In a media world that can often feel absurd, if not downright manipulative On The Media offers up a refreshingly clear-eyed perspective, unraveling the biases and oddities of the we news we consume from main stream outlets. It critiques the prevailing media narratives, analyzes trends in the wider landscape (say if a particular turn of phrase is cropping up with increasing frequency), and isn’t afraid to dig in and point out the contradictions in how issues are framed from the treatment of the Edward Snowden leaks to the on-going tensions in Ferguson.
In a way I like to think of On The Media as The Daily Show meets NPR's Fresh Air because somehow it manages to be irreverent, insightful, serious and witty all at once.
So much of the show's characteristic wit and style owes itself to Brooke Gladstone who not only co-hosts OTM with Bob Garflied but serves as the programs managing director. And that style must be working, because since she and Bob came to the show in 2000 and helped to redesign and relaunch it, On The Media has grown to be carried on over 300 public radio stations across the country.
As they say themselves, “In an age of information overload, On The Media helps you dig your way out." In our interview, we speak to Brooke about her unlikely path into journalism, the beginnings of her time with On The Media, and discuss her thoughts on some of the main problems and pitfalls with how the news is covered today.
Listen to our interview with Brooke Gladstone below, and to hear more interviews with your favourite public radio personalities, remember to subscribe to our podcast in iTunes.