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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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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

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Extremely fascinating material. Makes you feel like a more in-the-know and worldly person.

iTunes Ratings

46299 Ratings
Average Ratings
39787
2685
1372
1039
1416

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.

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: 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 #2: 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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Rank #3: Malcolm Gladwell's 12 Rules for Life

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Crucial life lessons from the end of hockey games, Idris Elba, and some Wall Street guys with a lot of time on their hands.

Jun 28 2018

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Rank #4: 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

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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: The Tortoise and the Hare

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A weird speech by Antonin Scalia, a visit with some serious legal tortoises, and a testy exchange with the experts at the Law School Admissions Council prompts Malcolm to formulate his Grand Unified Theory for fixing higher education.

Jun 27 2019

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Rank #7: The Standard Case

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Revisionist History tries to make sense of the conundrum of PED use in baseball, using the 500-year-old philosophical techniques of St. Ignatius. Part one of a three-part series on the moral reasoning of the Jesuit order.

Jul 18 2019

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Rank #8: 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

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Rank #9: 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

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Rank #10: Good Old Boys

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If you disagree with someone — if you find what they think appalling — is there any value in talking to them? In the early 1970s, the talk show host Dick Cavett, the governor of Georgia Lester Maddox, and the singer Randy Newman tried to answer this question.

Jul 11 2019

42mins

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Rank #11: Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis

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The one song The King couldn’t sing. 

Jul 19 2018

55mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: Divide and Conquer

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

May 17 2018

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Rank #16: Dr. Rock’s Taxonomy

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John Rock was the co-inventor of the birth control pill — and a committed Catholic. He wanted his church to approve of his invention. What happens when a layman takes on the Vatican? Part two of three.

Jul 25 2019

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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: 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

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Rank #19: 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

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Rank #20: 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

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