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On the Media

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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

Latest Episodes

Sticks and Stones

“The right to throw a punch ends at the tip of someone’s nose.” It’s the idea that underlies American liberties — but does it still fit in 2019? This week, On the Media looks back at our country’s radical — and radically inconsistent — tradition of free speech. Plus, a prophetic philosopher predicts America 75 years after Trump. 1. Andrew Marantz [@andrewmarantz], author of Anti-Social: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation — and our guest host for this hour — explains what he sees as theproblem with free speech absolutism. Listen. 2. john powell[@profjohnapowell], law professor at UC Berkeley, P.E. Moskowitz [@_pem_pem], author of The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent, and Susan Benesch [@SusanBenesch], Director of the Dangerous Speech Project, on our complicatedlegal right to speak. Listen. 3. Andrew and Brookediscuss the philosopher Richard Rorty, whose work can teach us much ab...

52 MIN3 days ago
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Sticks and Stones

"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee"

This coming Monday, some states and cities will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, renamed from Columbus Dayto honor the lives and history lost due to centuries of colonialism. Meanwhile, the few American Indian stories most Americans learn in school,like those found in Dee Brown's best-sellingBury My Heart at Wounded Knee,only reinforce simplistic narratives of genocide, disease, and suffering. David Treuer, an Ojibwe professor of literature at the University of Southern California, offers acounter-narrative tothis tragic accountof Indian life in his book,The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America From 1890 to the Present.In this interview from fall of 2018, he and Brooke discuss the overlooked American Indian Movement that informedthe viral 2016 protest at Standing Rock, and the means by which Indians have been fighting for social and political change for centuries. This is a segment from our October 5, 2018 program,The Victimhood.

22 MIN5 days ago
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"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee"

A Likely Story

The talk from the Trump team is becoming increasingly hard to follow. This week, On the Media takes a look at the conspiracy thinking that’s taken over the executive branch. Plus, leaders at Fox News search for a path forward amidst infighting and impeachment drama.And, a deep dive into Ukrainian politics and the Trump connection. 1. Alex Ward [@AlexWardVox], staff writer at Vox, and Jeet Heer [@HeerJeet], national affairs correspondent at The Nation, on the conspiracies fueling Trump's policies and behaviors. Listen. 2.Gabriel Sherman [@GabrielSherman], special correspondent at Vanity Fair, on the chaos at Fox News. Listen. 3.Trump, Inc.'s Andrea Bernstein [@AndreaWNYC] and Ilya Marritz [@ilyamarritz]take a deep dive into Ukrainian politics and the origins of Giuliani's "investigations."Listen.

50 MIN1 weeks ago
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A Likely Story

Go and Get Yourself a Whistle and Blow

Ever present in the Snowden and Manning era, the word "whistleblower" is again dominating the airwaves. But where exactly did the word come from? Who gets to decide who qualifies as awhistleblower? Back in 2015, Brooke spoke to language columnist Ben Zimmer, legal director for the Government Accountability Project Tom Devine, and progressive icon Ralph Nader--who "rehabilitated" the word in the 1970's--about the history of the popular epithet.

9 MIN1 weeks ago
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Go and Get Yourself a Whistle and Blow

Nice Democracy You've Got There...

The impeachment inquiry into President Trump is tangled up in Ukrainian politics, but few Washington reporters understand the dynamics at play. This week, On the Media looks at what we all need to know to make sense of the news. Plus, why there are no whistle-blower protections for those in the intelligence community. And,how the Nixon impeachment makes a casefor a more deliberate Trump inquiry. Don't miss... 1. Tim Naftali [@TimNaftali], historian at New York University, on what the Nixon impeachment teaches us about the need for a deliberate process. Listen. 2. Tom Devine,legal director at the Government Accountability Project, on the poor protections for intelligence community whistle-blowers.Listen. 3.Adam Entous[@adamentous],staff writeratThe New Yorker,on the patchy validity of Trump's Hunter Biden accusations. Listen. 4. Kyrylo Loukerenko [@K_Loukerenko], executive director at Hromadske Radio, helps us make sense of the misinformation about Ukraine. Listen. Music: Nuages (Clo...

50 MIN2 weeks ago
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Nice Democracy You've Got There...

Live Streaming Truth and Reconciliation

It's been two years since the brutal and bloody 22-year reign of Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh ended and the country is now embroiled in a uniquely transparent truth and reconciliation process. Officials are interviewing killers and victims about the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of people and it's all being live streamed onYouTube, Facebook and traditional media.Bob spoke to New York Times correspondent Julie Turkewitz, who wroteabouthow the process has become must-see-tv in The Gambia.

13 MIN2 weeks ago
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Live Streaming Truth and Reconciliation

Too Hot For School

Roosevelt’s New Deal remade American society, and now climate activists are pushing for a Green New Deal to do it again. This week, On the Media looks at the attacks from conservatives against both projects, andwhy congress underestimates support for climate action. Plus, how a wave of labor strikes might be a crucial component in building momentum towards Green New Deal adoption. And, the teenage girls spreading climate awareness on Tik-Tok. 1.Jane McAlevey [@rsgexp], writer and organizer,on why striking is essential to effect meaningfulsocial change. Listen. 2.Kim Phillips-Fein, historian atNew York University,on lessons from the origins of and fights against the original New Deal.Listen. 3. Kate Aronoff [@KateAronoff], writer at The Intercept, on what a popular meme tells us about climate activism permeating youth culture. Listen. 4.Leah Stokes [@leahstokes], professor at theUniversity of California at Santa Barbara, on the misunderstandings about public opinion and climate acti...

49 MIN3 weeks ago
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Too Hot For School

OTM presents Trump Inc: The Family Business

Trump, Inc. takes a step back tomake sense of the seemingly endless scandals swirling around the White House. They're not random. They fit a pattern and that hasa precedent. It turns out, Trump is running the government a lot like he's run his business: through bluster, boss-ism, and by ignoring the rules.

34 MIN3 weeks ago
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OTM presents Trump Inc: The Family Business

A Very Bitter Joke

Good riddance, John Bolton! By dismissing his third National Security Advisor, President Trump prompted renewed concern over White House instability. This week, On the Media makes the case that John Bolton’s outster is good news for the republic. Plus, after four decades of progress, domestic abuse is on the rise and Senate Republicans are stymieingthe Violence Against Women Act. And,Brooke visits Lady Liberty to learn about the130-year political war over the meaning of the statue. 1. Fred Kaplan [@fmkaplan], writer at Slate, on thepress coveragesurrounding John Bolton's ouster. Listen. 2.Rachel Louise Snyder [@RLSWrites], author of No Visible Bruises, on the legacy and future of the Violence Against Women Act. Listen. 3. Paul Kramer, history professor at Vanderbilt University, on the conflicting depictions and interpretations of the Statue of Liberty. Listen. Music: Frail as a Breeze by Erik Friedlander The New Colossus by Saunder Choi Toccata and fugue in D minor by J. S. Bach pl...

50 MINSEP 14
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A Very Bitter Joke

Why Many Afghans Don't Understand 9/11

This weekend in a series of tweets, President Trump both disclosed and scrapped secret talks with the Taliban in Camp David.Of course, the Taliban did not perpetrate 9/11. But they did offer safe haven in Afghanistan to Al Qaeda, whose hijackers turned passenger airplanes into bombs in the most deadly act of terrorism on US soil. A few weeks later, America invaded the central Asian crossroads whose history has been one of occupation. "Today we focus on Afghanistan, but the battle is broader," President George Bush said at the time. "Every nation has a choice to make. In this conflict, there is no neutral ground. If any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocence, they have become outlaws and murderers themselves. And they will take that lonely path at their own peril."The whole world understood. Or, almost the whole world. One country that was unclear about the US mission and its motives was Afghanistan itself.According to a November 2010 study by the International Coun...

11 MINSEP 12
Comments
Why Many Afghans Don't Understand 9/11

Latest Episodes

Sticks and Stones

“The right to throw a punch ends at the tip of someone’s nose.” It’s the idea that underlies American liberties — but does it still fit in 2019? This week, On the Media looks back at our country’s radical — and radically inconsistent — tradition of free speech. Plus, a prophetic philosopher predicts America 75 years after Trump. 1. Andrew Marantz [@andrewmarantz], author of Anti-Social: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation — and our guest host for this hour — explains what he sees as theproblem with free speech absolutism. Listen. 2. john powell[@profjohnapowell], law professor at UC Berkeley, P.E. Moskowitz [@_pem_pem], author of The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent, and Susan Benesch [@SusanBenesch], Director of the Dangerous Speech Project, on our complicatedlegal right to speak. Listen. 3. Andrew and Brookediscuss the philosopher Richard Rorty, whose work can teach us much ab...

52 MIN3 days ago
Comments
Sticks and Stones

"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee"

This coming Monday, some states and cities will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, renamed from Columbus Dayto honor the lives and history lost due to centuries of colonialism. Meanwhile, the few American Indian stories most Americans learn in school,like those found in Dee Brown's best-sellingBury My Heart at Wounded Knee,only reinforce simplistic narratives of genocide, disease, and suffering. David Treuer, an Ojibwe professor of literature at the University of Southern California, offers acounter-narrative tothis tragic accountof Indian life in his book,The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America From 1890 to the Present.In this interview from fall of 2018, he and Brooke discuss the overlooked American Indian Movement that informedthe viral 2016 protest at Standing Rock, and the means by which Indians have been fighting for social and political change for centuries. This is a segment from our October 5, 2018 program,The Victimhood.

22 MIN5 days ago
Comments
"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee"

A Likely Story

The talk from the Trump team is becoming increasingly hard to follow. This week, On the Media takes a look at the conspiracy thinking that’s taken over the executive branch. Plus, leaders at Fox News search for a path forward amidst infighting and impeachment drama.And, a deep dive into Ukrainian politics and the Trump connection. 1. Alex Ward [@AlexWardVox], staff writer at Vox, and Jeet Heer [@HeerJeet], national affairs correspondent at The Nation, on the conspiracies fueling Trump's policies and behaviors. Listen. 2.Gabriel Sherman [@GabrielSherman], special correspondent at Vanity Fair, on the chaos at Fox News. Listen. 3.Trump, Inc.'s Andrea Bernstein [@AndreaWNYC] and Ilya Marritz [@ilyamarritz]take a deep dive into Ukrainian politics and the origins of Giuliani's "investigations."Listen.

50 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
A Likely Story

Go and Get Yourself a Whistle and Blow

Ever present in the Snowden and Manning era, the word "whistleblower" is again dominating the airwaves. But where exactly did the word come from? Who gets to decide who qualifies as awhistleblower? Back in 2015, Brooke spoke to language columnist Ben Zimmer, legal director for the Government Accountability Project Tom Devine, and progressive icon Ralph Nader--who "rehabilitated" the word in the 1970's--about the history of the popular epithet.

9 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Go and Get Yourself a Whistle and Blow

Nice Democracy You've Got There...

The impeachment inquiry into President Trump is tangled up in Ukrainian politics, but few Washington reporters understand the dynamics at play. This week, On the Media looks at what we all need to know to make sense of the news. Plus, why there are no whistle-blower protections for those in the intelligence community. And,how the Nixon impeachment makes a casefor a more deliberate Trump inquiry. Don't miss... 1. Tim Naftali [@TimNaftali], historian at New York University, on what the Nixon impeachment teaches us about the need for a deliberate process. Listen. 2. Tom Devine,legal director at the Government Accountability Project, on the poor protections for intelligence community whistle-blowers.Listen. 3.Adam Entous[@adamentous],staff writeratThe New Yorker,on the patchy validity of Trump's Hunter Biden accusations. Listen. 4. Kyrylo Loukerenko [@K_Loukerenko], executive director at Hromadske Radio, helps us make sense of the misinformation about Ukraine. Listen. Music: Nuages (Clo...

50 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Nice Democracy You've Got There...

Live Streaming Truth and Reconciliation

It's been two years since the brutal and bloody 22-year reign of Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh ended and the country is now embroiled in a uniquely transparent truth and reconciliation process. Officials are interviewing killers and victims about the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of people and it's all being live streamed onYouTube, Facebook and traditional media.Bob spoke to New York Times correspondent Julie Turkewitz, who wroteabouthow the process has become must-see-tv in The Gambia.

13 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Live Streaming Truth and Reconciliation

Too Hot For School

Roosevelt’s New Deal remade American society, and now climate activists are pushing for a Green New Deal to do it again. This week, On the Media looks at the attacks from conservatives against both projects, andwhy congress underestimates support for climate action. Plus, how a wave of labor strikes might be a crucial component in building momentum towards Green New Deal adoption. And, the teenage girls spreading climate awareness on Tik-Tok. 1.Jane McAlevey [@rsgexp], writer and organizer,on why striking is essential to effect meaningfulsocial change. Listen. 2.Kim Phillips-Fein, historian atNew York University,on lessons from the origins of and fights against the original New Deal.Listen. 3. Kate Aronoff [@KateAronoff], writer at The Intercept, on what a popular meme tells us about climate activism permeating youth culture. Listen. 4.Leah Stokes [@leahstokes], professor at theUniversity of California at Santa Barbara, on the misunderstandings about public opinion and climate acti...

49 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
Too Hot For School

OTM presents Trump Inc: The Family Business

Trump, Inc. takes a step back tomake sense of the seemingly endless scandals swirling around the White House. They're not random. They fit a pattern and that hasa precedent. It turns out, Trump is running the government a lot like he's run his business: through bluster, boss-ism, and by ignoring the rules.

34 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
OTM presents Trump Inc: The Family Business

A Very Bitter Joke

Good riddance, John Bolton! By dismissing his third National Security Advisor, President Trump prompted renewed concern over White House instability. This week, On the Media makes the case that John Bolton’s outster is good news for the republic. Plus, after four decades of progress, domestic abuse is on the rise and Senate Republicans are stymieingthe Violence Against Women Act. And,Brooke visits Lady Liberty to learn about the130-year political war over the meaning of the statue. 1. Fred Kaplan [@fmkaplan], writer at Slate, on thepress coveragesurrounding John Bolton's ouster. Listen. 2.Rachel Louise Snyder [@RLSWrites], author of No Visible Bruises, on the legacy and future of the Violence Against Women Act. Listen. 3. Paul Kramer, history professor at Vanderbilt University, on the conflicting depictions and interpretations of the Statue of Liberty. Listen. Music: Frail as a Breeze by Erik Friedlander The New Colossus by Saunder Choi Toccata and fugue in D minor by J. S. Bach pl...

50 MINSEP 14
Comments
A Very Bitter Joke

Why Many Afghans Don't Understand 9/11

This weekend in a series of tweets, President Trump both disclosed and scrapped secret talks with the Taliban in Camp David.Of course, the Taliban did not perpetrate 9/11. But they did offer safe haven in Afghanistan to Al Qaeda, whose hijackers turned passenger airplanes into bombs in the most deadly act of terrorism on US soil. A few weeks later, America invaded the central Asian crossroads whose history has been one of occupation. "Today we focus on Afghanistan, but the battle is broader," President George Bush said at the time. "Every nation has a choice to make. In this conflict, there is no neutral ground. If any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocence, they have become outlaws and murderers themselves. And they will take that lonely path at their own peril."The whole world understood. Or, almost the whole world. One country that was unclear about the US mission and its motives was Afghanistan itself.According to a November 2010 study by the International Coun...

11 MINSEP 12
Comments
Why Many Afghans Don't Understand 9/11