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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 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: Deep Background with Noah Feldman

    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.

    • 29 min
    Revisionist History Presents: The Pushkin Industries Holiday Variety Show

    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.

    • 37 min
    Revisionist History Presents: The Happiness Lab

    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/.

    • 41 min
    Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell on Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations

    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.

    • 39 min
    The Queen of Cuba

    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Obscure Virus Club

    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.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

kanutzian ,

Clever, fun and smart. You will not regret trying.

I have been listening to this show for a couple of years now. Consistently recommended it to friends. And all have liked it. It is very well researched and composed. And very very interesting.

Mr.MKJ ,

Best podcast ever

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and normally click into new podcasts when apple says "you might also like". Can´t really remember what I was listening to in the first place to have this recommended, but boy am I glad. The topics are great. I mean, stories that I didn´t even think I would be interested in, is told in such a way that they really draw you in. The research is great. Malcolm Gladwell is such a calm storyteller, and has a way of making the stories come to life, like if you are there with him while he is researching, interviewing and digging deeper into things. I´ll second (or paraphrase) what another reviewer wrote: This podcast makes you feel smarter. Can´t recommend it enough, and my (so far) absolute favourite podcast.

BBJag ,

More!

Can’t wait for season two! If you have ever thought about picking up one of Malcom’s books this is a great gateway to his incredible approach and areas of interest

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