On the Media

with Brooke Gladstone

WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our worldview. 


Busted: America's Poverty Myths

On the Media’s series on poverty is grounded in the Talmudic notion that “We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” Brooke Gladstone traveled to Ohio to learn from people living the varied reality of poverty today, and to unpack the myths that shape our private presumptions as well as our policy decisions. In each episode, we feature the voices and complex stories of individuals, as well essential context from scholars, to lay open the tales we tell ourselves. 


  • #1: The Poverty Tour

    Sep 28, 2016
    Welfare advocate Jack Frech has taken reporters on "poverty tours" of Athens County, Ohio, for years. But has media attention made any difference in the lives of the Appalachian poor? 
  • #2: Who Deserves To Be Poor?

    Oct 7, 2016
    The notion that poverty stems from a lack of will power and a poor work ethic is as old as America. Why that needs to be dispelled. 
  • #3: Rags to Riches

    Oct 14, 2016
    Confronting the myth that America is a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all.