Revisionist History

Revisionist History

By Pushkin Industries

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.

Episodes

Revisionist History Presents: The Last Archive

This week we're featuring the second episode of The Last Archive, a new podcast hosted by Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore. When a young black man is charged with murder under unusual circumstances in 1922, he trusts his fate to a strange new machine: A lie detector. It was invented by the man who went on to create Wonder Woman, and whose whole life was a strange blur of fact and fiction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/05/2050m 49s

Revisionist Revisited: Free Brian Williams

Brian Williams made a mistake and Malcolm vouched for him. So why hasn't Brian Williams reached out to Malcolm in response? "Free Brian Williams" came in second place from our "Revisionist Revisited" survey. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to hear our last listener favorite. The wait for new episodes is almost over. Season 5 launches June 18. For updates on the coming season, sign up for our emails at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/05/2045m 57s

Revisionist Revisited: A Good Walk Spoiled

Golfers everywhere love to hate this episode. Since its debut in Season 2, the subject of golf ignites Malcolm's Twitter feed like no other. A Good Walk Spoiled came in third in our "Revisionist Revisited" survey. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to hear new introductions to the two episodes that bested it. The wait for new episodes is almost over. Season 5 launches June 18. For updates on the coming season, sign up for our emails at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/05/2040m 42s

Revisionist Revisited: Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis

We're gearing up to launch Season 5 of Revisionist History soon. In celebration, we are revisiting some of our favorite episodes from past seasons. Malcolm is kicking this off with his favorite Revisionist History episode: Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis from Season 3. Help us choose your favorite episodes! Visit www.pushkin.fm and follow the link at the top of the page to vote. We'll be rolling out the top three episodes with extra commentary and behind-the-scenes material in the coming weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/04/2058m 22s

Revisionist History Presents: Go and See

Malcolm, a serious car nut, is invited to Toyota City in Japan to meet test-track drivers and obsessive engineers. The result is a six-part series called "Go and See." The first episode explores the Japanese concept of hospitality called "omotenashi" as it applies to car design. Brought to you by Lexus and Pushkin Industries, "Go and See" is available wherever you like to listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/03/2021m 48s

Revisionist History Presents: Deep Background with Noah Feldman

Could we really fix gridlock in the Senate by creating new states? Malcolm revisits the "Divide and Conquer" episode from Season 3 in an interview on Deep Background with Noah Feldman, the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries.  "Divide and Conquer" covered Texas's right to divide into 5 separate states. What if Washington, D.C. -- a non-state territory -- tried to divide their city into 127 separate states? A recent anonymous note in the Harvard Law Review proposes just that. It's just the kind of bananas idea Malcolm loves to dissect, and Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law Professor and Constitutional law expert is the perfect foil. Noah's podcast, Deep Background with Noah Feldman, is available wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/02/2029m 44s

Revisionist History Presents: The Pushkin Industries Holiday Variety Show

Malcolm Gladwell debuts his first fireside chat, answering burning questions from Revisionist History listeners in this bonus episode. He lets us listen in on a conversation with Conan O’Brien and supplies tasty tidbits of new shows on the Pushkin Industries roster. Plus, hear what’s in the works with Michael Lewis, Laurie Santos and other Pushkin hosts. Join MC Malcolm for this new holiday tradition. For more information and to sign up for the Pushkin newsletter, visit https://www.pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/12/1937m 42s

Revisionist History Presents: The Happiness Lab

Malcolm Gladwell presents the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries: The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos. To listen to all episodes of The Happiness Lab, visit https://megaphone.link/CAD5602975937 or www.happinesslab.fm/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/10/1941m 4s

Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell on Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations

Malcolm Gladwell speaks with Oprah Winfrey about his new book Talking to Strangers, the one mystery he hopes might be resolved in our lifetimes, and the ways we could all benefit from a little more patience and humility when judging people we don’t know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/09/1939m 58s

The Queen of Cuba

On February 24, 1996, Cuban fighter jets shot down two small planes operated by Brothers to the Rescue, an organization in Florida that tried to spot refugees fleeing Cuba in boats. A strange chain of events preceded the shoot-down, and people in the intelligence business turned to a rising star in the Defense Intelligence Agency, Ana Montes. Montes was known around Washington as the “Queen of Cuba” for her insights into the Castro regime. But what Montes’ colleagues eventually found out about her shook their sense of trust to the core. (In this excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell’s forthcoming audiobook Talking to Strangers, we hear why spy mysteries do not unfold in real life like they do in the movies.) To preorder a copy of Talking to Strangers and check out Malcolm Gladwell's book tour, visit www.gladwellbooks.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/08/191h 3m

The Obscure Virus Club

Throughout the 1960s, a biologist named Howard Temin became convinced that something wasn’t right in science’s understanding of viruses. His colleagues dismissed him as a heretic. He turned out to be right — and you're alive today as a result.  Season Four ends with a bedtime story about how we should be freed by our doubts, not imprisoned by them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/08/1939m 38s

Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/08/1941m 1s

In a Metal Mood

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 involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/08/1942m 16s

Descend into the Particular

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/08/1944m 48s

Dr. Rock’s Taxonomy

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/07/1940m 56s

The Standard Case

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/07/1940m 15s

Good Old Boys

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/07/1942m 29s

Tempest in a Teacup

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/07/1938m 45s

The Tortoise and the Hare

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/06/1942m 14s

Puzzle Rush

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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/06/1938m 24s

Introducing Revisionist History Season Four

Jesuits. Chess masters. Mafiosi. Lawyers. And a little bit of tire fire.  Launching June 20th from Pushkin Industries.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/06/192m 31s

Revisionist History Presents: Solvable

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, conducted by journalists like Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, dive into the complexity of issues like maternal mortality, food waste, and viral disinformation, while inspiring hope that such immense problems are, in fact, solvable. In episode one, Malcolm Gladwell talks to Rosanne Haggerty about ending homelessness for everyone. Forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/06/1930m 42s

Revisionist History Presents: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

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 trying to do the impossible: adjudicate fairness. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Against the Rules wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/04/1941m 56s

Revisionist History Presents: Dave Hill and the Epistemology of Norwegian Black Metal

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 of the darkest metal band of all time. Dave Hill also performs a mediocre rendition of “Hammer Smashed Face,” plus we debut his single "Are You Ready (to Black Metal)?"
18/12/1835m 44s

Revisionist History Presents: Nashville Revolution: Bobby Braddock, Don Schlitz, and Don Henry

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 and spoke to a new generation of audiences. Bobby Braddock, Don Schlitz and Don Henry talk about their influences, trade stories, and play acoustic versions of their classic hits.
05/12/1845m 30s

Revisionist History Presents: Rick Rubin

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 introducing Johnny Cash to a new generation of writers, performers and music lovers. Rick and Malcolm delve deep into Rick’s back catalogue – which is really a history of contemporary music – to reveal more about the artists that defined a new era, and why they are still vital listening today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/11/1848m 58s

Revisionist History Presents: Broken Record

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 first episode of Broken Record on November 13th. Listen here or in the Broken Record feed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/11/183m 34s

Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis

The one song The King couldn’t sing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1855m 27s

Strong Verbs, Short Sentences

“She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale—all wrapped up in one.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1843m 36s

The Imaginary Crimes of Margit Hamosh

Epidemics of fear repeat themselves. The first time as tragedy. The second time as farce. Margit Hamosh? Definitely farce.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1837m 4s

Malcolm Gladwell's 12 Rules for Life

Crucial life lessons from the end of hockey games, Idris Elba, and some Wall Street guys with a lot of time on their hands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1846m 45s

The Hug Heard Round the World

Q: Was there a period where you felt you had something to prove? A: The first 45 years of my life.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1841m 52s

General Chapman’s Last Stand

Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1837m 9s

Free Brian Williams

"Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1839m 29s

A Polite Word for Liar

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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1839m 40s

Burden of Proof

“He called to wish me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Then he said, ‘I’m failing everything.’” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1837m 4s

Divide and Conquer

The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1842m 21s

Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell debates Adam Grant

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1854m 32s

Introducing Revisionist History Season Three

Malcolm Gladwell is back with season three of Revisionist History: harmonica players, mass delusion, semicolons, and a constitutional crisis. Launching May 17th on Panoply. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/182m 25s

The Basement Tapes

What is a son’s obligation to his father? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1833m 59s

McDonald’s Broke My Heart

They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1838m 7s

Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That

Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1839m 28s

State v Johnson

“Nobody was interested in justice.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1835m 30s

The King of Tears

Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1845m 48s

The Prime Minister and the Prof

The friendship that changed the course of World War II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1838m 17s

The Foot Soldier of Birmingham

“Oh, Mac. What did you do?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1838m 36s

Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment

A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1834m 45s

The Road to Damascus

What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1844m 5s

A Good Walk Spoiled

Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1838m 9s

Introducing Revisionist History Season Two

From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/182m 49s

The Satire Paradox

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1841m 41s

Generous Orthodoxy

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1837m 1s

Blame Game

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 settle countless lawsuits. The consensus was that there was something badly wrong with the world’s most popular cars. Except that there wasn’t. What happens when hysteria overtakes common sense? To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1841m 52s

Hallelujah

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1840m 37s

My Little Hundred Million

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1843m 10s

Food Fight

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1834m 12s

Carlos Doesn’t Remember

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1837m 41s

The Big Man Can't Shoot

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1839m 11s

Saigon, 1965

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1845m 11s

The Lady Vanishes

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 first through the door? To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/1837m 54s

Introducing Revisionist History

Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/184m 11s
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