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On The Media podcast

Like everyone else I know, I spent last week a) drinking and b) slowly acclimating myself to the reality of the world in which we live. Last week’s news felt like a floodlight, too bright and too hot to look at directly. One of my first orders of business was to catch up on all of those podcasts with titles like “How Did This Happen” and “The Morning After” that I couldn’t bear to look at before. There is none that I’m more ready to listen to—both this weekend and in the coming months and years—than WNYC’s On The Media, hosted by Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone. While ostensibly focused on journalism and technology, the show’s editorial confidence allows it to produce some of the most incisive, actionable reporting on politics and human communication anywhere. In the months leading …

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