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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

2016-06-1600:34:03201

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

2016-06-2300:41:21135

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

2016-06-3000:35:2299

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

2016-07-0700:33:4294

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

2016-07-1400:30:0972

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

2016-07-2100:39:1597

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

2016-07-2800:36:4977

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

2016-08-0400:37:5890

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

2016-08-1100:33:0665

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

2016-08-1800:37:4370

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 typical Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. Peopleloved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped wouldhappen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox”asks whether laughter and socialprotest 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

2017-06-1500:34:1182

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

The Road to Damascus

2017-06-2200:40:1658

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

2017-07-0600:34:3338

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

The King of Tears

2017-07-2000:41:5455

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

State v Johnson

2017-07-2700:31:3537

“Nobody was interested in justice.”
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Comments (387)

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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Bob

3:35

Oct 22nd
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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

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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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