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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 55.6K Ratings

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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.
iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

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    Revisionist History Presents Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon

    Revisionist History Presents Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon

    Presenting: An Excerpt from Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon by Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam. Download the audiobook today at miracleaudiobook.com and receive an exclusive listener's guide pdf featuring additional commentary from Bruce, the producers and editors of Miracle and Wonder.
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    • 38 min
    Teaser: Pushkin’s Dirty Laundry

    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. Plus, an unbiased expert answers our most pressing clothes queries.
    This is a sneak peek at the third in our series of subscriber episodes. To hear the rest, subscribe to Pushkin+ by visiting our show page in Apple Podcasts.
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    • 6 min
    Revisionist Revisited: Pushkin's Dirty Laundry

    Revisionist Revisited: Pushkin's Dirty Laundry

    In this month’s bonus episode exclusively for Pushkin+ subscribers, the Pushkin staff have something to say about Malcolm’s portrayal of their laundry habits. Plus, an unbiased expert answers our most pressing clothes queries.

    Teaser: The Compromises of Al Levitt

    Teaser: The Compromises of Al Levitt

    In this month’s subscriber-only episode, a look at the complicated and possibly cursed career of Helen Levitt’s other half.
    This is a sneak peek at the second in our series of subscriber episodes. To hear the rest, subscribe to PushNik by visiting our show page in Apple Podcasts.
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    • 3 min
    Revisionist Revisited: The Compromises of Al Levitt

    Revisionist Revisited: The Compromises of Al Levitt

    In this month’s PushNik-exclusive episode, a look at the complicated and possibly cursed career of Helen Levitt’s other half.

    Special thanks to the Center for Oral History Research, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Revisionist History Presents: Climate Change Despondency is Solvable

    Revisionist History Presents: Climate Change Despondency is Solvable

    Solvable Host Ronald Young Jr. sits down with Malcolm Gladwell to talk about climate change: the power of individual choices, cultural shifts and what to expect from the business sector too. 

    Meaningful climate action requires thoughtful engagement from across all sectors, regions, nations -- from all of us. Check out these recent Solvable episodes for additional solutions and for ways that you can get involved.

    Destructive Agriculture is Solvable with Rachel Stroer
    Wildfire Ignition is Solvable with Eric Appel
    The Lack of Basic Sanitation in the United States is Solvable with Catherine Coleman Flowers The Slow Regrowth of Vulnerable Coral Reefs is Solvable with Sarah Hamlyn
    Fighting Climate Change Through Incentivized Prizes and Innovation with Anousheh Ansari
    Making Transportation Systems Eco-friendly is a Solvable Problem with Laura Schewel 
    Addiction to Fossil Fuels is Solvable with Bill McKibben

    Executive Producer, Mia Lobel
    Managing Producer, Sachar Mathias
    Senior Producer, Jocelyn Frank 
    Researcher, David Zha
    Booking by Lisa Dunn
    Very special thanks to Royston Beserve, Heather Fain, Nicole Morano, Carly Migliori, Eric Sandler and Maggie Taylor.
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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
55.6K Ratings

55.6K Ratings

andreets ,

Never knew how much I wanted this

Your podcast is always fantastic and one of the best things about it…as suggested in your theme…is the amazingly interesting things there are to learn about things you never contemplated. This series is no exception!!! I loved you history of the little mermaid and the new adaptation. I know Disney won’t use it but, oh my God, they should!!! Fantastic works, as always. I’m telling everyone I know about your fantastic books and podcasts. I’ve been hooked since I started and haven’t stopped loving every episode. Well done.

Justin N Osos ,

Just Too Hard to Forget Gladwell is a Paid Schill for Tobacco Companies and worse

This podcast is full of interesting stories, fascinating facts, profound people and captivating history. Unfortunately, none of that is enough to escape the reality that the host is a sellout who is willing to carry water for tobacco companies. I don’t know whether or not he was paid, the way he most likely is by companies, like Waymo who appear in episodes of Revisionist History that are little more than infomercials disguised as just another part of the seasons narrative structure, but I do know he used his fame and platform in 1990 to warn readers of the Washington Post that new laws restricting tobacco use and sales would put a strain on Social Security and Medicare programs, citing a study produced by a tobacco industry think tank. Perhaps Gladwell might argue it was a youthful indiscretion, but as recently as 2005 he was still taking money to speak at a Phillip Morris recruiting events.

Two years later Gladwell would outdo himself and move from schilling for tobacco companies to schilling for the very bankers who destroyed the world economy by arguing the losses suffered by Enron shareholders were their own fault and dismissed the fraudulent accounting of executives. That same year he also promoted Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson’s move to head George Bush’s Treasury Department praising him for his willingness to be a public servant and failing to mention the close to $100,000,000 in taxes the move would help him avoid.

Remember, this is all in the lead up to the 2008 crash and Gladwell is out promoting these guys. Maybe he just didn’t know any better and would later regret it. This is unlikely because in 2011 good olé Malcolm participated in a multi city speaking tour for Bank of America that appears to be about helping them fix their tarnished brand.

I haven’t even touched on his conflicts with pharmaceutical companies.

Malcolm Gladwell is full of crap and if you pay him enough he will spit out any texture crap you want him to. If I woke up tomorrow and found out he was going on speaking tour to help fix Syrian Dictator Assad’s tarnished reputation I would not at all be surprised.

This is why no matter how interesting these episodes might be, I just can’t forget the host has no moral compass and should not be trusted

OCD lite ,

Revisionist Facts

On the plus side there are facts presented that are intriguing and get you to look at issues from a different perspective. But I am often frustrated by the use of correlation presented as causation. That combined with interjecting a conclusion that isn’t supported by the underlying facts makes this more of a propaganda show than investigative reporting.

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