WNYC StudiosHistory, News, Science
WNYC StudiosHistory, News, Science
WNYC StudiosHistory, News, Science
WNYC StudiosHistory, News, Science


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.

  • It's Getting Hot in Here
    It's hot and getting hotter.
  • What the Media Get Wrong About Immigration
    A recent history of immigration in America, and defining “decolonization” and “colonialism” in Gaza.
  • Making Fun of Public Radio
    Why is it so easy to poke fun at us?
  • The Sound of Patriotism
    How the US military helped transform the country music industry into the juggernaut that it is today.
  • Clarence Thomas' Unshaken Belief in Big Money
    What his friendship with billionaire Harlan Crow reveals.
  • No, Joe Biden Didn’t Poop His Pants. Plus, the Supreme Court’s Fact-Checking Problem
    Right-wing news in disguise; and a fact-check on the Supreme Court.
  • Do Sperm Whales Talk to Each Other?
    How the clicks of sperm whales are reminiscent of human language.
  • The Ensh*ttification of Everything
    Why tech companies just seem to get worse, and how to solve the problem.
  • The Drip, Drip, Drip of Bad News at The Washington Post
    How the paper’s CEO and incoming executive editor became embroiled in scandal
  • UK Elections: They’re Not Like Ours! Plus, the Messy Family Behind Paramount
    How US and UK elections influence each other; a British TV drama sheds light on a massive political scandal; meet the Redstones.
  • Is Love is Blind a Toxic Workplace?
    Love is blind, and allegedly toxic...
  • A Former Disinformation Reporter is Running The Onion. Plus, Birds ARE Real.
    From the disinfo beat to The Onion; The Birds Aren’t Real prank; and a history of psy-ops
  • Mr. Beast Reigns Supreme on YouTube
    Online game show host Mr. Beast surpasses T-Series as the most subscribed to channel on YouTube
  • Trump Found Guilty; The Right-Wing Media Were Prepared For It
    How right-wing media prepared for Trump’s guilty verdict, and why Trump Media became the latest memestock.
  • How Tech Journalists Are Fueling the AI Hype Machine
    Every new tech innovation gets the same breathless coverage. Why?
  • How Tired Tropes Drive AI Coverage. Plus, is the Vibecession Back or Not?
    Debunking AI hype. Plus, Trump returns to a favourite talking point: China.
  • Rightwing Media is Obsessed with the Darien Gap
    Immigrants are being ambushed by rightwing activists with cameras at a dangerous crossing.
  • What Bush v. Gore Revealed About Contested Elections
    The contested election of 2000 and the extraordinary legal and PR battle that ensued.
  • The Story Behind Biden’s New Tariffs
    How Biden’s trade policy came to look a lot like Trump’s.
  • What the Media Get Wrong About Campus Protests
    What the focus on violence and chaos obscures; and, a look at how Israeli media are covering the conflict.