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Revisionist History
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.
Society & Culture
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Revisionist History Presents: Rick Rubin
Revisionist History presents the first episode of a new podcast, Broken Record.
46 min
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Revisionist History Presents: Broken Record
From Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record: Liner notes for the digital age.
3 min
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Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis
The one song The King couldn’t sing.
51 min
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Strong Verbs, Short Sentences
“She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale—all wrapped up in one.”
39 min
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The Imaginary Crimes of Margit Hamosh
Epidemics of fear repeat themselves. The first time as tragedy. The second time as farce. Margit Hamosh? Definitely farce.
32 min
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Malcolm Gladwell's 12 Rules for Life
Crucial life lessons from the end of hockey games, Idris Elba, and some Wall Street guys with a lot of time on their hands.
42 min
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The Hug Heard Round the World
Q: Was there a period where you felt you had something to prove? A: The first 45 years of my life.
37 min
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General Chapman’s Last Stand
Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not.
33 min
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Free Brian Williams
"Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft."
36 min
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A Polite Word for Liar
An early morning raid, a house-full of Nazis, the world’s greatest harmonica player, and a dashingly handsome undercover spy. What could possibly go wrong?
36 min
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Burden of Proof
“He called to wish me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Then he said, ‘I’m failing everything.’”
33 min
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Divide and Conquer
The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon.
38 min
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Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell debates Adam Grant
50 min
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Introducing Revisionist History Season Three
Malcolm Gladwell is back with season three of Revisionist History: harmonica players, mass delusion, semicolons, and a constitutional crisis. Launching May 17th on Panoply.
2 min
15
The Basement Tapes
What is a son’s obligation to his father?
30 min
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McDonald’s Broke My Heart
They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.
33 min
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Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That
Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.
35 min
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State v Johnson
“Nobody was interested in justice.”
31 min
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The King of Tears
Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.
41 min
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The Prime Minister and the Prof
The friendship that changed the course of World War II.
34 min
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The Foot Soldier of Birmingham
“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”
34 min
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Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment
A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?
30 min
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The Road to Damascus
What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?
39 min
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A Good Walk Spoiled
Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.
33 min
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Introducing Revisionist History Season Two
From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.
2 min
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The Satire Paradox
In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox” asks whether laughter and social protest are friends or foes.
37 min
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Generous Orthodoxy
Chester Wenger offers all of us a master class in the art of dissent
32 min
28
Blame Game
What happens when hysteria overtakes common sense?
37 min
29
Hallelujah
How does genius emerge?
36 min
30
My Little Hundred Million
Why has it proven so difficult for other philanthropists to follow Hank Rowan's lead?
38 min
31
Food Fight
Bowdoin College and Vassar College are two elite private schools that compete for the same students.
29 min
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Carlos Doesn’t Remember
America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why.
33 min
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The Big Man Can't Shoot
Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision.
34 min
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Saigon, 1965
In the early 1960s, the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon.
40 min
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The Lady Vanishes
In the late 19th century, a painting titled The Roll Call, by a virtually unknown artist, took England by storm.
33 min
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Introducing Revisionist History
Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.
3 min