On The Media

Airs Saturdays at 1 pm & Sundays at 5 pm
  • Hosted by Brooke Gladstone & Bob Garfield

While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, On The Media tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency. On The Media decodes what we hear, read and see in the media every day and exposes the relationship of the media with our culture and society.

Distributed by: NYPR


  • Monday, February 1, 2016 7:10pm

    The late David Foster Wallace's magnum opus, Infinite Jest, was published 20 years ago this week and left an indelible mark on the literary world. To mark the occasion, we're revisiting a conversation that Brooke had with writer David Lipsky, whose interviews with Wallace were dramatized in the 2015 film The End of The TourHe and Brooke listen to the original tapes, made over five days on the last leg of Wallace's 1996 Infinite Jest book tour, which Lipsky later turned into a book, Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace. Brooke and Lipsky discuss the delicate bond the writers formed and what it's like to hear his tapes acted out by Jesse Eisenberg (Lipsky) and Jason Segal (Wallace).

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  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 11:00pm

    A certain candidate was conspicuously absent from this week's Republican debate. But Donald Trump's presence on conservative talk radio has never flagged. We look at the influence of Rush Limbaugh and his cohorts on this election season. Plus, why the government's plan to build an algorithm to spot terrorists is doomed to fail, and a deep dive into the legal controversies surrounding Planned Parenthood. 

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 8:02pm

    Our friends at Note to Self have just launched a new project called Infomagical, which hopes to be an antidote to "infomania" and a "collective FOMO course correction". It’s not about your gadgets per se, it’s about all the stuff on them, and all the stuff coming out of them, and getting a grip on the constant stream of information. Through Infomagical, Note to Self hopes to turn your anxiety-inducing information portals into overload-fighting machines.

    We're bringing you the introductory episode (listen above). You can visit Note to Self's page to stay tuned and find out more about Infomagical.

    Sign up to participate at wnyc.org/infomagical. Challenge week starts February 1 and runs through February 5.

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 6:31am

    "This week, On the Media -- in its current incarnation -- turns ten years old." That was five years ago, meaning... you guessed it: On the Media is 15 years old! Join us in celebrating our quinceañera by listening to this 2011 segment that revisits our first mad decade of existence. From the rise of "blogs" to the increasing power of "cell phones," OTM was there all along.

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  • Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:00pm

    Why did it take so long for Flint's water crisis to be acknowledged by local officials, let alone the national media? Plus: how '13 Hours' frames partisan discussion about Benghazi; and how the political press has struggled to understand the Bernie Sanders' campaign.