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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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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/.
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.
The Queen of Cuba

The Queen of Cuba

2019-08-2901:06:2264

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.
The Obscure Virus Club

The Obscure Virus Club

2019-08-2200:40:2756

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.
Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah

Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah

2019-08-1500:42:4359

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.
In a Metal Mood

In a Metal Mood

2019-08-0800:43:2446

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.
Descend into the Particular

Descend into the Particular

2019-08-0100:45:2875

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

Dr. Rock’s Taxonomy

2019-07-2500:42:3663

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.
The Standard Case

The Standard Case

2019-07-1800:41:3382

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

Good Old Boys

2019-07-1100:45:1167

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.
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Emme Dee

Sandra Bland did not commit suicide

Oct 16th
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Bas Van De Haterd

one reason is of course because we pay bu the hour. not by result. although I admit in some US systemt, no cure no pay, it is.

Oct 16th
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Trent Birner

The priest sitting not on the sidelines, during the contraceptive debate, but laying in bed with young boys.

Oct 3rd
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Doug Havens

It's hard to listen to this. Star struck

Oct 3rd
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10 cent plague whereyouwerewhen

No, there is not a way to use sensitivity restraint and humility to change people. But you can use sensitivity, restraint and humility to listen and change your own mind.

Oct 1st
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علي علوشe

SAML2UO8OQ

Sep 30th
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Emily Becker

Agreed! The prevailing narrative in our society says that if someone is killed my the cops they either deserved it or wanted it (as in the case of Angel in this episode). People want to believe we live in a just society and that police shootings only happen to “bad guys”. The truth is far more complex and ugly. I felt this episode did not do enough to dispel those false narratives. The systems in our society devalue the lives of people of color. The deaths of people of color at the hands of law enforcement is too pervasive. We must fight it at every turn. Malcom and Team: I expected better from you.

Sep 29th
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Raleigh Floyd Jr

Malcolm Gladwell & team: overall, the 3-part series was this podcast at it's best, but your treatment of the police brutality topic suggests you learned little from Randy Newman. If you feared "picking a side" or sounding preachy, know that by choosing the clearly-guilty teen in Ferguson and the undeniably sympathetic, suicide-by-cop, exception-to-the-rule examples to focus on, you, in fact, chose a side. "The cops are victims too" is a spoonful of sugar for anyone indifferent or uneasy about cops routinely executing black men without consequence. That said, enjoyed the series and love the podcast.

Sep 28th
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Jake Henderson

Excellent episode!

Sep 28th
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NoaGins

Excellent

Sep 28th
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Dre Crego

I picked THIS. As my first episode of this podcast to listen to. WTAF. What. The. Actual. Fuck. As soon as I heard Pat Boone’s “Revision” of Holy Diver, against the backdrop of the proposition that he should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I gave up trying to keep an open mind and turned this shit off. FUCK YOU ... Unless, is this parody, and it has just gone completely over my head??? JFC. I’m so confused right now.

Sep 22nd
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Rebecca MA

Actually, I would love to see Malcolm being a lawyer and arguing a case in court. I think he would be brilliant!

Sep 19th
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Rebecca MA

Damn! I love how when you ask a poignant question and then the silence... Keep on asking the tough questions!

Sep 19th
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John Clifford

It's a bit tendentious to equate Steve Bannon with Lester Maddox; Maddox was a bigot who grew up in an environment where overt bigotry was the norm. 'Rednecks` pointed out that overt, proud-in-its-ignorance bigot mindset, and also the hypocrisy of the concealed bigotry of the North. Bannon is highly-educated, intelligent, conservative, but not any more of a bigot than Dick Cavett, and to casually label him thus is to lazily dismiss his arguments. Randy Newman's talent was in letting us see how these characters thought, whether it's the shady slave trade, the ignorant Alabama steelworker who just knew he was better than the blacks around him and so did what he could to make their lives miserable so he could feel better about himself... and saw the same motivation for the condescending racism of his Northern critics... or the desperate Louisiana sharecroppers, white and black, who voted for Huey Long because he was corrupt but they hoped he would throw them a morsel. I thought it was a good podcast as it did tie everything together.

Sep 19th
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McKay Sleight

so is the education received better at one or the other? this makes me wonder if the books that gladwell puts out are as skewed as this podcast

Sep 16th
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Ryan Wagoner

If you haven't read his latest book, Talking to Strangers, you're missing out. Available 9-10-19 And no, I don't work for him. Just appreciate his work.

Sep 16th
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Emily Becker

Ron Martinelli may have a PhD but he has a poor understanding of how Black lives in the US have been devalued and brutalized for 400 years. Blaming the victims and telling the Black community to get its act together is ignorant. “...a system so steeped in anti-black racism means that on any given day it can be open season on any black person — old or young, man, woman, or child. There exists no equivalent reality for white Americans.” - Claudia Rankine Black Lives Matter!

Sep 14th
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Matthew Rynne

Malcolm I'm telling you this because I'm SURE you CARE. Regarding your home security ad you mentioned a river called the Suir and a town called Cahir in Ireland. just to let you know they are pronounced more correctly like the capitalised words in my first sentence.

Sep 5th
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علي علوشe

all

Sep 4th
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Craig Branker

To Malcolm and Team, I'd be interested to hear a podcast on the appropriation of calypso from Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaican folklore songs by American artists such as Harry Belafonte and the Andrew sisters post WW II.

Sep 3rd
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