A Conversation with Brooke Gladstone

A Conversation with Brooke Gladstone

Award-Winning Journalist and Co-Host of NPR’s ‘On the Media’

To help kick-off the new Moody College Honors Program, award-winning radio host Brooke Gladstone is visiting the Moody College of Communication on Oct. 11 for a moderated discussion and Q&A with students and the public.

Gladstone is best known as the co-host and managing editor of “On the Media,” an award-winning radio show syndicated by National Public Radio that asks insightful and informed questions about current events, politics and the workings of media and culture. She is the author of two books on the media, including the recent “The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time” (2017), which New Yorker columnist George Packer called a “short, stiff drink of truth.”

Honors students are reading “The Trouble with Reality” as well as Gladstone’s other book, “The Influencing Machine” (2012), a New York Times Bestseller acclaimed both as a form of graphic non-fiction and as a myth-debunking lesson on media history.

“Brooke Gladstone is an ideal person to help us celebrate the first year of our new four-year honors program,” says Dave Junker, director of the Moody College Honors Program. “Through her curiosity about the world and her integrity as a truth-seeker and storyteller, she is a great role model for our students.”

The Moody College Honors Program just welcomed its first class of freshmen this fall. The program is dedicated to fostering critical thinking and dialogue through small classes, special events and opportunities for research and community engagement.

“With Brooke Gladstone you get depth and breadth in one person,” Junker says. “She’s an omnivorous news junkie with an appetite for historical context and philosophical inquiry. After listening to her radio show or reading her books, you feel like you understand the why and the how of some of our most pressing issues. I can’t wait for our conversation.”

Gladstone has been a senior editor of NPR’s "Weekend Edition" and "All Things Considered,” a foreign correspondent for NPR from Moscow and a Knight Fellow at Stanford University. She is the recipient of two Peabody Awards, a National Press Club Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and several others. Her book "The Influencing Machine" (2012) was listed among that year's top books by The New Yorker, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, and among the "10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction" by The Atlantic.

The event is on Oct. 11 in the Belo Auditorium (BMC 2.106), 5:30 - 7:00 pm. It is free and open to the public and will include an audience Q&A. It is sponsored by the Moody College Honors Program and the School of Journalism.

CONTACTS: Dave Junker junker@austin.utexas.edu, comm-honors@austin.utexas.edu