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.

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Society & Culture
Michael Lewis on Why It’s Hard to Find Real Exp...
Malcolm invites best-selling author Michael Lewis back to talk about the third season of his Pushkin show, Against the Rules. On his podcast, Lewis explores what’s happened to fairness in American life through the lens of people who depend on public trust.
18 min
The Future of Drones from What’s Your Problem
As we're getting ready for our new season, coming in June, we're sharing an episode from Pushkin's newest show, What's Your Problem?
22 min
Revisiting Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis
18 min
From Deep Cover: Who Was Bob Cooley?
Deep Cover is a show about people who lead double lives
9 min
The Revisionist History Holiday Sampler
Special previews of Pushkin’s show Bad Women: Ripper Retold and this month’s Pushkin+ episode.
23 min
Introducing: A Slight Change of Plans, Apple Po...
Pushkin is thrilled to announce that A Slight Change of Plans was named Apple Podcasts' Best Show of the Year!
39 min
Revisionist History Presents Miracle And Wonder...
Presenting: An Excerpt from Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon by Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam.
38 min
Teaser: Pushkin’s Dirty Laundry
In this month’s subscriber-only episode, the Pushkin staff have something to say about Malcolm’s portrayal of their laundry habits.
6 min
Teaser: The Compromises of Al Levitt
A look at the complicated and possibly cursed career of Helen Levitt’s other half. To hear the rest, subscribe to PushNik by visiting our show page in Apple Podcasts.
3 min
Revisionist History Presents: Climate Change D...
17 min
At The Movies with Some of My Best Friends Are...
Introducing Pushkin's newest show, Some of My Best Friends Are...hosted by Khalil Muhammad and Ben Austen, two best friends who grew up together on the South Side of Chicago in '80s.
40 min
Revisionist Revisited: Extras from the Little M...
Malcolm revives his Little Mermaid darlings while the editor is away.
26 min
The Dog Will See You Now
If recent times have shown us anything, it’s that many problems can not be fixed by humans alone.
32 min
A Serious Game
The best way to prepare for the unexpected may not be to make plans, or predictions, but to play games.
30 min
Laundry Done Right
Is there a right way to do your laundry? Of course there is
31 min
Little Mermaid Part 3: Honestly Ever After
Revisionist History presents: The Little Mermaid...our way. The grand finale of our three-part series.
32 min
Little Mermaid Part 2: The Fairytale Twist
The quest to revise The Little Mermaid continues. This week, we call in the experts.
31 min
Little Mermaid Part 1: The Golden Contract
Revisionist History takes on The Little Mermaid. Part one of three.
33 min
The Judgment of Helen Levitt
Helen Slote Levitt was on her way to the good life in 1950s Hollywood. Then one day, her name appeared on a list.
34 min
Project Dillard
A historically Black University in New Orleans is beloved by everyone--except the US News best colleges rankings.
34 min
Lord of the Rankings
For 30 years, US News & World Report has been using a secret formula to rank the best colleges and universities in the United States.
31 min
I Love You Waymo
Revisionist History travels to Phoenix, Arizona to learn about the future of the automobile. It’s not what you think. It’s much better.
33 min
Presenting: Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi
Malcolm Gladwell sits down with Ibram X. Kendi to kick off Pushkin’s new podcast, Be Antiracist.
26 min
Introducing Revisionist History Season Six
The sixth season of Revisionist History is underway, and Malcolm’s finally out of the house.
2 min
Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Grant
Whenever Malcolm and Adam Grant cross paths on the book tour circuit, it's always a good time.
46 min
Presenting: The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
When you purchase The Bomber Mafia audiobook at you will receive the exclusive Listener's Guide featuring new commentary from Malcolm and the producers/engineers involved in the making of this amazing audio project.
16 min
Bonus: Return to the 404
We're back in Atlanta - with a few jaunts to Jamaica, Kenya, court-side NBA games, and a deep dive into fine art forgery.
35 min
Bonus: Druid Hills
Revisionist History takes a trip to Malcolm's favorite city
31 min
A Memorial for the Living
Lessons from the world’s most perfect memorial.
39 min
"Oh Howard, You Idiot!”
The true story behind the greatest autobiography you’ve never read.
45 min
Hamlet Was Wrong
The delicate science of hiring nihilism, examined in five deeply-personal case studies.
38 min
Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
How do we remember one of the deadliest nights in human history? We don't.
39 min
Bombs-Away LeMay
The arguments, accidents and sheer serendipity that led to the longest night of World War II.
39 min
May the Best Firebomb Win
Basement laboratories. Mad scientists. Sticky gels, and a bake-off in the desert.
36 min
The Bomber Mafia
On the eve of World War II, a band of visionaries tried to reimagine modern warfare. They failed.
32 min
The Powerball Revolution
In Bolivia, a political activist radically reforms the voting process for... student council elections?
41 min
Hedwig’s Lost Van Gogh
An escape from war-torn Germany. Lavish dinners with Hollywood royalty. The long journey of a Van Gogh still life.
39 min
Dragon Psychology 101
Dragons hoard treasure, deep in their lairs. They don’t show it off to their neighbors.
41 min
Introducing Revisionist History Season Five
Andy Warhol. War. Smaug the Dragon. And, as always, digressions of great importance.
2 min
Revisionist History Presents: The Limits of Power
A timely excerpt from David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
44 min
The Queen of Cuba
On February 24, 1996, Cuban fighter jets shot down two small planes operated by Brothers to the Rescue, an organization in Florida that tried to spot refugees fleeing Cuba in boats.
58 min
The Obscure Virus Club
Throughout the 1960s, a biologist named Howard Temin became convinced that something wasn’t right in science’s understanding of viruses.
35 min
Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah
You thought that there was only one kind of chutzpah. Wrong. There’s two
37 min
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Introducing Revisionist History Season Four
Jesuits. Chess masters. Mafiosi. Lawyers. And a little bit of tire fire.
2 min
Revisionist History Presents: Rick Rubin
Revisionist History presents the first episode of a new podcast, Broken Record.
46 min
Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis
The one song The King couldn’t sing.
51 min
Strong Verbs, Short Sentences
“She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale—all wrapped up in one.”
39 min
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
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
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
General Chapman’s Last Stand
Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not.
33 min
Free Brian Williams
"Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft."
36 min
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
Burden of Proof
“He called to wish me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Then he said, ‘I’m failing everything.’”
33 min
Divide and Conquer
The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon.
38 min
Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell debates Adam Grant
50 min
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
The Basement Tapes
What is a son’s obligation to his father?
30 min
McDonald’s Broke My Heart
They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.
33 min
Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That
Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.
35 min
State v Johnson
“Nobody was interested in justice.”
31 min
The King of Tears
Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.
41 min
The Prime Minister and the Prof
The friendship that changed the course of World War II.
34 min
The Foot Soldier of Birmingham
“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”
34 min
Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment
A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?
30 min
The Road to Damascus
What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?
39 min
A Good Walk Spoiled
Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.
33 min
Introducing Revisionist History Season Two
From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.
2 min
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
Generous Orthodoxy
Chester Wenger offers all of us a master class in the art of dissent
32 min
Blame Game
What happens when hysteria overtakes common sense?
37 min
How does genius emerge?
36 min
My Little Hundred Million
Why has it proven so difficult for other philanthropists to follow Hank Rowan's lead?
38 min
Food Fight
Bowdoin College and Vassar College are two elite private schools that compete for the same students.
29 min
Carlos Doesn’t Remember
America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why.
33 min
The Big Man Can't Shoot
Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision.
34 min
Saigon, 1965
In the early 1960s, the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon.
40 min
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
Introducing Revisionist History
Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.
3 min