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Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone
On the Media, hosted by Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield, decodes what we hear, read, and see in the media every day, and arms us with critical tools necessary to survive the information age.

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Recent items from the On the Media podcast
Jul 29, 2014 -

This is a repeat of TLDR #6. This episode contains some explicit language.

Before the Internet as we know it today, there were text-based bulletin board systems all over the country that people could dial into. One of those systems, M-net, happened to live in Alex's backyard, and it was his internet home base for the better part of a decade. Alex went back this week and found out that it's actually still running.

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Jul 25, 2014 -

A breaking news consumer's handbook for plane crashes, the challenges of choosing the right words in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and humor when the news is bleak. 

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Jul 21, 2014 -

Whether you think the internet is a great or terrible place is partly a reflection of which parts of the internet you choose to visit. It's also a reflection of who you are, and how people online react to you. Mikki Kendall is a writer who deals with an extraordinary amount of trolling and vitriol online. Mikki is a black woman in real life, and she created an experiment to see how her online life would change if she were a white man. 

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Jul 18, 2014 -

How a pill called Truvada is changing the face of gay sex, reporting on every gun death in America, and why Central Americans continue to make the perilous journey north. 

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Jul 17, 2014 -

This is a repeat of TLDR #8. This episode contains some explicit language.

This week, we investigate one of the few internet hoaxes we actually deeply enjoyed being fooled by — about a social media bot for Pace Picante Salsa going insane and inadvertently revealing an entire world of corporate conspiracy. We talk to the comedian behind the hoax, Randy Liedtke, who has his own very funny podcast called The Bone Zone.

 

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Jul 11, 2014 -

A CIA agent gets fired over a FOIA request, the truth behind the current immigration crisis, and the Chicago Tribune’s overnight crime reporter on covering endless shootings. 

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Jul 07, 2014 -

This is a repeat of TLDR #2.

Christopher Hermelin has a project called "The Roving Typist," where he writes stories for people in the park on his typewriter. One day last summer, he found his photo posted to Reddit, and suddenly his image was the butt of jokes all over the internet. We talked to him about what it feels like to become a meme.

 Thanks for listening. If you like our show, please subscribe to us on iTunes. Or you can follow PJ and Alex and TLDR on Twitter. 

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Jul 04, 2014 -

An exploration of Hispanic media today, including the remaking of popular American shows into Spanish, a conversation with Hispanic TV's star newscaster, and a challenge to Bob and Brooke to discuss it all without sucking.

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Jun 29, 2014 -

Last month, documents surfaced that showed a company called the Internet Research Agency was paying people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day. Alex talks to Buzzfeed's Max Seddon about why they do it, and how successful they actually are at swaying public opinion.

Thanks for listening. If you like our show, please subscribe to us on iTunes. Or you can follow PJ and Alex and and TLDR on Twitter. 

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Jun 27, 2014 -

How the suppression of a free press in Egypt is reversing the course of the Arab Spring, challenging the conventional wisdom on student debt, a defense of True Crime, and more.

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Jun 20, 2014 -

ISIS's Twitter and television offensive, the effects of language on your morals, and what NPR is and what it isn't. 

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