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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.

Revisionist History Pushkin Industries

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    • 4.7, 46.7K Ratings

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
46.7K Ratings

46.7K Ratings

itsprobablyascruffle ,

“Untitled”

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Just listen. K, thnx. 👍🏻

Briseis27 ,

Impish history

I can't help enjoying this show, even though it is often maddening and it is not good for one's image to admit this in front of any scholarly audiences. He has mastered the art of the lecture in a way that is really worth studying-- not really many bells and whistles here-- just a lecture with the kind of contouring and framing that pull you in, an ability to hone in on a concise detail or uniquely powerful anecdote to illuminate a logic or demonstrate what is at stake in a claim. He has a unique ability to zero in on specific questions, ideas, findings, that challenge the kind of conventional wisdom that urgently needs to be confronted and unsettled. He does it well, and beautifully, and steadily, until suddenly there is a misstep an overreaching, an overlooking, a leap in logic that is too glaring to overlook. It happens in a large percentage of the shows. Sometimes these things are just irritations, like becoming a drooling fab boy over cass sunstein-- generally known for punditry and an ability to make complex legal ideas accessible, rather than a grand intimidating legal brilliance--in the middle of a pretty interesting discussion of the LSAT. Sometimes they are more than that, like a tendency to develop the implications of stories that touch on and then pull back from really investigating class and economic inequality (as the LSAT, college cafeterias, football, etc). There is a sense of someone tempted to confront the really monstrous dimensions of liberal capitalism, but just not ready to go all the way with it, and settling for stories that put the problems in a cute and manageable box. But then there is evidence of a mind that can do so much more, and wants to, which is what makes it interesting and frustrating. Anyway, I learn from listening, regardless. The episodes on memory are really well done, very important, and I would urge everyone to listen to them.

DyerJ ,

Worth Listening Twice

Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History is, hands down, the best podcast in the field. I felt like I had lost a close friend after I ripped right through all four seasons (a time budget of two episodes a day). I missed the daily relationship so much I just listened to them all again. Can’t wait for Season Five!

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