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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 podcastchoices.com/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 podcastchoices.com/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 podcastchoices.com/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 podcastchoices.com/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 podcastchoices.com/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 podcastchoices.com/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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Revisionist History Presents: Deep Cover, the true story of an FBI agent in Detroit who goes undercover in an outlaw motorcycle gang and makes a series of bizarre discoveries that inadvertently lead to the US invasion of a foreign country. In the first episode, Detroit FBI agent Ned Timmons busts Toby Anderson, a violent criminal who also fancies himself a budding country music star. Ned flips Toby and goes undercover as a biker, but Toby quickly goes out of control. He uses the newfound protection of the FBI to commit robberies and perhaps far worse. Most agents would give up, and send Toby to jail, but Ned has a feeling Toby might be his key to the criminal underworld. Subscribe to Deep Cover here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Into the Zone, a new show from Pushkin Industries, is a podcast about opposites, and how borders are never as clear as we think. In the 1920s, a messianic visitor to Hari’s family home unveils the connection between Indian Independence movement and the Astral Plane. Nearly a century later, Hari travels to the orange groves of southern California, where the guru made his home, to examine the globetrotting legacy of New Age spirituality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Saigon, 1965

Saigon, 1965

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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Big Man Can't Shoot

The Big Man Can't Shoot

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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Carlos Doesn’t Remember

2016-07-0737:52122

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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Food Fight

Food Fight

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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
My Little Hundred Million

My Little Hundred Million

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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Hallelujah

Hallelujah

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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Blame Game

Blame Game

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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Generous Orthodoxy

Generous Orthodoxy

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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Satire Paradox

The Satire Paradox

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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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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ID20274151

This was absolutely beautiful and I’m glad I listened to it now, when there is so much discord.

Nov 11th
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Maedeh nadali

Haven't u prepared any other chapters as podcast?? I ve read the book, but it was truly awesome hearing it, specially the parts that was original voices of interviewees

Oct 18th
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M Fawls

There is a great deal of Revisionist History arising around the war in the Pacific as the veterans of that war die off. My father was in the Pacific on a carrier in that war. There was very little dissent of opinion among those who fought the Imperial army and navy as to the cost of an invasion of the homeland. This is a good episode, I enjoyed it and it is factual and interesting. My father bore no ill will toward the Japanese, in fact he told me that the average Japanese soldier was simply doing what he was doing because his country was at war. However, he was also aware of the fanaticism of the Japanese troops and civilians, as seen in their defense of islands leading to the home islands. Most didn't feel good about the firebombing or atomic bomb but there was also almost universal agreement that lives were saved because of them. Certainly American lives, and it was war we did not start or want, but Japan was saved the horrendous fate of Eastern Europe under the Soviet Union as well. Given my parents generation I grew up familiar with others of that Era too. Never, from veteran or people who waited on the homefront, did I hear second guessing of the means of war. I did hear empathy and sympathy for enemy dead; while also implicitly reminded that sympathy also was warranted by the Allied victims of the war. There was great cost to the winners too. Great cost from a war thrust on them by the initiators and ultimate losers of that war. Without the catalyst of war the men profiled in this episode would not have been tempted to create such weapons.

Oct 13th
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Mark Montgomery

Paraplaxis: "A lesser person would have sung it perfectly." I started crying.

Oct 10th
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Nabit nabit

history

Sep 30th
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Fred Z

A Venn diagram/ Compare and contrast essay of a show. Had me

Sep 22nd
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Alicia Maria

I paid an exuberant amount for my private liberal arts degree and ate cheap granola bars and ramen because I couldn't afford a meal plan, even though I worked all through college. but I didn't go to school for food, I went for a degree so I could afford food later in life. Spoiled brats, all of them.

Sep 10th
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Motech

Great episode. I’m Jewish so i might be biased. The best parts was learning Johnny Carson had a “contract” out on him, and why the movie The Godfather almost never made it to the big screen.

Sep 4th
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Motech

Learned a lot about the Air Force and the way we beat Japan.

Sep 3rd
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Simon A

I won't let my ear to this radical left platform. Of you want communism go live in China.

Aug 27th
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BC

I love this podcast

Aug 25th
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Chris Horton

What an awesome, great listen. Enjoyed it immensely!

Aug 20th
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Matthew Rynne

it's pronounced Ibeetha not Ibeeza.

Aug 18th
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ID18553327

They messed up the edit

Aug 13th
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Dave Maloney

Lol, revisionist history indeed. Fuck off malcolm.

Aug 11th
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Yoshua Day

14 minutes into this podcast and I still can't tell if this is an ad for Zip Recruiter

Aug 11th
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Dave Maloney

Lmao, the b-29 "can outrun jet fighters"

Aug 11th
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Catie Adams

Nihilists always get a bad wrap! You're the best Malcolm, keep up the good work. From Montreal with love.

Aug 10th
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Jerry Stauffer

I've known at least 2 men who believed the bomb saved their lives. Because of it my grandfather never saw the Pacific. I might owe my existence to it.

Aug 7th
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Joe katz

This may well have been one of my favorite episodes. You got me thinking about what I’d want my children to say about their Dad someday. Perhaps that wasn’t the point of this episode, but then again, you’re episodes always make me think several topic layers away from the main theme. Thank you Malcom! Sincerely, Joe

Aug 6th
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