On the Media

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 political narratives in everything we read, watch and hear. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios


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"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 f


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