Revisionist History

37 EpisodesProduced by Pushkin Industries

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 s… read more

37 Episodes | 2016 - 2019

Revisionist History Presents: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

April 9th, 2019

Malcolm Gladwell presents Ref, You Suck!, the first episode of the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis.

Rage …

Revisionist History Presents: Rick Rubin

November 13th, 2018

Revisionist History presents the first episode of a new podcast, Broken Record. It's a conversation between Rick Rubin and Revisionist History host …

Revisionist History Presents: Broken Record

November 6th, 2018

From Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering …

Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis

July 19th, 2018


The one song The King couldn’t sing. 

Strong Verbs, Short Sentences

July 12th, 2018


“She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale—all wrapped up in one.”

The Imaginary Crimes of Margit Hamosh

July 5th, 2018


Epidemics of fear repeat themselves. The first time as tragedy. The second time as farce. Margit Hamosh? Definitely farce. 

Malcolm Gladwell's 12 Rules for Life

June 28th, 2018


Crucial life lessons from the end of hockey games, Idris Elba, and some Wall Street guys with a lot of time on their hands.

The Hug Heard Round the World

June 21st, 2018


Q: Was there a period where you felt you had something to prove? A: The first 45 years of my life. 

General Chapman’s Last Stand

June 14th, 2018


Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not.

Free Brian Williams

June 7th, 2018


"Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft."

A Polite Word for Liar

May 31st, 2018


An early morning raid, a house-full of Nazis, the world’s greatest harmonica player, and a dashingly handsome undercover spy. What could possibly go …

Burden of Proof

May 24th, 2018


“He called to wish me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Then he said, ‘I’m failing everything.’”

Divide and Conquer

May 17th, 2018


The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon. 

Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell debates Adam Grant

May 10th, 2018


In a special live taping at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Malcolm talks with WorkLife’s Adam Grant about how to avoid doing highly undesirable …

Introducing Revisionist History Season Three

May 3rd, 2018


Malcolm Gladwell is back with season three of Revisionist History: harmonica players, mass delusion, semicolons, and a constitutional crisis. …

The Basement Tapes

August 17th, 2017


What is a son’s obligation to his father?

McDonald’s Broke My Heart

August 10th, 2017


They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.

Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That

August 3rd, 2017


Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.

State v Johnson

July 27th, 2017


“Nobody was interested in justice.”

The King of Tears

July 20th, 2017


Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.

The Prime Minister and the Prof

July 13th, 2017


The friendship that changed the course of World War II.

Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment

June 29th, 2017


A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?

The Road to Damascus

June 22nd, 2017


What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?

A Good Walk Spoiled

June 15th, 2017


Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.

Introducing Revisionist History Season Two

May 26th, 2017


From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.

The Satire Paradox

August 18th, 2016

In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliant
young comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politics
of Prime …

Generous Orthodoxy

August 11th, 2016

A 98-year-old minister takes on his church over the subject of gay marriage—and teaches the rest of us what it means to stand up in protest.

To learn …

Blame Game

August 4th, 2016

In the summer and fall of 2009, hundreds of Toyota owners came forward with an alarming allegation: Their cars were suddenly and uncontrollably …


July 28th, 2016

How does genius emerge? An exploration of different types of innovation—through the lens of Elvis Costello’s extraordinary song “Deportee,” once utterly forgettable and then, through time and iteration, a work of beauty …

My Little Hundred Million

July 21st, 2016

In the early ’90s, Hank Rowan gave $100 million to a tiny public university in Glassboro, New Jersey: not Harvard, not Yale, not even to his alma …

Food Fight

July 14th, 2016

Bowdoin College and Vassar College are two elite private schools that compete for the same students. But one of those schools is trying hard to …

Carlos Doesn’t Remember

July 7th, 2016

Of the tens of thousands of talented, low-income students who graduate from high school every year in the United States, most never make it to …

The Big Man Can't Shoot

June 30th, 2016

Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision: He chose a shooting technique that made him one of the worst …

Saigon, 1965

June 23rd, 2016

In the early 1960s the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon. The task? To interview captured North …

The Lady Vanishes

June 16th, 2016

In the late 19th century, a painting titled The Roll Call, by a virtually unknown artist, took England by storm. But after that brilliant first …

Introducing Revisionist History

June 3rd, 2016


Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.

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