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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.

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.

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    Hitler’s Olympics Part 1: The Blue-Eyed Tornado

    Hitler’s Olympics Part 1: The Blue-Eyed Tornado

    In the early 1930s, Adolf Hitler granted a rare interview to the American journalist Dorothy Thompson. When Hitler later came to power, and prepared to stage the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Thompson’s warning about the man she’d met would frame the central debate over the games: Should we go? 
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    • 36 min
    Hitler’s Olympics Part 2: Pangloss, Polonius, Prufrock

    Hitler’s Olympics Part 2: Pangloss, Polonius, Prufrock

    Charles Sherrill was everything a gentleman of his generation was supposed to be: rich, handsome, charming, Ivy-Leagued. He was impossibly well connected and extravagantly mustachioed. He was also the person who, as much as anything, decided whether American athletes would participate in the 1936 Olympics. Faced with one of the great moral dilemmas of the day, America needed the wisdom of Solomon. Instead, it got the wisdom of Sherrill. 
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    • 32 min
    Hitler’s Olympics, Part 3: Mustache to Mustache

    Hitler’s Olympics, Part 3: Mustache to Mustache

    With the fate of the Olympics on the line, Charles Sherrill travels to Germany to take up the question of Jewish athletes directly with the Führer. We dig through a dusty archive to uncover a long-buried account of their meeting. The wolf met with the chicken. Guess who won? 
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    • 36 min
    Pushkin+ Early Listen: Hitler’s Olympics, Part 4: Outcast in Olympia

    Pushkin+ Early Listen: Hitler’s Olympics, Part 4: Outcast in Olympia

    You can hear this episode for free starting July 18th. To learn more about Pushkin+ offerings, like ad-free episodes, exclusive content, and early access, visit pushkin.fm or the show page on Apple.

    The cheerleader-in-chief for the American Olympic movement was a brilliant, self-made Chicago tycoon named Avery Brundage. Brundage did more to ensure the success of the Berlin Games than anyone except Hitler. But what exactly were his motivations? We meet the man behind the curtain and witness his secret shame.

    Pushkin+ Early Listen: Hitler’s Olympics Part 5: The Amateur’s Hour

    Pushkin+ Early Listen: Hitler’s Olympics Part 5: The Amateur’s Hour

    You can hear this episode for free starting July 25th. To learn more about Pushkin+ offerings, like ad-free episodes, exclusive content, and early access, visit pushkin.fm or the show page on Apple.

    A German Jewish high-jumper is determined to get her shot at Olympic greatness. And an idealist faces an existential choice. In the fifth episode of Hilter’s Olympics, Avery Brundage faces the reality for Jewish athletes in Nazi Germany and makes a critical decision.

    Hitler’s Olympics

    Hitler’s Olympics

    Adolf Hitler swept to power in Germany in the early 1930s and soon set out to stage the most extravagant and spectacular summer Olympics yet: the 1936 Berlin Games. And countries around the world dutifully put together their teams and made the trip to Germany. Why?
    In this new nine-part series Hitler’s Olympics, Malcolm Gladwell and Ben Naddaff-Hafrey explore the games behind the Games, the most consequential Olympics in history. Along the way, they meet a collection of the world’s daffiest aristocrats. A couple of American construction moguls. A legendary triple-jumper. And one discerning journalist.
    Heroes and villains. The clear-eyed and the deluded. All of them going to Hitler’s Olympics.
    Hitler’s Olympics launches June 27th. Subscribe to Pushkin Plus now to hear the first five episodes on launch day, or listen for new episodes every Thursday for the next nine weeks.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
57.6K Ratings

57.6K Ratings

TitoooTim ,

Iodine ≠ mRNA vaccine

I binge listened to the vast majority of this podcast and loved so very much of it. One sticking point would have to be the painfully one sided take on the public’s reaction to the handling of covid, in particular around the idea of “vaccine deniers.” I’m looking forward to the revisionist history episode on the Covid pandemic. Where we can finally hear main stream voices taking seriously the point of view of the part of our population that isn’t super eager to trust billion dollar corporations. Especially ones rushing to market intravenous chemicals. I find it odd that in many an episode we can call into question the morality of industry in any number of social interfaces, but some how never spare a glance at the billions being made in the name of “scientific progress” by pharmaceutical companies. As though the only bad guys are those making painkillers, and the good news is, we got ‘em. To quote Malcom himself, “give me a break!”

Lord Ruphus ,

My favorite podcast!

I follow Revisionist History with the blind faith of any good disciple😂. Seriously, it’s simply the best podcast, incisive, educational, sometimes mind-warping or, at least, thankfully challenging our accepted sense of truth, and with a perfect dose of sarcastic humor. Just love it.

Kimster61 ,

I was excited about the Hitler episodes until…

Malcolm, I’ve been a fan of yours for a while. I’ve excitedly listened to many of your episodes on this podcast. I was disappointed though when you lowered yourself to using the term “white privilege”. Yes, I am white. In spite of that I think that the term “white privilege” is lazy and is beneath you. I expected more.

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