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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 I...Show More
McDonald’s Broke My Heart

37:07 | Aug 10th, 2017

They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.
A Good Walk Spoiled

37:09 | Jun 15th, 2017

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

39:29 | Jun 7th, 2018

"Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft."
Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment

33:45 | Jun 29th, 2017

A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?
The Hug Heard Round the World

40:52 | Jun 21st, 2018

Q: Was there a period where you felt you had something to prove? A: The first 45 years of my life. 
The Basement Tapes

33:59 | Aug 17th, 2017

What is a son’s obligation to his father?
The Prime Minister and the Prof

37:17 | Jul 13th, 2017

The friendship that changed the course of World War II.
Tempest in a Teacup

38:45 | Jul 4th

Bohea, the aroma of tire fire, Mob Wives, smugglers, “bro” tea, and what it all means to the backstory of the American Revolution. Malcolm tells the real story on what happened in Boston on the night of December 16, 1773.
The Tortoise and the Hare

42:14 | Jun 27th

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.
Puzzle Rush

38:24 | Jun 20th

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?
Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell debates Adam Grant

52:02 | May 10th, 2018

In a special live taping at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Malcolm talks with WorkLife’s Adam Grant about how to avoid doing highly undesirable tasks, what makes an idea interesting, and why Malcolm thinks we shouldn't root for the underdog.
The Satire Paradox

40:41 | Aug 18th, 2016

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 typi...Show More

39:37 | Jul 28th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Food Fight

33:12 | Jul 14th, 2016

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...Show More
The Big Man Can't Shoot

38:11 | Jun 30th, 2016

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 t...Show More
Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That

38:28 | Aug 3rd, 2017

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

34:30 | Jul 27th, 2017

“Nobody was interested in justice.”
The King of Tears

44:48 | Jul 20th, 2017

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

43:05 | Jun 22nd, 2017

What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?
Blame Game

40:52 | Aug 4th, 2016

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 set...Show More
Malcolm Gladwell's 12 Rules for Life

45:45 | Jun 28th, 2018

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

36:01 | Aug 11th, 2016

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
Carlos Doesn’t Remember

36:41 | Jul 7th, 2016

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 yea...Show More
Saigon, 1965

44:11 | Jun 23rd, 2016

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 moral...Show More
The Lady Vanishes

36:54 | Jun 16th, 2016

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 f...Show More
Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah

41:01 | Aug 15th

You thought that there was only one kind of chutzpah. Wrong. There’s two. Revisionist History tells the story of the Mafia’s showdown with a legendary Hollywood producer, in a battle of competing chutzpahs.
The Standard Case

40:15 | Jul 18th

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.
Good Old Boys

42:29 | Jul 11th

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 ...Show More
Dave Hill and the Epistemology of Norwegian Black Metal

35:44 | Dec 18th, 2018

Malcolm Gladwell sits down with comedian, guitarist, and legendary metalhead Dave Hill, as he recounts how an email exchange between his alter ego Lance and a Norwegian black metal impresario named Saiitham (pronounced “satan”) led to the formation o...Show More
Revisionist History Presents: Rick Rubin

48:58 | Nov 13th, 2018

Revisionist History presents the first episode of a new podcast, Broken Record. It's a conversation between Rick Rubin and Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell, covering everything from Rick’s role in the very beginning of hip-hop to his role in...Show More
Strong Verbs, Short Sentences

42:36 | Jul 12th, 2018

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

36:04 | Jul 5th, 2018

Epidemics of fear repeat themselves. The first time as tragedy. The second time as farce. Margit Hamosh? Definitely farce. 
Divide and Conquer

41:21 | May 17th, 2018

The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon. 
Introducing Revisionist History Season Two

02:49 | May 26th, 2017

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

42:10 | Jul 21st, 2016

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 fol...Show More
In a Metal Mood

42:16 | Aug 8th

Two seasons after its investigation of the decline of McDonalds french fries, Revisionist History returns to fast-food’s high-tech test kitchens. This time the subject is cultural appropriation. The case study is Taco Bell. Oh, and Pat Boone is invol...Show More
Descend into the Particular

44:48 | Aug 1st

An unarmed man is shot to death by police. How does the Jesuitical idea of “disordered attachments” help us make sense of what happened? Part three of three.
Dr. Rock’s Taxonomy

40:56 | Jul 25th

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.
Introducing Revisionist History Season Four

02:31 | Jun 13th

Jesuits. Chess masters. Mafiosi. Lawyers. And a little bit of tire fire. Launching June 20th from Pushkin Industries. 
Revisionist History Presents: Solvable

30:42 | Jun 5th

Revisionist History presents Solvable, a new show from Pushkin Industries and the Rockefeller Foundation that showcases the world’s most innovative thinkers and their ideas about how to solve the world’s most daunting problems. The interviews, conduc...Show More
Revisionist History Presents: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

41:56 | Apr 9th

Malcolm Gladwell presents Ref, You Suck!, the first episode of the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis. Rage at referees is all the rage in professional sports. Michael Lewis visits a replay center that’s tryi...Show More
Nashville Revolution: Bobby Braddock, Don Schlitz, and Don Henry

45:30 | Dec 4th, 2018

Revisionist History listeners will remember Bobby Braddock as "The King of Tears" from season two, when he told Malcolm the story behind his hit, He Stopped Loving Her Today. Bobby also appeared as a guest in the final episode of season three, "Analy...Show More
Nashville Revolution: Bobby Braddock, Don Schlitz, and Don Henry

45:30 | Dec 4th, 2018

Malcolm Gladwell talks to three songwriters who helped transform country music in the 1970s. Gone were cowboy hats, train whistles and church suppers. In came songs about desperation, loss, changes, and regret that changed how Nashville made music an...Show More
Revisionist History Presents: Broken Record

03:34 | Nov 6th, 2018

From Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record: Liner notes for the digital age. Revisionist History will be airing the fir...Show More
General Chapman’s Last Stand

37:09 | Jun 14th, 2018

Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not.
A Polite Word for Liar

39:40 | May 31st, 2018

An early morning raid, a house-full of Nazis, the world’s greatest harmonica player, and a dashingly handsome undercover spy. What could possibly go wrong?
Burden of Proof

36:04 | May 24th, 2018

“He called to wish me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Then he said, ‘I’m failing everything.’”
Introducing Revisionist History Season Three

02:25 | May 3rd, 2018

Malcolm Gladwell is back with season three of Revisionist History: harmonica players, mass delusion, semicolons, and a constitutional crisis. Launching May 17th on Panoply.
Introducing Revisionist History

04:11 | Jun 3rd, 2016

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