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The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine 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. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios

Latest Episodes

Hanging In The Balance

In covering President Trump’s decision to stop protecting Kurdish fighters in Syria, press reports have focused on the Kurds as US allies and tools in fighting ISIS. This week, On the Media looks at a different aspect of Kurdish life: the experiment in direct democracy that has flourished in northern Syria for the past five years. Plus: how debate moderators fail audiences when they focus on taxes. And, how reporters have negotiated dangerous conditions while reporting on the Turkish operation in Syria. 1. Daniel Estrin [@DanielEstrin],NPR international correspondent, on the difficulties in reporting from Syria, from outside Syria. Listen. 2.Jenna Krajeski [@Jenna_Krajeski],a journalistwith the Fuller Project for International Reporting, on the Kurdish political project, andRapareen abd Elhameed Hasn, a 27-year-old activistand co-president of her local health authority in Rojava, on what it's been like on the ground. Listen. 3. Arthur Delaney [@ArthurDelaneyHP], on the worst debate question moderators keep asking. Listen. Music from this week's show: Marcus Ciscar — “Fallen Leaves”Michael Linnen — “Cantus for Bob Hardison”Zoe Keating — “We Insist”Mark Henry Phillips — [untitled track]Mark Henry Phillips — [untitled track]Gaurav Raina and Tarana Marwah — “Tongue in Cheek”Howard Shore — “Cops or Criminals”

49 MIN1 d ago
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Hanging In The Balance

Introducing... Impeachment: A Daily Podcast

The pace of impeachment-related revelations is breathtaking, and it isn'tslowing yet. With each day comes yet another executive branch staffer defying the White House by testifying behind closed doors on Capitol Hill — new names, fresh allegations, and ever more twists and turns. To help us follow the developments, Brian Lehrer — whose office here at WNYC is mere steps away from OTM HQ — has started a daily podcast: Impeachment.In this second episode of the podcast, New York Times reporter Katie Benner explains why George Kent, a senior State Department official for Ukraine policy, told Congressional investigators that he was instructed by a supervisor to "lie low" after raising concerns about the Trump administration's conduct.

19 MIN3 d ago
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Introducing... Impeachment: A Daily Podcast

Sticks and Stones

“The right to throw a punch ends at the tip of someone’s nose.” It’s the idea that underlies American liberties — but does it still fit in 2019? This week, On the Media looks back at our country’s radical — and radically inconsistent — tradition of free speech. Plus, a prophetic philosopher predicts America 75 years after Trump. 1. Andrew Marantz [@andrewmarantz], author of Anti-Social: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation — and our guest host for this hour — explains what he sees as theproblem with free speech absolutism. Listen. 2. John Powell[@profjohnapowell], law professor at UC Berkeley, P.E. Moskowitz [@_pem_pem], author of The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent, and Susan Benesch [@SusanBenesch], Director of the Dangerous Speech Project, on our complicatedlegal right to speak. Listen. 3. Andrew and Brookediscuss the philosopher Richard Rorty, whose work can teach us much ab...

52 MIN1 w ago
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Sticks and Stones

"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee"

This coming Monday, some states and cities will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, renamed from Columbus Dayto honor the lives and history lost due to centuries of colonialism. Meanwhile, the few American Indian stories most Americans learn in school,like those found in Dee Brown's best-sellingBury My Heart at Wounded Knee,only reinforce simplistic narratives of genocide, disease, and suffering. David Treuer, an Ojibwe professor of literature at the University of Southern California, offers acounter-narrative tothis tragic accountof Indian life in his book,The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America From 1890 to the Present.In this interview from fall of 2018, he and Brooke discuss the overlooked American Indian Movement that informedthe viral 2016 protest at Standing Rock, and the means by which Indians have been fighting for social and political change for centuries. This is a segment from our October 5, 2018 program,The Victimhood.

22 MIN1 w ago
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"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee"

A Likely Story

The talk from the Trump team is becoming increasingly hard to follow. This week, On the Media takes a look at the conspiracy thinking that’s taken over the executive branch. Plus, leaders at Fox News search for a path forward amidst infighting and impeachment drama.And, a deep dive into Ukrainian politics and the Trump connection. 1. Alex Ward [@AlexWardVox], staff writer at Vox, and Jeet Heer [@HeerJeet], national affairs correspondent at The Nation, on the conspiracies fueling Trump's policies and behaviors. Listen. 2.Gabriel Sherman [@GabrielSherman], special correspondent at Vanity Fair, on the chaos at Fox News. Listen. 3.Trump, Inc.'s Andrea Bernstein [@AndreaWNYC] and Ilya Marritz [@ilyamarritz]take a deep dive into Ukrainian politics and the origins of Giuliani's "investigations."Listen.

50 MIN2 w ago
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A Likely Story

Go and Get Yourself a Whistle and Blow

Ever present in the Snowden and Manning era, the word "whistleblower" is again dominating the airwaves. But where exactly did the word come from? Who gets to decide who qualifies as awhistleblower? Back in 2015, Brooke spoke to language columnist Ben Zimmer, legal director for the Government Accountability Project Tom Devine, and progressive icon Ralph Nader--who "rehabilitated" the word in the 1970's--about the history of the popular epithet.

9 MIN2 w ago
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Go and Get Yourself a Whistle and Blow

Nice Democracy You've Got There...

The impeachment inquiry into President Trump is tangled up in Ukrainian politics, but few Washington reporters understand the dynamics at play. This week, On the Media looks at what we all need to know to make sense of the news. Plus, why there are no whistle-blower protections for those in the intelligence community. And,how the Nixon impeachment makes a casefor a more deliberate Trump inquiry. Don't miss... 1. Tim Naftali [@TimNaftali], historian at New York University, on what the Nixon impeachment teaches us about the need for a deliberate process. Listen. 2. Tom Devine,legal director at the Government Accountability Project, on the poor protections for intelligence community whistle-blowers.Listen. 3.Adam Entous[@adamentous],staff writeratThe New Yorker,on the patchy validity of Trump's Hunter Biden accusations. Listen. 4. Kyrylo Loukerenko [@K_Loukerenko], executive director at Hromadske Radio, helps us make sense of the misinformation about Ukraine. Listen. Music: Nuages (Clo...

50 MIN3 w ago
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Nice Democracy You've Got There...

Live Streaming Truth and Reconciliation

It's been two years since the brutal and bloody 22-year reign of Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh ended and the country is now embroiled in a uniquely transparent truth and reconciliation process. Officials are interviewing killers and victims about the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of people and it's all being live streamed onYouTube, Facebook and traditional media.Bob spoke to New York Times correspondent Julie Turkewitz, who wroteabouthow the process has become must-see-tv in The Gambia.

13 MIN3 w ago
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Live Streaming Truth and Reconciliation

Too Hot For School

Roosevelt’s New Deal remade American society, and now climate activists are pushing for a Green New Deal to do it again. This week, On the Media looks at the attacks from conservatives against both projects, andwhy congress underestimates support for climate action. Plus, how a wave of labor strikes might be a crucial component in building momentum towards Green New Deal adoption. And, the teenage girls spreading climate awareness on Tik-Tok. 1.Jane McAlevey [@rsgexp], writer and organizer,on why striking is essential to effect meaningfulsocial change. Listen. 2.Kim Phillips-Fein, historian atNew York University,on lessons from the origins of and fights against the original New Deal.Listen. 3. Kate Aronoff [@KateAronoff], writer at The Intercept, on what a popular meme tells us about climate activism permeating youth culture. Listen. 4.Leah Stokes [@leahstokes], professor at theUniversity of California at Santa Barbara, on the misunderstandings about public opinion and climate acti...

49 MINSEP 21
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Too Hot For School

OTM presents Trump Inc: The Family Business

Trump, Inc. takes a step back tomake sense of the seemingly endless scandals swirling around the White House. They're not random. They fit a pattern and that hasa precedent. It turns out, Trump is running the government a lot like he's run his business: through bluster, boss-ism, and by ignoring the rules.

34 MINSEP 19
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OTM presents Trump Inc: The Family Business

Latest Episodes

Hanging In The Balance

In covering President Trump’s decision to stop protecting Kurdish fighters in Syria, press reports have focused on the Kurds as US allies and tools in fighting ISIS. This week, On the Media looks at a different aspect of Kurdish life: the experiment in direct democracy that has flourished in northern Syria for the past five years. Plus: how debate moderators fail audiences when they focus on taxes. And, how reporters have negotiated dangerous conditions while reporting on the Turkish operation in Syria. 1. Daniel Estrin [@DanielEstrin],NPR international correspondent, on the difficulties in reporting from Syria, from outside Syria. Listen. 2.Jenna Krajeski [@Jenna_Krajeski],a journalistwith the Fuller Project for International Reporting, on the Kurdish political project, andRapareen abd Elhameed Hasn, a 27-year-old activistand co-president of her local health authority in Rojava, on what it's been like on the ground. Listen. 3. Arthur Delaney [@ArthurDelaneyHP], on the worst debate question moderators keep asking. Listen. Music from this week's show: Marcus Ciscar — “Fallen Leaves”Michael Linnen — “Cantus for Bob Hardison”Zoe Keating — “We Insist”Mark Henry Phillips — [untitled track]Mark Henry Phillips — [untitled track]Gaurav Raina and Tarana Marwah — “Tongue in Cheek”Howard Shore — “Cops or Criminals”

49 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Hanging In The Balance

Introducing... Impeachment: A Daily Podcast

The pace of impeachment-related revelations is breathtaking, and it isn'tslowing yet. With each day comes yet another executive branch staffer defying the White House by testifying behind closed doors on Capitol Hill — new names, fresh allegations, and ever more twists and turns. To help us follow the developments, Brian Lehrer — whose office here at WNYC is mere steps away from OTM HQ — has started a daily podcast: Impeachment.In this second episode of the podcast, New York Times reporter Katie Benner explains why George Kent, a senior State Department official for Ukraine policy, told Congressional investigators that he was instructed by a supervisor to "lie low" after raising concerns about the Trump administration's conduct.

19 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Introducing... Impeachment: A Daily Podcast

Sticks and Stones

“The right to throw a punch ends at the tip of someone’s nose.” It’s the idea that underlies American liberties — but does it still fit in 2019? This week, On the Media looks back at our country’s radical — and radically inconsistent — tradition of free speech. Plus, a prophetic philosopher predicts America 75 years after Trump. 1. Andrew Marantz [@andrewmarantz], author of Anti-Social: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation — and our guest host for this hour — explains what he sees as theproblem with free speech absolutism. Listen. 2. John Powell[@profjohnapowell], law professor at UC Berkeley, P.E. Moskowitz [@_pem_pem], author of The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent, and Susan Benesch [@SusanBenesch], Director of the Dangerous Speech Project, on our complicatedlegal right to speak. Listen. 3. Andrew and Brookediscuss the philosopher Richard Rorty, whose work can teach us much ab...

52 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Sticks and Stones

"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee"

This coming Monday, some states and cities will celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, renamed from Columbus Dayto honor the lives and history lost due to centuries of colonialism. Meanwhile, the few American Indian stories most Americans learn in school,like those found in Dee Brown's best-sellingBury My Heart at Wounded Knee,only reinforce simplistic narratives of genocide, disease, and suffering. David Treuer, an Ojibwe professor of literature at the University of Southern California, offers acounter-narrative tothis tragic accountof Indian life in his book,The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America From 1890 to the Present.In this interview from fall of 2018, he and Brooke discuss the overlooked American Indian Movement that informedthe viral 2016 protest at Standing Rock, and the means by which Indians have been fighting for social and political change for centuries. This is a segment from our October 5, 2018 program,The Victimhood.

22 MIN1 w ago
Comments
"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee"

A Likely Story

The talk from the Trump team is becoming increasingly hard to follow. This week, On the Media takes a look at the conspiracy thinking that’s taken over the executive branch. Plus, leaders at Fox News search for a path forward amidst infighting and impeachment drama.And, a deep dive into Ukrainian politics and the Trump connection. 1. Alex Ward [@AlexWardVox], staff writer at Vox, and Jeet Heer [@HeerJeet], national affairs correspondent at The Nation, on the conspiracies fueling Trump's policies and behaviors. Listen. 2.Gabriel Sherman [@GabrielSherman], special correspondent at Vanity Fair, on the chaos at Fox News. Listen. 3.Trump, Inc.'s Andrea Bernstein [@AndreaWNYC] and Ilya Marritz [@ilyamarritz]take a deep dive into Ukrainian politics and the origins of Giuliani's "investigations."Listen.

50 MIN2 w ago
Comments
A Likely Story

Go and Get Yourself a Whistle and Blow

Ever present in the Snowden and Manning era, the word "whistleblower" is again dominating the airwaves. But where exactly did the word come from? Who gets to decide who qualifies as awhistleblower? Back in 2015, Brooke spoke to language columnist Ben Zimmer, legal director for the Government Accountability Project Tom Devine, and progressive icon Ralph Nader--who "rehabilitated" the word in the 1970's--about the history of the popular epithet.

9 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Go and Get Yourself a Whistle and Blow

Nice Democracy You've Got There...

The impeachment inquiry into President Trump is tangled up in Ukrainian politics, but few Washington reporters understand the dynamics at play. This week, On the Media looks at what we all need to know to make sense of the news. Plus, why there are no whistle-blower protections for those in the intelligence community. And,how the Nixon impeachment makes a casefor a more deliberate Trump inquiry. Don't miss... 1. Tim Naftali [@TimNaftali], historian at New York University, on what the Nixon impeachment teaches us about the need for a deliberate process. Listen. 2. Tom Devine,legal director at the Government Accountability Project, on the poor protections for intelligence community whistle-blowers.Listen. 3.Adam Entous[@adamentous],staff writeratThe New Yorker,on the patchy validity of Trump's Hunter Biden accusations. Listen. 4. Kyrylo Loukerenko [@K_Loukerenko], executive director at Hromadske Radio, helps us make sense of the misinformation about Ukraine. Listen. Music: Nuages (Clo...

50 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Nice Democracy You've Got There...

Live Streaming Truth and Reconciliation

It's been two years since the brutal and bloody 22-year reign of Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh ended and the country is now embroiled in a uniquely transparent truth and reconciliation process. Officials are interviewing killers and victims about the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of people and it's all being live streamed onYouTube, Facebook and traditional media.Bob spoke to New York Times correspondent Julie Turkewitz, who wroteabouthow the process has become must-see-tv in The Gambia.

13 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Live Streaming Truth and Reconciliation

Too Hot For School

Roosevelt’s New Deal remade American society, and now climate activists are pushing for a Green New Deal to do it again. This week, On the Media looks at the attacks from conservatives against both projects, andwhy congress underestimates support for climate action. Plus, how a wave of labor strikes might be a crucial component in building momentum towards Green New Deal adoption. And, the teenage girls spreading climate awareness on Tik-Tok. 1.Jane McAlevey [@rsgexp], writer and organizer,on why striking is essential to effect meaningfulsocial change. Listen. 2.Kim Phillips-Fein, historian atNew York University,on lessons from the origins of and fights against the original New Deal.Listen. 3. Kate Aronoff [@KateAronoff], writer at The Intercept, on what a popular meme tells us about climate activism permeating youth culture. Listen. 4.Leah Stokes [@leahstokes], professor at theUniversity of California at Santa Barbara, on the misunderstandings about public opinion and climate acti...

49 MINSEP 21
Comments
Too Hot For School

OTM presents Trump Inc: The Family Business

Trump, Inc. takes a step back tomake sense of the seemingly endless scandals swirling around the White House. They're not random. They fit a pattern and that hasa precedent. It turns out, Trump is running the government a lot like he's run his business: through bluster, boss-ism, and by ignoring the rules.

34 MINSEP 19
Comments
OTM presents Trump Inc: The Family Business