Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Brooke Gladstone

“There are fundamental beliefs that I hold, values and principles. But in terms of the direction of the world- does the arc of justice ever arrive at its destination? Does the arc of justice even exist? I don’t know. I do know that this world ultimately will end. I know that human beings won’t be here forever. I know we have a chance in the brief time we’re here to become the best expressions of who we are.” – Brooke Gladstone, episode 172 on Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso


For the last 20 years, journalist Brooke Gladstone has been making sense of the news. Her Peabody-winning show, On the Media, says to examine the “myths and media narratives that shape our worldview—for better or for worse”. This week Brooke join us to put this moment of ours in context. We discuss her ability to “take the long view”, the need for civility in journalism, lessons learned from the 2016 Presidential election, how we are hardwired to be guided by instinct over reason, and why she can’t process the news of the day unless she’s interpreting it for somebody else.


Show-notes:

  • Listen to On the Media here.
  • Follow Brooke on Twitter
  • You can purchase Brooke’s latest book: The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time here.
  • Sam and Brooke discuss the 1951 film Ace in the Hole. It is not on streaming but you can purchase/rent it via Amazon Prime, YouTube and Google Play.

Illustrations by: Krishna Shenoi.

Music by: Dylan Peck and Jinsang.

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