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The Bad Art Friend Segment
I love ON THE MEDIA and Brooke Gladstone, and I enjoyed this discussion about the Times story, which I found as riveting as a slow-mo car crash. I agree both women are wrong, at fault, and are operating at cross purposes quite unnecessarily. That said, one rather crucial aspect of this story was not discussed by Ms. Gladstone or Michael Hobbs, but does appear in the Times story: the issue of white privilege as Sonia saw it. I’ve not read the short story, But I gather the organ donor is depicted as a caucasian Lady Bountiful presuming on her organ donation to a woman of color in order to virtue signal to one and all. If Sonia did indeed think this was the crux and meaning of her story, it might go a small way toward explaining why she didn’t work harder to disguise the origin of the idea. I gathered from the Times that Sonia evidently found Dawn’s broadcasting of her organ donation as a rather breath-taking example of the complacency of white privilege. Sonia’s complacency was of different sort: that of the respected writer who had contempt for the less talented source of the idea. Tom Phillips, NYC
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An Audit took place
Racism is real. An audit took place. Belief does not make it so. Bias is real. Facts matter.
pleaee be brave
Once Great But No Longer
I used to love this show! Key words there “used to”. Sadly the show lacks the effort it used to have. There seems to be very little new content. Every “new” show is just replays of old segments with very little actual new content. Since they kicked Bob off the show, it’s like they’re just phoning it in. I’m sure he was a pain in the back side to work with but without him the show appears to have completely lost its way. The replay segments they do play are not any of the segments with Bob. It’s almost like they need someone with a lot of fiery passion to make the show work. Very disappointing
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Dysfunctional Shopper
On the ???
On the Media has become less and less about reporting on the media, in my perception. Its focus was its appeal. In what was once such an anticipated weekly listen has now become more about NPR staff book plugs and random reports on whatever their guests have laying around. NPR has 1A, On Point, and so many other shows like this that OTM feels derivative now. This show simply does not live up to its name anymore. Bummer.
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Has NPR given up on journalism?
Looong time ago, I was regular listener. It's NPR, but back then there was a bit of balance. In the last several years, though, it's like listening to a bizarro Fox news. Everything left is good; right is bad. So, I gave up on them but checked in every six months or so. Well, things have changed. It's as if a memo's been circulated saying our team (the extreme left) is more important than any objectivity. Maybe more accurately, their market is dwindled to the point where only the hard left is listening (and donating), so they're playing to that audience only. Their most recent episode on free speech is a weird example. Their disdain for free speech (and historical accuracy by the way) is so Stalinesque that even the ACLU must be embarassed. I'll check in with them in a year or two, but until adults are again in charge, doubt there'll be improvement.
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Unbalanced and lost it’s way. R.I.P. O.T.M.
Nyarl de la Thotep
Another brilliant episode
A 40 Acre Promise is another truly excellent episode, as we’ve come to expect from OTM. Smart, illuminating analysis told with such humanity. Brilliant. Thank you.
Kaia M, Oregon
Too ideological
Used to be good, but lost me after they became too ideological. By this, I do not mean that they are covering issues about race, gender, etc. but that they are covering them in a way that is predictable and follows one narrative. Their recent coverage of trans issues is pure propaganda, for example. They interview activists with one perspective, and so fail in their journalistic duty, to expose listeners to multiple perspectives. Gone are the days when Bob interviewed a pro-lifer! I don’t agree with that perspective, but at least it gives me insight into what those I disagree with believe. The show, as a result, has become predictable and stale.
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Missing Bob
Missing the edge provided by Bob. Though Ms. Gladstone is a great journalist, the editorial edge and fire by Bob is missing for me, and I find the show overall less compelling. With the narrow bandwidth I have for podcasts, I’m going to have to let you go, OTM. Thanks for the great work.
Readie Righteous
Leave It To Beaver
I get why Bob had to go. His ire displayed on air was likely the tip of the iceberg of his contentious nature. His coworkers most likely endured a less restrained Bob. Pretty insufferable I’m sure. Having said that, since his departure this show has ( literally and figuratively) no cohones. Fluffy is not what I turn to OTM for. But fluffy is what they are offering. Perhaps testosterone treatments for remaining staff will rekindle the fire that made this show shine so brightly
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This rating is temporary i think
This rating is temporary and reactionary because I completely miss Bob Garfield and his grounding of the show- I’m a listener since 2005 so I know this is probably a lot of sentimentality and i just gotta get used to the show and accept the staff’s word on it. yet, still, if it’s somehow just about arguing, bring him back!
emily minerva
This show used to be one of my favorites. Bob Garfield is sorely missed. I’ve turned off many of the shows since he’s been gone. Whole shows about Swedish painters or Romanian nightclub fires? No thanks. RIP OTM
Bring back Bob.
Can’t believe you fired Bob over an argument. Used to be a HUGE fan of the show (and occasional monetary contributor) and it pains me to say I’ll never listen again. Shame on you, WNYC.
The irony
Brooke’s great. Bob Garfield is sorely missed. Maybe they should have had Bob on as a contributor to their series of reporting about “cancel culture.”
The Host is Dead, Long Live the Host
While I may miss Mr Garfield, This show has become bigger than any of its individual parts and I understand why he had to go. I am enjoying the more even tone of the Ms Gladstone only format and have seen no change in the standard of excellence from the team as a whole; Still one of my favorites, Still a weekly must hear.
Total Garbage
Journalism school try-hards commenting on the state of journalism... The reason OTM seems so out of touch is that the creators share all the same assumptions, allegiances, and biases of the thing they’re supposed to be analyzing. That’s why so many episodes end up sounding just like a (slightly more meta) version of your typical smug npr news weekly.
This show has just gotten so much better
I always valued this show and enjoyed listening to it from time to time in the past, but now I really see it as part of my essential listening routine. From my perspective, the show is a lot sharper. It is raising tougher, more important questions, and bringing in really excellent guests —some that I have already come to appreciate through my familiarity with their journalism in other venues, and others that are new to me. Now that I have caught up on episodes missed before I noticed the change, I can see that this show has finally become what it always had the potential to be.
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I Miss Bob
Obviously can’t speak to how he was behind the scenes, but his voice and perspective is definitely missed on the show.
Bob had to go
Bob had to go. Nuff said.
Missing Bob...
No Bob. Too sad. Nuff said...
Could always be better
I was disappointed to hear Bob was such a jerk off the air. Still this remains the best show WNYC puts out. Brooke is a solid interviewer. Though there are definitely limits to the shows overall framing at times especially the what I hope is put-on ignorance and incredulity.
Pablo Mojave
Bob lent it. Two heads are better... without him, it’s lost. The only show that put the world back on its axis on a weekly basis. What now? More time for reading.
one of my favorite podcasts
Is there a way to listen to the podcast without La Brega. Please.
Bring back Bob
I can hardly listen to this show now and it used to be my favorite. Plus it is weird how happy Brooke sounds about him being gone. I just gave an uncomfortable feeling listening to it now.
What about Bob?
Bob’s stories and his pressing questions made OTM so great. Without him I’m not so sure OTM has the same feel. With this shift so has my interest regardless of great content. End the show... start a new one. It’s no longer the same. This new episode is little focus on media and more on mental health. Where are you going?
Too too sad
The thing about Bob is that he was a unique vocal personality — and for two decades we heard a slow, thoughtful, deliberated opinion rather than the all too common contemporary news broadcast — super fast paced, rarely gives anyone a chance for a rounded conversation and relies on experts rather than the educated opinion of the host. Listen to on point for example, now that Megna has the show. She says the word like more than an eighth grader and she never seems to have an opinion of her own. Terrible, and the show is on twice a day many cities and all they do is ask the same questions manically five times a week. Andnever give anyone a chance to thoughtfully or reflectively converse. Bob and Brooke certainly had their own opinions, that was made clear over the years. It might’ve been nice to bring in a third or fourth regular host, someone in their 20s or 30s or even 40s at this point, to keep the conversation multi generational in its awareness of the citizenry. But I never felt like Bob was an angry person on the air. Frustrated, yes. A bit fuddy-duddy, yes. Thinking too much about his placement in the world, yes. But so does Chris Lydon and he’s the least confrontational man on radio. If anything, I was occasionally bothered by the fact that Brooke — who I normally enjoy a great deal, an obviously intelligent and well spoken woman — was nonetheless often speaking with a very theatrical, sighing vocal presentation, and very privileged sounding for sure. You know, the people that are easily offended. On on the other hand, though he may have been privileged too, Bob sounded more like a standard boomer guy who, well educated in a Neo liberal tradition, had a serious problem with the ignorance of young people today. Did he have a bit of an attitude about it? Yes, sometimes. Was he the average conservative guy that poo-poos every new idea, absolutely not. Also — without a questioning, investigative tone — neither one of them would’ve gotten answers they did from their guests in the last two decades. Meaning, for all of the things some of us liked and didn’t like about their presentation at least it was a presentation and at least it had success. Of their presentations styles were obviously part of the success of the show and it’s entirety. As far as communicating solid ideas about current politics that made me want to tune in every single week, and look particularly forward to Friday’s when I had a new episode of on the media available, Brooke and Bob are both winners in my mind. But I think it’s really unfortunate that if one of them had to be cut, it was Bob. Just to too sad. Hopefully we won’t get someone with vocal fry who is 26 years old suddenly taking over his spot, speaking ineffectually without beautiful spaces between their words, and losing all reason to tune in each Friday at all. OK Brooke, you don’t have Bob anymore, if that is how it’s going to be please just don’t screw up his replacement! He is half the effin show after all.
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Bob Garfield Firing and I’m gone
I will no longer be a listener after the clouded and suspect firing of Bob Garfield.
Sad about Bob
I’ve been dreading listening to the first show without Bob. It’s not like “Bob’s away this week”. It’s final. Whatever bullying he did, I still want to hear his voice. Twenty years! He’s a brilliant man. But Brooke is soothing and I wonder who will step in to replace him. I will still find out where I can follow Bob!
I worked in a newspaper newsroom from 1982 to 2002 and once a week someone was yelling at someone. I got yelled at. I yelled at someone. We moved on. Maybe went out for beer afterward. Nobody was fired.
Pod Love
Excited for What’s Next
I’m sad to hear about any behind-the-scenes drama at my favorite podcast... Bob was clearly a brilliant guy, but his bias and palpable anger had been turning me off from the show since 2016. I’m genuinely excited that this means I might get to hear more from Brooke! Her voice and all-around presence have long been some of my primary reasons for listening to OTM, and I can’t wait for more!!!
Show has been slipping
I have been an avid listener of OTM for years because they were one of the few progressive shows that still used a ctitical eye on stories that involve progressive concerns. Like all many other seemingly progressive shows that seems to be slipping. #sad
No OTM without Bob
Brooke is obviously an unpleasant person
Pete Trg
I liked Bob Garfield. It was a good 20 or so years of listening and I enjoyed the run. Bye On The Media. Maybe Bob and Mike Pesca can start a show. I’d listen to that.
A newsroom full of panzies?
Good luck with strategy. And my apologies for hurting your feelings.
Best podcast out there… until May 2031
Update: the firing of Bob Garfield is ridiculous. I’ll be redacting my monthly donation tomorrow (I’ve been donating for 5 years!) and I’ll no longer be subscribing to this podcast. Get a grip, WNYC. Old review from 2016: 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.
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Joe Pittsburgh
Essential listening from a really talented team
OTM has been the only radio show / podcast I’ve made sure to listen to every week for the last five years. It’s clear that the whole team working on the show puts in incredibly thoughtful work on every episode. They’ve literally been the reason I’ve continued to contribute to WNYC over the years.
No Bob, Im Out
20 year listener, First time unsubscriber.
dad with little kids
Don’t miss Bob.
Keep on groovin’
We need to know what happened
Well, where to start? I love Bob, I love Brooke, and I trust WNYC. You all helped to preserve my sanity during these past four unpresidented years. But now you need to regain my trust. That requires transparency. Can we have an independent inquiry? Someway for us to reliably know what happened, so we can make our own fair judgment? Please? Something more than Brooke’s recent intro. Thank you.
Garfield fired
Should have been for lying
Rush post
Not again...
You just lost a five star review. Just as with On Point, another long-term journalist is cancelled with nothing but vague reasons being offered, and with no transparency. If there were good reasons for the firing, we as listeners have a right to know them. Unsubscribed. (No offense to Brooke, who is just as much a part of this show, but this really leaves a bad taste.)
I liked Bob Garfield. Bring him back.
I like Bob. Bring him back.
Individual #1
Firing Bob Garfield? I’m out.
I’ve felt a distinctive change in the reporting since 2016. All through the Trump Administration as our Republic melted down around us, Bob continued to sound the alarm with hard hitting stories while Brooke Gladstone became part apologist for the White Nationalism and part “The Band Played on as the Titanic sank” distraction of the week. I regularly deleted any ‘Brook only’ episodes in my feed. With Bob gone, there’s literally no reason to listen. Or to financially support.
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Flapp flap flap
Long time listener, but no more
I’ve listened to this program for years and was really disappointed to learn that Bob Garfield was fired last week. His interview style was outstanding and will be sorely missed. I don’t think I’ll tune into this program anymore since there’s no way it will be as informative without Garfield’s tough, no-nonsense approach to journalism which is what I’ve always enjoyed most about the show. It’s quite a shame.
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Stop cancelling.
Was firing Bob your only option?
Bob Garfield unjustly fired!!!
The firing of Bob Garfield seems like an excessive & out of proportion reaction to his alleged infraction. Consider his brilliant career of the last 20yrs on this show. Has WNYC not heard of due process? Has WNYC not heard of having the punishment fit the crime? Shame on you WNYC!!!
Love the show ... but you fired Bob?!?!
Long time listener who is shocked that you fired Bob Garfield. What’s up with that, OTM?
RIP Bob Garfield...
A brilliant podcast, so sorry to hear Bob is gone. His wicked sense of humor will be terribly missed. Brooke Gladstone is good, but her exaggerated sighs were performative and irritating, hence 4/5 stars. Not sure I will continue to listen without Bob’s incisive interviews and snarky humor.
Bye Bob
Just heard that Bob Garfield has been fired. I know he has always been very passionate and at times I have thought he was pretty aggressive but I never thought he was a bad guy. I’m going to miss him. I hope the show survives. I love Brooke Gladstone and would hate to lose her too. Thanks Bob for the many years of your insight. Good luck.
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