Bob Garfield is usually  co-hosting WNYC's "On The Media." But for this show, he's our guest.

Bob Garfield is usually co-hosting WNYC's "On The Media." But for this show, he's our guest.

In an America that seems to get more polarized with every passing tweet, how can we ever put ourselves back together?

Bob Garfield, journalist and co-host of WNYC’s “On The Media” has some ideas. His new book “American Manifesto: Saving Democracy From Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves” outlines six steps that could help us become more connected — and even save us from ourselves.

And it wouldn’t be on-brand if it didn’t include some media criticism. From Kirkus Reviews:

As Garfield rightly points out, the respectable, trustworthy journalists who remain are too few and scattered to serve as an effective watchdog on government and corporate waste, fraud, and abuse. So-called digital journalists, writes Garfield, often spread lies and find receptive audiences among consumers who don’t do their homework. The author also offers some proposed solutions, including vastly improved, significantly more responsible journalism. “We can hold our heads in despair,” writes Garfield, “or we can repair what has been put asunder. Wishful thinking, you say? Pollyanna, you say? Totally f—g delusional, you say? No. It can be done.”

He’s with us to talk about “American Manifesto,” the state of public media, and beyond.

Produced by Haili Blassingame.

Guests

  • Bob Garfield Co-host of 'On the Media' from WNYC and 'The Genius Dialogues' from Audible. @bobosphere

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