On the Media

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  • Hosted by Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield

Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield decode what we hear, read, and see every day, arming citizens with the critical tools necessary to survive the information age in their program On The Media.

Turn on, tune in, and wise up! In today's fast-moving society, the media has become ubiquitous white noise — broadcasters and print professionals filter our political process, shape a sense of national culture, and drive the engines of our economy. On The Media decodes what we hear, read and see every day, arming citizens with the critical tools necessary to survive the information age. It cuts through the cacophony with compelling reportage, uncommon insight, a sense of urgency and an arched eyebrow.

About the hosts:
Bob Garfield, in his non-radio life, for 21 years has worked for Advertising Age, where his ad-criticism column has made him an institution, like the Red Cross. Bob is a founding contributor to the Watchdog Blog of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. He's been a contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, Civilization, and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and Wired, and was employed variously by ABC, CBS, CNBC, and the defunct FNN as an on-air analyst. As a lecturer and panelist, he has appeared on four continents, including such venues as the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol, the Rainbow Room, the Smithsonian, Circus Circus casino, the Grand Ole Opry, the U.N. and, memorably, the Westward Ho! Motel in Grand Forks, N.D. His first book, Waking Up Screaming from the American Dream, was published by Scribner in 1997. His 2003 manifesto on advertising, And Now a Few Words From Me, is published in six languages. Garfield co-wrote "Tag, You're It," a snappy country song performed by Willie Nelson, and wrote an episode of the short-lived NBC sitcom "Sweet Surrender."
Brooke Gladstone joined National Public Radio in 1987, as senior editor of Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, and later assumed the same role for NPR's daily newsmagazine, All Things Considered. During this time she edited several award-winning reports and was the recipient of a Peabody Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and an Ohio State Award, among other honors. In 1995, she became NPR's first media correspondent, examining the coverage of race, science, and politics, and reporting on the battle between Hollywood and the many guardians of American culture, media mergers, advertising trends, and journalism's evolving ethics. She joined WNYC in 2000 to become managing editor and co-host, with Bob Garfield, of WNYC's national weekly analysis program, On The Media. Gladstone's freelance articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The London Observer, The American Journalism Review, and In These Times, among others.

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