On the Media

WNYC Studios

news, history, science
The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transparency, cast a skeptical eye on media coverage of the week’s big stories and unravel hidden politicalRead more
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Best Episodes

The World, Remade

Jan 1, 2021

"A beautiful invitation for universal design — to use the pandemic as an opportunity to make the built world more accessible to all bodies"



With vaccinations underway, we’re edging closer and closer to the end of the pandemic. This week, On The Media looks at how the pandemic has shaped what’s possible for the future — from the built environment to the way we work to the way we learn.  1. Sam Kling [@SamKing2], American Council ofRead more

You Missed a Spot

Jan 15, 2021

"Conservatives should applaud the free market and the first amendment working as designed"




Evidence shows that insurrectionists used the walkie-talkie app Zello to help organize the riot at the capitol. On this week’s On the Media, a look at how the platform has resisted oversight, despite warnings that it was enabling right-wing extremism. Plus, how to sniff out the real corporateRead more

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Trump's War on Critical Race Theory

Oct 8, 2020

"This Summer's "productive apocalypse" lays bare the systemic racism that has been there from the beginning of this country."


The Trump administration issued executive orders last month that ban federal workers from participating in anti-racism trainings. Under the orders, such phrases as “critical race theory” and “white privilege” are verboten during executive branch on-boardings. The White House has previously issuedRead more

Covering the Proud Boys, Without Platforming Them

Oct 1, 2020

"Asking the question: how should the press cover Trump as the proto-fascist he is? "


At the debate between Joe Biden and President Trump in Cleveland this Tuesday, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News gave the president an explicit opportunity to condemn white supremacy and white supremacist organizations. Trump deflected, but when Wallace and Biden prompted him to denounce theRead more

Shifting Baselines

Dec 9, 2020

"It's uncertainty and ambiguity that humans hate above all else."

David Roberts wrote for Vox.com in July, about the mental phenomenon of “shifting baselines,” in which we calibrate our expectations to the world we were born into, irrespective of what came before. And in so doing, he wrote, we unintentionally discount the severity of threats to our well-being.Read more
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