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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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Great podcast

By flipflopjimmy - Jan 12 2020
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I really enjoy your work. Thank you Malcom!

This Podcast is life changing!

By Chris128465 - Jan 11 2020
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Everyone should listen to this podcast

iTunes Ratings

47342 Ratings
Average Ratings
40687
2755
1402
1062
1436

Great podcast

By flipflopjimmy - Jan 12 2020
Read more
I really enjoy your work. Thank you Malcom!

This Podcast is life changing!

By Chris128465 - Jan 11 2020
Read more
Everyone should listen to this podcast
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Revisionist History

Latest release on Dec 02, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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.

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Jun 23 2016

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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: The Foot Soldier of Birmingham

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“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”

Jul 06 2017

38mins

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Rank #6: 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

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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: The Basement Tapes

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What is a son’s obligation to his father?

Aug 17 2017

33mins

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Rank #9: 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

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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: State v Johnson

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“Nobody was interested in justice.”

Jul 27 2017

35mins

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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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

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Rank #15: 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

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Rank #16: 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.

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Aug 11 2016

37mins

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Rank #17: 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

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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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