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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: 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
    Chutzpah vs. Chutzpah

    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.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

zeeth ,

I love critical thought..

These vignettes are transformative in their ability to encourage critical thought. More please!

Weir village ,

Great stories; gladwell jumps to conclusions with impunity however

Gladwell has some really cool stories he digs up. However sometimes he jumps from A to M using cherry picked anecdotes to fill in the gap. Take the one tortoise he dug up to support the claim that the LSAT should be changed. Or the claim that casuistry abandons all principles... it’s just an indirect way to re-apply the principles on which the analogous case was based. Way way to hand wavy for serious scrutiny.

Savingly Surprised ,

Definitely 5 stars!!

How wonderfully thought provoking!

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