On the Media podcast

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

What Bush v. Gore Revealed About Contested Elections

On this week’s On the Media we revisit another fraught moment in American democracy: the contested  election between Al Gore and George W. Bush in 2000. Hear about the extraordinary legal battle that ensued, and what it can teach us about partisan politics today.  [Leon Neyfakh] (https://prologueprojects.com/shows) , host of the podcast [Fiasco] (https://www.audible.com/es_US/podcast/Fiasco-Vigilante/B0C6RBLCV2?qid=1689192359&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=83218cca-c308-412f-bfcf-90198b687a2f&pf_rd_r=VE87BZT8SZJ9PJPHETEY&pageLoadId=OXZfhWb9vK5AfpKt&creativeId=0d6f6720-f41c-457e-a42b-8c8dceb62f2c) , takes us back in time to witness how the Gore and Bush campaigns fought for recounts; how “chads” and “military ballots” became central to the contest; and the role of the so-called Brooks Brothers riot. Further listening: --- [Fiasco: Bush v Gore] (https://luminarypodcasts.com/listen/leon-neyfakh/fiasco/bush-v-gore-no-precedent/549c2b5e-d9e5-4ee0-9300-68eea7473ad7?country=US) On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

17 May 2024

50 MINS

50:47

17 May 2024


#119

The Story Behind Biden’s New Tariffs

This week, President Biden announced major new tariffs on $18 billion worth of imports from China. The goods that will be affected include batteries, steel, aluminum, and semiconductors. Tariffs on electric vehicles will go up from  25 percent to 100 percent. These new tariffs signal a reversal from Biden’s messaging on tariffs during the 2020 campaign, and also a reversal of a decades-long consensus in Washington that lower tariffs are better for the American economy. To understand how we got here, Micah spoke with Gordon Hanson, an economist and a co-director of the Reimagining the Economy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Further reading: --- [Help for the Heartland? The Employment and Electoral Effects of the Trump Tariffs in the United States] (https://economics.mit.edu/sites/default/files/2024-01/Help%20for%20the%20Heartland%20-%20The%20Employment%20and%20Electoral%20Effects%20of%20the%20Trump%20Tariffs%20in%20the%20United%20States.pdf) --- [Washington’s New Trade Consensus] (https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/washingtons-new-trade-consensus-hanson-lighthizer) On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

15 May 2024

31 MINS

31:22

15 May 2024


#118

What the Media Get Wrong About Campus Protests

In reports about pro-Palestinian college encampments, comparisons to the anti-war demonstrations of 1968 abound. On this week’s On the Media, hear how historical analogies distract us from what makes today’s protests unique. Plus, a reporter debunks a theory that Bill Gates is somehow funding campus activism. [01:09] Host Micah Loewinger speaks with [Danielle K. Brown] (https://www.daniellekbrown.com/) , a journalism professor at Michigan State university, about how coverage has detracted focus from students’ demands for universities to cut ties with Israel. Plus, [Rick Perlstein] (https://prospect.org/topics/rick-perlstein/) , a columnist at The American Prospect, says reporters’ fondness for drawing parallels with 1968 has obscured the singularity of today’s encampments. [16:54] Micah continues the conversation about pro-Palestinian protest coverage with [Andrew Perez] (https://www.rollingstone.com/author/andrew-perez/) , senior politics editor at Rolling Stone. They explore the inaccurate reporting on “outside agitators” and funding sources of campus demonstrations. [31:38] Micah speaks with [Oren Persico] (https://www.the7eye.org.il/writer/oren-persico) , a staff writer at [The Seventh Eye] (https://www.the7eye.org.il/topic/the-seventh-eye-in-english) , about how current events like a potential Israeli invasion of Rafah and the ongoing Israel-Hamas ceasefire negotiations are being covered by Israeli media. Further reading / listening: --- [Media coverage of campus protests tends to focus on the spectacle, rather than the substance] (https://theconversation.com/media-coverage-of-campus-protests-tends-to-focus-on-the-spectacle-rather-than-the-substance-229172) by Danielle K. Brown --- [The New Anti-Antisemitism] (https://prospect.org/politics/2024-05-08-new-anti-antisemitism-college-protests-gaza/) by Rick Perlstein --- [‘Politico’ Misses Mark in Story on Who’s Funding Pro-Palestine Protests Against Biden] (https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/politico-israel-palestine-protests-biden-gates-1235015478/) by Andrew Perez --- [Will Israel shut down Al Jazeera] (https://www.the7eye.org.il/501761) by Oren Persico On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

10 May 2024

50 MINS

50:47

10 May 2024


#117

Revisiting a Conversation with Paul Auster

Last week, news broke that writer Paul Auster died from complications related to lung cancer. The New York Times called him “the patron saint of literary Brooklyn;” elsewhere he was dubbed "the dean of American postmodernists." He was the author of many novels such as The New York Trilogy, and he wrote screenplays, memoirs, and nonfiction, including Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane. He was also a long-time friend of Brooke and her husband Fred Kaplan — they lived a few blocks away from each other in their Brooklyn neighborhood. In November of 2021, Paul Auster walked over to Brooke’s home studio to talk about Stephen Crane.   On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

08 May 2024

24 MINS

24:49

08 May 2024


#116

How to Read a President, with Carlos Lozada, Vinson Cunningham, and Curtis Sittenfeld

When politicians publish their autobiographies, often they reveal more than intended. On this week’s On the Media, find out how one reporter sifts through political memoirs for truths about politicians and the people they lead. Plus, in vivid detail, a novelist imagines the private lives of former presidents. [01:00] Host Brooke Gladstone speaks with Carlos Lozada, New York Times Opinion columnist and a co-host of the weekly “Matter of Opinion” podcast. Lozada explains how he mines political memoirs for deeper understanding of our political figures by examining what they include and what they omit.[16:59] Brooke speaks with Vinson Cunningham, author of the new novel Great Expectations. Cunningham, who is now a theater critic at The New Yorker, worked on the 2008 Obama campaign and later in the White House. Great Expectations is inspired by that time in his life, and the difficult-to-read candidate for the presidency.[35:19] Brooke interviews novelist Curtis Sittenfeld about her exploration of the minds of political figures through fiction, first in American Wife (inspired by Laura Bush) and next in Rodham, which considers what Hilary Clinton’s life would have looked like if she had never married Bill. They discuss the questions that led Sittenfeld to write those novels and why fiction based on real people makes readers so uncomfortable — especially the sex scenes. Further reading: --- [The Washington Book] (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Washington-Book/Carlos-Lozada/9781668050736) by Carlos Lozada --- [Great Expectations ] (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/690565/great-expectations-by-vinson-cunningham/) by Vinson Cunningham --- [American Wife] (https://bookshop.org/p/books/american-wife-curtis-sittenfeld/11725680?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjw88yxBhBWEiwA7cm6pTBJZylrfSkmKakhgYJ60Y-oDs9gYs-PBvObh0Nk1Uxbo46pAukpORoCwo4QAvD_BwE) and [Rodham] (https://bookshop.org/p/books/rodham-curtis-sittenfeld/14448619?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwrcKxBhBMEiwAIVF8rMBFh7xnV1uNy2k7OS2a0B28cxvzJsR44UC_pnf9a4hDE7hAz7-rzhoCYdEQAvD_BwE) by Curtis Sittenfeld On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

03 May 2024

50 MINS

50:53

03 May 2024


#115

'The Three Body Problem' And the Rise of Chinese Science Fiction

Chinese science fiction has gone from a niche, underground genre to the country's hottest new export. On Saturday, at the 8th China Science Fiction Conference hosted in Beijing, an animated presenter unveiled graphs detailing the meteoric rise of the genre, claiming that China had raked in nearly $16 billion in revenue from its sci-fi industry in 2023. And in late March, an adaptation of one of China's  biggest cultural exports, ' [The Three Body Problem] (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765382030/thethreebodyproblem) ,' premiered on Netflix. The show, based on a book by Liu Cixin, follows a group of modern-day scientists battling an alien invasion, triggered by one cataclysmic decision made by an aggrieved physicist during the Cultural Revolution in China. The show garnered roughly 15.6 million views in its first week.  But the seed of this science fiction craze was first planted in 2008, with the publication of the book, which quickly became an unexpected global phenomenon. The book and its two sequels have exceeded the total sales of all literary works exported by China so far — thus piquing the interest of the Chinese government. For the midweek podcast, host Brooke Gladstone speaks with [Jing Tsu] (https://complit.yale.edu/people/jing-tsu) , professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures & Comparative Literature at Yale, about the rise of science fiction in China as a soft power tool, the genre's complicated relationship with the Chinese government, and its evolution through the twentieth century. On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

01 May 2024

19 MINS

19:00

01 May 2024


#114

How Not to Cover the Trump Trials. Plus, the Latest Push To Defund NPR

Trump is back in court for his hush money trial hearing, and his immunity case was argued at the Supreme Court. On this week’s On the Media, hear what gets lost in the blow-by-blow coverage of Trump’s legal woes. Plus, an essay from a former NPR editor has lawmakers calling to cut funding to the public radio network. [01:10] Host Brooke Gladstone speaks with [Dahlia Lithwick] (https://slate.com/author/dahlia-lithwick) , who covers the courts for Slate and hosts the podcast [Amicus] (https://slate.com/podcasts/amicus) , about her frustration with pundits' obsession with solving political problems involving Trump with the law.  [15:14] Host Micah Loewinger speaks with [Kelly McBride] (https://www.npr.org/people/831682772/kelly-mcbride) , NPR’s public editor, about the push to ‘defund NPR’ sparked by a former NPR editor’s essay and whether his points have any salience.  [32:59] Brooke continues the conversation about NPR with [Alicia Montgomery] (https://slate.com/author/alicia-montgomery) , vice president of audio at Slate and former editor at NPR. They explore the real problems brewing at the public radio network. Further reading / listening: --- [The Law Alone Cannot Curb Donald Trump’s Lawlessness] (https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2024/01/donald-trump-trials-not-enough.html) --- [The relentless focus on Gaza] (https://www.npr.org/sections/publiceditor/2024/04/17/1245346337/the-relentless-focus-on-gaza) --- [The Real Story Behind NPR’s Current Problems] (https://slate.com/business/2024/04/npr-diversity-public-broadcasting-radio.html) On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

26 Apr 2024

50 MINS

50:41

26 Apr 2024


#113

A War Photographer Watches Alex Garland's 'Civil War'

Alex Garland's new film, ' [Civil War] (https://a24films.com/films/civil-war) ,' debuted at no. 1 at the box office earlier this month, and  follows four journalists on a road trip from New York City to D.C. in the midst of societal collapse. The beating heart of the film is Lee, a veteran photojournalist played by Kirsten Dunst, who's determined to interview the president as his administration is on the verge of collapse to rebel forces.  [Lynsey Addario] (https://www.lynseyaddario.com/) is an award-winning photojournalist who has covered humanitarian crises abroad for over two decades, including the ongoing war in Ukraine, and  conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. For the midweek pod, Brooke Gladstone speaks with [Addario] (https://www.lynseyaddario.com/) about her real-life experience covering wars abroad, and how accurately the film depicts what it's like to report amidst a dangerous war.  On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

24 Apr 2024

23 MINS

23:07

24 Apr 2024


#112

Meet the Media Prophets Who Preach Christian Supremacy. Plus, Journalism in ‘Civil War’

Former president Trump says he wants to make America pray again. On this week’s On the Media, hear how Christian nationalism is shaping American politics. Plus, what the new film Civil War has to say about the role of journalism when civilizing norms have broken down.  [01:08] Host Brooke Gladstone speaks with [Matthew D. Taylor] (https://icjs.org/people/matthew-d-taylor/) , scholar at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, & Jewish Studies in Baltimore and author of the forthcoming book, [The Violent Take It by Force: The Christian Movement That Is Threatening Our Democracy] (https://www.broadleafbooks.com/store/product/9781506497785/The-Violent-Take-It-by-Force) . They discuss different strains of Christian nationalism — from the sentimental view of America as a Christian nation, to the desire to uphold Christian supremacy. Plus, how the phenomenon has shaped American politics for centuries. [17:42] Brooke continues her conversation with [Matthew D. Taylor] (https://www.broadleafbooks.com/store/product/9781506497785/The-Violent-Take-It-by-Force) . Taylor introduces Brooke to the world of independent charismatic Christianity and its media, where an extreme form of Christian nationalism has taken root. Plus, the Christian leaders who stoked violence on January 6th. [35:27] Brooke speaks with [Zack Beauchamp] (https://www.vox.com/authors/zack-beauchamp) , senior correspondent at Vox, about Alex Garland’s new film [Civil War] (https://a24films.com/films/civil-war) , the power it derives from avoiding ideological warfare, and what it reveals about the role of journalism during complete civil collapse. Further reading / listening: --- [How the Alabama IVF Ruling Was Influenced by Christian Nationalism] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/how-alabama-ivf-ruling-was-influenced-christian-nationalism-on-the-media) --- [Christian Nationalism (Un)Defined] (https://icjs.org/events/christian-nationalism-undefined/) --- [“Civil War” has little to say about America — but a lot to say about war] (https://www.vox.com/politics/24127680/civil-war-review-alex-garland-polarization-violence) On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

19 Apr 2024

50 MINS

50:44

19 Apr 2024


#111

Happy Bicycle Day!

April 19th, which is this Friday, marks an odd holiday known as Bicycle Day — the day, now 81 years ago, when Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann rode his bike home from work after dosing himself with his lab concoction, lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD. The first acid trip. Hofmann’s wobbly ride is what launches us into an exploration of a moment, when Ken Kesey, an evangelist of acid would emerge from a Menlo Park hospital lab, and plow through the nation’s gray flannel culture in a candy colored bus. Some know Kesey as the enigmatic author behind One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — others, as the driving force in [The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test] (http://www.tomwolfe.com/koolaid.html) , [Tom Wolfe’s] (http://www.tomwolfe.com/bio.html)  seminal work in New Journalism. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of Acid Test, Brooke speaks with Wolfe and writer  [River Donaghey] (https://www.riverdonaghey.com/) about how acid shaped Kesey, spawned the book and de-normalized American conformity. Songs: [Holidays B by Ib Glindemann] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGPCxUdfH_g) [Im Glück by Neu!] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLthiqkvO4w) [Apache '65 by Davie Allan and the Arrows] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-28X06cLRw) [Selections from "The Acid Tests Reels" by The Merry Pranksters & The Grateful Dead] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHqCAY6AElE&t=2170s) [Alicia by Los Monstruos] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBvdwRLucf0) [The Days Between by The Grateful Dead (Live 6/24/95)] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5-KFneP7E0)   On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

17 Apr 2024

21 MINS

21:42

17 Apr 2024


#110

The Rise and Fall of Alt-Weeklies, and Backpage.com vs The Feds

New York City’s alternative weekly newspaper, The Village Voice, birthed a generation of legendary writers. On this week’s On the Media, how the Voice transformed journalism and what’s being lost as alt-weeklies across the country die off. Plus, why the feds brought America’s most controversial alt-weekly mogul to court. [02:17] Host Micah Loewinger speaks with [Tricia Romano] (https://triciaromano.com/) , author of [The Freaks Came Out to Write] (https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/tricia-romano/the-freaks-came-out-to-write/9781541736399/) , about the early days of The Village Voice, including one reporter’s mission to stop Robert Moses and its revolutionary music section.  [15:09] Micah continues his conversation with Tricia Romano, getting into the Voice’s sale to Rupert Murdoch, the tensions within the paper, and how Craigslist led to its ultimate demise. [29:11] An alt-weekly mogul, Mike Lacey, became the Larry Flynt of the internet age. The hosts of the new Audible show [Hold Fast] (https://www.audible.com/pd/Hold-Fast-Audiobook/B0CYNFZVXY) conducted a series of interviews with Lacey to tell the story of the alt-weekly chain’s rise and fall.  Further reading / listening: --- [The Freaks Came Out to Write: The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radical Paper That Changed American Culture] (https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/tricia-romano/the-freaks-came-out-to-write/9781541736399/) --- [Hold Fast: The Unadulterated Story of the World’s Most Scandalous Website] (https://www.audible.com/pd/Hold-Fast-Audiobook/B0CYNFZVXY) On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

12 Apr 2024

51 MINS

51:47

12 Apr 2024


#109

How The Village Voice Changed Journalism

The Village Voice, founded in 1955, is widely credited as the first alternative weekly newspaper, or alt-weekly. The big show this week is all about the rise and fall of the alt-weekly—the type of off-beat, fearless publication that, once-upon-a-time, you could pick up on a street corner in cities across the country. For the mid-week podcast, Micah interviewed [Tricia Romano] (https://triciaromano.com/) , the author of a new oral history titled, [The Freaks Came Out To Write: ] (https://www.perseusbooks.com/titles/tricia-romano/the-freaks-came-out-to-write/9781541736399/) [The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radical Paper that Changed American Culture] (https://www.perseusbooks.com/titles/tricia-romano/the-freaks-came-out-to-write/9781541736399/) . Their conversation about this legendary New York publication was wide-ranging, and too long for the radio. And too profane for the radio. So we’re bringing you a longer, uncensored version here. Don’t listen to this one with kids. On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

10 Apr 2024

44 MINS

44:14

10 Apr 2024


#108

Warring Narratives Around UNRWA. Plus, Media Bets on Sports Gambling

President Joe Biden is calling for a ceasefire in Gaza as famine looms. On this week’s On the Media, hear how warring media narratives have jeopardized UNRWA, the largest humanitarian aid organization in the region. Plus, what the explosion in sports gambling means for the future of sports journalism.  1. Mehul Srivastava [ [@MehulAtLarge] (https://twitter.com/MehulAtLarge) ], Financial Times correspondent, and Chris Van Hollen [ [@ChrisVanHollen] (https://twitter.com/ChrisVanHollen) ], US Senator from Maryland, on the warring media narratives around UNRWA. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/how-gaza-biggest-aid-network-lost-funding-on-the-media) 2. Lex Takkenberg [ [@LTakkenberg] (https://twitter.com/LTakkenberg) ], humanitarian law expert and a former Chief of Ethics for UNRWA, on the lessons to be learned from the agency's founding and its predecessor, the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/warring-narratives-around-unrwa-on-the-media ) 3. OTM producer Rebecca Clark-Callender [ [@Rebecca_CC_] (https://twitter.com/Rebecca_CC_) ] explores how sports media and the gambling industry's relationship keeps evolving, featuring: Brian Moritz [ [@bpmoritz] (https://twitter.com/bpmoritz) ], sports media scholar at St. Bonaventure University, Danny Funt [ [@dannyfunt] (https://twitter.com/dannyfunt) ], reporter and contributor to the Washington Post, and Albert Chen, author of Billion Dollar Fantasy: The High-Stakes Game Between FanDuel and DraftKings That Upended Sports in America. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/sports-media-big-gamble-betting-industry-on-the-media ) On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

05 Apr 2024

51 MINS

51:26

05 Apr 2024


#107

Happy Birthday to Basketball Great, Walt "Clyde" Frazier

With his cool rhymes and even cooler clothes, Basketball Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier made a successful transition from NBA star to sports broadcaster on the MSG Network. Frazier sat down with Brooke back in 2012 for a live event to discuss basketball, broadcasting, and the art of being cool. We're re-airing it now because a) it was Mr. Frazier's birthday this week! and b) we're in a sporting mood — we have a big piece in the hopper for this week's show all about sports betting, reported by OTM producer Rebecca Clark-Callender.  On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

03 Apr 2024

18 MINS

18:32

03 Apr 2024


#106

Boeing Conspiracy Theories Take Flight. Plus, the Politics to TV News Pipeline

Following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, conspiracy theories proliferated. On this week’s On the Media, hear how memes and misinformation obscure the real causes of tragedies, from bridges to planes. Plus, what Ronna McDaniel’s hiring and firing from NBC News tells us about the revolving door from politics to tv news. 1. David Gilbert [ [@daithaigilbert] (https://twitter.com/daithaigilbert?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], reporter for Wired covering disinformation, and Katya Schwenk [ [@ktyschwnk] (https://twitter.com/ktyschwnk?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], reporter at The Lever, on why disasters are fertile ground for conspiracy theories, which obfuscate real quality control issues. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/conspiracy-theories-obfuscate-real-issues-boeing-on-the-media ) 2. Michael Socolow [ [@MichaelSocolow] (https://twitter.com/MichaelSocolow) ], media historian at the University of Maine, on the history of the revolving door between politics and news. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/revolving-door-politics-tv-news-on-the-media ) 3. Calvin Trillin, contributor at The New Yorker, on his career and his latest book, The Lede: Dispatches from a Life in the Press. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/journalism-history-lesson-calvin-trillin-on-the-media2) On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

29 Mar 2024

50 MINS

50:21

29 Mar 2024


#105

Beyoncé and the History of Black Country Music

Beyoncé’s new album, Cowboy Carter, comes out on Friday — and the record has already sparked plenty of conversation about race and the country music genre. This week, we're sharing an episode from our friends at the podcast [Today, Explained] (https://www.vox.com/today-explained-podcast)  from Vox media, on this very topic. Hear co-host Noel King take a journey through the history of black musicians making country music, and more. On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

27 Mar 2024

23 MINS

23:48

27 Mar 2024


#104

Trump’s Rhetoric Intensifies, and Russia’s Fake Journalists

Donald Trump said if he isn’t elected there will be a bloodbath. Or did he? On this week’s On the Media, how to understand the GOP nominee’s double speak, eight years into his political career. Plus, a deep dive into Russia’s latest disinformation invention– journalists that don’t really exist. And, life in Russia-occupied Ukraine. 1. Jennifer Mercieca [ [@jenmercieca] (https://twitter.com/jenmercieca?lang=en) ], professor at Texas A&M University, on how Trump's rhetoric has intensified. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/understanding-donald-trump-rhetoric-on-the-media) . 2. Steven Lee Myers [ [@stevenleemyers] (https://twitter.com/stevenleemyers?lang=en) ], disinformation reporter at The New York Times, explains how Russia is creating fake journalists and fake stories to sow animus against Ukraine. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/network-ghost-journalists-on-the-media ) 3. Shaun Walker [ [@shaunwalker7] (https://twitter.com/shaunwalker7) ], central and eastern Europe correspondent at The Guardian, on Russian propaganda and re-education in occupied regions of Ukraine. [Listen] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/life-russian-occupied-ukraine-on-the-media ) . On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

22 Mar 2024

51 MINS

51:58

22 Mar 2024


#103

Evan Gershkovich Has Been In Prison In Russia For A Year

On Wednesday, March 29 2023, Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was detained by the FSB, Russia's security service, and charged with espionage. It was the first time that an American journalist in Russia has been charged with espionage, which carries a potential 20-year prison sentence, since the Cold War. OTM producer Molly Schwartz spoke to  [Valerie Hopkins] (https://twitter.com/VALERIEinNYT) , international correspondent for The New York Times,  [Gordon Fairclough] (https://twitter.com/gefairclough) , World Coverage Chief for The Wall Street Journal,  [Gulnoza Said] (https://twitter.com/gulnozas) , the Europe and Central Asia program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and  [Dan Storyev] (https://twitter.com/storyevtime)  and  [Maria Kuznetsova] (https://twitter.com/maria_de_forest)  from OVD-Info, a Russian human rights group, about how the Kremlin is using Gershkovich as a pawn in a game of hostage diplomacy. This is a segment from our April 14, 2023, show  [Inside Russia's Crackdown on Journalists.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/on-the-media-crackdown-in-russia-journalists)  The email address mentioned at the end of this piece where people can write Evan Gershkovich letters in prison is freegershkovich@gmail.com.  On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

20 Mar 2024

16 MINS

16:06

20 Mar 2024


#102

Why Banning TikTok Might Backfire. Plus, a History of Book-Banning Moms

Recently, the House passed a bill that could ban TikTok from the US unless the app’s Chinese owners divest. On this week’s On the Media, hear how the bill will likely fail to live up to its promise. Plus, a pulse-check on the book-banning movement, and a look into the larger mission behind Moms for Liberty.  1. Julia Angwin [ [@JuliaAngwin] (https://twitter.com/JuliaAngwin?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) ], opinion writer for The New York Time and founder of the new outlet Proof News, on why this TikTok legislation won't do what lawmakers claim it will. [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/tiktok-bill-wont-solve-our-social-media-woes-on-the-media ) 2. Adam Laats [ [@AdamLaats] (https://twitter.com/AdamLaats) ], professor of education and history at Binghamton University, on the long history leading to Moms For Liberty.  [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/long-lineage-conservative-mother-movements-on-the-media2) 3. Jennifer Berkshire [ [@BisforBerkshire] (https://twitter.com/BisforBerkshire) ], lecturer at Yale’s Education Studies Department, on why Moms for Liberty election losses are not a reason to ignore the group's power.  [Listen.] (https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/real-mission-behind-moms-liberty-on-the-media2) On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

15 Mar 2024

50 MINS

50:18

15 Mar 2024


#101

A Journalism History Lesson from Calvin Trillin

Writer Calvin Trillin joined The New Yorker in 1963, and he continues to contribute today. Trillin’s trademark humility and humor show up in all of his writing, whether it’s a story about the invention of the buffalo chicken wing, or the civil rights movement, or an old ditty about our political woes. Brooke recently sat down with him to discuss his career and his latest book, [The Lede: Dispatches from a Life in the Press.] (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/722717/the-lede-by-calvin-trillin/) On the Media is supported by listeners like you. Support OTM by donating today ( [https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm] (https://pledge.wnyc.org/support/otm) ). Follow our show on [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/onthemedia/?hl=en) , [Twitter] (https://twitter.com/onthemedia) and [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia) @onthemedia, and share your thoughts with us by emailing onthemedia@wnyc.org. ... Read more

13 Mar 2024

20 MINS

20:43

13 Mar 2024