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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.iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

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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.iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

    Presenting: The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

    Presenting: The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

    Season 5 of Revisionist History included four episodes on the rise of air power during the Second World War. Listeners met Air Force generals Haywood Hansell and Curtis LeMay and heard about the birth of napalm and the firebombing of Tokyo. Malcolm couldn't get that story out of his mind, and so he built an entirely new audiobook around it. The Bomber Mafia.
    The Bomber Mafia thought they could re-invent war, in part because of a reclusive genius named Carl Norden. In this excerpt, you hear more about him and his game changing invention, the Norden Bombsight.
    If you loved those episodes, you'll be in history heaven with The Bomber Mafia. It features more archival footage, new writing, and enhanced scoring. It's a totally new experience. Purchase the audiobook at www.bombermafia.com, and you'll receive a free Listener's Guide featuring new commentary from Malcolm. Print and ebook editions available wherever books are sold.
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    Presenting: Lost Hills

    Presenting: Lost Hills

    We're hard at work on Season 6 of Revisionist History. But in the meantime, here's an episode of a new show from Pushkin that will keep you up at night: Lost Hills. After 35-year-old scientist Tristan Beaudette is murdered in front of his two young daughters, other victims come forward telling similar tales of a sniper in Malibu who has been shooting at campers and moving cars for the past 18 months. Always in the dark of night, at 4 a.m. The cops say they can’t connect the crimes, but then they arrest a drifter: 42-year-old Anthony Rauda, who lives under a tarp behind the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. Rauda insists he's being framed. Is he the killer, or a scapegoat?
    To hear the rest of the Lost Hills premiere and more episodes, go to: pushkin.fm/losthills
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    Presenting: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Art of Public Speaking (from Cautionary Tales)

    Presenting: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Art of Public Speaking (from Cautionary Tales)

    Season six of Revisionist History is coming later this spring. But meanwhile, season two of Pushkin’s great show Cautionary Tales is underway. Host Tim Harford brings us stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos. In this episode: What are the risks of improvising a speech? One approach to public speaking is to memorize and get everything perfect, but risk seeming stilted and disconnected from your audience. Or you can try speaking off the cuff, sometimes resulting in disaster. As always with Cautionary Tales, there’s a twist. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to Cautionary Tales wherever you get your podcasts.
    Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/
    To find more episodes of Cautionary Tales, go to https://www.pushkin.fm/show/cautionary-tales/
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    Revisionist History Presents: Hasta la Vista, America

    Revisionist History Presents: Hasta la Vista, America

    The news is overwhelming right now. Maybe we all need a laugh. Here's an excerpt from Hasta la Vista, America: Trump’s Farewell Address, an original audiobook parody written by Kurt Andersen and performed by Alec Baldwin. The book imagines Trump holed up in the White House with only advisor Hope Hicks there to run the recording session. It's available exclusively from Pushkin Industries at ATrumpFarewell.com. And it's just $0.99.
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    Bonus: Return to the 404

    Bonus: Return to the 404

    We're back in Atlanta - this week with jaunts to Jamaica, Kenya, court-side NBA games, and a deep dive into fine art forgery. Plus, Malcolm finally gets his big break in the advertising industry. LISTENER NOTE: No editors were involved with the writing of this episode of Revisionist History. Proceed at your own risk. Happy Holidays, everyone! 

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    Bonus: Druid Hills

    Bonus: Druid Hills

    Revisionist History takes a trip to Malcolm's favorite city and gets a tour of Emory University, meets 3000 non-human primates and 8000 rodents, and dusts off an old TV pilot for a dramatic reenactment. Oh, and a season three guest returns, but you'll just have to listen to find out who. 

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    This episode features “Dare To Be Me” by Kaci Bolls feat. The Happy Racers
    © 2020 SpinBoxClub / Clashing Plaids (ASCAP) / Plaid Pajamas Music (BMI) / Drunk On A Binge (BMI) – Administered by Bluewater Music Services Corp. Used By Permission. All Rights Reserved.

    This bonus episode is sponsored by Emory University.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
54.1K Ratings

54.1K Ratings

anaheimduckfan ,

Oh Malcolm

As the biggest Malcolm Gladwell fan girl, I can confidently say this is the best podcast ever. Malcolm makes you think outside of your normal framework and assists in making you query everything you’ve ever known. I tell everyone I know to listen to the podcast (apologies to every person I had a virtual call with for a year, hope you’ve subscribed). Hope everyone following along enjoys listening to Revisionist History as much as I do!

Frances Morgan ,

Transformative

I hope this podcast becomes a template for other podcasts. It is funny, very well thought out, playful, gentle provocative, and deeply touching. It will certainly be difficult for others to aspire to Gladwell’s mastery of story telling but the goals he has set out for himself are a good template to get anyone started. I also hope the podcast format that has made it into Gladwell’s last two audio books becomes an industry standard. I am so happy Gladwell has founded Pushkin, this company is making some the best audio content around.

AquaticFury ,

Beautiful

Love Malcolm and his content. Beautiful

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