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Revisionist History

Rank #21 in Society & Culture category

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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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By ALJimenez18 - Feb 15 2019
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Amazing show. Interesting stories with a dose of psychology. Incredible.

Great podcast

By stepgi - Feb 13 2019
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My absolute favorite podcast. I’m a huge fan.

iTunes Ratings

36965 Ratings
Average Ratings
32600
1862
860
653
990

Awesome

By ALJimenez18 - Feb 15 2019
Read more

Amazing show. Interesting stories with a dose of psychology. Incredible.

Great podcast

By stepgi - Feb 13 2019
Read more

My absolute favorite podcast. I’m a huge fan.

Cover image of Revisionist History

Revisionist History

Rank #21 in Society & Culture category

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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.

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!

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Rank #1: A Good Walk Spoiled

Jun 15 2017
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Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.

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Rank #2: The Road to Damascus

Jun 22 2017
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What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?

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Rank #3: Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment

Jun 29 2017
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A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?

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Rank #4: The Satire Paradox

Aug 18 2016
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In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliantyoung comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politicsof Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His parodies became famous. He wrote andperformed a vicious sendup of the typical Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. Peopleloved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped wouldhappen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox”asks whether laughter and socialprotest are friends or foes.  To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

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Rank #5: My Little Hundred Million

Jul 21 2016
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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

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Rank #6: Hallelujah

Jul 28 2016
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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

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Rank #7: Food Fight

Jul 14 2016
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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

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Rank #8: The Foot Soldier of Birmingham

Jul 06 2017
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“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”

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Rank #9: The Big Man Can't Shoot

Jun 30 2016
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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

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Rank #10: Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Jul 07 2016
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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

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Rank #11: The Prime Minister and the Prof

Jul 13 2017
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The friendship that changed the course of World War II.

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Rank #12: The Basement Tapes

Aug 17 2017
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What is a son’s obligation to his father?

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Rank #13: Generous Orthodoxy

Aug 11 2016
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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

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Rank #14: McDonald’s Broke My Heart

Aug 10 2017
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They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.

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Rank #15: State v Johnson

Jul 27 2017
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“Nobody was interested in justice.”

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Rank #1: A Good Walk Spoiled

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

Jun 15 2017
37 mins
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Rank #2: The Road to Damascus

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What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?

Jun 22 2017
43 mins
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Rank #3: 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
33 mins
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Rank #4: The Satire Paradox

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In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliantyoung comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politicsof Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His parodies became famous. He wrote andperformed a vicious sendup of the typical Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. Peopleloved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped wouldhappen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox”asks whether laughter and socialprotest are friends or foes.  To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com

Aug 18 2016
40 mins
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Rank #5: 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
42 mins
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Rank #6: 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
39 mins
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Rank #7: 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
33 mins
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Rank #8: The Foot Soldier of Birmingham

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“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”

Jul 06 2017
37 mins
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Rank #9: 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
38 mins
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Rank #10: 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
36 mins
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Rank #11: The Prime Minister and the Prof

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The friendship that changed the course of World War II.

Jul 13 2017
37 mins
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Rank #12: The Basement Tapes

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What is a son’s obligation to his father?

Aug 17 2017
33 mins
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Rank #13: 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
36 mins
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Rank #14: 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
37 mins
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Rank #15: State v Johnson

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“Nobody was interested in justice.”

Jul 27 2017
34 mins
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