On the Media

Reviews For On the Media

Haven't missed a show since 2005. Just plain excellent analysis of the media. Hey Bob, easy on the snark! You guys are serioulsy great though; don't know what I'd do without you.
Deep dives into topics in the news right now. Solid production quality and super interesting.
Do you like sanctimonious hosts who take heavy breaths to show how frustrated they are? How about ones that use phrases no one actually uses in real life (like "he who pays the piper picks the tune")? Then this is for you! It's fine if you work in the media and want to know what people are saying about our industry, but otherwise definitely skip this. Also the music is so lame.
This podcast comes from a SUPER liberal perspective. If that’s what you are looking for, it’s a decent source for balance. However, the title is a little misleading. This is not necessarily about the media. It’s more of a liberal soapbox.
Can’t say enough good things about this podcast. One more reason to look forward to a Friday!
Fascinating insights
On The Media is hands down the best analysis around on the media landscape—thorough, intelligent. extremely well researched.
OTM should be an essential part of your media diet. Period.
Best topics, best writing, most informative, most entertaining hosts, most interesting interviews. I never miss a week.
I don't even remember where I first heard of this delightful and erudite podcast but I cannot recomment it too powerfully. I'm a little behind in the episodes. And one of my favorites was an interview with Glenn Beck a couple of months ago. But the hosts cover an amazsing array of subjects, from gerrymandering to, well, any issue you can think of. If you'd like an honest, intelligent discussion, this is one I recommend far more than most other podcasts.
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