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

The Lady Vanishes

2016-06-1600:37:50212

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
Saigon, 1965

Saigon, 1965

2016-06-2300:45:08141

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
The Big Man Can't Shoot

The Big Man Can't Shoot

2016-06-3000:39:16111

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
Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Carlos Doesn’t Remember

2016-07-0700:38:01105

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
Food Fight

Food Fight

2016-07-1400:34:3676

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
My Little Hundred Million

My Little Hundred Million

2016-07-2100:43:26106

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
Hallelujah

Hallelujah

2016-07-2800:40:5483

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
Blame Game

Blame Game

2016-08-0400:42:2794

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
Generous Orthodoxy

Generous Orthodoxy

2016-08-1100:37:1770

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
The Satire Paradox

The Satire Paradox

2016-08-1800:41:5678

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
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.
From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.
A Good Walk Spoiled

A Good Walk Spoiled

2017-06-1500:38:4587

Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.
The Road to Damascus

The Road to Damascus

2017-06-2200:44:2563

What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?
A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?
The Foot Soldier of Birmingham

The Foot Soldier of Birmingham

2017-07-0600:39:0944

“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”
The friendship that changed the course of World War II.
The King of Tears

The King of Tears

2017-07-2000:46:1565

Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.
State v Johnson

State v Johnson

2017-07-2700:35:5843

“Nobody was interested in justice.”
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Comments (412)

Eric Grady

This episode is extremely misleading. The guardian showed statistics where at least partial braking was involved in 14 of 35 incidents that were analyzed. That's a far cry from what this episode claims that they were all driver error. Shame on you. You simply don't have the evidence needed to support that assertion. Bit flipping, sw bugs, there's a whole host of reasons that you omitted.

Feb 25th
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Isobel Prince Lawrance

Omg! Julia Gillard!

Feb 17th
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July Johnson

What kind of sociopath, left or right, would want 70% of the senate to come from DC?

Feb 12th
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Ivan Terrero

FYI ,the US is not a democracy it is a republic..........this idea of adding 127 states is so that one side can get their way with a simple majority and that is precisely what the framers of the constitution wanted.

Feb 12th
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Lauren Holland

💗

Feb 7th
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Mark Jackman

Love this episode. congratulations to all involved and it made me realise what side I'm on.

Feb 5th
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Thomas “tonepoet” Lindsey

No history in this one, just a nonstop commercial. There are more commercials in this podcast than any other I listen to already, this one is way overdone. Can't do it anymore, I'm out.

Feb 4th
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Peter Cramden

Totally wrong about how Prop 13 works.

Jan 18th
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Bethany

I got so many chills listening to Julia's speech made directly into the face of a personal aggressor. Amazing. Also hearing the true recording of her, instead of quotes read by a narrator, makes all the difference. I can't wait to see what other amazing stories this podcast has in store!! Thank you for this podcast!!!

Jan 16th
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trevor strang

whatadppppp

Jan 11th
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Francisco Yruegas

wtf 1st time I listen to this show and the first story I hear is a teaser? so pissed not even interested in listening any more

Jan 11th
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yeet

I listened to this the whole day! repeat, repeat, repeat. will pause, then re listen it next week, next month, next year...... go to the site of Dr. Lori, read the Gillivich research........

Jan 1st
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William M Westcott

Malcolm! Malcolm! Malcolm!

Dec 30th
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Christine Chandra

Thank you for this episode. like so many others I am moved to tears and at work no less. I am so touched by Chester avenger and his story because I was unable to possess his generosity and along the way have lost my faith in any religion. This podcast has made me pause.

Dec 20th
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Heather Boylen

The Chris Farley guy cracks me up! I want him to have his own podcast!

Dec 4th
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Adam Cook

He can't be serious! He is wilfully ignorant on so many points. Difficult to believe he actually published this.

Dec 2nd
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yeet

favourite! from Kenya! Gladwell, u are good

Nov 23rd
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yeet

favourite! from Kenya! Gladwell, u are good

Nov 23rd
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Dan Briggs

when is Gladwell going to do a revisionist history on the climate fraud weve endured for decades?

Nov 23rd
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Vernon Shoemaker

There are no sins of omission in this world, only crimes of passivity.

Nov 15th
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