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)

  • Sep 12


    As resources dwindle for news organizations, among the first casualties of cost cutting are the beats that were once the core of journalism’s mission. This week, OTM looks at the great decline in beat reporting. 

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  • Sep 05

    Media Kidnapping Blackouts, A Conversation With Carl Kasell, and More

    Gruesome murders of American journalists by ISIS militants have raised serious questions about the way the media should cover these acts of terrorism.  Also, Brooke talks with a public radio legend, and yet another hacking scandal. 

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  • Aug 29

    OTM Goes Inside Washington

    OTM has traveled the world exploring the nexus of media and society, reaching such far off places as Russia, China, and Egypt. But the center of American politics and power had been overlooked—until now. In a show first broadcast in May 2014, Bob travels to Washington, DC to investigate perception and reality, money and celebrity, and the evolving role of the media in the nation’s capital.

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  • Aug 22

    Dissecting the Media After Michael Brown

    From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown, how media coverage unspools. Also, the #ISISmediablackout after James Foley's murder, and how the music of reality TV manipulates viewers. 

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