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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 • 57.6K 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.

To get early access to ad-free episodes and extra content, subscribe to Pushkin+ in Apple Podcasts are pushkin.fm/pus.

iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Blink with Stephen Gaghan | Development Hell

    Blink with Stephen Gaghan | Development Hell

    It’s the mid-2000s, Malcolm and writer/producer Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic”, “Syriana”) are running around Hollywood pitching their scripted adaptation of Blink. This conversation starts with a failed vampire love story, takes a ride in Leonardo DiCaprio’s Prius, before making an unexpectedly heartbreaking turn that leads Stephen to walk away from the project forever.
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    • 42 min
    The Variable Man with Gary Goldman and Angus Fletcher | Development Hell

    The Variable Man with Gary Goldman and Angus Fletcher | Development Hell

    Gary Goldman was a writer on “Total Recall”, a Philip K. Dick adaptation directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzeneger. It was a big hit. So why do Gary and his writing partner, Angus Fletcher, have so much trouble selling another Philip K. Dick adaptation? They tell Malcolm that it all came down to a roller coaster ride of plot twists that even A-List action actors couldn’t stomach, and an early attempt at AI that was too dumb to pick a smart script.
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    • 40 min
    Bubbles with Isaac Adamson | Development Hell

    Bubbles with Isaac Adamson | Development Hell

    This is the story behind a biopic about a chimpanzee named Bubbles, sidekick to the King of Pop. Malcolm talks with the writer, Isaac Adamson, about the project’s rise and fall. Netflix optioned the script, a director was attached, and then… everything fell apart. In the episode, Isaac reads from his 2015 Black List winning script, and he and Malcolm consider whether now is the time for “Bubbles.”
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    • 41 min
    The Birthday Party with Charles Randolph | Development Hell

    The Birthday Party with Charles Randolph | Development Hell

    Before Charles Randolph won an Oscar for writing “The Big Short,” he adapted a memoir called “The Birthday Party”: the true story of a white man kidnapped by three young Black men. Is there a way to bring a story like that to screen, in a way that's honest and authentic? Randolph gives us a masterclass on a screenwriter's many minefields.
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    • 43 min
    I Am Superman with Patty Jenkins | Development Hell

    I Am Superman with Patty Jenkins | Development Hell

    Between her big hits, “Monster” and “Wonder Woman”, Patty Jenkins wrote an R-rated fairy tale, starring a dog. She hoped that the dog would deliver such a great performance that the Academy would — for the first time — give the Best Actor award to an animal. The story was about a dog program in a prison, a perfect set-up for a story of both canine and human redemption, right? Wrong. That’s the kind of story Hollywood loves, but not the kind of story Jenkins wanted to tell. Enter development hell.
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    • 40 min
    Labor of Love with M. Night Shyamalan | Development Hell

    Labor of Love with M. Night Shyamalan | Development Hell

    Before M. Night Shyamalan became a household name for his mind bending thrillers like “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs”, he was just a young screenwriter in love. And during those blissful early years of marriage he wrote a love story. The screenplay for “Labor of Love” sold right away, and over the next 30 years or so there would be numerous attempts to make it into a movie. There was a major studio, there were A-list directors, Shyamalan even found his perfect star. In this episode, M. Night Shyamalan tells Malcolm about the script that haunts him. 
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
57.6K Ratings

57.6K Ratings

Nico.M-13 ,

Great pod for the cilling and good for history reports

Very good facts and lots of evidence. I used season 9 for a history essay and got an A-. I also love Malcom’s voice

ChrissyK66 ,

Love your podcast!

Great podcast by knowledgeable, funny, and engaging Mr. Gladwell. I never thought a 30 minute segment on cars would keep my interest. But you did!! Season 9 on guns was riveting. Thank you for introducing me to Dr. Pratt. He is the definition of an American hero!

Another standout for me: Lake Bell and sexy baby voice. I teach at a large public university and I hear “Frye” a lot. Glad I have a name for it.

I hope you have many more seasons germinating in your fertile brain!!

Rabitat ,

Just do it

One of the bestest everest.

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