On the Media

Reviews For On the Media

News isn’t “fake” when it is as introspective and self-probing as On The Media. Excellent journalism!
Such a smart group of individuals. I appreciate the attention to detail and willingness to bring in multiple perspectives. This has helped shape my perspective on media + human nature. I can see / understand better the reasons “why” I’m evoked to a certain emotion or feeling. This. Was. So. Needed. Thanks, team!
I love this podcast/program so much. Great analysis and honest reporting. I always recommend this podcast as a must!
I listen to these podcasts to say informed, not to hear rants. Both podcasts are superb and are a productive way for me to work out at the gym or go for an hour's run. News is so stressful now that the radio is tuned to VT Public Radio Classical. Please listen to these fantastic podcasts!!
One of my favorite podcasts! Brooke will you be my mom?
Brooke and Bob kept me sane during the presidential election of 2016. Their reports during the ongoing sexual harassment story were informative and super entertaining. They're passionate and committed—I hope they never close up shop.
Leaps & bounds my favorite podcast. Recommended for everyone.
We’ve been listening to On The Media since 2008. Simply put, each episode is probably the first podcast I listen to on a Friday when it becomes available. If you work in tech, entertainment, and obviously the media, you should listen to it to. (MC) Frankly, if every American listened to this show, our country wouldn’t have nearly as many problems as it has today. And reporting/the media would be much, much better. (EC)

5/5

“A Journalist of Consequence”? Yikes. Not enough stars.
The hosts provide incredible media analysis and insight into how information moves through society.
It's about the Media, which means it's about everything. Brooke, Bob and all the other OTM team members search out interesting takes on contemporary issues (and sometimes important historical reviews,) all through the lens of our Media—newspapers, television, social media, news . . . Brooke's reporting on poverty in America should be required listening for politicians and policy folk. Bob's interviews of media makers—both fair and fowl—should be legend.
When I refresh my lineup of podcasts every week, this is always the first one I listen to.
A Podcast that gives backstory, comparative history, and a hearteningly contextualized reality check on the news cycle we are awash in. Well written, well sourced, well worth your time in 2018.
I am pretty sure I have not missed an episode or podcast extra since I began listening in March 2007. Of the 15 or so podcasts I listen to, this is the one I will not miss. OTM makes me more discerning, equipping me with better questions to ask as I approach and consider new phenomena in the world. It helps me remain skeptical without becoming cynical, and is consistently entertaining. I feel a deep affection for its two hosts. :-) They have most definitely improved my life, and my partner, who also listens regularly, reminds me that we should also remember and credit all the other less visible staff members who make the show possible. It has been especially nice to have OTM this year as I am living abroad and away from the goat rodeo that is the state of US politics currently.
I really appreciate the perspective of this show, and it’s one of my favorite places to get news. I think they got a little off-track after the election ... things seemed to get more contentiously political ... but I think they are coming back towards their mission now. This show is at its best when it’s unbiased, direct, and fairly monitoring the media and the way current events are reported. Please keep working in this direction!
You call yourself journalists, yet you twist words of the subjects to fit your narrative. When your argument falls flat, as it always does, you bring out bully accusations. How predictable, and how impotent.
If you care about news and what you can believe or should be leery of in the media, check out this show.
I always look forward to this podcast. It doesn’t always go in the direction I expect which is one of the many reasons I listen. I especially enjoyed the discussion between Brooke and Bob regarding the direction of the podcast. Keep up the good work!
the last few months have been so biased and I find Bob almost delighting or provoking discention that I have come near to stopping listening. I understand his bias which he expressed in a program when Trump was elected. However, I want reporting without personal biases and where he seems to be going is causing me to think about not listening. That is not a good thing. Brooke holds her own well in presenting both sides. Recent podcast have been very disappointing. Do we really want to polarize and push others to our way of thinking or do we want to open doors of reflection and thoughtful decision making.
They have taught me sooo much... Especially if you're a person who pays attention. Bob and Brooke really drill down and show you how the media matters and what we're exposed to as a typical end user. Love. Highly recommend...

5/5

Great show
Great podcast
Out of all the podcasts that cram my ears each week, On the Media consistently provides thoughtful, sober takes.
I love the show, but throwing out a major spoiler for “Westworld” without a warning in a conversation about a seemingly unrelated topic, the “Bladerunner” sequel, is inconsiderate. People often watch TV shows on a delayed schedule in the modern world. You may consider delaying spoilers or including a warning for a least a calendar year from when a movie or TV show comes out.
In a media landscape dominated by spin. It’s nice to see a show that calls out both sides when the BS piles up.
Even when I think I know the subject or have diminishing interest OTM stuns with a depth not found anywhere else.
This is simply the finest journalism i know of. Im grateful for their work.
Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield dissect the media storm in a thoughtful and entertaining way that helps me better understand the media landscape. They also have interesting guests and a wide range of interviews.
Always interesting perspectives and history on whatever the week's news might be. It makes doing my laundry a joy!
OTM is the best source for current news and media analysis available today!
If you’re sick of mass media hysteria, turn your attention to On The Media. Thoughtful, competent, and insightful, both the content and interviews (where hard-hitting questions are often uncomfortable to listen to but totally necessary) are highlights of my week. Brooke and Bob are luminaries.
Very high factual reporting with a critical eye towards the mass media.
OTM always makes me rethink my perspectives on current events. I try to keep a healthy and balanced news diet, but I come out of this show each week challenging everything I read in a new way.

5/5

By crkirk
My favorite podcast of all time.
This program is one of the most important programs on NPR and is a fascinating podcast about one of the major shapers of how citizens see the world. The program has integrity, insight, intelligence, and a good amount of NY humor that makes it possible to endure some challenging stories.
Brooke and Bob do an amazing job interviewing, asking the hard questions, and pushing at canned answers to get to the honest opinions of their guests. This allows them to get clear views into people for better or for worse
As a journalist, this is one of the best news outlets out there. They put the media in context, breaking down clickbait headlines, and leaving no one out (including their hosts, NPR). Everyone would have a better understanding of the media they consume by adding this to their regular listening.
This podcast does have some good stuff, but the bias is so bad I have to give up on the podcast. They like to call it "speaking truth to power" but it feels to me like criticizing people you don't like. I'm not a Trump fan either and the media should call his BS but they seem to completely disregard everything that Trump or his supporters say even when they do have valid points . Bob Garfield is the worst offender and I don't have any respect for him as a journalist.
... until they brought on a Zionist from an illegal settlement who associates himself with Islamophobes like Pamela Geller to tell us all how to treat Islam. The liberal Zionist media is just something they can never challenge is it?
This interview was antagonistic & accusative. Made me less interested in following your podcast
I'm an On the Media newbie but I stumbled on the Busted series and couldn't stop listening. It pulled together so many strands that I'd encountered before but had not connected well enough.
This is my favorite podcast - honest, authentic, focused on the issues I care most about... what more can I say? There are infinite "takes" on the web and in media - this is the one I care about and listen to every week. Real journalism informed by a moral perspective - in other words, exactly who I want to hear from on a weekly baiss.
If you want news always bending to the left, this is the podcast for you. They broadcast out all as fact, there is no investigative reporting. They take everything said by a guest as the word from God. And yes, I hate CNN, MSNBC, but I also can't stand FoxNews either. There is no such thing as true reporting. It's all a race for ratings.
On The Media is the best news program available. It takes the time to give in depth analysis of current events and works hard to expose bias on all sides of an issue. If you find yourself not trusting the news, this show is an excellent guide for finding what you can trust and what you cannot. I especially like their 'Consumer handbook' segments that distill lessons from failed reporting in the past. They cover common topics like natural disasters and provide quick and reliable tips to avoid getting snookered by sloppy or bias driven reporting.
This show dissects the news and shines a light on how the news is delivered and how that shapes our views.
I have been listening to OtM for more than two years and should have written a review a long time ago. I could write thousands of words about why this is a fantastic podcast but I'll try and keep it shorter than that. We are all effected by the media, some more than others, and we no longer consume it all the same way. Despite that, the media is a colossus that throws a shadow on all of our lives, sometimes good sometimes bad. This podcast explores the media. When it does things well, when it doesn't, and even when we have no idea why it does what it does. I love this podcast because it gives me another tool with which to filter and understand all the other news I read and listen to.
I've learned so much from this podcast. I love that the hosts ask tough, honest questions, and I really appreciate the quality guests they interview. I'm happy to listen to a podcast that addresses issues that really matter today.
Most important podcast you can listen to
This show consistently finds and explores issues at the heart of the week's news -- and often, broader topics -- and discusses them in an open-eyed, genuinely inquisitive, thoroughly researhed way. It is also lively and clear, and entertainingly animated by the intellect and communication skills as well as the dedication of its producers.
This podcast is one of my favorites. Extremely thoughtful interviews. Brooke and Bob always take unique, critical viewpoints to the issues. Most importantly, I just feel smarter after I listen to them.