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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.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41.7K Ratings

41.7K Ratings

Livi15383 ,

Liked the first couple seasons

The stuff about Carlos and college and women and gay people in the church and stuff like that really fascinated me and makes me think differently. I just can’t really get into the new seasons like they’re good but like not the same... I guess this podcast is growing and changing and that’s cool but maybe just not for me.

Bee Vee Dub ,

Standard Case is an excellent episode in a podcast full of ecellent episodes

When I was in the 9th grade I was taking Geometry. Predictably one of the other students tried to derail the flow of the class by asking "When are we going to use this in real life?". I don't think that I ever took a class in the public school system where someone throw out this gem. But I was very impressed when our teacher did not allow himself to get drawn into a debate about the real world usefulness of geometry, and neither did he dismiss the question as frivolous and trudge back onto the geometry problem we were working on. Instead he had the most brilliant answer I had heard in school up to that point. He said that the math we had learned up to that point (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, etc.) was a SKILL, that would prove very useful in the everyday real world, and that if we went onto careers in science and engineering (something that he did encourage us to do) geometry would also prove useful on a daily basis, but for most us learning geometry was about learning a way of THINKING. It was an exercise in logic and deduction that we could apply to problems and situations that had nothing to do with math. It really got me excited to go to his class every day. As much as I may have liked or disliked any of my other subjects no one had ever told me that they were giving me a new way of thinking before. (Thank you Mr. Gainey!)

This week's episode of Revisionist History is very much like that. It is all about a way of thinking and a procedural approach to solving new &/or unique problems. I am excited to have added a new tool to my mental toolbox! More than that I deeply suspect that if more of us had been given this mental tool, then more people with radically different beliefs and opinions could more easily come to mutual agreements about how to solve problems we all face. It's not about ideology, it's about a methodology for problem solving.

If you are like me and enjoy listening to podcasts, then you should already be listening to THIS podcast. Every episode is enlightening. IF you don't really listen to podcasts, but you want a new way to approach problems in the world then this episode is worth a listen.

Sansebastian17 ,

Fake News

Malcolm, in his podcast “Good Old Boy,” (which should be “Good Ole Boy”), calls Donald Trump a white nationalist by comparing him to Lester Maddox, past white supremacist and racist governor of my state, Georgia. Malcolm is part of the problem. As great as most his content is, he’s got this wrong. Are you blind, Malcolm? Have you not see how African Americans’ lives have improved since Trump took office? Unemployment dropped, income increased, laws discriminating against blacks changed, nominated first African-American woman for promotion to General in the Marines, and numerous other instances proving how he is definitely not a racist. You need to step down off your high horse, Malcolm, and start telling the truth to your listeners.

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