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Revisionist History

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Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

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Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

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Anticipation

By Sloanis001 - Nov 15 2019
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I love this podcast! Malcolm Gladwell provides quirky, subtle humor in a very intelligent podcast.

Sparks interest in things you didn’t know you needed to know

By Fyingdeuon - Nov 15 2019
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Extremely fascinating material. Makes you feel like a more in-the-know and worldly person.

iTunes Ratings

46612 Ratings
Average Ratings
40053
2714
1382
1042
1421

Anticipation

By Sloanis001 - Nov 15 2019
Read more
I love this podcast! Malcolm Gladwell provides quirky, subtle humor in a very intelligent podcast.

Sparks interest in things you didn’t know you needed to know

By Fyingdeuon - Nov 15 2019
Read more
Extremely fascinating material. Makes you feel like a more in-the-know and worldly person.

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Revisionist History

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Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

A Good Walk Spoiled

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Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.

Jun 15 2017

38mins

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The Road to Damascus

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What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?

Jun 22 2017

44mins

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Saigon, 1965

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In the early 1960s the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon. The task? To interview captured North Vietnamese soldiers and guerrillas in order to measure the effect of relentless U.S. bombing on their morale. Yet despite a wealth of great data, even the leaders of the study couldn’t agree on what it meant.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jun 23 2016

45mins

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Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment

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A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?

Jun 29 2017

34mins

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The Satire Paradox

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In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliant

young comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politics

of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His parodies became famous. He wrote and

performed a vicious sendup of the typical Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. People

loved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped would

happen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox”asks whether laughter and social

protest are friends or foes. 

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Aug 18 2016

41mins

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The Foot Soldier of Birmingham

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“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”

Jul 06 2017

38mins

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The Prime Minister and the Prof

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The friendship that changed the course of World War II.

Jul 13 2017

38mins

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The Basement Tapes

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What is a son’s obligation to his father?

Aug 17 2017

33mins

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McDonald’s Broke My Heart

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They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.

Aug 10 2017

38mins

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Hallelujah

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How does genius emerge? An exploration of different types of innovation—through the lens of Elvis Costello’s extraordinary song “Deportee,” once utterly forgettable and then, through time and iteration, a work of beauty and genius.

If you're looking to go deeper into the subjects on Revisionist History, visit Malcolm's collection on iBooks at http://www.apple.co/MalcolmGladwell -- iBooks will update the page every week with new recommendations.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jul 28 2016

40mins

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My Little Hundred Million

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In the early ’90s, Hank Rowan gave $100 million to a tiny public university in Glassboro, New Jersey: not Harvard, not Yale, not even to his alma mater, MIT. What was Rowan thinking? And why has it proven so difficult for other philanthropists to follow his lead?

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jul 21 2016

43mins

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Puzzle Rush

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Malcolm challenges his assistant Camille to the Law School Admissions Test. He gets halfway through, panics, runs out of time, and wonders: why does the legal world want him to rush?

Jun 20 2019

38mins

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State v Johnson

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“Nobody was interested in justice.”

Jul 27 2017

35mins

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Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That

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Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.

Aug 03 2017

39mins

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Food Fight

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Bowdoin College and Vassar College are two elite private schools that compete for the same students. But one of those schools is trying hard to address the problem of rich and poor in American society—and paying a high price. The other is making that problem worse—and reaping rewards as a result.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jul 14 2016

34mins

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The Big Man Can't Shoot

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Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision: He chose a shooting technique that made him one of the worst foul shooters in basketball—even though he had tried a better alternative. Why do smart people do dumb things?

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jun 30 2016

39mins

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Generous Orthodoxy

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A 98-year-old minister takes on his church over the subject of gay marriage—and teaches the rest of us what it means to stand up in protest.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Aug 11 2016

37mins

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Carlos Doesn’t Remember

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Of the tens of thousands of talented, low-income students who graduate from high school every year in the United States, most never make it to universities appropriate to their gifts. America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jul 07 2016

37mins

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Divide and Conquer

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The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon. 

May 17 2018

42mins

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Strong Verbs, Short Sentences

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“She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale—all wrapped up in one.”

Jul 12 2018

43mins

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Introducing Revisionist History

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Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.

Jun 03 2016

4mins

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The Lady Vanishes

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In the late 19th century, a painting titled The Roll Call, by a virtually unknown artist, took England by storm. But after that brilliant first effort, the artist all but disappeared. Why? And what does The Roll Call tell us about the fate of those first through the door?

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jun 16 2016

37mins

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Saigon, 1965

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In the early 1960s the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon. The task? To interview captured North Vietnamese soldiers and guerrillas in order to measure the effect of relentless U.S. bombing on their morale. Yet despite a wealth of great data, even the leaders of the study couldn’t agree on what it meant.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jun 23 2016

45mins

Play

The Big Man Can't Shoot

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Read more

Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision: He chose a shooting technique that made him one of the worst foul shooters in basketball—even though he had tried a better alternative. Why do smart people do dumb things?

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jun 30 2016

39mins

Play

Carlos Doesn’t Remember

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Of the tens of thousands of talented, low-income students who graduate from high school every year in the United States, most never make it to universities appropriate to their gifts. America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jul 07 2016

37mins

Play

Food Fight

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Read more

Bowdoin College and Vassar College are two elite private schools that compete for the same students. But one of those schools is trying hard to address the problem of rich and poor in American society—and paying a high price. The other is making that problem worse—and reaping rewards as a result.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jul 14 2016

34mins

Play

My Little Hundred Million

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Read more

In the early ’90s, Hank Rowan gave $100 million to a tiny public university in Glassboro, New Jersey: not Harvard, not Yale, not even to his alma mater, MIT. What was Rowan thinking? And why has it proven so difficult for other philanthropists to follow his lead?

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jul 21 2016

43mins

Play

Hallelujah

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How does genius emerge? An exploration of different types of innovation—through the lens of Elvis Costello’s extraordinary song “Deportee,” once utterly forgettable and then, through time and iteration, a work of beauty and genius.

If you're looking to go deeper into the subjects on Revisionist History, visit Malcolm's collection on iBooks at http://www.apple.co/MalcolmGladwell -- iBooks will update the page every week with new recommendations.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Jul 28 2016

40mins

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Blame Game

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In the summer and fall of 2009, hundreds of Toyota owners came forward with an alarming allegation: Their cars were suddenly and uncontrollably accelerating. Toyota was forced to recall 10 million vehicles, pay a fine of more than $1 billion, and settle countless lawsuits. The consensus was that there was something badly wrong with the world’s most popular cars. Except that there wasn’t. What happens when hysteria overtakes common sense?

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Aug 04 2016

41mins

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Generous Orthodoxy

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A 98-year-old minister takes on his church over the subject of gay marriage—and teaches the rest of us what it means to stand up in protest.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Aug 11 2016

37mins

Play

The Satire Paradox

Podcast cover
Read more

In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliant

young comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politics

of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His parodies became famous. He wrote and

performed a vicious sendup of the typical Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. People

loved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped would

happen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox”asks whether laughter and social

protest are friends or foes. 

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Aug 18 2016

41mins

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Introducing Revisionist History Season Two

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From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.

May 26 2017

2mins

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A Good Walk Spoiled

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Read more

Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.

Jun 15 2017

38mins

Play

The Road to Damascus

Podcast cover
Read more

What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?

Jun 22 2017

44mins

Play

Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment

Podcast cover
Read more

A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?

Jun 29 2017

34mins

Play

The Foot Soldier of Birmingham

Podcast cover
Read more

“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”

Jul 06 2017

38mins

Play

The Prime Minister and the Prof

Podcast cover
Read more

The friendship that changed the course of World War II.

Jul 13 2017

38mins

Play

The King of Tears

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Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.

Jul 20 2017

45mins

Play

State v Johnson

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Read more

“Nobody was interested in justice.”

Jul 27 2017

35mins

Play

Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That

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Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.

Aug 03 2017

39mins

Play