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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, 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
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
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
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
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
Malcolm has been writing about race and policing for a very long time, going back to the killing of Amadou Diallo in 1999. Sometimes, it is useful to take a step back and consider policing in a broader context. Here we present a chapter from Malcolm's book David and Goliath, which includes an analysis of a riot in Northern Ireland in 1970. Many miles and many years away. About divisions of religion and class and not divisions of race. But the core questions to be asked in 1970 and 1999 and today are the same: if you have power, what does it mean to use it, and use it wisely? And what are the consequences if you don't? David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants was published in 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. Audiobook production by Hachette Audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In our last listener favorite, we revisit The King of Tears from Season 2 where Revisionist History goes to Nashville to talk with Bobby Braddock, who has written more sad songs than almost anyone else. What is it about music that makes us cry? And what sets country music apart? 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. Plus, we hear a sneak peak of the new Cautionary Tales mini-season, hosted by Tim Harford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

2016-06-1637:55234

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
Saigon, 1965

Saigon, 1965

2016-06-2344:37149

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
The Big Man Can't Shoot

The Big Man Can't Shoot

2016-06-3038:30118

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
Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Carlos Doesn’t Remember

2016-07-0736:17117

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
Food Fight

Food Fight

2016-07-1433:0182

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
My Little Hundred Million

My Little Hundred Million

2016-07-2141:27119

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
Hallelujah

Hallelujah

2016-07-2839:3190

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
Blame Game

Blame Game

2016-08-0441:23101

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
Generous Orthodoxy

Generous Orthodoxy

2016-08-1136:1478

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
The Satire Paradox

The Satire Paradox

2016-08-1840:3087

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
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
From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (451)

Donna Morris

To me this man is a monster. But I like you, so I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt.

Jul 9th
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Craig Peters

So many add for such long duration. You're losing me.

Jul 7th
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Craig Peters

So many add for such long duration. You're losing me.

Jul 7th
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Erik Ogaard

Malcolm Gladwell for President!

Jul 5th
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Timothy Daniel Scheffler

Malcolm, you came out swinging hard in this season! Great podcast examining where we as humans put our worth and find our identity. Thank you and keep them coming!

Jul 4th
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Amber Williams

The correct political term is "racial profiling". Stop calling it "systemic racism".

Jul 1st
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Jerry Stauffer

our curator has never seen the collection he curates....wow

Jun 27th
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Jerry Stauffer

You're only talking about art but millions of people lost untold property under duress (death) in every war. You can't undo the past and you'll only hurt the people who bought the items in good faith generations ago.

Jun 27th
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Morteza Mohandes Mojarad

randomly make mistake so my actual weakness can't be recognized. cause no one cares what caused it and immediately judge you not understand.

Jun 25th
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Asha SG

i really wish there was warning before the audio from the accident was played. some of us are snow flakes. i can't get it to stop replaying in my head

Jun 25th
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dp

Malcolm selling Lexus just seems wrong.

Jun 25th
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Morteza Mohandes Mojarad

I'm sorry buy I was going to laugh during this episode. didn't know i was supposed to be crying at the end. maybe I don't get the pure feelings the southern have. I'm just a dead inside hypocrite.

Jun 24th
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Morteza Mohandes Mojarad

nice trick by Justice court and education system. whites are often ahead of blacks in policies and it's too late when the deed is investigated.

Jun 23rd
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Morteza Mohandes Mojarad

someone that never gives up. best said by a sister to a brother with no parents protecting

Jun 21st
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Morteza Mohandes Mojarad

stat and emotions well combined for good intentions. well done.

Jun 21st
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Morteza Mohandes Mojarad

you make past come alive and guiding me through now. thanks

Jun 21st
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Erin Willson

Yaz ":Only you" is absolutely THAT song! Oh, brilliant episode as per usual.

Jun 18th
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Julian Benabides

Such a good episode! I love it.

Jun 12th
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Brendan Oconnell

You forgot to mention how Jordan Peterson is a right-wing conspiracy theorist

Jun 11th
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Aura Sheet Metal

except 911 was a complete false flag hoax.... hahahah

Jun 8th
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