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    AR 2014 Reader's Guide



      ANCHORAGE READS 2014 - FEB. 6 thru MARCH 18



      The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media


      Illustrated by Josh Neufeld



       "The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media" is the 8th Anchorage Reads selection. Anchorage Reads is an Anchorage Public Library program to promote reading, literacy and community-building by encouraging people of different ages and backgrounds to engage in a shared reading experience and talk about one book. 

      We welcome everyone in our community to pick up a copy and get reading. Anyone can participate. Share with your co-workers, friends and family, or a class or book group.  Pick up the current book at your local library, download an eBook from Listen Alaska, or purchase at your favorite bookstore. APL Book Club Bag kits are available for checkout to local book groups.


      “Brooke Gladstone’s The Influencing Machine is so remarkable that it is hard to describe. The best I can do is: it’s a book about the history and current controversies of the media, all done as a Spiegelman-style comic-strip narrative. Brooke herself (or at least an avatar) leads you through it all, and her ‘voice’—well known after her years as host of NPR’s On the Media—comes through loud and clear, thanks to Josh Neufeld's witty drawings. I learned a lot, including a lot that I should have known already, and enjoyed every minute.”  
      — Michael Kinsley, author of Please Don't Remain Calm.




        brooke gladstone photo

        Brooke Gladstone started out in print journalism, writing on defense policy, strip-mining, broadcasting and cable TV. Her freelance pieces (on topics ranging from orgasmic Russian faith healers to the aesthetics of Pampers to NPR's near fiscal crash) have appeared in the London Observer, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post and The American Journalism Review among others. She also covered public broadcasting for Current, wrote and edited theater, film and music reviews for The Washington Weekly.

        In 1987, National Public Radio's Scott Simon asked her to fill in as senior editor for his still-new program, Weekend Edition Saturday. Eventually they gave her the job, and a couple years later, she became senior editor of the NPR newsmagazine, All Things Considered. She was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford in 1991 and a year later she was in Russia, reporting on the bloody insurgency of the Russian Parliament and other stories for NPR.

        In 1995, NPR created its brand new media beat and gave it to Gladstone, who covered it for six years from NPR's New York bureau in midtown Manhattan, until she was tapped by WNYC several subway stops downtown to help re-launch On The Media. The program was reborn in January of 2001. I t has since more than tripled its audience and won quite a few awards by brazenly showing how the journalism sausage is made.

        Gladstone has won several awards too, including an Overseas Press Club Award, a Peabody and the Milwaukee Press Club's Sacred Cat Award for lifetime achievement, but sadly, On the Media's staff stubbornly refuses to perform any of the associated rituals.

        Gladstone biography courtesy of



          Josh Neufeld is a cartoonist who works primarily in the field of nonfiction comics, specifically as a comics journalist. Josh is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller 'The Influencing Machine: Brook Gladstone On the Media.'  He also is the writer/artist of the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated 'A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge,' and the Xeric Award-winning graphic travelogue 'A Few Perfect Hours (and Other Stories from Southeast Asia & Central Europe).' Josh was a longtime artist for Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, and his art has been exhibited in gallery and museum shows in the United States and Europe.

          Biography courtesy of Josh Neufeld. More about Josh and his work at:

          Josh Neufeld Comix & Stories

          Josh Neufeld Illustration




            ANCHORAGE READS 2007 - 2014

            The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Project led the way to revitalize the role of literature in communities across the nation. Anchorage Reads is an Anchorage Public Library program to promote reading, literacy and community-building by encouraging people of different ages and backgrounds to engage in a shared reading experience and talk about one book.

            We greatly appreciate the generosity and commitment of our past and present sponsors and local community partners. Anchorage Reads 2013 runs in February 2013. Anyone can participate. Pick up the current book at your local library or bookstore and get reading!


              LOCAL & MEDIA LINKS

              2/26/14: Books of the Year at UAA with Brooke Gladstone, Dr. Ron Everett's class JUST 360 Justic Theory

              2/26/14: KSKA at 2pm and 9pm 'Hometown Alaska' with Brooke Gladstone

              2/27/14: UAA Campus Bookstore: Tea & Conversation with NPR's 'On the Media' Brooke Gladstone

              Audio Archive, Community Archive with Brooke Gladstone & James Fallows at Politics and Prose, 2011

              Colbert Report video with Brooke Gladstone, 2011

              National Public Radio's Neal Conan talks with Brooke Gladstone, "What 'The Influencing Machine' Teaches College Kids", 2012

              OTM Brooke onTwitter - Co-Host and Editor of WNYC's On the Media, Brooklyn, New York

              Twitter Chat on #1book140: Is the Media a Mirror or an Influencing Machine

              W. W. Norton 'The Influencing Machine'  publisher site with related links

              YouTube videos with Brooke Gladstone on 'The Influencing Machine'


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