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On the Media

The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Host Brooke Gladstone examines 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.

The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Host Brooke Gladstone examines 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.

 

#120

Seeing Is Believing

With Roe v Wade under threat, some politicians and media outlets are trying to turn the national conversation away from abortion and toward civility. On this week’s On the Media, how the GOP has mastered the art of setting the narrative. Plus, how moral panics surrounding dangerous TikTok trends follow a century-old pattern of blaming new technology for the deviant behavior of teenagers. 1. Paul Waldman [ [@paulwaldman1] (https://twitter.com/paulwaldman1) ], opinion writer for the Washington Post, on Republicans decrying the draft opinion leak and protests to motivate their base ahead of the midterms. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/why-abortion-took-backseat-drama-leak-on-the-media) . 2. Micah Loewinger [ [@MicahLoewinger] (https://twitter.com/MicahLoewinger) ], OTM correspondent, on alarmist news coverage of TikTok challenges and its misleading influence on panicked parents. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/taxonomy-tiktok-panics-on-the-media) 3. Brandy Zadrozny [ [@BrandyZadrozny] (https://twitter.com/BrandyZadrozny) ], senior reporter for NBC News, on the story of Tiffany Dover, and how misinformation about her death fueled anti-vax messaging.  [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/how-nurse-became-face-antivax-campaign-on-the-media) . Music: Fallen Leaves by Marcos Ciscar The Camping Store by Clive Carroll and John Renbourn Coffee Cold by Galt MacDermot Middlesex Times by Michael Andrews  ... Read more

13 May 2022

50 MINS

50:17

13 May 2022


#119

How the Depp v. Heard Trial Became a Meme

This week, we take a look at the latest celebrity trial to ensnare the national attention. Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard, his ex-wife, for defamation, and she’s counter suing him for the same. Depp’s suit takes issue with an op-ed Heard wrote back in 2018 for the Washington Post in which she identifies herself as a survivor of domestic violence. She first came forward with allegations against Depp in 2016. In 2018, Depp sued British tabloid, The Sun, for defamation over headlines that accused him of abuse, but he lost that case. Given the history, you might expect to see fewer headlines over this latest trial. But, not so. The ratings for Court TV, which is broadcasting every moment of the trial, have more than doubled. Pair the live visuals with Depp’s rabid online fanbase, and you’ve got a case being watched billions of times over — in fact, the #JusticeforJohnnyDepp hashtag has upwards of 10 billion views on TikTok and it’s spawned several viral sounds and trends and … comedy sketches. Guest host [Brandy Zadrozny] (https://twitter.com/BrandyZadrozny) asks [EJ Dickson] (https://twitter.com/ejdickson) , senior writer for Rolling Stone, about how pro-Depp coverage of the case took over TikTok, and its consequences. ... Read more

12 May 2022

12 MINS

12:53

12 May 2022


#118

Crime and Punishment

Across news outlets, crime reporting often relies on police sources and incomplete data. On this week’s show, hear how to spot bias in crime stories and what more nuanced coverage looks like. And, the struggle to protect whistleblowers calling out police abuse. Plus, the story of one powerful tabloid that has stymied bail reform for decades. 1. Laura Bennett, the co-author of ​“Freedom, Then the Press: New York Media and Bail Reform,” on how to read a crime story. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/breaking-news-consumers-handbook-crime-edition-on-the-media) 2. Matt Katz [ [@mattkatz00] (https://twitter.com/mattkatz00) ] WNYC reporter, on what bad coverage of bail reform looks like. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/new-york-post-bail-reform-poop-perp-on-the-media) 3. Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project, on how to protect whistleblowers on police misconduct. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/how-protect-whistleblower-rights-on-the-media) 4. Tauhid Chappell [ [@TauhidChappell] (https://twitter.com/TauhidChappell) ], Philadelphia Project Manager for Free Press, on abolishing the crime beat. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/how-center-community-when-covering-crime-on-the-media) ... Read more

06 May 2022

50 MINS

50:00

06 May 2022


#117

The Abortion Underground

This week, OTM presents a story from our colleagues at [The Experiment.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/experiment) There’s a common story about abortion in this country, that people have only two options to intentionally end a pregnancy: the clinic or the coat hanger. They can choose the safe route that’s protected by Roe v. Wade—a doctor in a legal clinic—or, if Roe is overturned, endure a dangerous back-alley abortion, symbolized by the coat hanger. But a close look at the history of abortion in this country shows that there’s much more to this story. As a draft of the majority opinion overruling Roe v. Wade was leaked to the media this week, activists are once again preparing to take abortion into their own hands. Reporter Jessica Bruder explores the abortion underground to learn about the movement’s origins, and reveals how activists today are mobilizing around effective and medically safe abortion methods that can be done at home.  [A transcript of this episode is available. ] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/experiment/episodes/abortion-activists-roe-v-wade-overturn) Further reading:  [“A Covert Network of Activists Is Preparing for the End of Roe”] (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/05/roe-v-wade-overturn-abortion-rights/629366/) ... Read more

04 May 2022

33 MINS

33:18

04 May 2022


#116

Ghost in the Machine

After news broke that Elon Musk is likely to purchase Twitter later this year, the billionaire began sharing a controversial vision for the app. On this week’s On the Media, hear why Musk’s plan to turn Twitter into a so-called free speech platform could spiral out of control and how urban planning can make safer digital spaces. Plus, how science fiction inspired some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful men. 1. Anand Giridharadas [ [@AnandWrites] (https://twitter.com/anandwrites) ], author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, Erika D. Smith [ [@Erika_D_Smith] (https://twitter.com/Erika_D_Smith?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], LA Times columnist, and Natalie Wynn [ [@ContraPoints] (https://twitter.com/ContraPoints?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], YouTuber and political commentator, on the implications and possible outcomes of Elon Musk's potential purchase of Twitter. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/uncertain-future-speech-twitter-on-the-media) .  2. Eli Pariser [ [@elipariser] (https://twitter.com/elipariser?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], co-director of Civic Signals, on how urban planning can manage the problems of social programing to create digital spaces that don't exploit us. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/social-media-urban-planning-on-the-media) .  3. Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and staff writer at the New Yorker, Annalee Newitz [ [@Annaleen] (https://twitter.com/Annaleen?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], former Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo and science fiction author, and Gene Seymour [ [@GeneSeymour] (https://twitter.com/geneseymour?lang=en) ], longtime cultural critic, on tech moguls' obsession with science fiction. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/origins-metaverse-science-fiction-on-the-media2) .  ... Read more

29 Apr 2022

49 MINS

49:19

29 Apr 2022


#115

Dead End

On this week's podcast extra we present episode 1 of a new series from our colleague, Nancy Solomon. She’s our New Jersey specialist at WNYC and she’s got quite the tale to tell. It’s about a murder on a Jersey cul de sac that was never solved. And it involves some of the most powerful people in the state. It’s even got a waterfront land deal. It’s sort of like Chinatown meets American Hustle. It’s a seven episode podcast, and we think you’ll like it. Listen and subscribe here:  [https://link.chtbl.com/M_a20dat?sid=otmwebsite] (https://link.chtbl.com/M_a20dat?sid=otmwebsite) ... Read more

27 Apr 2022

30 MINS

30:27

27 Apr 2022


#114

Work Work Work Work Work

Checking in on the so-called Great Resignation. On this week’s On The Media, hear why the trend is a logical response to the cult of work. Plus, when technology makes our jobs harder, maybe being a 'luddite' isn't such a bad thing.  1. Sarah Jaffe [ [@sarahljaffe] (https://twitter.com/sarahljaffe?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], journalist and author of Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone, on how love and meaning became intertwined with our jobs. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/why-work-wont-love-you-back-on-the-media2?_=9d7aa8d4&content_type_id=24&object_id=1197984&token=015fe5560378b8a58d1d9ea1aa72fff0) . 2. Anne Helen-Peterson [ [@annehelen] (https://twitter.com/annehelen) ], writer and journalist, and Charlie Warzel [ [@cwarzel] (https://twitter.com/cwarzel) ], contributing writer at The Atlantic, on how technology is—or, dramatically is not — making life easier at work. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/promise-and-perils-remote-work-on-the-media2?_=7c251dd3&content_type_id=24&object_id=1197979&token=7f6cf62892aa31cb41924e9fdecd02a7) . 3. Gavin Mueller [ [@gavinmuellerphd] (https://twitter.com/gavinmuellerphd) ], assistant professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, on what modern lessons can be learned from the Luddite workers of 19th century England. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/lessons-luddites-on-the-media2?_=186b8b30&content_type_id=24&object_id=1197983&token=eba0e9d1820d06b3994bc9d5e24ceaad) . Music from this week's show: Sign and Sigil by John ZornBROKE by Modest MouseMiddlesex Times by Michael AndrewsBlues by La Dolce vita Dei NobiliLiquid Spear Waltz by Michael AndrewsStolen Moments by Ahmed Jamal Trio ... Read more

22 Apr 2022

50 MINS

50:12

22 Apr 2022


#113

The Holiday You May Have Missed

International Workers' Day is celebrated with rallies and protests all over the world on May 1, but it's not a big deal in the United States. Back in 2018, Brooke spoke with  [Donna Haverty-Stacke of Hunter College, CUNY] (http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/history/faculty/donna-haverty-stacke)  about the American origin of May Day — and about how it has come to be forgotten. The first national turnout for worker's rights in the U.S. was on May 1, 1886; contrary to what you may have heard elsewhere, it wasn't the same thing as the Haymarket Affair. Haverty-Stacke is also author of  [America’s Forgotten Holiday: May Day and Nationalism, 1867–1960] (https://nyupress.org/books/9780814737057/) , and she explains that the fight over May 1, or May Day, is also about the fight for American identity and what it means to be radical and patriotic at the same time.   The OTM crew (in 2018) sings "Into The Streets May First," a never-before-professionally-recorded 1935 Aaron Copland anthem:   ... Read more

20 Apr 2022

17 MINS

17:49

20 Apr 2022


#112

How Cassettes Changed the World

Cassette tapes mostly gather dust these days. But back in their heyday, they fundamentally changed how we communicate, in ways we’re still making sense of today. On this week’s On the Media, hear how the cassette tape fueled the Iranian revolution, helped pierce the Iron Curtain, and put human connection in the palm of our hands. 1. Simon Goodwin on his innovation to broadcast computer software over the radio back in 1983. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/how-cassette-tape-helped-create-internet-on-the-media2?_=3432d48e&content_type_id=24&object_id=1197972&token=5657f84916d5f1e4688dcc4757e3a5ee) . 2. Computer programmer Fuxoft explains his role in 'Sneakernet,' which saw pirated material of all types smuggled into 1980s Czechoslovakia via cassette tape. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/did-cassettes-help-bring-down-iron-curtain-on-the-media2?_=595f6d73&content_type_id=24&object_id=1197974&token=827bb441ede63488bc8efb3662a1e5cf) . 3. The role of cassette tapes in the Iranian Revolution. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/tapes-sparked-iranian-revolution-on-the-media2?_=e4a66bf&content_type_id=24&object_id=1197975&token=ab5d9ea36c4e55b938afe38c451f05f3) . This episode was reported, produced, scored and sound designed for Radiolab by Simon Adler with original music throughout by Simon. Top tier reporting and production assistance was provided by Eli Cohen. ... Read more

15 Apr 2022

51 MINS

51:00

15 Apr 2022


#111

It's Tax Season!

Few clichés are as well-worn, and grounded in reality, as the dread many Americans feel towards doing their taxes and the loathing they have for the IRS. But as much as the process is despised, relatively little is known about how it could be improved. Pro Publica's  [Jessica Huseman] (https://twitter.com/jessicahuseman)  said that's largely because  [tax prep companies keep it that way] (https://www.propublica.org/article/filing-taxes-could-be-free-simple-hr-block-intuit-lobbying-against-it) . Brooke spoke to Huseman in 2017 about what an improved system might look like and how tax prep companies work to thwart any such changes. One of the primary roadblocks to change, said Huseman, is an organization called the  [Free File Alliance,] (https://freefilealliance.org/)  a public-private partnership whereby private tax companies agree to provide a free service for most Americans in exchange for the IRS not offering any such service itself. Brooke spoke with  [Tim Hugo] (http://timhugo.com/) , Executive Director of the Free File Alliance, about whether it is really the best way to help American taxpayers. ... Read more

13 Apr 2022

09 MINS

09:55

13 Apr 2022


#110

Our Unfinished Pandemic

Congress is threatening to cut billions in COVID aid even as a new variant emerges. On this week’s On the Media, how our policy debate reveals an indifference for long COVID disabilities and death on a staggering scale. And, how that apathy tracks with a pattern of past pandemics. Plus, a look at the novelist Kurt Vonnegut’s theory of storytelling, and what it tells us about why so many Americans have stopped paying attention to the virus. Ed Yong [ [@edyong209] (https://twitter.com/edyong209) ], staff writer at The Atlantic, on why mass deaths from COVID have failed to provoke a strong political and social reckoning. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/pandemic-death-covid-normal) . Laura Spinney, [ [@lfspinney] (https://twitter.com/lfspinney) ], author and science journalist on how pandemics have historically disabled people, and what this teaches us about Covid long-haulers. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/why-we-should-have-seen-long-covid-coming-on-the-media) . Micah Loewinger [ [@MicahLoewinger] (http://www.wnycstudios.org/twitter.com/MicahLoewinger) ], OTM correspondent, on how to make sense of Covid's ever-changing plot, using Kurt Vonnegut's theory of "the shapes of stories."  [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/kurt-vonnegut-and-shape-pandemic2) . Music:Agnus Dei by Martin PalmeriLove Theme from Spartacus by Fred HerschPassing Time by John RenbournMisterioso by Kronos QuartetBewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by Brad Mehldau Trio     ... Read more

08 Apr 2022

53 MINS

53:12

08 Apr 2022


#109

New Variant on the Block

Hey waddayaknow? There are more variants in the news. Back when Omicron was first making headlines at the end of last year, we made a Breaking News Consumer's Handbooks: Variant Edition. Brooke spoke to  [Katherine J. Wu] (https://twitter.com/KatherineJWu?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) , a staff writer at The Atlantic who covers science, to review the steps a news consumer can take to stay informed minus the anxiety.  Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Variant Edition (Andrea Latimer/WNYC) For a linkable text equivalent, a pdf version is available  [here.] (https://media.wnyc.org/media/resources/2021/Dec/03/BNCH_VARIANT_EDITION_accessible_optimized.pdf) This is a segment from our December 3rd, 2021 program,  [Pigeon With A Mustache] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/pigeon-with-a-mustache-on-the-media) . ... Read more

06 Apr 2022

16 MINS

16:24

06 Apr 2022


#108

Still Armed, Still Dangerous

More than a month into Putin’s invasion, Ukrainian resistance has proved mightier than the Russian leader seems to have anticipated. On this week’s On the Media, hear how Russia is following the well-established American track record of entering wars without plans for ending them. Plus, a sober look at Russia’s nuclear strategy. And, how the threat of nuclear apocalypse has shaped American culture since World War II. Then, a look at the 1983 made-for-TV film that spurred a national conversation about disarmament.  1. Gideon Rose, author of How Wars End, on what Russia should've learned from America's misadventures in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/more-accurate-russian-nuclear-on-the-media) . 2. Kristin Ven Bruusgaard[ [@KBruusgaard] (https://twitter.com/kbruusgaard?lang=en) ], postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo, on the actual threat of Russia's nuclear arsenal. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/more-accurate-russian-nuclear-on-the-media) . 3. Alex Wellerstein [ [@wellerstein] (https://twitter.com/wellerstein) ], historian of science at Stevens Institute of Technology, on why the threat of nuclear apocalypse can be hard to comprehend. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/history-nuclear-threats-faults-and-fears-on-the-media) .  4. Marsha Gordon [ [@MarshaGGordon] (https://twitter.com/MarshaGGordon) ], professor of film studies at North Carolina State University, on one of the most important films about nukes. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/day-after-new-generation-on-the-media) . Music: Sacred Oracle by John Zorn Horizon by Thomas NewmanIn The Bath by Randy NewmanLa Vie En Rose by Toots ThielemansGormenghast by John ZornWhite Lotus Theme by Cristobal Tapia De Veer99 Luftballoons by Nena ... Read more

01 Apr 2022

52 MINS

52:59

01 Apr 2022


#107

The Simpsons in a Time of Nuclear War

A new poll this week from AP-NORC found that when asked, close to half of Americans say they are very concerned that Russia would directly target the U.S. with nuclear weapons, and an additional 3 in 10 are somewhat concerned. Given that Vladimir Putin put his nuclear forces on high alert at the start of his invasion of Ukraine, and with the rhetoric heating up as the war continues, it's hardly surprising that people are worried.  All the talk of nukes got us thinking about a segment from a few years back in which Brooke spoke to playwright Anne Washburn, about her work  [Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play] (http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/15164/mr-burns-a-post-electric-play) . In it she imagines a world that has been devastated by a nuclear incident and how the remaining civilization would process the destruction over time...by retelling an episode of The Simpsons and about what the episode's evolution over the decades says about society's need for stories and about the role of comedy in the face of tragedy. Excerpts taken from the 2013 production at Playwrights Horizons, directed by Steve Cosson, and a 2017 production at Amherst Regional High School, directed by Nathan Baron-Silvern. Music by Michael Friedman. ... Read more

30 Mar 2022

17 MINS

17:50

30 Mar 2022


#106

All the World's a Stage

This week’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson were filled with dog whistles and distractions. On our latest episode, hear how Republicans are using rhetoric about pedophiles to discredit their opponents. Plus, the story of an American author who learned and unlearned Putin’s myth about Ukrainian nazification. 1. Melissa Gira Grant [ [@melissagira] (https://twitter.com/melissagira) ], staff writer at The New Republic, on the cruel new Republican buzzword: "grooming." [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/republicans-dog-whistle-on-the-media) . 2. Lili Loofbourow [ [@Millicentsomer] (https://twitter.com/Millicentsomer) ], staff writer at Slate, on the eerie experience of watching Zelesnsky act in the television show, "Servant of the People" and more. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/zelenskys-character-on-the-media) . 3. OTM presents a story from The Experiment, featuring Franklin Foer [ [@franklinfoer] (https://twitter.com/FranklinFoer) ], on his family's debt to Ukrainians. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/one-american-familys-debt-ukraine-on-the-media) . Music: Sarabande (Barry Lyndon OST) by National Philharmonic OrchestraGerman Lullaby by The KiboomersJuliet of the Spirits (Main Theme) by Nino RotaHeroes by David BowieLost, Night by Bill Frisell ... Read more

25 Mar 2022

51 MINS

51:06

25 Mar 2022


#105

A Handy Guide to How the Supreme Court Works

The Supreme Court is an opaque and difficult to understand institution. Luckily, drawing on the expertise of seasoned SCOTUS reporters, we've put together a handy guide for the discerning news consumer to make sense of the court, its decisions, and its coverage. Song: "Jeopardy! (Theme and Variations)" by the Resonance Flute Consort ... Read more

23 Mar 2022

15 MINS

15:57

23 Mar 2022


#104

We Were Warned

As the horrific violence in Ukraine escalates, the global far-right is justifying Russia’s invasion with outlandish conspiracy theories. On this week’s On the Media, guest host [Matt Katz] (https://twitter.com/mattkatz00?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) digs into one viral lie that went mainstream. Plus, how internet sleuths are collecting digital evidence of alleged Russian war crimes to be used in international courts. And, we hear from the author of a new book about four foreign correspondents who shaped early American coverage of World War II. 1. Ben Collins [ [@oneunderscore__] (https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__) ], senior reporter with NBC News, on the viral Ukrainian "bioweapon labs" conspiracy theory. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/why-ukrainian-biolabs-lie-went-viral-on-the-media) 2. Eliot Higgins [ [@EliotHiggins] (https://twitter.com/EliotHiggins?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], founder of Bellingcat, on how his organization uses open source investigations to track alleged Russian war crimes. And Alexa Koenig [ [@KAlexaKoenig] (https://twitter.com/KAlexaKoenig?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law, on how such digital evidence may be used by future war crime tribunals. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/war-crimes-tribunals-digital-age-on-the-media) 4. Deborah Cohen [ [@DeborahACohen] (https://twitter.com/deborahacohen) ], professor of history at Northwestern University, on her new book about four foreign correspondents who sounded the alarm on WWII. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/reporters-who-saw-world-war-two-coming-on-the-media) . ... Read more

18 Mar 2022

50 MINS

50:25

18 Mar 2022


#103

The Death of Historical Memory in Russia

Russia's Memorial International maintained an archive whose purpose was to amass and preserve the  [crimes against humanity] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimes_against_humanity)  committed in the  [Soviet Union] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Union) . On March 3rd it was closed down by order of the Kremlin. It was only a month ago that we first aired this piece about the threats to the archive, but already the information and media landscape in Russia is unrecognizable. Unknown numbers of journalists have fled draconian new laws that could land them in prison for 15 years for contradicting the party line on the war in Ukraine and state controlled media has has tightened its stranglehold l of the airwaves. In the chaos of the past few weeks, Memorial’s closing was - tragically, just another data point…another nail in the coffin for truth seekers.  OTM producer  [Molly Schwartz] (https://twitter.com/mollyfication)  - who was in Moscow but has since left, visited Memorial International and spoke with archivist Nikita Lomakin about the importance of preserving Russia’s oldest Human Rights organization. In this piece, Molly also interviews historian Ivan Kurilla, author of  [The Battle for the Past: How Politics Changes History] (https://russia-on-line.com/en/politics/518814-bitva-za-proshloe-kak-politika-meniaet-istoriiu-the-battle-for-the-past-how-politics-changes-history--9785961472455.html) , about how the attacks on the archive resonate with Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This is a segment from our February 11, 2022 program  [I’m No Expert.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/on-the-media-no-expert)   ... Read more

16 Mar 2022

14 MINS

14:17

16 Mar 2022


#102

The Escape

The refugee crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may be the fastest-growing displacement of people in Europe since World War II. On this week’s On the Media, hear the story of an internet community that guided an influencer and his family through the warzone. Plus, how Russia’s draconian anti-press laws have driven journalists out of the country. 1. Michael Wasiura [ [@michael_wasiura] (https://twitter.com/michael_wasiura) ], writer and former pundit, on how his role giving the American perspective on Russian state TV became obsolete and what he's doing now. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/when-russian-tv-cancels-on-the-media) . 2. Alexey Kovalev [ [@Alexey__Kovalev] (https://twitter.com/Alexey__Kovalev) ], investigative editor at Meduza, on his experience fleeing Russia after the Kremlin tightened it's grip on information about the war, choking out independent media. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/how-meduza-adapting-kremlins-crackdown-free-speech-on-the-media) .  3. Micah Loewinger [ [@MicahLoewinger] (https://twitter.com/MicahLoewinger?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], OTM correspondent, on the Ukrainian Twitch streamer who used his virtual military skills and online community to get his family to safety when the invasion began. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/escape-tarkov-on-the-media) .  Music:Frail as a Breeze by Erik FriedlanderGlass House (End Title) by David BergeaudTime is Late  by Marcos Ciscar Horizon 12.2 by Thomas NewmanPeace Piece (Bill Evans) by Kronos Quartet ... Read more

11 Mar 2022

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11 Mar 2022


#101

The Kremlin's M.O.

This is a piece we first ran last September. It's reported by OTM producer Molly Schwartz who until the war in Ukraine started was a fellow on a journalism program in Moscow. Molly’s recounted for us the effects of a bizarre and cumbersome law - one of the many tactics used by the Kremlin to silence dissenting voices.  Following widespread protests across Russia last year in support of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny, Putin's government has engaged in a wave of crackdowns on dissent,  [expelling] (https://www.dw.com/en/dmitry-gudkov-we-have-a-choice-between-exile-and-jaii/a-57866581)  and  [imprisoning] (https://www.reuters.com/world/russia-raids-home-detained-open-russia-opposition-group-leader-2021-06-01/)  opposition leaders, and shutting down  [independent news outlets] (https://cpj.org/2021/07/russian-authorities-ban-investigative-outlet-proekt-as-undesirable-classify-staff-as-foreign-agents/) . They've also, since April 2021, added 30 Russian journalists or news outlets to the government's list of  ["foreign agents."] (https://minjust.gov.ru/ru/documents/7755/)   Journalists or news organizations who are labeled as "foreign agents" don't have to to shut down or stop publishing. Instead, they have to jump through various bureaucratic hoops — like reporting all their income and expenses to the Ministry of Justice (to be publicly posted on its website), and, perhaps most Kafkaesque of all, including a 24-word legal disclaimer on top of everything they publish. This includes every article, every advertisement, every tweet, every Instagram story, every response to a friend's comment on social media.  This is a segment from our September 24th, 2021 program,  [The Subversion Playbook] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/the-subversion-playbook-on-the-media) . ... Read more

09 Mar 2022

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09 Mar 2022