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, May 22, 2015 12:00am

    A surprisingly difficult -- and misleading -- question about the Iraq War, the police bombing that no one remembers, and the struggle of ownership in the age of the "Internet of Things."

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5:10pm

    In this final episode of On House of Cards, Brooke Gladstone discusses the twelfth and thirteenth episodes of the season with the show's creator and executive producer, Beau Willimon.

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  • Friday, May 15, 2015 12:00am

    Seymour Hersh talks about his article claiming that the White House version of how Osama Bin Laden was killed is a lie. Plus, how a New York City nail salon expose went viral, and Liberia is finally declared Ebola-free. 

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 5:56pm

    This week legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published an account of the killing of Osama bin Laden that directly contradicts the official narrative. Hersh’s use of anonymous sources have led many to cast doubt on the assertions in the article; CNN’s Peter Bergen called his story a “farrago of nonsense”. Bob talks with Hersh about the swirling controversy in this On the Media special podcast. 

  • Friday, May 8, 2015 12:00am

    What the media get wrong about earthquakes, surveillance the public loves and hates, and the creator of HBO's Veep.