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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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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
A Memorial for the Living

A Memorial for the Living

2020-08-2043:2349

Lessons from the world’s most perfect memorial. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"Oh Howard, You Idiot!”

"Oh Howard, You Idiot!”

2020-08-1350:1148

A billionaire turned recluse befriends a minor novelist. Together they seize the public’s imagination. Kind of. The true story behind the greatest autobiography you’ve never read. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Credits: BBC Motion Gallery / Getty Images Footage supplied by CBS News The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Hamlet Was Wrong

Hamlet Was Wrong

2020-08-0642:1738

The delicate science of hiring nihilism, examined in five deeply-personal case studies. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
How do we remember one of the deadliest nights in human history? We don't. Part four. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. 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
Bombs-Away LeMay

Bombs-Away LeMay

2020-07-2344:2541

The arguments, accidents, cold-blooded logic and sheer serendipity that led to the longest night of the Second World War. Part three. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May the Best Firebomb Win

May the Best Firebomb Win

2020-07-1642:3135

Basement laboratories. Mad scientists. Sticky gels, and a bake-off in the desert. The strange story behind Curtis LeMay’s weapon of choice. Part two. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Bomber Mafia

The Bomber Mafia

2020-07-0935:4836

On the eve of the Second World War, a band of visionaries at Maxwell Air Force Base tried to reimagine modern warfare. They failed. Part one on the extraordinary life of the Air Force General Curtis LeMay. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Powerball Revolution

The Powerball Revolution

2020-07-0249:0952

In Bolivia, a political activist radically reforms the voting process for... student council elections. Who else does he convince? Revisionist History. And maybe a fancy private school in New Jersey. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Hedwig’s Lost Van Gogh

Hedwig’s Lost Van Gogh

2020-06-2545:0857

An escape from war-torn Germany. Lavish dinners with Hollywood royalty. A Swedish baron and a dime-store heiress: we explore the long journey of a Van Gogh still life — and what it says about the real value of the things we treasure. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Pushkin Industries and Axios are joining forces to produce a daily news podcast that gets audiences smarter, faster on the most pressing topics of the day. Start your morning with news that matters in just 10 minutes. Host Niala Boodhoo and a team of award-winning journalists will bring you the latest scoops from the White House and Congress, analysis on the economy and insight into the trends shaping your world—from China to AI, and all the forces shaping the next five years. And it’s all delivered in Smart Brevity—a clinical, concise coverage style that respects your time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dragon Psychology 101

Dragon Psychology 101

2020-06-1847:2264

Dragons hoard treasure, deep in their lairs. They don’t show it off to their neighbors. Revisionist History applies dragon psychology to the strange world of art museums, with help from Andy Warhol, J.R.R. Tolkien, a handful of accountants and the world’s leading hoarding expert.  Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. 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
Andy Warhol. War. Smaug the Dragon. And, as always, digressions of great importance. Launching June 18 from Pushkin Industries. 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
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
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
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
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
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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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Abdullah ÖZDEMİR

good

Aug 3rd
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