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What 'The Post' Missed

29:05 | Jan 10th, 2018

Leslie Gelb, the man who supervised the team that compiled the Pentagon Papers, wasn't a character in the new Hollywood drama, The Post. He is rarely called for comment in documentaries and films about the Pentagon Papers leak. Back in 1971, Gelb was...Show More

Gutted

50:26 | Aug 18th, 2017

In the 1960s, pollution was a visible, visceral problem, and public pressure led a Republican president to create the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, the GOP wants to slash the agency's budget and roll back "burdensome" environmental regulation...Show More

Flim-Flam Nation

49:51 | Dec 1st, 2017

It was yet another week of outrageous and consequential stories piling on top of one another at a head-spinning pace. A failed attempt to discredit the Washington Post. A bombshell plea from a former Trump official. A secret button. Poison in the Hag...Show More

The Myth of Meritocracy

49:05 | Mar 15th

A college admissions scandal has highlighted what people refer to as "the myth of meritocracy." But actually, meritocracy itself is a myth. This week, On the Media looks at the satirical origins of the word and what they tell us about why the US embr...Show More

Seymour Hersh Looks Back (extended mix)

48:49 | Jun 12th, 2018

For decades, Seymour Hersh has been an icon of muckraking, investigative reporting: his work exposed such atrocities as the massacre of Vietnamese civilians in My Lai and the torture of Iraqis in Abu Ghraib. He also documented the US's development of...Show More

The Worst Thing We've Ever Done

51:22 | Jun 1st, 2018

After World War II, Germany and the Allied powers took pains to make sure that its citizens would never forget the country’s dark history. But in America, much of our past remains hidden or rewritten. This week, Brooke visits Montgomery, Alabama, hom...Show More

Dark Twisted Fantasy

50:09 | May 4th, 2018

After last month’s terrorist attack in Toronto, the media attempted to make sense of the term “incel,” or involuntary celibate. We situate the subculture within the complex ecosystem of aggrieved men online. Plus, a conversation with the directors of...Show More

Mayday, May Day

24:33 | May 2nd, 2018

International Workers' Day is celebrated with rallies and protests all over the world on May 1st, but it's not a big deal in the United States. In this podcast extra, Brooke speaks to Donna Haverty-Stacke of Hunter College, CUNY about the U.S. origin...Show More

Everything You Love Will Burn

30:07 | Mar 7th, 2018

Last week, we put out a special show hosted by The Guardian US’s Lois Beckett, devoted to how reporters should approach the alt-right, and white supremacy, in America, called "Face the Racist Nation." As a bonus, we're putting out a full interview wi...Show More

Monumental Questions

26:15 | Oct 31st, 2017

Speaking this week on Fox News, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly warned against the removal of Confederate monuments on the grounds that it would erase important history. But the statues in question have never been about preserving a neutral ver...Show More

This American War on Drugs

50:23 | Aug 25th, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled that he'd like to revamp the war on drugs. We take a look at the history of the battle, and how sensational media depictions of crack, heroin, and meth have helped fuel it. Plus: our Breaking News Consumer’...Show More

This Gene Was Edited By Brooke

25:13 | Mar 1st, 2017

CRISPR is a new technology that enables scientists to quickly alter the genetic makeup of the entire population of a species. It's so powerful that just one genetically-modified mosquito could eradicate malaria. It's so easy to do that a grad student...Show More

See You In Court

55:54 | Feb 10th, 2017

With the president and the judiciary at odds over the travel ban, the term "constitutional crisis" is ubiquitous. Why it should be deployed carefully. Plus, protests are sweeping the nation – but so are efforts to crack down on free speech. How lawma...Show More

Debunking the AIDS "Patient Zero" Myth

10:55 | Nov 2nd, 2016

One of the most enduring myths of HIV/AIDS history has finally been laid to rest. The so-called "patient zero," a Canadian flight attendant named Gaétan Dugas, was once blamed for igniting the entire AIDS epidemic in America. Media outlets fixated on...Show More

Who Profits When You File Your Taxes?

15:20 | Apr 16th

Tax Day is behind us, but the Taxpayer First Act is not. The bipartisan proposal passed the House last week and is now under consideration in the Senate — and one of the provisions is exactly what the for-profit tax preparation industry has been push...Show More

Wake Up, Sheeple!

49:13 | Apr 12th

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London, and now faces prosecution. On this week’s On the Media, a look at what Assange’s arrest may mean for press freedom. Plus, what the new image of a black hole tell us about the power of science i...Show More

Spy vs. Spy

16:54 | Apr 11th

New York Times reporter Michael Schwirtz set out to investigate a series of assassinations in Ukraine with low expectations. Reporting on a homicide as a member of the foreign press is daunting enough to begin with. His assignment was formidable beac...Show More

Empire State of Mind

50:09 | Apr 5th

Recently, a member of the Trump administration called Puerto Rico “that country,” obscuring once more the relationship between the island colony and the American mainland. In a special hour this week, On the Media examines the history of US imperiali...Show More

Policing the Police

13:15 | Apr 2nd

California recently passed a law that eliminates some of the barriers to accessing records on egregious police misconduct and deadly use of force. With the floodgates open, journalists, like KPCC investigative reporter Annie Gilbertson, are elated an...Show More

The End of Magical Thinking

49:06 | Mar 29th

With the Mueller investigation complete, talking heads have given the short public summary their usual spin. This week, On the Media looks at why the framing of the report produced so much misunderstanding. Plus, how historical amnesia and old ideas ...Show More

The Opioid Narratives

20:59 | Mar 27th

Purdue Pharma has settled a lawsuit with the state of Oklahoma for $270 million dollars, a larger figure than two other cases the company has settled with other states. In doing so, the company also avoided a televised trial in May at a time when the...Show More

Hating In Plain Sight

49:11 | Mar 22nd

In the aftermath of white supremacist attacks in New Zealand, there's a tension between reporting on the shooter's motivations and not amplifying his message. This week, On the Media examines how the press can navigate that persistent dilemma. Plus, ...Show More

No Notoriety

08:25 | Mar 19th

The details are different but the story is the same. A mass shooting, scores of people dead, another nation traumatized. Although in the aftermath of the events in New Zealand last week there is a wrinkle. In her first speech to parliament since the ...Show More

Tucker Was Tucker All Along

26:55 | Mar 13th

To suggest that Tucker Carlson has a tendency to hint at deeply discriminatory tropes would be cliché — but also dead-on. Just this week, thanks to newly unearthed audio released by Media Matters, the Fox News darling ditches his signature dog whistl...Show More

Crossing the Line

49:21 | Mar 8th

Mexican officials and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are using a secret database to target journalists and advocates at the southern border. This week, On the Media speaks with a reporter on the list who was detained for questioning by Mexican au...Show More

The Myth That Fuels the Anti-Vaxx Agenda

06:34 | Mar 6th

This Tuesday, lawmakers in Washington heard from an 18-year-old who, against all odds, got his shots. Ethan Lindenberger, who fought with his own mother to get vaccinated, told senators, "for my mother, her love, affection, and care as a parent was u...Show More

Look Back in Anger

50:07 | Mar 1st

When President Trump’s former personal lawyer testified in front of Congress this week, it was both captivating and oddly familiar. This week, On the Media looks at the tropes that ran through the hearings, and offers a guide to news consumers trying...Show More

Longing for Wakanda

13:09 | Feb 26th

On Sunday night, Marvel’s Black Panther film won the Oscar for three of its six Academy Award nominations: Ludwig Göransson for Best Original Score, Ruth E. Carter for Best Costume Design and Hannah Beachler and Jay R. Hart for Best Production design...Show More

Twitch and Shout

49:28 | Feb 22nd

Twitch.tv is a video streaming platform where millions of people broadcast their lives and video game action in real-time. It's like unedited, real, reality TV. This week, On the Media digs into why so many people want to share so much on Twitch, and...Show More

When 20,000 Nazis Gathered in New York

19:34 | Feb 20th

Founded in 1936, the German-American Bund had approximately 25,000 members and 70 chapters around the country. While the Nazis were building concentration camps, the Bund held pro-Hitler retreats and summer camps. February 20th marks the 80th anniver...Show More

Bad Reputation

49:39 | Feb 15th

The 2020 Democratic field is the most diverse ever, and five women are running to be the party’s presidential nominee. This week, we look at the sexist coverage of female candidates with a new Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Gender and Politics Ed...Show More

A Century of Free Speech

30:27 | Feb 13th

For this week's pod extra, we feature a conversation from WNYC'S Brian Lehrer Show. Brian talked with Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone, editors of The Free Speech Century, a collection...Show More

The World's Biggest Problem

49:48 | Feb 8th

At Tuesday's State of the Union, President Trump continued to call for a wall at the southern border. Meanwhile, some Democrats point to the real crisis: climate change. A look at the messaging of urgency and hope around the Green New Deal. And, a fo...Show More

The Too-Good-To-Be-True Cancer Cure

09:10 | Feb 4th

Despite steadily declining rates of cancer deaths over the past two decades, cancer remains responsible for 1 in every 6 deaths worldwide. It’s a scourge. So when, this week, an Israeli company called Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies captured th...Show More

Misery in the Name of Liberty

49:34 | Feb 1st

The Venezuelan press has been facing repression for years. This week, On the Media explores how journalists in the country are struggling to cover the standoff between two men who claim to be president. Also, how both the history of American interven...Show More

A Tell-All Memoir And An NDA

29:55 | Jan 30th

This week, the latest tell-all memoir from a former White House staffer hit bookstores. Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House is by Cliff Sims — who was, depending on who you ask, either key player as Director of Message ...Show More

Close Encounters

49:45 | Jan 25th

The Lincoln Memorial debacle showed how vulnerable the press are to a myriad of social and political forces. This week, we examine how the outrage unfolded and what role MAGA hat symbolism might have played. And, a graphic photo in the New York Times...Show More

Rethinking MLK Day

19:22 | Jan 22nd

When he was still in his twenties, Martin Luther King Jr. was, among other things, an advice columnist for Ebony magazine. Writer Mychal Denzel Smith studied those columns for an article this week in The Atlantic, and he found that readers asked the ...Show More

The Giant Referendum On Everything

49:26 | Jan 18th

For the past month, journalists have been reporting on the anxieties of furloughed federal workers. This week, On the Media learns that many reporters face a new threat to their own job security. Plus, an on-screen dramatization of Brexit, and a like...Show More

That time Brooke met Rosanne Cash

40:31 | Jan 15th

Rosanne's Cash's new album features 10 new songs, all written and co-written by Cash, that find her "speaking out and looking inward" (The Boston Globe) from a uniquely female perspective. It features contributions from Elvis Costello, Kris Kristoffe...Show More

Everything Is Fake

49:33 | Jan 11th

On Thursday, President Trump flew down to McAllen, Texas to push his pro-wall, anti-immigrant narrative. This week, On the Media examines how the community tells a more welcoming story about the border — and a dogged presidential fact-checker joins u...Show More

10 Things That Scare Jeff VandeMeer

06:52 | Jan 9th

Is it too ordinary to be afraid of your cat dying? Jeff VanderMeer is an author based in Tallahassee, Florida. This week he is the featured guest on the podcast "10 things that scare me: a tiny podcast about our biggest fears," produced by WNYC Studi...Show More

Africatown

49:41 | Jan 4th

Just outside of Mobile, Alabama, sits the small community of Africatown, a town established by the last known slaves brought to America, illegally, in 1860. Decades after that last slave ship, The Clotilde, burned in the waters outside Mobile, Africa...Show More

Remembering Joe Frank

17:10 | Jan 2nd

Joe Frank -- the radio producer’s radio producer, the ultimate acquired taste -- passed away a year ago this month. He was 79. For over four decades Frank hosted late-night shows that could float between hilarious dreams and suspenseful nightmares, b...Show More

The Worst Thing We've Ever Done

51:22 | Dec 28th, 2018

After World War II, Germany and the Allied powers took pains to make sure that its citizens would never forget the country’s dark history. But in America, much of our past remains hidden or rewritten. This week, Brooke visits Montgomery, Alabama, hom...Show More

10 Things That Scare Brooke

07:33 | Dec 25th, 2018

Merry Christmas, to those who celebrate! To those who don't (and, aw heck, to those who do too) we offer a very special end-of-year gift: fear. More specifically, Brooke's greatest fears, courtesy of our WNYC colleagues, 10 Things That Scare Me. Fear...Show More

The Seen and the Unseen

50:14 | Dec 21st, 2018

Two weeks ago, a seven-year-old girl died in Customs and Border Patrol custody. This week, On the Media considers how coverage of her death has resembled previous immigration story cycles. Plus, we make an year-end review of cabinet officials shown t...Show More

What We Learned — And Didn't Learn — From the Pentagon Papers

15:57 | Dec 19th, 2018

In 1971, federal investigators convened two grand juries to investigate, among other things, the publishing, by major newspapers, of thousands of pages of secret government documents reviewing the history from 1945 on, of the still ongoing war in Vie...Show More

Plague of Suspicion

50:23 | Dec 14th, 2018

It’s been 100 years since one of the deadliest diseases... well, ever. The 1918-1919 flu pandemic (usually and mistakenly called the “Spanish Flu”) infected roughly a third of the world’s population and killed somewhere on the order of 50-100 million...Show More

Three Years for Michael Cohen

26:37 | Dec 12th, 2018

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for financial crimes and for lying to Congress. In rendering the sentence,  Judge William H. Pauley said Cohen’s crimes — among them, tax evasion and cam...Show More

How Quickly We Forget

50:12 | Dec 7th, 2018

The death of George H.W. Bush brought us a week’s worth of ceremony, eulogy and wall-to-wall coverage. This week, a look at the choices journalists made when they set out to memorialize the president. And, immigration stories in our media focus on th...Show More

The Centuries-Old Practice of "Slaying Lewks"

12:59 | Dec 5th, 2018

Satisfaction at the political enemy’s hypocrisy can be so rich that partisan critics strain — sometimes absurdly — to locate it. Such is the case with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, newly elected member of Congress from New York and avowed democratic soci...Show More

Laugh Until You Cry

50:23 | Nov 30th, 2018

The White House tried to bury a devastating climate assessment on Black Friday; this week, On the Media documents how TV talk shows gave climate change deniers a platform to spin the report for their own ends. We look back on Fox News' coming-of-age ...Show More

The Long History of Ignoring Climate Scientists

20:21 | Nov 28th, 2018

A government climate change report was released last week and summarily dismissed...by the government. It was a worrying development, to be sure — but it was also only the latest chapter in the long history of scientists' unheeded warnings. Back in 1...Show More

Whose Streets?

50:15 | Nov 23rd, 2018

The message from Silicon Valley seems to be that self-driving cars are the way of the future. This week, On the Media considers the history behind the present-day salesmanship. Plus, why transit rights mean much more than point-A-to-point-B mobility....Show More

The Civil War, One Day at a Time

10:34 | Nov 19th, 2018

On the 155th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address, we bring you a conversation with Professor Adam Goodheart. He ran The New York Times blog, Disunion, which covers the American Civil War as if it were a real-time event unfolding today. Goodheart's ...Show More

Do Not Pass Go

49:39 | Nov 16th, 2018

Over a week after the midterms, there's uncertainty in key races in Florida and Georgia. We examine the pervasive conspiracy theories around vote counting. Plus, Amazon has concluded their infamous HQ2 search. At the time, it seemed like a reality sh...Show More

The Stories Fires Tell

13:13 | Nov 13th, 2018

The Camp Fire in California is the deadliest in the state's history, leaving the entire city of Paradise in ashes. Parts of Malibu were destroyed by the Woolsey Fire, which firefighters are still trying to bring under control as of this writing. Ever...Show More

We're Not Very Good At This

58:20 | Nov 9th, 2018

America’s divisions are all the more clear after another frenzied news cycle. This week, we ask a historian and a data scientist whether we humans are capable of governing ourselves. Plus, the post-midterm prognosis on climate change, and how our med...Show More

Why We're So Polarized

25:25 | Nov 6th, 2018

Last week on our show, Bob spoke with Lilliana Mason, a University of Maryland political psychologist and author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity, about the reasons behind the tribalism and enmity that characterize our politics....Show More

The Others

49:24 | Nov 2nd, 2018

After a week of hate-fueled attacks, we examine the "dotted line" from incitement to violence. We dig deep into tribalism and how it widens the gulf between Republicans and Democrats. Plus, the history of antisemitic propaganda and how it inspires mo...Show More

Gab is Back in the Headlines and Off the Web

11:47 | Oct 30th, 2018

The social media website Gab has faced sanction and scorn in the days since one of its active users killed 11 members of Pittsburgh's Jewish community. Gab had, for the past few years, made itself out as a "free speech" harbor, safe from the intellec...Show More

Knock, Knock

49:35 | Oct 26th, 2018

With the midterms approaching, Democrats and Republicans are fighting to control the national conversation. This week, On the Media looks at how to assess the predictions about a blue or red wave this November. Republican messaging — especially from ...Show More

West Virginia's "Genius" Watchdog

19:38 | Oct 24th, 2018

Nearly two years since the 2016 Presidential Election, much of the press are still covering so-called "Trump country" using a series of simplistic narratives, blaming these states for Trump and portraying them as irrevocably scarred by the decline of...Show More

Bloodlines

49:52 | Oct 19th, 2018

In using a genetic test to try to prove her Native ancestry, Senator Elizabeth Warren inadvertently stepped into a quagmire. This week, we examine the tensions around DNA and identity. Plus, after Jamal Khashoggi’s death, revisiting the trope of the ...Show More

The Radical Catalog

16:41 | Oct 18th, 2018

Another chapter in the history of American consumerism came to a close this week when the retail giant Sears announced it was filing for bankruptcy and closing 142 of its unprofitable stores. As experts sifted through the details about what doomed Se...Show More

Full Faith & Credit

49:38 | Oct 12th, 2018

Ten autumns ago came two watershed moments in the history of money. In September 2008, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers triggered a financial meltdown from which the world has yet to fully recover. The following month, someone using the name Satoshi...Show More

Reimagining History

16:46 | Oct 10th, 2018

Last week, the MacArthur Foundation awarded genius grants to 25 creatives in art, literature, science and music. John Keene, a writer of poetry, fiction and cultural criticism, was one of them. He was recognized for his innovative use of language and...Show More

The Victimhood

50:00 | Oct 5th, 2018

On Thursday in the Wall Street Journal, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged his sharp tone in recent hearings. This week, we examine the anger and resentment driving the #MeToo backlash. Plus, a deep dive into into our flawed narrative...Show More

Trump, Inc.: The Business of Silence

29:12 | Oct 3rd, 2018

President Donald Trump has had many roles in his life: Real estate scion, reality show star, Oval Office holder. But through it all, one thing has remained consistent. He tries to control what information becomes public about himself and his business...Show More

What Goes Around, Comes Around?

50:01 | Sep 28th, 2018

The Kavanaugh-Ford hearings this week felt like a watershed moment — but it’s not yet clear what long-term impact they’ll have. This week, we examine some of the policies that could be affected by the Supreme Court if Kavanaugh is confirmed, includin...Show More

It's Time for Justice

08:02 | Sep 26th, 2018

On Tuesday, nearly four years since a viral comedy routine helped usher a long list of rape and sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby into the fore, the once-beloved artist was sentenced to three to 10 years in a state prison. Years before Co...Show More

Make Amends

49:52 | Sep 21st, 2018

Senators are weighing serious allegations of attempted rape as they consider Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, McDonald's employees in ten cities went on strike to bring attention to sexual harassment at the fast food chai...Show More

An Obit, This Time For Real

08:51 | Sep 18th, 2018

This past week’s coverage of Hurricane Florence has had all the trappings of a terrible storm: the satellite images, the sandbags and empty grocery stores, the newscasters dressed in flood gear.  One recurring side character we seem to have avoided t...Show More

Doomed to Repeat

50:09 | Sep 14th, 2018

The anniversary of a disaster gives us a moment to reflect on whether we have learned the right lessons — or any at all. This week, we examine the narratives that have solidified ten years after the financial crisis, and one year after Hurricane Mari...Show More

FEMA Time

11:47 | Sep 12th, 2018

On Wednesday, as Florence swirled ominously off the coast of the Carolinas, and states prepared for imminent disaster, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) thought it would be a good time to draw everyone’s attention to the shifting priorities of this adminis...Show More

O See, Can You Say

50:11 | Sep 7th, 2018

Between the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill and an anonymous op-ed from within the Trump White House, a wave of rule-bending and -breaking has crashed on Washington. This week, we explore how political decorum and popular dissent have...Show More

CNN's Lanny Davis Problem

12:07 | Sep 5th, 2018

Six weeks ago, CNN broke a blockbuster story: According to several anonymous sources, President Trump had advance knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting. It was a potential smoking gun, until one of those sources — Lanny Davis, attorney for Mi...Show More

Face the Racist Nation

49:58 | Aug 31st, 2018

For more than a year, Lois Beckett [@loisbeckett], senior reporter at The Guardian US, has been showing up at white nationalist rallies, taking their pictures, writing down what they say. And she finds herself thinking: How did we get here? How did h...Show More

Summer Series Episode 4: Tectonic Edition

14:27 | Aug 29th, 2018

After an earthquake struck Nepal in April of 2015, the post-disaster media coverage followed a trajectory we'd seen repeated after other earth-shaking events. We put together a template to help a discerning news consumer look for the real story. It's...Show More

Fallout

51:05 | Aug 24th, 2018

End-of-times narratives themselves are nothing new; only the means have changed. While once a few horsemen and a river of blood were enough to signal the dusk of man, apocalypse now requires the imaginations of entire atomic laboratories — or roving ...Show More

Summer Series Episode 3: Airline Crash Edition

11:42 | Aug 22nd, 2018

When a commercial plane goes down, media speculation ensues. With the help of The Atlantic's James Fallows, we give you some tips that can help you comb through the coverage.

Twitch And Shout

58:59 | Aug 17th, 2018

Twitch.tv is a video streaming platform where tens of thousands people broadcast their lives and video game game-play in real-time. It's like unedited, real, reality TV. This week, On the Media digs into why so many people want to share so much on Tw...Show More

Summer Series Episode 2: Military Coup Edition

11:43 | Aug 15th, 2018

Back in the summer of 2016, as Turkish putschists shut down highways, attacked government buildings and took broadcasters hostage, world media outlets struggled to provide sober reports of the coup. During the chaos, some listeners told us on Twitter...Show More

Planet Fire

50:15 | Aug 10th, 2018

People like neo-nazi Andrew Anglin and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have long tested the limits of permissible speech. On this week’s On the Media, hear from a lawyer who defends the First Amendment rights of society’s worst actors. Plus, a lawyer ...Show More

Summer Series Episode 1: US Storm Edition

28:23 | Aug 8th, 2018

For media professionals, hurricanes offer the very best kind of bad news, because the story arc is predictable, and invariably compelling. In the latest edition of our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbooks, we examine the myths, misleading language, and...Show More

Enemy of the People

50:23 | Aug 3rd, 2018

At a rally in Tampa, Florida, Trump supporters attacked CNN reporter Jim Acosta, prompting the president to double down on his anti-press "Enemy of the People" rhetoric. A look at how and why the president incites his base — and where it all might le...Show More

Journalism To The Rescue

11:33 | Aug 2nd, 2018

This summer, in a project designed by ProPublica, 10 news organizations are sharing information to flesh out the hidden details of families separated by the Trump administration's zero tolerance immigration policy. Bob speaks with Selymar Colón, digi...Show More

The Center Folds

50:17 | Jul 27th, 2018

Socialism is having a moment in the sunlight — that is, on daytime television. Yet at the same time that the left earns a closer look from political pundits, Democrats and Republicans still fail to understand each other with nuance. Plus, after newsp...Show More

On the Media presents Episode 1 of "The Realness"

30:32 | Jul 25th, 2018

This week On the Media recommends a new podcast from our colleagues at WNYC. Check it out. Prodigy and Havoc begin laying down rhymes together in high school. When their first album flops, they come up with a new sound that's directly influenced by P...Show More

Blah Blah Blah... BANG

49:57 | Jul 20th, 2018

In a matter of months, we've moved from bipartisan immigration talks to calls to abolish ICE. On this week’s On the Media, a look at how leftists are employing a right-wing communications strategy in order to change the national debate. Plus, thirty ...Show More

I Can't Breathe

14:33 | Jul 17th, 2018

Four years ago this week, on July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in Staten Island at the hands of a New York City police officer. We probably wouldn't have known if it hadn't been for a cellphone video that captured his arrest, the excessive force that k...Show More

Russian Dressing On Everything

50:10 | Jul 13th, 2018

Reporting on the Russia investigation is not for the faint of heart. This week, a look at how a journalist became entangled in the investigation when she turned her source over to the FBI. Plus, how another reporter avoided common journalistic mistak...Show More

Big Sky, Dark Money

14:14 | Jul 10th, 2018

With President Trump's nomination of federal judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court will likely be locked up by the political right for a generation. This is in large part thanks to a historic decision made in 2010 by the court’s then-shakier conse...Show More

Blame It On The Alcohol

49:31 | Jul 6th, 2018

This week, we devote an entire hour to what one important scholar deemed “the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.” From its earliest role as a source of nourishment to its depictions in ancient literature, we examine the roots of mankind...Show More

Polite Oppression

50:23 | Jun 29th, 2018

Following a string of landmark Supreme Court rulings and a surprise retirement, this week On the Media examines the conservative culture on the bench and wonders what we can expect from the court going forward. Plus, is civility really dead or only s...Show More

A Guide To SCOTUS News

13:07 | Jun 28th, 2018

There’s a reason why Supreme Court reporters know to never to take a vacation in June. The end of this season’s term brought us a head-spinning drumbeat of huge 5-4 decisions, from upholding the Muslim travel ban to dealing a huge blow to organized l...Show More

Chaos Agents

50:03 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Family separation, a re-framed immigration debate and Trump's misleading executive order: why news fatigue about the border isn’t an option. This week, we explore multiple sides of the asylum policy — including the view from Central America. Plus, a ...Show More

The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes

19:08 | Jun 19th, 2018

In 2014, Fortune magazine ran a cover story featuring Elizabeth Holmes: a blonde woman wearing a black turtleneck, staring deadpan at the camera, with the headline, “This CEO’s out for blood.” A decade earlier, Holmes had founded Theranos, a company ...Show More

Using My Religion

50:12 | Jun 15th, 2018

More than two thousand reporters went to Singapore to cover the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. This week, we examine how so much coverage can lead to so little understanding. Plus, at long last, Justin Trudeau is subjected to media s...Show More

Perps Walk

50:14 | Jun 8th, 2018

Justice for whom? President Trump’s controversial pardoning spree has benefited political allies and nonviolent drug offenders alike. This week, we look at whether the President’s unorthodox use of clemency might not be such a bad thing. Plus, why th...Show More

Hurricane Season

16:43 | Jun 6th, 2018

Puerto Rico was (briefly) back in the news this week when a Harvard study shed more light on many people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The study has a wide range of estimated deaths, but the mid-point is stunning: 4,645 people died as a r...Show More

Fact Checking #WhereAreTheChildren

15:39 | May 30th, 2018

We talk a lot about right wing news outlets picking up out-of-context facts and amplifying them in their outrage machine, so as to infuriate and validate their angry audiences. But this phenomenon is not solely the province of the political right, as...Show More

Technical Foul

50:08 | May 25th, 2018

Rudy Giuliani has been warning the press that the president may not testify in the Russia investigation, but Trump has signaled otherwise. This week, we untangle the White House’s mixed-up messaging on the Russia investigation. Plus, after reports th...Show More

Glenn Beck Reverses His Reversal

19:27 | May 24th, 2018

In November 2016, Bob spoke to Blaze bloviator Glenn Beck to hear about how he was a changed man. More compassionate, a better listener and very opposed to Donald Trump. This weekend, Beck proudly donned a MAGA hat. Why the turnaround? According to B...Show More

Africatown

50:33 | May 18th, 2018

Just outside of Mobile, Alabama, sits the small community of Africatown, a town established by the last known slaves brought to America, illegally, in 1860. Decades after that last slave ship, The Clotilde, burned in the waters outside Mobile, Africa...Show More

The Recording of America

09:02 | May 16th, 2018

Studs Terkel, born 106 years ago on this date, May 16, spent the majority of his life documenting the lives of others – very often everyday, working-class people he believed were “uncelebrated and unsung.” From coal miners and sharecroppers to gangst...Show More

This Is America

50:56 | May 11th, 2018

Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. The problem has been addressed countless times since the nation’s founding, but it persists, and for the poorest among us, it gets worse. America has not been able to find its way to a sustainabl...Show More

An Extended Trip Through Wild Wild Country

33:47 | May 8th, 2018

Back in the early 1980s, thousands of followers of the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh descended upon a 64,000 acre piece of land in central Oregon to found their utopia. The Rajneeshees had millions of dollars at their disposal and an ideology ba...Show More

Dog Whistle

58:58 | Apr 27th, 2018

This week, we explore the ways white Americans — in the voting booth, and on T.V. — deal with a changing society. A new study finds that many white voters supported Donald Trump out of a fear of losing their place in the world. "Roseanne" gets a rebo...Show More

Introducing Nancy: a podcast about all things LGBTQ

24:30 | Apr 24th, 2018

This week we want to introduce you to some friends of ours at WNYC. Nancy podcast is hosted by best friends Tobin Low and Kathy Tu and its about all things LGBTQ.  This week’s episode has Kathy solving a mystery on behalf of our WNYC colleague Kai Wr...Show More

Moving Beyond the Norm

50:13 | Apr 20th, 2018

Alex Jones built his Infowars brand on conspiratorial thinking and table-pounding rage. This week, we look at the three lawsuits testing whether Jones can sustain his business on lies alone. After the LGBT-rights advocate David Buckel committed suici...Show More

The One and Only, Carl Kasell

11:28 | Apr 18th, 2018

This week the venerable Carl Kasell, legendary newscaster and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me scorekeeper, died aged 84, from complications related to Alzheimer's. Brooke sat down with Carl back in 2014 on the occasion of his retirement to commemorate a dis...Show More

Who's In Charge Here?

50:08 | Apr 13th, 2018

After Mark Zuckerberg's two-day testimony before Congress, we consider whether a reckoning for the social media giant might finally be on the horizon. A new documentary looks at how the state of Montana has been fighting back against dark money ever ...Show More

Trump Inc.: Trump, the Ex-Lobbyist and 'Chemically Castrated' Frogs

20:27 | Apr 10th, 2018

From our colleagues in the WNYC newsroom who produce Trump Inc.: This week, we’re doing a couple of  things differently on Trump, Inc. Instead of focusing on President Trump’s businesses, we’re looking more broadly at business interests in the Trump ...Show More

Paved With Good Intentions

50:15 | Apr 6th, 2018

With a caravan of activists making its way through Mexico, President Trump signed a proclamation to send troops to defend the border. This week we examine that caravan’s unintended consequences, as well as the unintended consequences of a bill, recen...Show More

TV News Anchors Speaking From the Heart — Uh, TelePrompter

11:47 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Did you see the video that was making the rounds this weekend? It features a seemingly endless parade of Sinclair Broadcast Group TV news anchors — those smiley folks so trusted by their local audiences — speaking from the heart. OK, not from the hea...Show More

We, the Liberators

50:00 | Mar 30th, 2018

In March of 2003, U.S.–led coalition forces invaded Iraq, sparking a seemingly endless conflagration that claimed tens of thousands of lives and continues to shape events both international and domestic. Fifteen years later, what have we forgotten? W...Show More

Iraq's Accidental Journalists

18:19 | Mar 28th, 2018

Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the night of “Shock and Awe” exploding across the night sky over Baghdad, the opening salvo in an ongoing war. It was a deadly conflict to cover and foreign reporters increasingly relied on Iraqis to take...Show More

Big, If True

50:52 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Cambridge Analytica claims that, with the help of 50 million Facebook users' data, it was able to target ads so specifically and so effectively that it helped swing the election for Donald Trump. The media have been more than happy to boost the claim...Show More

Crowdsourcing Justice: The Truth Behind the Steubenville Rape

15:55 | Mar 20th, 2018

Five years ago, two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio were found responsible in juvenile court for the rape of a 16-year-old girl.  For much of the national media, that was the end of  the story — but for those in Steubenville who li...Show More

The Past Is Never Dead

49:39 | Mar 16th, 2018

This week, we look at how selective coverage shapes our view of foreign borders, conflicts and historical figures — from Syria to Winston Churchill. Plus, a conversation with the editor-in-chief of National Geographic about their latest issue unpacki...Show More

Did Farhad "Unplug"?

12:13 | Mar 13th, 2018

Last week we spoke with New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo after he published an article titled, “For two months, I got my news from print newspapers. Here’s what I learned.” He wrote that, earlier this year, "after the breaking-newsiest yea...Show More

Like We Used To Do

45:41 | Mar 9th, 2018

In an age of constant breaking news, it can be hard to tell what matters and what’s just noise. This week, a look at what we’ve learned from recent coverage of the Russia investigation, and what we’ve missed everywhere else — particularly in West Vir...Show More

Face the Racist Nation

49:38 | Mar 2nd, 2018

For the past year, Lois Beckett [@loisbeckett], senior reporter at The Guardian US, has been showing up at white nationalist rallies, taking their pictures, writing down what they say. And she finds herself thinking: How did we get here? How did her ...Show More

Follow The Money

24:31 | Feb 28th, 2018

The podcast Trump Inc. is a collaboration between WNYC Studios and ProPublica. A team of investigative reporters is examining whether and how the Trump family is profiting from the presidency, and they've organized the show around an "open investigat...Show More

Back to the Future

49:39 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Since the Parkland school shooting, the student-led #NeverAgain movement has kept gun control in the headlines. This week, we look at how the movement began — and how pro-gun internet trolls have tried to undermine its message. Plus, how the world of...Show More

Rinse and Repeat

14:31 | Feb 22nd, 2018

In the wake of the school shooting in Florida we are recycling two interviews that we recorded following two other mass shooting tragedies. The first is about a chapter in the NRA's history that not many people know about. We’ve become accustomed in ...Show More

Devil in the Details

49:20 | Feb 16th, 2018

This week, we dive headfirst into the uncomfortable and the untrue — on the international stage, in the White House, and in your local newspaper. How claims from Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] press releases sometimes end up, almost verbat...Show More

The Safety Net Just Got a Little Less Safe

27:10 | Feb 14th, 2018

On Monday, Donald Trump released the second budget proposal of his presidency. There’s lots in it — more money for defense, veterans and border security and some tax changes too. But what really jumps out is the proposal to cut funding for federal as...Show More

Blame It On The Alcohol

49:26 | Feb 9th, 2018

This week, we devote an entire hour to what one important scholar deemed “the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.” From its earliest role as a source of nourishment to its depictions in ancient literature, we examine the roots of mankind...Show More

Trump Inc.

26:13 | Feb 7th, 2018

Back in January last year,  Donald Trump, newly elected, not yet sworn in, tried to quell concerns about his many conflicts of interest by declaring he would turn over the day-to-day running of his company to his sons. Did he follow through on that? ...Show More

This Is Not A Test

51:06 | Feb 2nd, 2018

It was yet another week of will-he-won't-he: Will President Donald Trump authorize the release of the House Intelligence Committee's "memo," in spite of senior FBI and Justice Dept. officials' warnings not to do so? (Spoiler alert: He did.) Will he c...Show More

Gitmo Is Back in Business

16:38 | Jan 31st, 2018

In his State of the Union speech this week the president announced - to rapturous applause from congressional Republicans, that he had just signed an order to keep open the detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay. When Mohamedou Ould Slahi was release...Show More

Rallying Cry

1:00:35 | Jan 26th, 2018

A year into the Trump Administration, thousands continue to take to the streets but has the press lost interest? This week we look at the nature of protest in an era of never-ending distraction. We also take a deep dive into the world of right-wing c...Show More

Unsettled: A Story from the Global Refugee Crisis

33:16 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Over these last few months, WNYC reporter Matt Katz has been reporting the story of a congolese man named Andre and his wife, Lisette. They were living in a Malawi refugee camp, but then Andre was given the chance to be resettled in Elizabeth New Jer...Show More

The End Is the Beginning

0:00 | Jan 19th, 2018

Recent accusations of sexual misconduct have led some to claim that the #MeToo movement has gone too far. We break down the arguments and look back at a 1994 conversation about feminism to explore where the movement might be headed next. Plus, a chan...Show More

A Journalist of Consequence

0:00 | Jan 17th, 2018

During his career as a national security reporter for The New York Times, James Risen reported several major scoops about the CIA. Risen exposed the Bush administration's phone surveillance program and misrepresentations of weapons of mass destructio...Show More

Outrage Machine

49:54 | Jan 12th, 2018

The book that took D.C. by storm; evaluating our first year under President Trump; the story of the Pentagon Papers, from someone who helped write them; and the latest scholarly research on "fake news" — that is, using the original, vintage meaning o...Show More

"Shmashmortion"

51:15 | Jan 5th, 2018

The surprising political history of abortion in America; how the language of the abortion debate impacts us all; state lawmakers are tightening the rules around how doctors communicate with their patients about abortion; and more. 1. Jill Lepore, sta...Show More

The Man Behind Black Mirror

16:02 | Jan 3rd, 2018

When the British TV show Black Mirror first arrived in the US in late 2014, it was applauded for imagining dystopian, technology-centric scenarios that did not seem terribly far off. Now, as the show launches its fourth season, real life seems to be ...Show More

The Feelings Show

50:47 | Dec 29th, 2017

Father Time — his 2017 sash bloodied and muddied, no doubt — will soon hand off the baton to Baby New Year and, like the reluctant old fellow reaching the end of his tenure, we have some feelings about it. It's been a weird one, and we're obviously n...Show More

Fire With Fire

49:41 | Dec 22nd, 2017

When it comes to fighting fire with fire, common knowledge would have us leave the pyrotechnics to the trained professionals. This week, though, we take a look at those taking matters into their own hands, no matter the heat. With far-right internet ...Show More

Don't Expect Filing Your Taxes to Get Any Easier

16:48 | Dec 20th, 2017

In selling their new tax bill to the public, Republicans have leaned heavily on the theme of simplification. According to them, one of the primary benefits of overhauling our mammoth tax code is that it would make the dreaded filing process easier fo...Show More

After the Storm

50:37 | Dec 15th, 2017

Three months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's recovery story is far from over and far from simple. For some, it's a story of resilience. Others, resignation. For all, it is a story of frustration. Where some adapt, or become acostumbrados, and ot...Show More

Is It Okay For Kayla Moore to Say "Jew"?

19:27 | Dec 13th, 2017

Roy Moore just lost the election in Alabama, but not before his wife Kayla Moore caused an uproar at his final campaign rally. Defending her husband against "fake news" and accusations of antisemitism, Kayla Moore announced: "Our attorney is a Jew." ...Show More

Power Trip

49:41 | Dec 8th, 2017

From Capitol Hill to the workplace to the darkest corners of the internet, it can feel like our world is increasingly being manipulated by threats and intimidation. This week we look at the role of bullies in our lives and how we should and shouldn’t...Show More

A Reckoning in Our Own House

36:06 | Dec 5th, 2017

This weekend, New York Magazine published investigative reporter Suki Kim's personal experiences and reporting on sexual harassment by John Hockenberry, former host of the WNYC program, "The Takeaway." The article alleges that over the past decade, H...Show More

About that Nazi Next Door

11:17 | Nov 27th, 2017

The New York Times' profile of Tony Hovater, a white nationalist and Nazi sympathizer, set Twitter on fire last weekend — and not in a good way. Bob speaks with Charlie Warzel, senior technology writer at Buzzfeed, about what the story got wrong.  As...Show More

Apocalypse, Now

49:57 | Nov 24th, 2017

Science fiction has always been an outlet for our greatest anxieties. This week, we delve into how the genre is exploring the reality of climate change. Plus: new words to describe the indescribable. 1. Jeff VanderMeer [@jeffvandermeer], author of th...Show More

Brooke Gets Mindful

27:21 | Nov 21st, 2017

If you find yourself fuming at the Thanksgiving table this week when the conversation turns political, rather than losing your cool in front of your friends and family, consider pausing and taking a deep breath. According to Robert Wright, author of ...Show More

The Reckoning

50:03 | Nov 17th, 2017

As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to dominate the news, a look at how we are dealing with high-profile offenders and who is being ignored. Plus, a critical reexamination of Bill Clinton's reputation, the difficulty of processing good art m...Show More

Rebecca Traister Says 'the Anger Window' Is Open

31:52 | Nov 14th, 2017

New York Magazine writer Rebecca Traister says that every new revelation about sexual harassment confirms what women have always known. In her most recent article she asks "as stories about abuse, assault, and complicity come flooding out, how do we ...Show More

The Ecstasy of Gold

49:53 | Nov 10th, 2017

Another massive data leak has cast scrutiny on the world of the ultra-wealthy, but some doubt whether much will change. A look inside the Paradise Papers and at the secretive industry of "wealth management" that makes sure the wealthy remain rich and...Show More

12 Months Later: Brooke and Bob on Covering Trump

21:16 | Nov 8th, 2017

It's now a year since Election Day 2016, and a year since we gathered in our office the day after Election Day to figure out what exactly had happened. The mood was tense, and our Executive Producer Katya Rogers seized the opportunity to offer listen...Show More

Off the Radar

50:23 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Following the announcement of the first indictments in Robert Mueller's special investigation, the media were scrambling to put together the pieces...or else ignoring the news completely. How to make sense of the details, and the silences, in Mueller...Show More

Chokehold

50:06 | Oct 27th, 2017

Since the news about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predations, allegations have surfaced against other powerful men. We look back at the early days in the fight against sexual harassment with the woman who coined the term. Plus: journalist Matt Taibbi ex...Show More

Scary Clowns

13:09 | Oct 25th, 2017

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing and Halloween is on its way. And with these annual rites comes another yearly tradition: the coming of the clowns. Last year at this time, to believe the reporting, the country was overrun with so...Show More

Under the Influence

50:23 | Oct 20th, 2017

As the opioid crisis in America rages, the government struggles to react. A look at how a 2016 bill weakened the Drug Enforcement Agency and why nobody noticed. Also, how painkillers took off in America, thanks to industry-sponsored junk science; the...Show More

Raqqa Liberated

22:29 | Oct 18th, 2017

News came this week that the US backed Syrian Democratic Forces had finally liberated the city of Raqqa from the grip of ISIS. For the past three years the people trapped inside the oppressive ISIS regime suffered daily. Yet, reports of torture and a...Show More

Losing Power

50:23 | Oct 13th, 2017

The President is once again threatening the press, but it's unclear whether he will be able to follow through. A look at which threats to the First Amendment we should be taking seriously. Also, looking beyond the "adults in the room" trope; reportin...Show More

Puerto Rico's Never-ending Emergency

13:00 | Oct 10th, 2017

David Begnaud of CBS was in Puerto Rico before Hurricane Maria hit on September 20. Then, he and his team reported for two weeks straight, posting videos on Twitter and sending dispatches to the network. He tracked the logjam of aid stuck in ports, t...Show More

More Human Than Human

50:05 | Oct 6th, 2017

The news has been awash in reports of the rising death tolls for the Las Vegas shooting and the ongoing devastation in Puerto Rico. This week, why the media's emphasis on the numbers distorts our understanding of tragedies. Also, a case for using the...Show More

After Vegas

08:16 | Oct 2nd, 2017

On Sunday night, a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas, NV. Since then, reports of deaths and injuries have been mounting, making for what's being called "the deadliest mass shooting" in modern American history. Amid the trag...Show More

Insult to Injury

49:58 | Sep 29th, 2017

As Puerto Rico rations resources and seeks help from the US government, the mainland media has mostly been preoccupied with Donald Trump's provocations towards the NFL. This week, what's actually happening on the island (and with the NFL). Also, a lo...Show More

Among Many Victims in Mexico, There Was One Who Never Existed

10:20 | Sep 28th, 2017

In Central Mexico, rescuers continue to sift through piles of rubble left by last week's 7.1 magnitude earthquake. Hundreds of volunteers have joined the rescue effort. One of the most widely reported stories from the earthquake reveals how the peopl...Show More

OTM live at the Texas Tribune Festival: The Politicians

26:47 | Sep 27th, 2017

When Brooke was at the Texas Tribune festival in Austin last week, she moderated two sessions, one with reporters and one with couple of US Representatives from Texas. Democrat Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, and Republican Will Hurd of Helotes. The two - ...Show More

OTM live at the Texas Tribune Festival: The Journalists

25:30 | Sep 27th, 2017

Last week Brooke was at the Texas Tribune Festival, an annual event that gathers hundred of speakers and thousands of citizens to discuss big issues of the day, ranging from education to climate change to politics. She moderated a couple of sessions:...Show More

Trust Issues

52:47 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Facebook is under fire for allowing Russian propagandists to buy ads during the 2016 election. This week, how we do and don't hold tech giants accountable. 1. Max Seddon [@maxseddon], Moscow correspondent for The Financial Times, on the push by the U...Show More

What Lies Ahead For Puerto Rico

15:18 | Sep 21st, 2017

Following Hurricane Maria’s landfall on Wednesday morning, we have only scarce images and reports from which to comprehend the scale of devastation in Puerto Rico right now. Perhaps due to disaster fatigue, perhaps due to the territory’s second-class...Show More

"Free Speech Week" Puts Berkeley Back in the Crosshairs

25:12 | Sep 19th, 2017

Alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos recently released a list of speakers for his upcoming "Free Speech Week" at University of California Berkeley, a four-day event featuring Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter, and a host of other conservative voices. Yet,...Show More

Look What You Made Me Do

49:34 | Sep 15th, 2017

A week after President Trump cut a surprise deal with Democrats, and 100 years after it was created, is the debt ceiling still serving its intended purpose? Plus, inside the alt-right idolization of Taylor Swift and medieval history and how some are ...Show More

The Counter-Jihad Movement & the Making of a President

32:41 | Sep 12th, 2017

President George W. Bush, speaking at a mosque on Sept. 17, 2001: "The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace." Donald Trump, campaigning for president on March 9, 2016: "I think Islam hates ...Show More

Duck and Cover

50:13 | Sep 8th, 2017

The Trump administration has announced the end of the DACA program. We examine the rhetoric used to justify the decision. Plus: the Southern Poverty Law Center faces questions from across the political spectrum about its messaging and fundraising; an...Show More

Unnatural Disaster

50:15 | Sep 1st, 2017

Hurricane Harvey makes landfall, bringing with it a familiar set of reporting tropes. We unpack the language of storm reporting and why it falls short, and why these disasters expose a society's priorities. Plus: why there's no such thing as a "natur...Show More

Bob's Docs Finale: Conflicting Narratives

11:18 | Aug 30th, 2017

For the month of August, we’ve been running a series of interviews Bob has done with documentary filmmakers. We’ve been calling it “Bob’s Docs," and each we’ve week we’ve gone through some of the themes of documentary filmmaking — from the personal j...Show More

Bob's Docs Episode Four: It's Personal

29:45 | Aug 23rd, 2017

The finale of Bob's Docs, our summer series featuring interviews Bob has done over the years with documentarians about their films.

Bob's Docs Episode Three: Prurience

15:09 | Aug 16th, 2017

For the month of August we’ll be running a series of interviews Bob has done over the years with documentary filmmakers. In the OTM office, the producers have been referring to the collection as “Bob’s docs.” Over the next few weeks we’ll go through ...Show More

You've Been Warned

50:16 | Aug 11th, 2017

After a week of fury and fire, On the Media takes a chill pill. We look at chilling warnings and opaque impediments, from reporters working with whistleblowers or trying to cover immigration courts, to media organizations reckoning with their future ...Show More

Bob's Docs Episode Two: Access

25:03 | Aug 9th, 2017

For the month of August we’ll be running a series of interviews Bob has done over the years with documentary filmmakers. In the OTM office, the producers have been referring to the collection as “Bob’s docs.” Over the next few weeks we’ll go through ...Show More

"Shmashmortion"

51:22 | Aug 4th, 2017

The surprising political history of abortion in America; how the language of the abortion debate impacts us all; state lawmakers are tightening the rules around how doctors communicate with their patients about abortion; and more. 1. Historian and Ne...Show More

Bob's Docs Episode One: Manipulation

21:47 | Aug 1st, 2017

For the month of August we’ll be running a series of interviews Bob has done over the years with documentary filmmakers. In the OTM office, the producers have been referring to the collection as “bob’s docs.” Over the next few weeks we’ll go through ...Show More

Essential Coverage

50:26 | Jul 28th, 2017

The battle over Republican Senators' most recent attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act dominated the media this week, and seemingly at all hours of the day. We take a look at a few players in the saga, from the putative maverick ...Show More

Armchair diagnosing do's and don'ts

22:34 | Jul 26th, 2017

In March, the American Psychoanalytic Association emailed its 3500 members giving them the go ahead to bring their professional judgement to bear in commenting publicly about the president’s words and deeds. But Tuesday, the much larger American Psyc...Show More

Doubt It

50:24 | Jul 21st, 2017

There’s new research about how people process information, errors, and corrections. A look at what those findings tell us about the efficacy of journalism. Plus, how unethical research practices and liberal bias have created a cloud of doubt in the w...Show More

Not Repealed, Not Replaced

13:19 | Jul 19th, 2017

After the Republican Party’s seven-year attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act kicked the bucket this week, Donald Trump declared that he would “let Obamacare fail.” He has plenty of options for moving that failure along and his actions inevita...Show More

Three-Dimensional Chess

50:24 | Jul 14th, 2017

The press are calling Don Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer a “smoking gun.” Why Trump supporters see it otherwise. Plus, the White House’s plan to cement the voter fraud narrative in service of future voter suppression. And, an Iraqi radio broadca...Show More

In Which Brooke Explains OTM's Secret Sauce To Jesse Thorn

46:55 | Jul 12th, 2017

Bullseye host Jesse Thorn has just launched a new podcast called The Turnaround. It’s a series of longform interviews with interviewers about interviewing, with people ranging from Ira Glass to Larry King to Marc Maron and this week, with Brooke. Jes...Show More

Apocalypse, Now

51:12 | Jul 7th, 2017

Science fiction has always been an outlet for our greatest anxieties. This week, we delve into how the genre is exploring the reality of climate change. Plus: new words to describe the indescribable. 1. Jeff VanderMeer @jeffvandermeer, author of the ...Show More

It's the End of the World and We Know It

13:43 | Jul 5th, 2017

In our upcoming episode we’ll examine how science fiction has taken on the challenge of imagining life after global warming. There’s drought, flood, grievous loss and even some optimism. So with that in mind, we thought we’d whet your appetite for an...Show More

What Ails America

50:07 | Jun 30th, 2017

Our northern neighbor is celebrating its 150th birthday this weekend, yet many Canadians don’t care. Why Canada’s lack of patriotism might be a good thing. Also, how families of black people killed by police often have to grieve under the media spotl...Show More

"The American people elected a fighter"

10:27 | Jun 30th, 2017

Bob's take on this week's back and forth between the President and the press who cover him.

Newton Minow Still Cares About the Media

34:25 | Jun 28th, 2017

This week, at the annual conference of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, Bob sat down with former FCC chairman Newton Minow to survey the "vast wasteland" of television. They discuss the Kennedy administration, the changing lands...Show More

Stand And Be Counted

50:26 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Following the Republican victory in Georgia this week, a look at how gerrymandering makes some political outcomes inevitable—and why the media aren't talking about it. Also, the US Census is on the rocks, and the repercussions could be severe. Plus, ...Show More

The Slants Win the Day!

08:19 | Jun 20th, 2017

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a law denying federal trademark protection to names deemed disparaging is unconstitutional. Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the unanimous decision that “it offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: speech may ...Show More

Sterner Stuff

58:54 | Jun 16th, 2017

After the politically charged shooting at a Virginia baseball field this week, a look at how politicians and the press blamed everyone from Democrats to William Shakespeare. Plus, trying to get behind the secret deliberation over the Republican healt...Show More

No One Is Above the Law

20:32 | Jun 14th, 2017

This week Attorneys General from DC and Maryland alleged in a lawsuit that payments by foreign governments to President Trump’s businesses violate anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution. With a president who is also a real estate tycoon, reality...Show More

Enough With Reality

49:48 | Jun 9th, 2017

The Trump administration has been threatening to crack down on leakers for months, and this week, it did. We examine how a news outlet inadvertently helped the government arrest a 25-year-old NSA contractor. Also, the story of how the AP made deals w...Show More

Doug Stamper Is A Very Bad Man

33:31 | Jun 7th, 2017

Help us meet the OTM listener challenge by becoming a member today! Sign up to donate just $7 a month and you'll unlock $25,000 from the Tow Foundation to support On the Media. Donate now.  A couple of years back Brooke did On House of Cards, a recap...Show More

Mind the Gap

50:26 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Help us meet the OTM listener challenge by becoming a member today! Sign up to donate just $7 a month and you'll unlock $25,000 from the Tow Foundation to support On the Media. Donate now.  A recent anti-Muslim hate crime in Portland has sparked a de...Show More

The United States of Anxiety: America's Allergy to Intellectualism

25:45 | May 31st, 2017

Help us meet the OTM listener challenge by becoming a member today! Sign up to donate just $7 a month and you'll unlock $25,000 from the Tow Foundation to support On the Media. Donate now.  During the last election, when asked his opinion about exper...Show More

Focus

50:10 | May 26th, 2017

Help us meet the OTM listener challenge by becoming a member today! Sign up to donate just $7 a month and you'll unlock $25,000 from the Tow Foundation to support On the Media. Donate now.  In the wake of the Manchester attack, tech companies are aga...Show More

Drawing New Lines

08:17 | May 24th, 2017

This week, the Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina, deciding that the majority-black districts were created to diminish the voting strength of African American democrats in the state. It's an opinion that opens the...Show More

Curtains!

50:18 | May 19th, 2017

Help us meet the OTM listener challenge by becoming a member today! Sign up to donate just $7 a month and you'll unlock $25,000 from the Tow Foundation to support On the Media. Donate now.  The Trump-Comey story is largely missing from the far right-...Show More

The Trouble With Reality

29:36 | May 17th, 2017

We're living in an era of smoke and mirrors as never before. Do you find yourself wondering how we reached this pass, where basic facts have no impact and fundamental norms are violated at will? Or, at the very least, would you like to follow Brooke ...Show More

Shiny Objects

49:57 | May 12th, 2017

With an administration that seems to break new traditions every day, we look at the rapid-fire changes to the White House story about Comey's firing. What they mean for communications between the President and the public. Plus, some worry that the me...Show More

The United States of Anxiety is Back!

34:23 | May 10th, 2017

The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars introduces you to people who have been battling to shape America’s political culture for decades. The WNYC team profile culture warriors, past and present, who have influenced debates over race, religion, sc...Show More

Rewriting the Right

49:57 | May 5th, 2017

The passage of the Obamacare repeal bill this week—hailed as a triumph of conservative ideology—didn’t come out of nowhere. We examine the decades-long, carefully orchestrated right-wing campaign to influence academia and politics. Plus: what's going...Show More

Climate of Poor Rhetoric

09:42 | May 3rd, 2017

The New York Times' new conservative columnist, Bret Stephens, immediately stirred up controversy when he used his inaugural column to criticize liberals for being too "certain" about climate change. But while many piled on Stephens for seemingly und...Show More

In Other Words

49:58 | Apr 28th, 2017

Trump has backed off his signature campaign promise to build a border wall right away. We look at the symbolism of a barrier on the southern border, and how it obscures the truth about immigration. Also, how our president has long managed to succeed ...Show More

The Art of Winning a Pulitzer

13:51 | Apr 26th, 2017

Northwestern Iowa’s Storm Lake Times is a twice-weekly county newspaper with a circulation of 3,330. It has a staff of about 10, including the recipes editor. Its top advertiser is "Builders Sharpening and Service." And it just...won the Pulitzer Pri...Show More

"We'll Do It Live!"

50:56 | Apr 21st, 2017

Bill O'Reilly was the bombastic, blustery face of Fox News. Now that he's out, what happens to the identity and future of the channel? Plus, how to read the scary headlines about US-North Korea relations; why erratic foreign policy can be effective f...Show More

Closing the Blinds

15:34 | Apr 20th, 2017

Breaking from an open government initiative started by President Obama, the White House announced last Friday that visitor logs will no longer be published due to "national security concerns." It's the latest move in a plethora of actions the White H...Show More

This American War on Drugs

49:51 | Apr 14th, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled that he'd like to revamp the war on drugs. We take a look at the history of the battle, and how sensational media depictions of crack, heroin, and meth have helped fuel it. Plus: our Breaking News Consumer’...Show More

How the Press Gets Seduced By War

16:27 | Apr 12th, 2017

Last week, President Trump ordered the firing of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Syria in retaliation against the chemical attack allegedly committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against his own people. The coverage of the strikes appeared to p...Show More

Out With The Old...

50:18 | Apr 7th, 2017

Neil Gorsuch is the newest Supreme Court Justice and all it took was the destruction of a Senate tradition. A look at the colorful history of filibustering. Also, how tax season could potentially be more pleasant and why tax companies don't want it t...Show More

The (Nonexistent) Good Old Days

27:28 | Apr 4th, 2017

In the midst of several days of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings last week, Judge Neil Gorsuch took a moment to wax nostalgic for the days when the process took only 90 minutes and a nominee could relax, even smoke cigarettes, throughout the p...Show More

It's Just Business

50:09 | Mar 31st, 2017

When President Trump signed an order dismantling environmental protections, the photo-op included coal miners. We consider the symbolism and reality of coal country, and what the stereotypes miss. Plus, Congress revoked a rule banning ISPs from selli...Show More

We'll Always Have Paris

13:34 | Mar 28th, 2017

Donald Trump made many, many pronouncements on the campaign trail, one of them was that he would "cancel the Paris climate agreement".  While he can’t cancel the Paris agreement, he can and has walked away from it with an executive order this week su...Show More

Highly Irregular

49:30 | Mar 24th, 2017

An expensive TV ad campaign has been selling Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to the American people. We speak with the group behind the effort. Plus, Trump's accusations of wiretapping may be false, but they remind us that someone is always listen...Show More

Better Know a Justice

23:23 | Mar 22nd, 2017

At his confirmation hearing this week, supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch - according to the New York Times - cast himself as "a humble Westerner, reared on fly-fishing.”   And yet, for all the care put into his biography, Judge Gorsuch also seemed ...Show More

Doesn't Add Up

49:42 | Mar 17th, 2017

The President’s proposed budget seems to prioritize national security over pretty much everything else. We examine how the lowest-income Americans could be affected, and what's missing from the media debate. Also, how the White House might be manipul...Show More

This Is Not a Safe Space

23:27 | Mar 14th, 2017

Earlier this month libertarian political scientist Charles Murray and author of the book “the Bell Curve,” derided by many as a racist take on the relationship between genetics and intelligence, was invited to speak at Middlebury College in Vermont. ...Show More

Seeing Is Believing

50:01 | Mar 10th, 2017

In the 1960s, pollution was a visible, visceral problem, and public pressure led a Republican president to create the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, the GOP wants to slash the agency's budget and roll back "burdensome" environmental regulation...Show More

When the Press Sues Over "Fake News"

09:56 | Mar 8th, 2017

“Fake news.” What began as a description of utterly false articles, fabricated for political advantage or profit, was immediately co-opted by Donald Trump to attack any story or opinion piece in the mainstream media that has the temerity to correct h...Show More

Follow the Money

49:40 | Mar 3rd, 2017

As the Trump-Russia saga continues to unfold, how the Obama administration spent its final days scrambling to preserve evidence of Russian interference in the election. Also, the old Soviet-era art of "kremlinology" is back -- but does it really help...Show More

Smoke & Handcuffs

49:40 | Feb 24th, 2017

With a president who would rather watch TV than receive intelligence briefings, CNN’s Brian Stelter helps unpack the symbiotic relationship between Fox News and the White House. Plus, whether Trump’s new guidelines for mass deportation of undocumente...Show More

Leak State

49:46 | Feb 17th, 2017

Republicans decry the leakers while Democrats applaud them... oh, how the tables have turned. How to make sense of the Flynn affair and revelations about the Trump team's communications with Russia. Plus, the steady stream of information from within ...Show More

Out Like Flynn

08:24 | Feb 15th, 2017

In response to scandals large and small, first the Trump campaign and now the Trump White House has relied on the fact that each successive lie or outrage will be washed over by the next and the next. And its worked. Until now. Bob ponders whether th...Show More

What We Know About the Border

48:24 | Feb 9th, 2017

The Trump administration's so-called "Muslim ban" has created chaos and confusion at airports around the country, but horror stories at the border go back much further than this year. In 2014, we devoted an hour to trying to shred the veil of secrecy...Show More

The Ties That Bind

49:33 | Feb 3rd, 2017

From incendiary phone calls with world leaders to a sloppy military operation in Yemen, a look at what we've learned so far from "the leakiest White House in a very long time." Also, in a week when one journalist was fired for declaring that "objecti...Show More

#PresidentBannon

13:14 | Jan 31st, 2017

WH chief strategist Steve Bannon is credited with influencing the president's every move, from speeches to executive orders. This week it was announced that he will take the place of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff on the National Security ...Show More

New Reality

49:46 | Jan 27th, 2017

The first week of the Trump administration was a frenzy of executive actions, falsehoods, and attacks on the media. Bob goes to the White House to talk with the press corps about how they're handling a moving target. Plus, how Trump's first executive...Show More

Week One

16:04 | Jan 25th, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his boss have had a rough first few days in their new jobs. Historian Martha Joynt Kumar explains that the relationship between the press secretary and the press has always been a tricky one.

Future Tense

49:46 | Jan 20th, 2017

President Trump may be the most vocal with his disdain, but he's hardly the first president to have a rocky relationship with the press. Plus, why the White House press corps is so frustrating for everyone involved, and whether Trump's open animosity...Show More

"Busted" #5: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Poverty in America Edition

22:57 | Jan 17th, 2017

When reporting on poverty, the media fall into familiar traps and pundits make prescriptions that disregard the facts. So, in the fifth and final installment of our series, "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," we present a Breaking News Consumer's Hand...Show More

"Busted" #4: When the Safety Net Doesn't Catch You

26:44 | Jan 17th, 2017

In the fourth installment of our series "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," we examine the strengths and shortcomings of our nation's safety net. Government assistance does help lift millions out of poverty each year -- indeed, without it, poverty wou...Show More

"Busted" #3: Rags to Riches

32:26 | Jan 17th, 2017

In the third installment of our series, "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," we take on one of our country's most fundamental notions: that America is a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all. And we ask why, in spite of a wealth of evid...Show More

"Busted" #2: Who Deserves To Be Poor?

40:43 | Jan 17th, 2017

In the second installment of our series on poverty myths, we trace the history of welfare in America, from aid to widows after the Civil War to Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty to Bill Clinton's pledge to "end welfare as we know it." With the help of ...Show More

"Busted" #1: The Poverty Tour

23:58 | Jan 17th, 2017

Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. The problem has been addressed countless times since the nation’s founding, but it persists, and for the poorest among us, it gets worse. America has not been able to find its way to a sustainabl...Show More

The Game Has Changed

49:47 | Jan 13th, 2017

As tensions between the press and the president-elect continue to mount, a look at why some news outlets chose to publish a salacious but unverified set of allegations about Donald Trump. Plus, how the rules of journalism may change in the Era of Tru...Show More

January Surprise

21:13 | Jan 12th, 2017

For weeks now, journalists have been aware of a document circulating among top officials and the media; it alleges among other things, that Russia has compromising (Kompromat) information on President Elect Donald Trump. But it wasn't until a chain o...Show More

No End In Sight

50:15 | Jan 6th, 2017

British journalist John Cantlie has been a prisoner of ISIS for more than four years. Throughout his captivity, he's been forced to act as a sort of warped foreign correspondent, extolling the virtues of the group in propaganda videos. With every app...Show More

To Thine Own Self Be True

51:38 | Dec 30th, 2016

It's been four hundred years since the death of William Shakespeare, and the Bard is as popular as ever... and just as mysterious. For centuries, a war has raged over the question: who is Shakespeare? We explore how the answer has evolved through the...Show More

Donald Trump is not Hitler

19:06 | Dec 28th, 2016

The Man in the High Castle imagines a world in which the Nazi’s won WWII. James Poniewozik wrote about the show's (unintentional) parallels with today's political reality.

Hurry Up!

51:01 | Dec 23rd, 2016

None of us know what Donald Trump will do once he becomes President Trump. What we do know is what he has said he wants to do and what powers he will have, should he choose to act. That's why activists are urging President Obama to do all that he can...Show More

Michigan's Muckraker

11:55 | Dec 20th, 2016

This week four more officials were charged in the Flint, Michigan water crisis, bringing the total to charged to 13. But the story initially unfolded largely without national attention. State officials denied and dismissed claims that city water was ...Show More

Spy vs. Spy

50:52 | Dec 16th, 2016

The saga over Russian interference in the election has been marked by secrecy, rumor, and contradictory evidence. We try to bring some clarity to a cloudy narrative.  Also, the CIA says Russian hackers deliberately helped Donald Trump win the electio...Show More

The Art of the Follow-Up

17:46 | Dec 14th, 2016

Recently CNN's Jake Tapper asked VPEOTUS Mike Pence the same question over and over again, hoping for an answer. Bob spoke to Tapper back in June about the art of the follow-up.

Imagine That

50:53 | Dec 9th, 2016

The Justice Department just vastly expanded the government’s power to hack into your devices... but you probably haven't heard about it. We examine how this change flew under the radar, and why it could be dangerous. Also, a growing threat to free sp...Show More

The Mistrial of Michael Slager

19:03 | Dec 7th, 2016

After a mistrial this week in the case of Michael Slager, the police officer caught on camera shooting Walter Scott in the back as he ran away, we revisit two interviews we did this summer. Patrisse Cullors is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter and...Show More

Normalize This!

50:09 | Dec 2nd, 2016

We devote this hour to a question put to us pretty much daily since election day: How to cover President Trump?  First, we ask the AP, Univision, NPR, USA Today, and other news outlets about how they are defining a relationship with a president-elect...Show More

How (NOT) to Cover Cuba!

13:18 | Nov 29th, 2016

In 1957, Fidel Castro was believed to be dead -- until New York Times writer Herbert L. Matthews conducted an interview with Castro in the Cuban jungle. Matthews' portrayal of a romantic figure and a promising leader was trusted, until Castro reveale...Show More

Ghosts

50:16 | Nov 25th, 2016

This election season, the media frequently looked to history in an attempt to explain the rise of Donald Trump. We consider how historical parallels don't always serve us well. Plus, revisiting a notorious murder that the press got wrong; the long re...Show More

Thanks for Everything, Bing

09:50 | Nov 23rd, 2016

A few years ago, Brooke spoke with the writer Paul Ford about the remarkable connection between Bing Crosby, magnetic tape, Nazi technology, and the computer hard drive. We're putting it down the podcast feed again this week, just before the Thanksgi...Show More

Unreal

50:06 | Nov 18th, 2016

In the months leading up to the election, some fake news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than real news stories. We consider the landscape of misinformation and how to separate truth from fiction. Plus: Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strat...Show More

When Real Police Shootings Look Nothing Like The Movies

13:35 | Nov 16th, 2016

According to The Washington Post, more than 800 people have been shot and killed by police officers in the United States this year. As videos of many of these shootings-- especially ones depicting confrontations between police officers and black men-...Show More

Wrong Number

50:20 | Nov 11th, 2016

The press didn’t see it coming. Or did they? This week, we examine the role of data – and delusion – in this election. Nate Silver reflects on the promise and pitfalls of polling, and Zachary Karabell discusses how financial indicators gloss over the...Show More

Now What?

17:01 | Nov 10th, 2016

It's the morning after in the offices of On the Media. Usually editorial meetings take place in Brooke's office with Bob dialed in on the conference phone. This week we did it in the studio so you can hear the hosts talk about how they are feeling an...Show More

On Shaky Ground

50:07 | Nov 4th, 2016

The months-long protest against the North Dakota Access Pipeline finally received mainstream attention this week after a misdirection campaign on Facebook, but to what end? Plus, making sense of what you've been told about Russia's role in the electi...Show More

Poor Judgment

50:18 | Oct 28th, 2016

The Trump camp is pointing to "oversampling" in the polls as the latest sign that the election is rigged against him. But the pollsters say that's not how polling works. FiveThirtyEight helps separate the conspiratorial from the commonplace in electi...Show More

FiveThirtyEight presents: The Perot Condundrum

40:45 | Oct 25th, 2016

Ever since his 1992 dark horse candidacy captured nearly 19% of the popular vote, there have been arguments over the real role of Ross Perot. Was he a spoiler candidate, stealing the election from Bush? Did he de-legitimize Clinton's victory by keepi...Show More

The System Is Rigged

50:16 | Oct 21st, 2016

By now you know that Donald Trump likes to claim that the media, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and dead voters are among those rigging the election against him. But he's not the only politician during this campaign to claim the system is manipulated ...Show More

Mike Pesca Goes Back to the Spin Room

11:21 | Oct 20th, 2016

Mike Pesca is the host of Slate's "The Gist." He braved the post-debate spin room again to bring us this report.

Race, Class, and the United States of Anxiety

33:37 | Oct 20th, 2016

In the midst of an election that has exposed deep and sometimes ugly rifts in American society, WNYC and The Nation have partnered for a new podcast series called "The United States of Anxiety." Each week they look to understand how we arrived at thi...Show More

Race to the Bottom

51:44 | Oct 14th, 2016

Donald Trump deflected questions about sexual assault allegations at the second presidential debate by bringing up the ever-looming threat of ISIS. Yet, a new report on the group's dwindling propaganda output suggests ISIS may be losing its grip in t...Show More

The United States of Anxiety

37:43 | Oct 12th, 2016

In the midst of an election that has exposed deep and sometimes ugly rifts in American society, WNYC and The Nation have partnered for a new podcast series called "The United States of Anxiety." Each week they look to understand how we arrived at thi...Show More

Personal Responsibility

50:52 | Oct 7th, 2016

Donald Trump and his surrogates say he's a genius for using the tax code to avoid paying taxes. Does the public agree? We examine the complicated history around fairness and taxes in America. Plus, our series on poverty continues with a look at the n...Show More

OTM Podcast Extra: War, Peace... and Clowns

22:46 | Oct 6th, 2016

In this bite-sized OTM, Bob looks at two important news stories that we won't be able to fit into the full-sized OTM this weekend.  First: this weekend, voters in Colombia rejected a peace agreement with the rebel group FARC. It would have brought to...Show More

Do Better

49:58 | Sep 30th, 2016

Five years into the war in Syria, we examine whether calling the latest horrors "war crimes" will have any effect. Also, why the biggest story following the first presidential debate is about Miss Universe; the un-examined candidacy of Libertarian Ga...Show More

#1: The Poverty Tour

25:27 | Sep 28th, 2016

Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. The problem has been addressed countless times since the nation’s founding, but it persists, and for the poorest among us, it gets worse. America has not been able to find its way to a sustainabl...Show More

Mike Pesca Went to the Spin Room

10:25 | Sep 27th, 2016

Mike Pesca is the host of Slate's "The Gist." He braved the post-debate spin room to bring us this report.

Freedom of Information

49:55 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Three weeks into what’s being called the US’s biggest prison strike ever, very little information has trickled through the razor wire. We examine the challenges of reporting on prisons. Plus, a look at the coverage of protests in Charlotte after a po...Show More

The Short-Fingered Vulgarian!

12:09 | Sep 21st, 2016

Spy magazine coined the term "short-fingered vulgarian" in the 80's to describe Donald Trump and it still really, really annoys him. On this podcast extra, we share a segment from an upcoming show produced by our friends at Studio 360 in which curren...Show More

Damned If You Do...

49:47 | Sep 16th, 2016

This election may be remembered as the moment when a nebulous and formerly obscure white supremacist movement known as the "alt-right" was launched into the mainstream. A look at their ascendancy, their role, and their memes. Plus, fact-checking Hill...Show More