By Malcolm Gladwell / Pushkin
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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.
||ExplicitDave Hill and the Epistemology of Norwegian Black Metal||Malcolm Gladwell sits down with comedian, guitarist, and legendary metalhead Dave Hill||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNashville Revolution: Bobby Braddock, Don Schlitz, and Don Henry||Malcolm Gladwell talks to three songwriters who helped transform country music in the 1970s.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRick Rubin||Revisionist History presents the first episode of a new podcast, Broken Record.||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRevisionist History Presents: Broken Record||From Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record: Liner notes for the digital age.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnalysis, Parapraxis, Elvis||The one song The King couldn’t sing.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrong Verbs, Short Sentences||“She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale—all wrapped up in one.”||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Imaginary Crimes of Margit Hamosh||Epidemics of fear repeat themselves. The first time as tragedy. The second time as farce. Margit Hamosh? Definitely farce.||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMalcolm Gladwell's 12 Rules for Life||Crucial life lessons from the end of hockey games, Idris Elba, and some Wall Street guys with a lot of time on their hands.||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hug Heard Round the World||Q: Was there a period where you felt you had something to prove? A: The first 45 years of my life.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeneral Chapman’s Last Stand||Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not.||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFree Brian Williams||"Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft."||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Polite Word for Liar||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 wrong?||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBurden of Proof||“He called to wish me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Then he said, ‘I’m failing everything.’”||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDivide and Conquer||The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon.||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Malcolm Gladwell debates Adam Grant||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 tasks, what makes an idea interesting, and why Malcolm thinks we shouldn't root for the underdog.||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Revisionist History Season Three||Malcolm Gladwell is back with season three of Revisionist History: harmonica players, mass delusion, semicolons, and a constitutional crisis. Launching May 17th on Panoply.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Basement Tapes||What is a son’s obligation to his father?||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMcDonald’s Broke My Heart||They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That||Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanState v Johnson||“Nobody was interested in justice.”||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe King of Tears||Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Prime Minister and the Prof||The friendship that changed the course of World War II.||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Foot Soldier of Birmingham||“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMiss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment||A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Road to Damascus||What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Good Walk Spoiled||Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Revisionist History Season Two||From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Satire Paradox||In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox” asks whether laughter and social protest are friends or foes.||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGenerous Orthodoxy||Chester Wenger offers all of us a master class in the art of dissent||8/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlame Game||What happens when hysteria overtakes common sense?||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHallelujah||How does genius emerge?||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Little Hundred Million||Why has it proven so difficult for other philanthropists to follow Hank Rowan's lead?||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFood Fight||Bowdoin College and Vassar College are two elite private schools that compete for the same students.||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarlos Doesn’t Remember||America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why.||7/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Big Man Can't Shoot||Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision.||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSaigon, 1965||In the early 1960s, the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon.||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lady Vanishes||In the late 19th century, a painting titled The Roll Call, by a virtually unknown artist, took England by storm.||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Revisionist History||Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Best podcast I've never heard.
Entertaining and Thoughtful
While this podcast certainly stands with five stars on its own, the quality is easily comparable to the most elite and established (for good reason) shows that exist to report incredible stories.
Even among the best of the above mentioned categories, I've noticed an increasing trend of story swapping that makes Malcom Gladwell extra refreshing in my feed. I am a completely hopeless podcast junkie; it's truly a delight when something is as original, captivating, and entertaining as this has been.
As a somewhat aside that I didn't want to abandon: the program length is ideal for a podcast exploring a single theme.
Hats off Episode 2 can't come soon enough.
Current Malcolm Gladwell
I'm a huge Malcolm Gladwell fan. I'm delighted that I get to hear him speaking on this fascinating topic. I just finished listening to first one that focused on prejudice and tokenism and it doesn't disappoint. I look forward to the other nine casts in this series. Thank you, Malcolm Gladwell!