60 episodes

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
    • 4.8, 2.5K Ratings

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.

    Revisionist History Presents: The Limits of Power

    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.
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    • 44 min
    Revisionist History Presents: The Last Archive

    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.
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    • 50 min
    Revisionist Revisited: Free Brian Williams

    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.
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    • 45 min
    Revisionist Revisited: A Good Walk Spoiled

    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.
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    • 40 min
    Revisionist Revisited: Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis

    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.
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    • 58 min
    Revisionist History Presents: Go and See

    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.
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

DJ Mike D ,

Exceptional storytelling of incredible insights

Malcolm is nothing short of an absolute podcast genius (which is actually pretty miraculous being that he is also an unparalleled author).

The various episodes across the seasons are, at the same time both sweeping in nature yet hyper specific on details - it is a genuine joy to listen to his brain masticate on concepts and his approach to the telling of those stories ear candy!

Listen to everything you can find by Malcolm - if you’re disappointed, I’ll personally give you your money back!

Insightful stories ,

Unexpected stories

Some of the most unexpected stories told brilliantly well. Highly recommend and suspect, like me, you may end up listening to many of these episodes multiple times.

Roh_❤️ ,

Best podcast for history buffs

Malcolm Gladwell is exceptional in his poise, delivery and objectivity of the topics he chooses to address. The quality of the podcast bringing in a variety of ideas just keep getting better over the seasons. Thank you for doing this Malcolm!

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