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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.

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4.7 out of 5
41.7K Ratings

41.7K Ratings

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.

AlMcD7777 ,

Wonderfully Insightful & Relevant!

Friends & family members kept telling me about how much they enjoy Malcom’s talents. I didn’t get around to engaging his podcasts until recently. Now I know what a great gift he provides. Malcolm takes historical events and persons, makes you feel like you know them to some extent, then uses their times and experiences to give us insights about our own present era. I highly recommend this program without reservations.

LinBelg ,

the best

Favorite podcast of all I listen to. Only complaint is I wish Revisionist History was on every day--as it is, I have to relisten to older episodes over and over, but that's not so bad. Malcolm Gladwell needs to have a daily show on @msnbc.

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