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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.

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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. 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
2020-09-10
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A Memorial for the Living

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
2020-08-20
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"Oh Howard, You Idiot!?

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
2020-08-13
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Hamlet Was Wrong

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
2020-08-06
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Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

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
2020-07-30
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Revisionist History Presents: Deep Cover

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
2020-07-27
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Bombs-Away LeMay

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
2020-07-23
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May the Best Firebomb Win

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
2020-07-16
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The Bomber Mafia

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
2020-07-09
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The Powerball Revolution

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
2020-07-02
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Hedwig?s Lost Van Gogh

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
2020-06-25
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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. 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
2020-06-23
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Dragon Psychology 101

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
2020-06-18
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Revisionist Revisited: The King of Tears

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
2020-06-16
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Introducing Revisionist History Season 5

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
2020-06-04
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Revisionist History Presents: The Limits of Power

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
2020-06-02
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Revisionist History Presents: The Last Archive

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
2020-05-21
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Revisionist Revisited: Free Brian Williams

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
2020-05-14
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Revisionist Revisited: A Good Walk Spoiled

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
2020-05-07
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Revisionist Revisited: Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis

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
2020-04-02
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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. The result is a six-part series called "Go and See." The first episode explores the Japanese concept of hospitality called "omotenashi" as it applies to car design. Brought to you by Lexus and Pushkin Industries, "Go and See" is available wherever you like to listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2020-03-05
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Revisionist History Presents: Deep Background with Noah Feldman

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 on Deep Background with Noah Feldman, the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries.  "Divide and Conquer" covered Texas's right to divide into 5 separate states. What if Washington, D.C. -- a non-state territory -- tried to divide their city into 127 separate states? A recent anonymous note in the Harvard Law Review proposes just that. It's just the kind of bananas idea Malcolm loves to dissect, and Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law Professor and Constitutional law expert is the perfect foil. Noah's podcast, Deep Background with Noah Feldman, is available wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2020-02-12
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Revisionist History Presents: The Pushkin Industries Holiday Variety Show

Malcolm Gladwell debuts his first fireside chat, answering burning questions from Revisionist History listeners in this bonus episode. He lets us listen in on a conversation with Conan O?Brien and supplies tasty tidbits of new shows on the Pushkin Industries roster. Plus, hear what?s in the works with Michael Lewis, Laurie Santos and other Pushkin hosts. Join MC Malcolm for this new holiday tradition. For more information and to sign up for the Pushkin newsletter, visit https://www.pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-12-02
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Revisionist History Presents: The Happiness Lab

Malcolm Gladwell presents the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries: The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos. To listen to all episodes of The Happiness Lab, visit https://megaphone.link/CAD5602975937 or www.happinesslab.fm/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-10-01
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Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell on Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations

Malcolm Gladwell speaks with Oprah Winfrey about his new book Talking to Strangers, the one mystery he hopes might be resolved in our lifetimes, and the ways we could all benefit from a little more patience and humility when judging people we don?t know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-09-19
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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. A strange chain of events preceded the shoot-down, and people in the intelligence business turned to a rising star in the Defense Intelligence Agency, Ana Montes. Montes was known around Washington as the ?Queen of Cuba? for her insights into the Castro regime. But what Montes? colleagues eventually found out about her shook their sense of trust to the core. (In this excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell?s forthcoming audiobook Talking to Strangers, we hear why spy mysteries do not unfold in real life like they do in the movies.) To preorder a copy of Talking to Strangers and check out Malcolm Gladwell's book tour, visit www.gladwellbooks.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-08-29
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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. His colleagues dismissed him as a heretic. He turned out to be right ? and you're alive today as a result.  Season Four ends with a bedtime story about how we should be freed by our doubts, not imprisoned by them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-08-22
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Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah

You thought that there was only one kind of chutzpah. Wrong. There?s two. Revisionist History tells the story of the Mafia?s showdown with a legendary Hollywood producer, in a battle of competing chutzpahs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-08-15
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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. This time the subject is cultural appropriation. The case study is Taco Bell. Oh, and Pat Boone is involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-08-08
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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? Part three of three. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-08-01
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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. What happens when a layman takes on the Vatican? Part two of three. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-07-25
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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. Part one of a three-part series on the moral reasoning of the Jesuit order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-07-18
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Good Old Boys

If you disagree with someone ? if you find what they think appalling ? is there any value in talking to them? In the early 1970s, the talk show host Dick Cavett, the governor of Georgia Lester Maddox, and the singer Randy Newman tried to answer this question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-07-11
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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. Malcolm tells the real story on what happened in Boston on the night of December 16, 1773. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-07-04
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-06-27
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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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-06-20
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Introducing Revisionist History Season Four

Jesuits. Chess masters. Mafiosi. Lawyers. And a little bit of tire fire.  Launching June 20th from Pushkin Industries.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-06-13
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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. The interviews, conducted by journalists like Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, dive into the complexity of issues like maternal mortality, food waste, and viral disinformation, while inspiring hope that such immense problems are, in fact, solvable. In episode one, Malcolm Gladwell talks to Rosanne Haggerty about ending homelessness for everyone. Forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-06-05
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Revisionist History Presents: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

Malcolm Gladwell presents Ref, You Suck!, the first episode of the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis. Rage at referees is all the rage in professional sports. Michael Lewis visits a replay center that?s trying to do the impossible: adjudicate fairness. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Against the Rules wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2019-04-09
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Revisionist History Presents: Rick Rubin

Revisionist History presents the first episode of a new podcast, Broken Record. It's a conversation between Rick Rubin and Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell, covering everything from Rick?s role in the very beginning of hip-hop to his role in introducing Johnny Cash to a new generation of writers, performers and music lovers. Rick and Malcolm delve deep into Rick?s back catalogue ? which is really a history of contemporary music ? to reveal more about the artists that defined a new era, and why they are still vital listening today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-11-13
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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. Revisionist History will be airing the first episode of Broken Record on November 13th. Listen here or in the Broken Record feed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-11-06
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Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis

The one song The King couldn?t sing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-07-19
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Strong Verbs, Short Sentences

?She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale?all wrapped up in one.? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-07-12
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-07-05
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-06-28
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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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-06-21
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General Chapman?s Last Stand

Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-06-14
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Free Brian Williams

"Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-06-07
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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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-05-31
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Burden of Proof

?He called to wish me ?Happy Birthday.? Then he said, ?I?m failing everything.?? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2018-05-24
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