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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 • 57.5K 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

    Welcome to Development Hell

    Welcome to Development Hell

    Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. On February 29th, Revisionist History is returning with Development Hell, a series of untold stories about Hollywood projects that never left the page. There's a Philip K. Dick adaptation with a twist too shocking for the studios, a biopic about an exotic pet, and Malcolm’s own misadventure trying to adapt his bestselling book, Blink. Coming soon!
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    • 3 min
    Guns Part 1: The Sudden Celebrity of Sir John Knight

    Guns Part 1: The Sudden Celebrity of Sir John Knight

    In the battles over gun rights, a shadowy English nobleman from the 17th century has unexpectedly taken center stage. Who was he? What did he do that has — 300 years later — endeared him to a generation of legal scholars? Revisionist History explores the cult of personality around the mysterious Sir John Knight. 

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    Guns Part 1: The Sudden Celebrity of Sir John Knight

    Guns Part 1: The Sudden Celebrity of Sir John Knight

    In the battles over gun rights, a shadowy English nobleman from the 17th century has unexpectedly taken center stage. Who was he? What did he do that has — 300 years later — endeared him to a generation of legal scholars? Revisionist History explores the cult of personality around the mysterious Sir John Knight. 

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    • 47 min
    Guns Part 2: Getting out of Dodge

    Guns Part 2: Getting out of Dodge

    The longest running television series of the 20th century was Gunsmoke, a western set in the notorious Dodge City, Kansas. Malcolm sweeps away mountains of legal scholarship to make a bold claim: The simplest explanation for the Supreme’s Court’s puzzling run of gun rights decisions may be that the justices watched too much Gunsmoke when they were growing up. 
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    • 43 min
    Guns Part 3: A Shooting Lesson

    Guns Part 3: A Shooting Lesson

    Malcolm goes to a shooting range in the woods of North Carolina to get a tutorial on the AR-15. It’s scary. It’s ugly. It’s at the center of the gun control debate. But what exactly makes it worse than other guns? 
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    • 39 min
    Guns Part 4: Moral Hazard

    Guns Part 4: Moral Hazard

    Robert Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullet in 1968, ending his presidential run. Had he been shot today, would he have lived? A what-if story about homicides and medical care and the moral consequences of a world where trauma surgeons have gotten really, really good at what they do. 
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
57.5K Ratings

57.5K Ratings

MörderHase ,

Great Storytelling

Going to echo another review. I love the topic. Malcolm Gladwell has a voice for radio and the topics are entertaining and informative.
But, I really dislike the commercial format Pushkin uses. It’s weird to say “my good friends at t-mobile” they’re just a sponsor, probably not your friends. So just say “sponsored by a ground breaking/top-notch/reliable company”. (Also the Airbnb ad script is annoying: “oh la, I have a cottage on my land with an orchard”.)
Otherwise, great show; cautionary tales led me here which in turn led me to several other great podcasts like “no such thing as a fish” and “the last archive”.

Medievalmave ,

Every episode sponsored by…

I used to love this show. It was deep and introspective. Now it’s like every other episode is Malcolm sitting down to talk about something with an author promoting a book. Or Malcolm trying out electric cars who just HAPPEN to be the sponsors. I’ll keep listening, but I’m skipping the blatant sponsorship (I’m looking at you T-Mobile).
Alan Alda is doing the discussion about AI better.

dethr0k ,

Paid promotion

This used to be a good show & now is almost unlistenable. I just tried “The IT Revolution” & gave up after the first 5 minutes. It sounds like an infomercial. As others have commented, any worthwhile journalism has become buried under shilling for sponsors. I can understand that podcasts need ads to make money, but when the actual content & subject matter of the show becomes advertising, it’s just gross.

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