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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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Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah

Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah

2019-08-1500:42:4322

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

2019-08-0800:43:2424

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

2019-08-0100:45:2852

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

2019-07-2500:42:3648

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

2019-07-1800:41:3357

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

2019-07-1100:45:1154

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.
Tempest in a Teacup

Tempest in a Teacup

2019-07-0400:37:2964

Bohea, the aroma of tire fire, Mob Wives, smugglers, “bro” tea, and what it all means to the backstory of the American Revolution. Malcolm tells the real story on what happened in Boston on the night of December 16, 1773.
The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare

2019-06-2700:40:1566

A weird speech by Antonin Scalia, a visit with some serious legal tortoises, and a testy exchange with the experts at the Law School Admissions Council prompts Malcolm to formulate his Grand Unified Theory for fixing higher education.
Puzzle Rush

Puzzle Rush

2019-06-2000:39:2271

Malcolm challenges his assistant Camille to the Law School Admissions Test. He gets halfway through, panics, runs out of time, and wonders: why does the legal world want him to rush?
Jesuits. Chess masters. Mafiosi. Lawyers. And a little bit of tire fire. Launching June 20th from Pushkin Industries. 
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Comments (238)

Siju

Really insightful pair of episodes.

Aug 19th
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Vernon Shoemaker

Did we all learn how to be good intuitives ?

Aug 19th
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Deven Johannessen

Vernon Shoemaker Almost, haha

Aug 19th
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Robert Lee

i love that guy from witch taint hahaha

Aug 18th
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Deven Johannessen

Robert Lee haha, me too

Aug 19th
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Hassan Tahan

bruh this episode sounds like an ad

Aug 13th
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Kristin Chong

Is there going to be another summit?

Aug 9th
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Richard Dvorak

I love Mexican food AND Taco Bell. I lived in Mexico, am married to a Mexican woman, and love real, authentic Mexican food. Yet, I still love Taco Bell because it is not trying to be real Mexican food. FYI, my son's Abuela actually likes Taco Bell too. LOVED this episode about cultural stealing v riffing.

Aug 9th
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Ryan Persaud

Richard Dvorak There's room for both. No one in their right mind thinks Taco Bell is "REAL MEXICAN FOOD." If you live in any major city in the US, you can get authentic Mexican food. But Taco Bell is just a fun riff. Even if it has a darker, naturally exploitative, origin story. Taco Bell has done well because they've embraced their ridiculousness and Americaness. As usual, RH does a good job at being nuanced in this age of extremism and polarization.

Aug 14th
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Samuel Anderson

Richard Dvorak Mexican food is good!

Aug 9th
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Aysha Ali

excited to listen 💜💜

Aug 8th
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Mikey

How much did Taco Bell pay you?

Aug 8th
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Laura M Skotarczak

Mikey I am personally not a fan in general, but that Doritos shell taco does sound amazing!

Aug 13th
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Samuel Anderson

Mikey I want to ask the same...

Aug 9th
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Megan Riley Ayres

I am loving this podcast. Great concept !

Aug 3rd
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Sal Occhino

Megan Riley Ayres nice.

Aug 3rd
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Penny Nelson

My mum had a new 1972 Celica (no computer). We had a similar issue on a long interstate drive in rural Australia. She took her foot off the accelerator and nothing. We were doing 110 miles an hour. We just drove to the next petrol station. Turned off the engine about three hundred feet out, applied brakes and coasted in. Once the engine had cooled. He fixed and explained the problem. The Celica had a duel throat carberetta. The metal in the valves were different from the metal of the carboretta. When the engine reached a certain temperature the valves would stick open. Being driving at high speed it meant that both throats were stuck open. The fix was shaving a bit from valves. It never happened again.

Aug 2nd
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Parker Asplin

Descend into the Particulars was a moving and helpful episode, but keeping advertisements on it was in very poor taste. Please in the future, if you guys can, don’t put advertising on episodes like this, at least for respect of the victims and families.

Aug 1st
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Vernon Shoemaker

Parker Asplin It's not church. Should we turn the tax collectors from the temple?

Aug 3rd
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Noah

Parker Asplin totally agree!

Aug 2nd
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Kelly Blomme

I just started listening to RH. This was the best episode so far. Beautiful!!!

Aug 1st
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Noah

Kelly Blomme Awesome!

Aug 2nd
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Renee

great

Jul 30th
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William Houwers

Renee just a comment on the podcast "decent into the particulars" Outstanding, I have wondered about the deaths of minorities. what were the particulars beyond the sound bite. did Travon have to die? Does adolescent inpulsiveness play a role? there is no excuse for the loss of innocent life but the SJ's beg us to look deeper

Aug 1st
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Yves Jenkins

Renee good

Jul 31st
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jersey2777

beautiful story & well told..thank you!

Jul 28th
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Primo Russell

jersey2777 well done!

Jul 29th
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Sandy1234

Great job Gladwell

Jul 27th
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Doug Havens

This is a voice we all should listen to.

Jul 19th
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Archie Smith

Doug Havens Great!

Jul 19th
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Doug Havens

I write little notes on my hand from your show so I can talk to my best friend with a subject tone

Jul 19th
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Archie Smith

Doug Havens haha, nice!

Jul 19th
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Woody Collins

Hurray for the Gray Wave! #GreyMatters

Jul 18th
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Rita Moore

Woody Collins 😃

Jul 19th
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Paul Bradley

what I got from this episode was how biased we all are. we are all biased through are own perspective. my thoughts are if the liberal educated don't start recognizing this then we will continuously having uprisings of elected leaders that get elected on the message of fear and hate. this fear and hate is not so much in the liberal perception but it is in a conservative mind. liberals need to learn how to appeal to there's perceptions before 2020 elections or we'll be f*#%d!

Jul 18th
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mattters

Paul Bradley you fool..

Jul 19th
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Archie Smith

Paul Bradley In my opinion, people are all biased. This is part of the human nature!

Jul 19th
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Jeremy Herriff

This episode felt unfinished to me.. like it didn't have an overall point, or conclusion.

Jul 17th
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Jeremy Herriff

Drew Brid Glad it wasn't just me.

Jul 19th
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Drew Brid

Jeremy Herriff Oh, I have the same feeling!

Jul 18th
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