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

41:56
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

48:58
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

3:34
From Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering …

Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis

July 19th, 2018

55:27

The one song The King couldn’t sing. 

Strong Verbs, Short Sentences

July 12th, 2018

42:36

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

The Imaginary Crimes of Margit Hamosh

July 5th, 2018

36:04

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

45:45

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

40:52

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

37:09

Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not.

Free Brian Williams

June 7th, 2018

39:29

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

A Polite Word for Liar

May 31st, 2018

39:40

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

36:04

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

Divide and Conquer

May 17th, 2018

41:21

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

Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell debates Adam Grant

May 10th, 2018

52:02

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

2:25

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

33:59

What is a son’s obligation to his father?

McDonald’s Broke My Heart

August 10th, 2017

37:07

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

Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That

August 3rd, 2017

38:28

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

State v Johnson

July 27th, 2017

34:30

“Nobody was interested in justice.”

The King of Tears

July 20th, 2017

44:48

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

37:17

The friendship that changed the course of World War II.

Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment

June 29th, 2017

33:45

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

The Road to Damascus

June 22nd, 2017

43:05

What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?

A Good Walk Spoiled

June 15th, 2017

37:09

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

Introducing Revisionist History Season Two

May 26th, 2017

2:49

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

The Satire Paradox

August 18th, 2016

40:41
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

36:01
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

40:52
In the summer and fall of 2009, hundreds of Toyota owners came forward with an alarming allegation: Their cars were suddenly and uncontrollably …

Hallelujah

July 28th, 2016

39:37
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

42:10
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

33:12
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

36:41
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

38:11
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

44:11
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

36:54
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

4:11

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

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