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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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Brain Food

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I feel smarter every time I listen! This has shot to the top of my must listen shows.

What’s up with 3 ads in a row?

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I love this podcast but I just listened to three consecutive ads. What the heck?

iTunes Ratings

45063 Ratings
Average Ratings
38742
2588
1333
1019
1381

Brain Food

By clcski - Sep 19 2019
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I feel smarter every time I listen! This has shot to the top of my must listen shows.

What’s up with 3 ads in a row?

By leSigh - Sep 19 2019
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I love this podcast but I just listened to three consecutive ads. What the heck?
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Revisionist History

Updated 2 days ago

Rank #2 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!

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: 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
44 mins
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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
33 mins
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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
40 mins
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Rank #6: The Foot Soldier of Birmingham

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“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”
Jul 06 2017
38 mins
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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
37 mins
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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
39 mins
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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
42 mins
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Rank #10: 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 #11: State v Johnson

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“Nobody was interested in justice.”
Jul 27 2017
34 mins
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Rank #12: 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
38 mins
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Rank #13: 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 #14: 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
38 mins
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Rank #15: 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 #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.

To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
Aug 11 2016
36 mins
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Rank #17: 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 #18: Divide and Conquer

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The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon.
May 17 2018
41 mins
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Rank #19: 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
42 mins
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Rank #20: 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
42 mins
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