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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 • 56.7K 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

    The Magic Wand Experiment

    The Magic Wand Experiment

    What if you could design any experiment you wanted? Without worrying about money, ethics, logistics, or even the laws of nature? Revisionist History kicks off the season by giving some of the world’s smartest scientists a magic wand to create the experiment of their dreams. We hear about the best twins study ever, how to test the effects of iPhone vs Blackberry, and a bizarre plan to get Americans into shape.

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    • 35 min
    Tangent: On Twins

    Tangent: On Twins

    An extended conversation between Malcolm and twin expert Nancy Segal on twins, parenting, and…more magic wand experiments!

    Way to Go, Ohio

    Way to Go, Ohio

    A century ago, a mysterious and disfiguring disease was finally cured by an experiment in Akron, Ohio . . . with a condiment. We ask: it is time to return to Akron, and try the same trick again? Ay, oh, way to go, Ohio.

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    • 38 min
    Tangent: Dave Hill in Studio

    Tangent: Dave Hill in Studio

    A behind-the-scenes conversation between Malcolm and musician Dave Hill on all things Ohio, goiter, and rock and roll.

    In Triplicate

    In Triplicate

    A mystery that begins with the half-baked idea of an obscure California bureaucrat in the 1930’s and ends with one of the worst public crises in American history. Chicken Little said the sky was falling. And sometimes Chicken Little is right. 

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    • 34 min
    Tangent: David Courtwright on the Strategic Opium Reserve

    Tangent: David Courtwright on the Strategic Opium Reserve

    A leading historian of the drug trade tells Malcolm about a forgotten era, when the US government hoarded narcotics.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
56.7K Ratings

56.7K Ratings

false psychology ,

Consistently…

Revives my faith in humanity. FACTS! Thank you for your work and for your team’s work…

Also.. I love the gangster story style reading of the three little pigs! The little mermaid (or merms as I call her) episodes are amazing!

BananasUnite21 ,

Sadly Political

I really wanted to love this podcast but I’m so tired of the constant little political jabs. The episodes are interesting I’ll give it that. But it’s possible to write a fascinating story and podcast without trying to alienate people politically. Also some episodes are hardly about history, I was really hoping this would showcase different sides of history that I’ve never seen before. Not talk about current events and choose political sides.

Amy_MJ ,

Disappointed

I’m a longtime Malcolm Gladwell fan, but other listeners, I’ve noticed a drop in quality and rigor over time. I don’t know that I’ll make it through Season 7. In particular, I was surprised and disappointed that the Magic Wand “penis experiment” failed to acknowledge that this horrible experiment has already been done. We have the data (and the accompanying trauma) from the years when surgical interventions and gender assignments were standard for intersex infants. Also, while I sympathize with what seems to have been a bad experience in personal therapy, I’m disappointed that he conflates his own past experiences with current best practices in the field. It is irresponsible and damaging to perpetuate the myth that therapy is about blaming all life’s problems on one’s parents.

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