On the Media

with Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield

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

  • A Very Bitter Joke

    Sep 13, 2019
    Saying good riddance to John Bolton; domestic abuse on the rise; and Lady Liberty's many meanings.
  • Why Many Afghans Don't Understand 9/11

    Sep 11, 2019
    During the height of fighting in Afghanistan, one survey found that 92 percent of southern Afghan men hadn't heard of 9/11. We look at why misconceptions about this 18-year war persist.
  • Pressure Drop

    Sep 6, 2019
    Hurricane Dorian coverage, climate town hall response and re-framing the gun debate.
  • Remembering Les Gelb

    Sep 4, 2019
    Leslie Gelb died last week at the age of 82. Brooke revisits an enlightening conversation they had about his role in the creation of the Pentagon Papers.
  • Whose Streets?

    Aug 30, 2019
    Tragicomic commuting stories, self-driving cars, operatic arias, and transit rights. 
  • A History of Persuasion: Part 3

    Aug 28, 2019
    Silicon Valley’s “millionaire maker” is a behavioral scientist who harnessed the power of persuasion in a booming tech industry. But it might not be too big to rein in.
  • Empire State of Mind

    Aug 23, 2019
    In a special hour this week, On the Media examines the history of US imperialism — and why the familiar US map hides the true story of our country.
  • A History of Persuasion: Part 2

    Aug 21, 2019
    Ted Kaczynski had been a boy genius. James McConnell’s ideas about psychology sparked almost as much anxiety as Facebook does today. Here’s how their paths crossed.