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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
1
The Obscure Virus Club
Throughout the 1970s, a biologist named Howard Temin became convinced that something wasn’t right in science’s understanding of viruses.
35 min
2
Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah
You thought that there was only one kind of chutzpah. Wrong. There’s two
37 min
3
In a Metal Mood
Two seasons after its investigation of the decline of McDonalds french fries, Revisionist History returns to fast-food’s high-tech test kitchens.
38 min
4
Descend into the Particular
An unarmed man is shot to death by police. How does the Jesuitical idea of “disordered attachments” help us make sense of what happened?
41 min
5
Dr. Rock’s Taxonomy
John Rock was the co-inventor of the birth control pill — and a committed Catholic. He wanted his church to approve of his invention.
37 min
6
The Standard Case
Revisionist History tries to make sense of the conundrum of PED use in baseball, using the 500-year-old philosophical techniques of St. Ignatius.
36 min
7
Good Old Boys
If you disagree with someone — if you find what they think appalling — is there any value in talking to them?
38 min
8
Tempest in a Teacup
Bohea, the aroma of tire fire, Mob Wives, smugglers, “bro” tea, and what it all means to the backstory of the American Revolution.
35 min
9
The Tortoise and the Hare
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.
38 min
10
Puzzle Rush
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?
34 min
11
Introducing Revisionist History Season Four
Jesuits. Chess masters. Mafiosi. Lawyers. And a little bit of tire fire.
2 min
12
Revisionist History Presents: Solvable
Revisionist History presents Solvable, a new show from Pushkin Industries and the Rockefeller Foundation that showcases the world’s most innovative thinkers and their ideas about how to solve the world’s most daunting problems.
30 min
13
Revisionist History Presents: Against the Rules...
Malcolm Gladwell presents the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis
38 min
14
Revisionist History Presents: Rick Rubin
Revisionist History presents the first episode of a new podcast, Broken Record.
46 min
15
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
16
Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis
The one song The King couldn’t sing.
51 min
17
Strong Verbs, Short Sentences
“She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale—all wrapped up in one.”
39 min
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
General Chapman’s Last Stand
Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not.
33 min
22
Free Brian Williams
"Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft."
36 min
23
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
24
Burden of Proof
“He called to wish me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Then he said, ‘I’m failing everything.’”
33 min
25
Divide and Conquer
The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon.
38 min
26
Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell debates Adam Grant
50 min
27
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
28
The Basement Tapes
What is a son’s obligation to his father?
30 min
29
McDonald’s Broke My Heart
They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.
33 min
30
Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That
Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.
35 min
31
State v Johnson
“Nobody was interested in justice.”
31 min
32
The King of Tears
Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.
41 min
33
The Prime Minister and the Prof
The friendship that changed the course of World War II.
34 min
34
The Foot Soldier of Birmingham
“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”
34 min
35
Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment
A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?
30 min
36
The Road to Damascus
What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?
39 min
37
A Good Walk Spoiled
Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.
33 min
38
Introducing Revisionist History Season Two
From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.
2 min
39
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
40
Generous Orthodoxy
Chester Wenger offers all of us a master class in the art of dissent
32 min
41
Blame Game
What happens when hysteria overtakes common sense?
37 min
42
Hallelujah
How does genius emerge?
36 min
43
My Little Hundred Million
Why has it proven so difficult for other philanthropists to follow Hank Rowan's lead?
38 min
44
Food Fight
Bowdoin College and Vassar College are two elite private schools that compete for the same students.
29 min
45
Carlos Doesn’t Remember
America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why.
33 min
46
The Big Man Can't Shoot
Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision.
34 min
47
Saigon, 1965
In the early 1960s, the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon.
40 min
48
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
49
Introducing Revisionist History
Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.
3 min