On the Media
On the Media
WNYC Studios
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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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Briseis27
Gave it a chance
Probably should’ve taken the much needed vacation before torching the entire operation, not after. OTM has lost its bearings. “Some on Twitter say this. Others on Fox News say otherwise.” A Twitter audio digest I won’t be listening to anymore.
yessirov
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.
allnicknamestakenalready1
Bob had to go
Bob had to go. Nuff said.
CosmicDad
Missing Bob...
No Bob. Too sad. Nuff said...
FishingGuy
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.
LouLilCo
I MISS BOB
I WANT TO HEAR BOB’S NEW ALL-CAPS YELLCAST
Pablo Mojave
Different
I’ve listened for 20 years and it’s a different podcast now and doesn’t seem any different than any other 20 podcasts that have recently started and will probably soon end. It doesn’t ask questions that distinguish themselves from other redundant media. R. I. P.
Nyarl de la Thotep
Balance
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.
Iswoon
one of my favorite podcasts
Is there a way to listen to the podcast without La Brega. Please.
D.CJ.
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.
Rowanmininil
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?
Gregoryme
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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kunlaou
Bob Garfield Firing and I’m gone
I will no longer be a listener after the clouded and suspect firing of Bob Garfield.
Lewis.nyc
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!
VicBeeee
Newsrooms
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!!!
bobcurl
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
Glowend
No OTM without Bob
Brooke is obviously an unpleasant person
Pete Trg
Sad.
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.
mskmadison
A newsroom full of panzies?
Good luck with strategy. And my apologies for hurting your feelings.
nellummot
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.
Pacalicious
No Bob, Im Out
20 year listener, First time unsubscriber.
dad with little kids
Don’t miss Bob.
Keep on groovin’
LostListens
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.
PhysicistSteve
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.)
TheDudeAbided
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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yossarian1983
Stop cancelling.
Was firing Bob your only option?
OTMFAN
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!!!
Pibhrxkyew
Love the show ... but you fired Bob?!?!
Long time listener who is shocked that you fired Bob Garfield. What’s up with that, OTM?
dr.kimura
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.
jpnlic
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.
CMJ682
The embarrassment of this firing!
Shocked and outraged by the administration’s decision to fire Bob Garfield. As much as I am also a fan of Brooke Gladstone, the show loses much of its appeal for me and, gravely, its reputation for integrity and focus on quality. Who is going to cover THIS media disgrace?
porthart
Will never listen again
Used to be a great show. Then they fired Bob Garfield. I will never listen to it again.
Bgirl2849
Penetrating analysis, fresh perspectives
There is never a wasted moment of “I’ve heard this before” on this show. Great story topics and interviews. Makes you stop and think. Been a fan of this show - and Bob Garfield - for years.
Dnnwise
Rare Critical thinking
Post print journalist boomers that consciously and diligently dissect the news media. Maybe not as critically as we would like, but definitely more then the prevailing news organizations that “manufacture consent” (Chomsky) to please their sponsors . 😀
X13 b45 8
Giving up on OtM
I used to enjoy this podcast because it would explore various takes on the same issue, often exposing the financial incentives behind different reporting in the media. Unfortunately it has gradually lost this nuance, and its unquestioning support of the prevailing narratives around the BLM protests, the science of sex and transgender identity, and other issues, has made me despair of finding it informative again.
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FirthofDrengist
What happened?
This was a fantastic show until Brooke was overwhelmed by the pandemic. The whining and complaining about wearing a mask and pandemic fatigue is really annoying. We get it — it’s hard for everyone. But you’re alive and seemingly healthy and have a job. Tone down the shrill unhappy voice, get some therapy if you’re that disturbed about life — and get back to delivering great radio.
Jouno8
but, disappointed
I listen every week, and find OTM always chock full of food for thought. But I was disappointed that in this week,s show, the interview with the Mars scientist, he mentions Carl Sagan and "the woman who will become his wife" but never says her name, and Brooke doesn,t ask. So I say her name here, Lynn Margulis, a star in the scientific universe in her own right.
mooshu h
Extremely Entertaining, thoughtful and clever media analysis
On the Media is consistently great. Bob and Brooke are 'wicked smart' and hilarious at the same time. The discussions of the political and legal issues around the media are brilliant. I never miss it. For years I’ve been telling my friends that On The Media is the best thing on the “Internet Machine” and I still think so.
EddyTheJekyll
Great show!
Look forward to each weekly show. Thanks!
mollsmall
Bring back OTM
I love this show. I need this show. Sometimes I listen twice. Please stop putting La Brega down the OTM feed. And loading the show with La Brega stories. I get it. You want a crossover audience. But you’ve overplayed your point, and now it’s enough. Tell WNYC to do the promos as they should and let us have OTM back.
Neighborladee
terrible show
completely out of touch, for comfortable white liberals who don’t care about anyone else only
anticitizen2
Basketball Warriors was a big turn off
I had to turn the basketball warriors episode off. I care about Puerto Rico. I care about the struggle for sovereignty and independence. I care about the stories and history of Puerto Rico. But I don’t care about sports. And the narrator of this episode was way over-the-top about sports, in every segment of the episode. A different host could have easily made me care about sports; but not by being overly-emphatic in ever single segment. It was exhausting, and it seemed like the narrater was more concerned with expressing his own passions about the sport, than about telling a story about the sport, and its significance to Puerto Rican culture/history. Unless *he* was supposed to be the story. And I guess I just don’t care about his own personal story (especially since I don’t share his passion for sports). . . . In previous episodes, the narrator weaved in personal stories with the content of the episode, and it worked. In previous episodes, I enjoyed learning about things I never cared about before (like how track homes are made), and I loved learning about those things in the context of Puerto Rican history. I was ready to go with the host anywhere she wanted to take me. But this guy? He wants to take me to his childhood bedroom and relive every quarter of a basketball game with him? No thanks. It just seems weirdly self-reflective, like he’s showing off some flex for which he hasn’t done the work to explain why I should care. . . . I do look forward to future episodes, and I really hope that they aren’t just tumbling down the rabbit hole of self-reflective autobiography, and instead refocus on the in-depth storytelling of Puerto Rico which was so captivating and wonderful in the first few episodes.
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Zha0Zh0u
Heads Up, CNN has Entered into an Exclusive Contract with RUPERT Murdock
Hello "On the Media", I'm a loyal fan of your podcasts, but I hope you can cast your gaze onto a media access crisis that is about to take place in Australia. Here in Australia we have a few competing Cable TV providers, but only one carries FOX News Network, and that one is called FOXTEL and it is owned by Rupert Murdock. To avoid supporting FOX News, Australians can subscribe to FETCH TV as their Cable provider and get BBC World, MSNBC, etc.... and that included CNN International... or at least it did until the end of this month. Time Warner has entered into an exclusive contract to sell CNN broadcast rights exclusively to FOXTEL. Basicly, they've done a deal with the Devil. We're gobsmacked. That spot reserved for CNN is about to go dark on TVs across Australia, and we will go into a permanent state of mourning. Georgette Grezak Mosman, NSW, Australia
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BBB Australia
So one sided
I can’t. Had to listen to an episode for a school assignment. I’ll take a zero on the assignment then listen to this crap. So so so one sided. Thank you, next.
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