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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  • Friday, April 17, 2015 12:00am

    As the 2016 campaign season begins, we discuss the words used repeatedly to describe candidates, and how to cover those who are unlikely to win. Plus: the uncertain right to record police; a critical examination of Washington's "nerd prom"; and more.

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 3:03pm

    In the sixth episode of On House of Cards, Brooke Gladstone discusses the sixth episode of the season with Nina Khrushcheva, professor of International Affairs at the New School, and Dan Savage, host of the Savage Love podcast.

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  • Friday, April 10, 2015 12:00am

    Climate change is arguably the most urgent story in human history, but journalism has struggled to address the threat. This week, an exploration of new efforts by the press to understand and explain the science – and to get you involved. Plus: what the report on Rolling Stone’s retracted story means for the UVA campus, and the anatomy of another story that’s hard to check. 

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015 11:52am

    In the fifth episode of On House of Cards, Brooke Gladstone discusses the fifth episode of the season with Patti Solis-Doyle, former aide to Hillary Clinton and president of Solis Strategies, and Fred KaplanWar Stories columnist for Slate.

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  • Friday, April 3, 2015 12:00am

    Today, the impact of cancer is not limited to patients and loved ones, not confined to hospital wards and research labs. It's a powerful symbol appropriated by Hollywood, the news media, and every realm of expression to signify what we most fear. In the second hour of "The Cancer Show," the stories we tell about cancer: on stage, on the big screen, and online.

    This week’s On The Media is part of WNYC’s Living Cancer Series, a radio companion to “Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, coming to PBS March 30th. Support for Living Cancer is provided by the Susan and Peter Solomon Family Foundation. Additional funding for WNYC’s medical science reporting is provided by the Iris and Junming Le Foundation.