Brooke Gladstone is a Peabody Award–winning journalist and media analyst. She is the co-host and managing editor of the public radio newsmagazine radio show and podcast On the Media, and has written for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Slate. She is also the author of The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media. She lives with her husband, the journalist Fred Kaplan, in Brooklyn, NY.
Reality. It used to seem so simple—reality just was, like the weather. Why question it, let alone disagree about it? And then came the assault, an unending stream of “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and lies disguised as truths that is overwhelming our notions of reality. Now we can’t even agree on what a fact is, let alone what is real. How on earth did we get here?Every week, the award-winning journalist Brooke Gladstone, along with her co-host Bob Garfield, reaches 1.2 million listeners through more than 420 NPR affiliate stations with WNYC Studios' On the Media, a shrewd and witty news magazine that analyzes media and how it shapes our perceptions of the world. With her front-row perch on the day’s events and genius for making insightful, rapid-fire connections, Gladstone is ideally suited to explain The Trouble with Reality.
And she offers hope—the inevitable reckoning history tells us we can count on—and a way to recover both our belief in reality and our sanity.