On The Media

Sundays @7am
Bob Garfield, Brooke Gladstone

On the Media explores how the media "sausage" is made, casts an incisive eye on fluctuations in the marketplace of ideas, and examines threats to the freedom of information and expression in America and abroad. For one hour a week, the show tries to lift the veil from the process of "making media," especially news media, because it's through that lens that we literally see the world and the world sees us.

While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, OTM 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. Since OTM was re-launched in 2001, it has been one of NPR's fastest growing programs, heard on more than 200 public radio stations. It has won Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature reporting and investigative reporting, the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and a Peabody Award for its body of work.

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Podcasts

  • Friday, December 12, 2014 12:00am

    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. 

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 7:31pm

     "The New York Times a few months ago made the decision to call torture, torture. And frankly I think it’s aided in the clarity of their coverage. You don’t need these extraordinary write-arounds. You can just call it what it is." -ProPublica's Eric Umansky.

     

    On Tuesday The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on CIA torture and the lies surrounding it. Bob speaks to Matt Apuzzo from the New York Times about cases cited in the report where the C.I.A. said its torture tactics thwarted plots and led to the capture of terrorists, but the committee's report undercut those accounts. Then, Bob speaks to Eric Umansky, the assistant managing editor at ProPublica, who has been cataloging the use of torture terminology used by various news organizations.

  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:00am

    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.

     

  • Friday, December 5, 2014 12:00am

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

  • Friday, November 28, 2014 12:00am

    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.