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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

OTM Presents: U.S. of Anxiety's "40 Acres in Mississippi"

Elbert Lester has lived his full 94 years in Quitman County, Mississippi, on land he and his family own. That’s exceptional for black people in this area, and some family members even say the land came to them through“40 acres and a mule.” But that's pretty unlikely, so our WNYC colleagueKai Wright, host of The United States of Anxiety,went on a search for the truth and uncovered astory about an old and fundamental question in American politics, one at the center of the current election: Who arethe rightful owners of this country’s staggering wealth? - John Willis is author ofForgotten Time - Eric Foner is author ofThe Second Founding -The National Memorial for Peace and Justiceis located in Montgomery, Alabama. For more information about documented lynchings in Mississippi, and elsewhere, visit the Equal Justice Initiative's interactive report,Lynching in America. You can navigate to each county to learn about documented lynchings there.

44 MIN5 d ago
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OTM Presents: U.S. of Anxiety's "40 Acres in Mississippi"

Picture-Perfect Democracy

The sloppy roll-out of Iowa results prompted disinformation and confusion over the mechanics of the caucus system. This week, On the Media looks at the origins of the nomination process to explain how we got here. Plus, local reporters in New Hampshire examine the power struggle at the heart of the upcoming contest. 1. Galen Druke [@galendruke] on thehistory of America's unique primary system.Listen. 2. Stranglehold reportersJack Rodolico[@JackRodolico],Lauren Chooljian [@laurenchooljian],andCasey McDermott [@caseymcdermott] on Dixville Notch's mythical status. Listen. 3.Lauren Chooljian [@laurenchooljian] examines how New Hampshire's local press benefits from being a first-in-the-nation primary.Listen. Music from this week's show: Sacred Oracle by John ZornYoung at Heart by Brad MehldauThe Camping Store by Clive Carroll and John RenbournMilestones by Bill Evan Trio

50 MIN1 w ago
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Picture-Perfect Democracy

How Rush Limbaugh Paved The Way For Trump

A lot was reported about Tuesday night's State of the Union address. President Trump's characteristic self-congratulation, the fact-checking of his error-filled speech, and Nancy Pelosi's sensational paper rip stunt. Tuesday night also solidified Rush Limbaugh's ascent to Republican royalty. Byawarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trump inducted Limbaugh into a gilded class of American history, featuring Norman Rockwell, Maya Angelou, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King Jr.Accordingto Matt Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, the award could be seen as the culmination of the GOP's transformation, precipitated by Limbaugh and solidified by Trump.

14 MIN1 w ago
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How Rush Limbaugh Paved The Way For Trump

Cancel This!

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the World Health Organization has declared a state of emergency. This week, On the Media looks at how panic and misinformation are going viral, too. Plus, a controversial endorsement for Bernie Sanders puts the spotlight on Joe Rogan, and has renewed the debate over "cancel culture." And,the impeachment proceedings continue to move toward a conclusion. 1. Brooke [@OTMBrooke] reflects on the impeachment proceedings as they come to an anti-climactic ending.Listen. 2. Alexis Madrigal [@alexismadrigal]of The Atlantic explains how panic online is spreading faster than the coronavirus itself.Listen. 3. Devin Gordon [@DevinGordonX] talks about why Joe Rogan is so popular, and reflects on the controversy surrounding his tentative endorsement of Bernie Sanders. Listen. 4. Natalie Wynn, creator of the Youtube channel ContraPoints,lays out her criticism of "cancel culture" and takes an honest look at her own "cancellations." Listen. Music: Roary's Waltz ...

50 MIN2 w ago
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Cancel This!

OTM presents: Here's the Thing with Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor

Our colleagues at "Here's the Thing" produced a great episode this week that we think you'll enjoy: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are the New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story. For five months -- perpetually in danger of losing the scoop -- they cultivated and cajoled sources ranging from the Weinsteins’ accountant to Ashley Judd. The article that emerged on October 5th, 2017, was a level-headed and impeccably sourced exposé, whose effects continue to be felt around the world. Their conversation with Alec Baldwin covers their reporting process, and moves on to a joint wrestling with Alec’s own early knowledge of one of the Weinstein allegations, and his ongoing friendship with accused harasser James Toback. The guests ask Alec questions aboutthe movie industry’s ethics about sex and “the casting couch.” Over a respectful and surprising half-hour, host and guests together talk through the many dilemmas posed by the #MeToo movement that Kantor and Twohey d...

32 MIN2 w ago
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OTM presents: Here's the Thing with Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor

Optical Delusion

A gathering of thousands of armed protesters in Virginia last weekend prompted fears of mass violence. On this episode ofOn the Media, how some militia groups are spinning the lack of bloodshed as victory. Plus, fresh demands for accountability in Puerto Rico, and why thesenate impeachment trial feels so predictable. 1.Bob Garfield [@Bobosphere]on thepresent moment in the impeachment trial. Listen. 2. Lois Beckett [@loisbeckett], reporter at the Guardian,and OTM producer Micah Loewinger [@MicahLoewinger] on the efforts to shape the media narrative among gun rights activists at Virginia's Lobby Day. Listen. 3. OTM producer Alana Casanova-Burgess [@AlanaLlama] on the "double-bind" Puerto Rico faces as earthquakes shake the state. Listen here. Music: All the President's Men Theme by Nini RossoJoeira by KurupGeneral Scott's March by Liberty Tree Wind PlayersOriginal music by Mark Henry PhillipsCantus for Bob Hardison by Michael LinnenKerala by Bonobo

50 MIN3 w ago
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Optical Delusion

The Alleged Crimes of Greenwald

The Brazilian federal government on Tuesday revealed charges of cybercrimes against Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, for his alleged role in the leaking of explosive messages written by high-ranking law enforcement officials. Press freedom advocates immediately decried the charges as a dangerous blow to basic press freedoms;Greenwald himself told Washington Post cybersecurity reporter Joseph Marks, "Governments [are] figuring out how they can criminalize journalism based on large-scale leaks."In this podcast extra,Marks breaks down the charges and draws comparisons (and contrasts) with the American government's prosecution of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

9 MIN3 w ago
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The Alleged Crimes of Greenwald

Family Feud

A pre-debate news drop from CNN threatened the relative peace between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. On this week’s On the Media, why the feud is more distracting than illuminating. Plus, why paying close attention to political news is no substitute for civic participation. And, the origins of two oligarchic dynasties: the Trumps and the Kushners. 1. Rebecca Traister [@rtraister], writer for New York Magazine, on the inevitability of the questions facing women in politics. Listen. 2. Eitan Hersh [@eitanhersh], political scientist at Tufts University, on the political hobbyism and news consumption. Listen. 3. Andrea Bernstein [@AndreaWNYC], co-host of WNYC's Trump, Inc. podcast, on the corruption, improbabilities, and ironies of the Trump and Kushner family histories. Listen.

50 MINJAN 18
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Family Feud

Climate Change, News Corp, and the Australian Fires

For years, climate change experts have said that hotter and drier summers would exacerbate the threat of bushfires in Australia. Fires have been raging since September and a prolonged drought and record-breaking temperatures mean the blazes won't stop for weeks — if not months. But to read or watch or listen to the conservative press in Australiais to get an altogether different story: that it's arson, not climate change, that'smainly responsible for the deaths of nearly 30 humansand an estimated one billion animals. Damien Cave is theNew York Times bureau chief in Sydney, and he recently wrote about "How Rupert Murdoch Is Influencing Australia's Bushfire Debate." He spoke to Bob about the media landscape ofdenial and deflection, andwhycritics say it'smaking itharder to hold the government accountable.

18 MINJAN 16
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Climate Change, News Corp, and the Australian Fires

Hurtling Toward Catastrophe

Afterthe US military assassinated an Iranian military general, war propaganda kicked into overdrive. On this week’s On the Media, how news consumers can cut through the misleading claims and dangerous frames. Plus, how Generation Z is interpreting the geopolitical crisis through memes. And, how apocalyptic thinking is a near-constant through history. 1. Nathan Robinson [@NathanJRobinson], editor of Current Affairs, on the most suspect tropes in war coverage. Listen. 2. Lee Fang [@lhfang], investigative journalist at The Intercept, on the pundits with unacknowledged conflicts of interest.Listen. 3. Ian Bogost [@ibogost], contributing writer at The Atlantic, on #WorldWar3 memes.Listen. 4. Dan Carlin [@HardcoreHistory], host of "Hardcore History," on apocalyptic moments throughout human history.Listen. Music from this week's show: Nirvana/The Bad Plus — Smells Like Teen SpiritMichael Andrews — The Artifact & LivingUnknown — March for the 3 Regt. of FootThin Lizzy — The Boys Are Ba...

50 MINJAN 11
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Hurtling Toward Catastrophe

Latest Episodes

OTM Presents: U.S. of Anxiety's "40 Acres in Mississippi"

Elbert Lester has lived his full 94 years in Quitman County, Mississippi, on land he and his family own. That’s exceptional for black people in this area, and some family members even say the land came to them through“40 acres and a mule.” But that's pretty unlikely, so our WNYC colleagueKai Wright, host of The United States of Anxiety,went on a search for the truth and uncovered astory about an old and fundamental question in American politics, one at the center of the current election: Who arethe rightful owners of this country’s staggering wealth? - John Willis is author ofForgotten Time - Eric Foner is author ofThe Second Founding -The National Memorial for Peace and Justiceis located in Montgomery, Alabama. For more information about documented lynchings in Mississippi, and elsewhere, visit the Equal Justice Initiative's interactive report,Lynching in America. You can navigate to each county to learn about documented lynchings there.

44 MIN5 d ago
Comments
OTM Presents: U.S. of Anxiety's "40 Acres in Mississippi"

Picture-Perfect Democracy

The sloppy roll-out of Iowa results prompted disinformation and confusion over the mechanics of the caucus system. This week, On the Media looks at the origins of the nomination process to explain how we got here. Plus, local reporters in New Hampshire examine the power struggle at the heart of the upcoming contest. 1. Galen Druke [@galendruke] on thehistory of America's unique primary system.Listen. 2. Stranglehold reportersJack Rodolico[@JackRodolico],Lauren Chooljian [@laurenchooljian],andCasey McDermott [@caseymcdermott] on Dixville Notch's mythical status. Listen. 3.Lauren Chooljian [@laurenchooljian] examines how New Hampshire's local press benefits from being a first-in-the-nation primary.Listen. Music from this week's show: Sacred Oracle by John ZornYoung at Heart by Brad MehldauThe Camping Store by Clive Carroll and John RenbournMilestones by Bill Evan Trio

50 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Picture-Perfect Democracy

How Rush Limbaugh Paved The Way For Trump

A lot was reported about Tuesday night's State of the Union address. President Trump's characteristic self-congratulation, the fact-checking of his error-filled speech, and Nancy Pelosi's sensational paper rip stunt. Tuesday night also solidified Rush Limbaugh's ascent to Republican royalty. Byawarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trump inducted Limbaugh into a gilded class of American history, featuring Norman Rockwell, Maya Angelou, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King Jr.Accordingto Matt Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters for America, the award could be seen as the culmination of the GOP's transformation, precipitated by Limbaugh and solidified by Trump.

14 MIN1 w ago
Comments
How Rush Limbaugh Paved The Way For Trump

Cancel This!

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the World Health Organization has declared a state of emergency. This week, On the Media looks at how panic and misinformation are going viral, too. Plus, a controversial endorsement for Bernie Sanders puts the spotlight on Joe Rogan, and has renewed the debate over "cancel culture." And,the impeachment proceedings continue to move toward a conclusion. 1. Brooke [@OTMBrooke] reflects on the impeachment proceedings as they come to an anti-climactic ending.Listen. 2. Alexis Madrigal [@alexismadrigal]of The Atlantic explains how panic online is spreading faster than the coronavirus itself.Listen. 3. Devin Gordon [@DevinGordonX] talks about why Joe Rogan is so popular, and reflects on the controversy surrounding his tentative endorsement of Bernie Sanders. Listen. 4. Natalie Wynn, creator of the Youtube channel ContraPoints,lays out her criticism of "cancel culture" and takes an honest look at her own "cancellations." Listen. Music: Roary's Waltz ...

50 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Cancel This!

OTM presents: Here's the Thing with Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor

Our colleagues at "Here's the Thing" produced a great episode this week that we think you'll enjoy: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are the New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story. For five months -- perpetually in danger of losing the scoop -- they cultivated and cajoled sources ranging from the Weinsteins’ accountant to Ashley Judd. The article that emerged on October 5th, 2017, was a level-headed and impeccably sourced exposé, whose effects continue to be felt around the world. Their conversation with Alec Baldwin covers their reporting process, and moves on to a joint wrestling with Alec’s own early knowledge of one of the Weinstein allegations, and his ongoing friendship with accused harasser James Toback. The guests ask Alec questions aboutthe movie industry’s ethics about sex and “the casting couch.” Over a respectful and surprising half-hour, host and guests together talk through the many dilemmas posed by the #MeToo movement that Kantor and Twohey d...

32 MIN2 w ago
Comments
OTM presents: Here's the Thing with Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor

Optical Delusion

A gathering of thousands of armed protesters in Virginia last weekend prompted fears of mass violence. On this episode ofOn the Media, how some militia groups are spinning the lack of bloodshed as victory. Plus, fresh demands for accountability in Puerto Rico, and why thesenate impeachment trial feels so predictable. 1.Bob Garfield [@Bobosphere]on thepresent moment in the impeachment trial. Listen. 2. Lois Beckett [@loisbeckett], reporter at the Guardian,and OTM producer Micah Loewinger [@MicahLoewinger] on the efforts to shape the media narrative among gun rights activists at Virginia's Lobby Day. Listen. 3. OTM producer Alana Casanova-Burgess [@AlanaLlama] on the "double-bind" Puerto Rico faces as earthquakes shake the state. Listen here. Music: All the President's Men Theme by Nini RossoJoeira by KurupGeneral Scott's March by Liberty Tree Wind PlayersOriginal music by Mark Henry PhillipsCantus for Bob Hardison by Michael LinnenKerala by Bonobo

50 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Optical Delusion

The Alleged Crimes of Greenwald

The Brazilian federal government on Tuesday revealed charges of cybercrimes against Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, for his alleged role in the leaking of explosive messages written by high-ranking law enforcement officials. Press freedom advocates immediately decried the charges as a dangerous blow to basic press freedoms;Greenwald himself told Washington Post cybersecurity reporter Joseph Marks, "Governments [are] figuring out how they can criminalize journalism based on large-scale leaks."In this podcast extra,Marks breaks down the charges and draws comparisons (and contrasts) with the American government's prosecution of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

9 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Alleged Crimes of Greenwald

Family Feud

A pre-debate news drop from CNN threatened the relative peace between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. On this week’s On the Media, why the feud is more distracting than illuminating. Plus, why paying close attention to political news is no substitute for civic participation. And, the origins of two oligarchic dynasties: the Trumps and the Kushners. 1. Rebecca Traister [@rtraister], writer for New York Magazine, on the inevitability of the questions facing women in politics. Listen. 2. Eitan Hersh [@eitanhersh], political scientist at Tufts University, on the political hobbyism and news consumption. Listen. 3. Andrea Bernstein [@AndreaWNYC], co-host of WNYC's Trump, Inc. podcast, on the corruption, improbabilities, and ironies of the Trump and Kushner family histories. Listen.

50 MINJAN 18
Comments
Family Feud

Climate Change, News Corp, and the Australian Fires

For years, climate change experts have said that hotter and drier summers would exacerbate the threat of bushfires in Australia. Fires have been raging since September and a prolonged drought and record-breaking temperatures mean the blazes won't stop for weeks — if not months. But to read or watch or listen to the conservative press in Australiais to get an altogether different story: that it's arson, not climate change, that'smainly responsible for the deaths of nearly 30 humansand an estimated one billion animals. Damien Cave is theNew York Times bureau chief in Sydney, and he recently wrote about "How Rupert Murdoch Is Influencing Australia's Bushfire Debate." He spoke to Bob about the media landscape ofdenial and deflection, andwhycritics say it'smaking itharder to hold the government accountable.

18 MINJAN 16
Comments
Climate Change, News Corp, and the Australian Fires

Hurtling Toward Catastrophe

Afterthe US military assassinated an Iranian military general, war propaganda kicked into overdrive. On this week’s On the Media, how news consumers can cut through the misleading claims and dangerous frames. Plus, how Generation Z is interpreting the geopolitical crisis through memes. And, how apocalyptic thinking is a near-constant through history. 1. Nathan Robinson [@NathanJRobinson], editor of Current Affairs, on the most suspect tropes in war coverage. Listen. 2. Lee Fang [@lhfang], investigative journalist at The Intercept, on the pundits with unacknowledged conflicts of interest.Listen. 3. Ian Bogost [@ibogost], contributing writer at The Atlantic, on #WorldWar3 memes.Listen. 4. Dan Carlin [@HardcoreHistory], host of "Hardcore History," on apocalyptic moments throughout human history.Listen. Music from this week's show: Nirvana/The Bad Plus — Smells Like Teen SpiritMichael Andrews — The Artifact & LivingUnknown — March for the 3 Regt. of FootThin Lizzy — The Boys Are Ba...

50 MINJAN 11
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Hurtling Toward Catastrophe
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