reverberated far and wide, inciting a national conversation about rape on college campuses. But, on Friday, Rolling Stone magazine retracted the story.


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  • Dec 05

    Cameras, Conservatives, Con Men, and More

    On police body cameras, the conservative reaction to events in Ferguson, and the con men who charm the media. 

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  • Nov 28

    Breaking Bad in Spanish, the "Hispanic Walter Cronkite", and More

    An exploration of Hispanic media today, including the remaking of popular American shows into Spanish, a conversation with Hispanic TV's star newscaster, and a challenge to Bob and Brooke to discuss it all without sucking.

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  • Nov 25

    On Ferguson

    A special edition of On the Media examining the media's reaction to the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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  • Nov 21

    Hijacked Narratives, Coates on Cosby, George Takei and More

    How media narratives have irreversible effects, a prominent journalist describes his editorial regret regarding the Bill Cosby rape allegations, and a conversation with George Takei.

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