On the Media
By WNYC Studios
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The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transparency, cast a skeptical eye on media coverage of the week’s big stories and unravel hidden political narratives in everything we read, watch and hear. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many more.
||CleanHighly Irregular||An expensive TV ad campaign has been selling Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to the American people. We speak with the group behind the effort. Plus, Trump's accusations of wiretapping may be false, but they remind us that someone is always listening||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBetter Know a Justice||At his confirmation hearing this week, supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch - according to the New York Times - cast himself as "a humble Westerner, reared on fly-fishing.” And yet, for all the care put into his biography, Judge Gorsuch also seemed to||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoesn't Add Up||The President’s proposed budget seems to prioritize national security over pretty much everything else. We examine how the lowest-income Americans could be affected, and what's missing from the media debate. Also, how the White House might be manipulat||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis Is Not a Safe Space||Earlier this month libertarian political scientist Charles Murray and author of the book “the Bell Curve,” derided by many as a racist take on the relationship between genetics and intelligence, was invited to speak at Middlebury College in Vermont.||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing Is Believing||In the 1960s, pollution was a visible, visceral problem, and public pressure led a Republican president to create the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, the GOP wants to slash the agency's budget and roll back "burdensome" environmental regulations.||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen the Press Sues Over "Fake News"||“Fake news.” What began as a description of utterly false articles, fabricated for political advantage or profit, was immediately co-opted by Donald Trump to attack any story or opinion piece in the mainstream media that has the temerity to correct h||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFollow the Money||As the Trump-Russia saga continues to unfold, how the Obama administration spent its final days scrambling to preserve evidence of Russian interference in the election. Also, the old Soviet-era art of "kremlinology" is back -- but does it really help u||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis Gene Was Edited By Brooke||CRISPR is a new technology that enables scientists to quickly alter the genetic makeup of the entire population of a species. It's so powerful that just one genetically-modified mosquito could eradicate malaria. It's so easy to do that a grad studen||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmoke & Handcuffs||With a president who would rather watch TV than receive intelligence briefings, CNN’s Brian Stelter helps unpack the symbiotic relationship between Fox News and the White House. Plus, whether Trump’s new guidelines for mass deportation of undocument||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeak State||Republicans decry the leakers; Democrats applaud them...oh, how the tables have turned. How to make sense of the Flynn affair and revelations about the Trump team's communications with Russia. Plus, the steady stream of information from within the govern||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut Like Flynn||In response to scandals large and small, first the Trump campaign and now the Trump White House has relied on the fact that each successive lie or outrage will be washed over by the next and the next. And its worked. Until now. Bob ponders whether this||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSee You In Court||With the president and the judiciary at odds over the travel ban, the term "constitutional crisis" is ubiquitous. Why it should be deployed carefully. Plus, protests are sweeping the nation – but so are efforts to crack down on free speech. How law||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat We Know About the Border||The Trump administration's so-called "Muslim ban" has created chaos and confusion at airports around the country, but horror stories at the border go back much further than this year. In 2014, we devoted an hour to trying to shred the veil of secrecy o||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Ties That Bind||From incendiary phone calls with world leaders to a sloppy military operation in Yemen, a look at what we've learned so far from "the leakiest White House in a very long time." Also, in a week when one journalist was fired for declaring that "objectiv||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#PresidentBannon||WH chief strategist Steve Bannon is credited with influencing the president's every move, from speeches to executive orders. This week it was announced that he will take the place of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the National Security Cou||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Reality||The first week of the Trump administration was a frenzy of executive actions, falsehoods, and attacks on the media. Bob goes to the White House to talk with the press corps about how they're handling a moving target. Plus, how Trump's first executive a||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeek One||White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his boss have had a rough first few days in their new jobs. Historian Martha Joynt Kumar explains that the relationship between the press secretary and the press has always been a tricky one.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFuture Tense||President Trump may be the most vocal with his disdain, but he's hardly the first president to have a rocky relationship with the press. Plus, why the White House press corps is so frustrating for everyone involved, and whether Trump's open animosity cou||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Busted" #5: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Poverty in America Edition||When reporting on poverty, the media fall into familiar traps and pundits make prescriptions that disregard the facts. So, in the fifth and final installment of our series, "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," we present a Breaking News Consumer's Handboo||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Busted" #4: When the Safety Net Doesn't Catch You||UPDATE: OTM has received numerous inquiries from listeners who want to help Margaret Smith. If you’d like to donate, she has set up a PayPal account here. Please note that neither OTM nor WNYC is affiliated with this account. We do not control the m||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Busted" #3: Rags to Riches||In the third installment of our series, "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," we take on one of our country's most fundamental notions: that America is a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all. And we ask why, in spite of a wealth of evide||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Busted" #2: Who Deserves To Be Poor?||UPDATE: Since this series began, OTM has received numerous inquiries from listeners who want to help Carla Scott. If you’d like to donate, she has set up a PayPal account here. Please note that neither OTM nor WNYC is affiliated with this account. We||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Busted" #1: The Poverty Tour||Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. The problem has been addressed countless times since the nation’s founding, but it persists, and for the poorest among us, it gets worse. America has not been able to find its way to a sustainabl||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Game Has Changed||As tensions between the press and the president-elect continue to mount, a look at why some news outlets chose to publish a salacious but unverified set of allegations about Donald Trump. Plus, how the rules of journalism may change in the Era of Trump a||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJanuary Surprise||For weeks now, journalists have been aware of a dossier circulating among top officials and the media; it alleges among other things, that Russia has compromising (Kompromat) information on President Elect Donald Trump. But it wasn't until a chain of eve||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo End In Sight||British journalist John Cantlie has been a prisoner of ISIS for more than four years. Throughout his captivity, he's been forced to act as a sort of warped foreign correspondent, extolling the virtues of the group in propaganda videos. With every appeara||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTo Thine Own Self Be True||It's been four hundred years since the death of William Shakespeare, and the Bard is as popular as ever... and just as mysterious. For centuries, a war has raged over the question: who is Shakespeare? We explore how the answer has evolved through the||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDonald Trump is not Hitler||The Man in the High Castle, the Emmy Award winning TV series, imagines a world in which the Nazi’s won WWII. Set in the 1960s, the show blends actual pop cultural imagery and artifacts with fictional interpretations of an alternative ending to the war||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHurry Up!||None of us know what Donald Trump will do once he becomes President Trump. What we do know is what he has said he wants to do and what powers he will have, should he choose to act. That's why activists are urging President Obama to do all that he ca||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichigan's Muckraker||This week four more officials were charged in the Flint, Michigan water crisis, bringing the total to charged to 13. But the story initially unfolded largely without national attention. State officials denied and dismissed claims that city water was||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpy vs. Spy||The saga over Russian interference in the election has been marked by secrecy, rumor, and contradictory evidence. We try to bring some clarity to a cloudy narrative. Also, the CIA says Russian hackers deliberately helped Donald Trump win the election||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Art of the Follow-Up||Recently CNN's Jake Tapper asked VPEOTUS Mike Pence the same question over and over again, hoping for an answer. Bob spoke to Tapper back in June about the art of the follow-up.||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImagine That||The Justice Department just vastly expanded the government’s power to hack into your devices... but you probably haven't heard about it. We examine how this change flew under the radar, and why it could be dangerous. Also, a growing threat to free sp||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mistrial of Michael Slager||After a mistrial this week in the case of Michael Slager, the police officer caught on camera shooting Walter Scott in the back as he ran away, we revisit two interviews we did this summer. Patrice Cullors is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Euge||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNormalize This!||We devote this hour to a question put to us pretty much daily since election day: How to cover President Trump? First, we ask the AP, Univision, NPR, USA Today, and other news outlets about how they are defining a relationship with a president-elec||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow (NOT) to Cover Cuba!||In 1957, Fidel Castro was believed to be dead -- until New York Times writer Herbert L. Matthews conducted an interview with Castro in the Cuban jungle. Matthews' portrayal of a romantic figure and a promising leader was trusted, until Castro reveale||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGhosts||This election season, the media frequently looked to history in an attempt to explain the rise of Donald Trump. We consider how historical parallels don't always serve us well. Plus, revisiting a notorious murder that the press got wrong; the long reach||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThanks for Everything, Bing||A few years ago, Brooke spoke with the writer Paul Ford about the remarkable connection between Bing Crosby, magnetic tape, Nazi technology, and the computer hard drive. We're putting it down the podcast feed again this week, just before the Thanksgi||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnreal||In the months leading up to the election, some fake news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than real news stories. We consider the landscape of misinformation and how to separate truth from fiction. Plus: Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strateg||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Real Police Shootings Look Nothing Like The Movies||According to The Washington Post, more than 800 people have been shot and killed by police officers in the United States this year. As videos of many of these shootings-- especially ones depicting confrontations between police officers and black me||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWrong Number||The press didn’t see it coming. Or did they? This week, we examine the role of data – and delusion – in this election. Nate Silver reflects on the promise and pitfalls of polling, and Zachary Karabell discusses how financial indicators gloss ove||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNow What?||It's the morning after in the offices of On the Media. Usually editorial meetings take place in Brooke's office with Bob dialed in on the conference phone. This week we did it in the studio so you can hear the hosts talk about how they are feeling and ho||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Shaky Ground||The months-long protest against the North Dakota Access Pipeline finally received mainstream attention this week after a misdirection campaign on Facebook, but to what end? Plus, making sense of what you've been told about Russia's role in the electio||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDebunking the AIDS "Patient Zero" Myth||One of the most enduring myths of HIV/AIDS history has finally been laid to rest. The so-called "patient zero," a Canadian flight attendant named Gaétan Dugas, was once blamed for igniting the entire AIDS epidemic in America. Media outlets fixated on h||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoor Judgment||The Trump camp is pointing to "oversampling" in the polls as the latest sign that the election is rigged against him. But the pollsters say that's not how polling works. FiveThirtyEight helps separate the conspiratorial from the commonplace in election||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFiveThirtyEight presents: The Perot Condundrum||Ever since his 1992 dark horse candidacy captured nearly 19% of the popular vote, there have been arguments over the real role of Ross Perot. Was he a spoiler candidate, stealing the election from Bush? Did he de-legitimize Clinton's victory by keep||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe System Is Rigged||By now you know that Donald Trump likes to claim that the media, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and dead voters are among those rigging the election against him. But he's not the only politician during this campaign to claim the system is manipulated t||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMike Pesca Goes Back to the Spin Room||Mike Pesca is the host of Slate's "The Gist." He braved the post-debate spin room again to bring us this report.||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRace, Class, and the United States of Anxiety||In the midst of an election that has exposed deep and sometimes ugly rifts in American society, WNYC and The Nation have partnered for a new podcast series called "The United States of Anxiety." Each week they look to understand how we arrived at this p||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRace to the Bottom||Donald Trump deflected questions about sexual assault allegations at the second presidential debate by bringing up the ever-looming threat of ISIS. Yet, a new report on the group's dwindling propaganda output suggests ISIS may be losing its grip||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
This is hands down one of the best radio shows let alone podcasts out there. I've been listening to this one for years. We often criticize American shows up here in Canada but in my opinion NPR could teach teach the CBC a thing or two about how public broadcasting can entertain, educate and enlighten.
The best of the best of modern radio...
This show sets a new bar for the radio gold standard. OTM fills a gap in media critique that I didn't even knew existed. Worthy of being placed on your subscribe list along with, The Daily Show and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and The Colbert Report...
Many thanks to everyone on staff at OTM for producing these amazing pieces every week.
(This review was not edited...... by Brooke)
Been through a lot of podacsts...this one is EXCEPTIONAL!!!!
One of the best podcasts going. Give it a try.