August 10th: What's On Today's Show

Brooke Gladstone is host of the radio program, On The Media. She's the primary character in her new comic book, The Influencing Machine, that takes on the state of the media, past and present. i i

Brooke Gladstone is host of the radio program, On The Media. She's the primary character in her new comic book, The Influencing Machine, that takes on the state of the media, past and present. W.W. Norton & Co. hide caption

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Brooke Gladstone is host of the radio program, On The Media. She's the primary character in her new comic book, The Influencing Machine, that takes on the state of the media, past and present.

Brooke Gladstone is host of the radio program, On The Media. She's the primary character in her new comic book, The Influencing Machine, that takes on the state of the media, past and present.

W.W. Norton & Co.

The Political Junkie
As President Obama and Congress reel from the political impact of the S&P downgrade, the Wisconsin GOP maintains control of the State Senate, and Republicans prepare for the Iowa Straw Poll this weekend, we'll talk to influential Iowa conservative Bob Vander Plaats, and hear from Ron Elving, NPR's senior Washington editor, on our regular edition of the Political Junkie.

London Riots
After several nights of rioting in London, violent protests are popping up outside the capital city as well. Prime Minister David Cameron has called Parliament back to work because of the riots, and has said "nothing is off the table" for police drawing up contingency plans to restore law and order. In this segment, we'll get an update on the turmoil in the U.K. from GlobalPost's Michael Goldfarb.

The Influencing Machine
Brooke Gladstone says the media isn't really a machine — it's a mirror that reflects the world back at us, even if it may be a bit cracked and fogged up. She's traced the history of the media, tackling big issues like bias, censorship and sensationalism in a new graphic novel. Neal Conan talks to the "On The Media" co-host about her new book, The Influencing Machine.

Trombone Shorty
25-year-old Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has been hailed as "New Orleans' brightest new star in a generation." He grew up in a musical family in the neighborhood of Treme, earning his nickname at the age of four. He has since made a name for himself as a performer, and for bridging old and new styles of jazz into a unique sound he calls "Supafunkrock." Trombone Shorty talks about his process of evolving jazz music, his many musical influences, and his upcoming album, "For True."

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