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
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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
2
Bonus: Druid Hills
Revisionist History takes a trip to Malcolm's favorite city
31 min
3
Revisionist History Presents: Into the Zone
Into the Zone, a new show from Pushkin Industries, is a podcast about opposites, and how borders are never as clear as we think.
47 min
4
A Memorial for the Living
Lessons from the world’s most perfect memorial.
39 min
5
"Oh Howard, You Idiot!”
The true story behind the greatest autobiography you’ve never read.
45 min
6
Hamlet Was Wrong
The delicate science of hiring nihilism, examined in five deeply-personal case studies.
38 min
7
Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
How do we remember one of the deadliest nights in human history? We don't.
39 min
8
Revisionist History Presents: Deep Cover
Detroit FBI agent Ned Timmons busts Toby Anderson, a violent criminal who also fancies himself a budding country music star.
40 min
9
Bombs-Away LeMay
The arguments, accidents and sheer serendipity that led to the longest night of World War II.
39 min
10
May the Best Firebomb Win
Basement laboratories. Mad scientists. Sticky gels, and a bake-off in the desert.
36 min
11
The Bomber Mafia
On the eve of World War II, a band of visionaries tried to reimagine modern warfare. They failed.
32 min
12
The Powerball Revolution
In Bolivia, a political activist radically reforms the voting process for... student council elections?
41 min
13
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
14
Revisionist History Presents: Axios Today
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.
11 min
15
Dragon Psychology 101
Dragons hoard treasure, deep in their lairs. They don’t show it off to their neighbors.
41 min
16
Revisionist Revisited: The King of Tears
We're revisiting your favorite episodes from our earlier seasons. This week, our listeners chose The King of Tears from Season 2.
55 min
17
Introducing Revisionist History Season 5
Andy Warhol. War. Smaug the Dragon. And, as always, digressions of great importance.
2 min
18
Revisionist History Presents: The Limits of Power
A timely excerpt from David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
44 min
19
Revisionist History Presents: The Last Archive
This week we're featuring The Last Archive, a new podcast hosted by historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore.
47 min
20
Revisionist Revisited: Free Brian Williams
We're revisiting your favorite episodes from our earlier seasons. This week, our listeners chose Free Brian Williams from Season 3.
42 min
21
Revisionist Revisited: A Good Walk Spoiled
We're revisiting some of our favorite episodes from past seasons. The first fan favorite is A Good Walk Spoiled from Season 2.
37 min
22
Revisionist Revisited: Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis
Help us choose the greatest Revisionist History episodes.
55 min
23
Revisionist History Presents: Go and See
Malcolm, a serious car nut, is invited to Toyota City in Japan to meet test-track drivers and obsessive engineers.
21 min
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Revisionist History Presents: Deep Background w...
Could we really fix gridlock in the Senate by creating new states? Malcolm revisits the "Divide and Conquer" episode from Season 3 in an interview for Deep Background with Noah Feldman, the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries.
29 min
25
Revisionist History Presents: The Pushkin Indus...
Get in the holiday spirit with Malcolm Gladwell!
32 min
26
Revisionist History Presents: The Happiness Lab
Malcolm Gladwell presents the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries: The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
40 min
27
Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell on Oprah's SuperSoul Co...
Malcolm Gladwell speaks with Oprah Winfrey about his new book Talking to Strangers.
39 min
28
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
29
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
30
Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah
You thought that there was only one kind of chutzpah. Wrong. There’s two
37 min
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
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Introducing Revisionist History Season Four
Jesuits. Chess masters. Mafiosi. Lawyers. And a little bit of tire fire.
2 min
40
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
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Revisionist History Presents: Against the Rules...
Malcolm Gladwell presents the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis
38 min
42
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
45
Strong Verbs, Short Sentences
“She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale—all wrapped up in one.”
39 min
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
General Chapman’s Last Stand
Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not.
33 min
50
Free Brian Williams
"Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft."
36 min
51
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
52
Burden of Proof
“He called to wish me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Then he said, ‘I’m failing everything.’”
33 min
53
Divide and Conquer
The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon.
38 min
54
Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell debates Adam Grant
50 min
55
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
56
The Basement Tapes
What is a son’s obligation to his father?
30 min
57
McDonald’s Broke My Heart
They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.
33 min
58
Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That
Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.
35 min
59
State v Johnson
“Nobody was interested in justice.”
31 min
60
The King of Tears
Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.
41 min
61
The Prime Minister and the Prof
The friendship that changed the course of World War II.
34 min
62
The Foot Soldier of Birmingham
“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”
34 min
63
Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment
A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?
30 min
64
The Road to Damascus
What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?
39 min
65
A Good Walk Spoiled
Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.
33 min
66
Introducing Revisionist History Season Two
From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.
2 min
67
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
68
Generous Orthodoxy
Chester Wenger offers all of us a master class in the art of dissent
32 min
69
Blame Game
What happens when hysteria overtakes common sense?
37 min
70
Hallelujah
How does genius emerge?
36 min
71
My Little Hundred Million
Why has it proven so difficult for other philanthropists to follow Hank Rowan's lead?
38 min
72
Food Fight
Bowdoin College and Vassar College are two elite private schools that compete for the same students.
29 min
73
Carlos Doesn’t Remember
America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why.
33 min
74
The Big Man Can't Shoot
Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision.
34 min
75
Saigon, 1965
In the early 1960s, the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon.
40 min
76
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
77
Introducing Revisionist History
Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.
3 min