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April 9, 2019
Revisionist History Presents: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis
Malcolm Gladwell presents Ref, You Suck!, the first episode of the newest podcast from Pushkin Industries: Against the Rules with Michael Lewis. Rage at referees is all the rage in professional sports. Michael Lewis visits a replay center that’s trying to do the impossible: adjudicate fairness.If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Against the Rules wherever you get your podcasts.
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41 min
November 13, 2018
Revisionist History Presents: Rick Rubin
Revisionist History presents the first episode of a new podcast, Broken Record. It's a conversation between Rick Rubin and Revisionist History host Malcolm Gladwell, covering everything from Rick’s role in the very beginning of hip-hop to his role in introducing Johnny Cash to a new generation of writers, performers and music lovers. Rick and Malcolm delve deep into Rick’s back catalogue – which is really a history of contemporary music – to reveal more about the artists that defined a new era, and why they are still vital listening today.
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48 min
November 6, 2018
Revisionist 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. Revisionist History will be airing the first episode of Broken Record on November 13th. Listen here or in the Broken Record feed.
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3 min
July 19, 2018
Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis
The one song The King couldn’t sing.
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55 min
July 12, 2018
Strong Verbs, Short Sentences
“She was Joan of Arc, Madame Curie, and Florence Nightingale—all wrapped up in one.”
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42 min
July 5, 2018
The Imaginary Crimes of Margit Hamosh
Epidemics of fear repeat themselves. The first time as tragedy. The second time as farce. Margit Hamosh? Definitely farce.
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36 min
June 28, 2018
Malcolm 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.
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45 min
June 21, 2018
The 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.
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40 min
June 14, 2018
General Chapman’s Last Stand
Good fences make good neighbors. Or maybe not.
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37 min
June 7, 2018
Free Brian Williams
"Sorry dude, I don't remember you being on my aircraft."
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39 min
May 31, 2018
A 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?
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39 min
May 24, 2018
Burden of Proof
“He called to wish me ‘Happy Birthday.’ Then he said, ‘I’m failing everything.’”
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36 min
May 17, 2018
Divide and Conquer
The complete, unabridged history of the world’s most controversial semicolon.
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41 min
May 10, 2018
Bonus: 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.
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52 min
May 3, 2018
Introducing 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.
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2 min
August 17, 2017
The Basement Tapes
What is a son’s obligation to his father?
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33 min
August 10, 2017
McDonald’s Broke My Heart
They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.
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37 min
August 3, 2017
Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That
Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.
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38 min
July 27, 2017
State v Johnson
“Nobody was interested in justice.”
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34 min
July 20, 2017
The King of Tears
Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.
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44 min
July 13, 2017
The Prime Minister and the Prof
The friendship that changed the course of World War II.
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37 min
July 6, 2017
The Foot Soldier of Birmingham
“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”
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37 min
June 29, 2017
Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment
A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?
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33 min
June 22, 2017
The Road to Damascus
What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?
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43 min
June 15, 2017
A Good Walk Spoiled
Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.
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37 min
May 26, 2017
Introducing Revisionist History Season Two
From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.
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2 min
August 18, 2016
The Satire Paradox
In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliantyoung comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politicsof Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His parodies became famous. He wrote andperformed a vicious sendup of the typical Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. Peopleloved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped wouldhappen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox”asks whether laughter and socialprotest are friends or foes. To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
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40 min
August 11, 2016
Generous Orthodoxy
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 more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
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36 min
August 4, 2016
Blame Game
In the summer and fall of 2009, hundreds of Toyota owners came forward with an alarming allegation: Their cars were suddenly and uncontrollably accelerating. Toyota was forced to recall 10 million vehicles, pay a fine of more than $1 billion, and settle countless lawsuits. The consensus was that there was something badly wrong with the world’s most popular cars. Except that there wasn’t. What happens when hysteria overtakes common sense? To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
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40 min
July 28, 2016
Hallelujah
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 and genius. If you're looking to go deeper into the subjects on Revisionist History, visit Malcolm's collection on iBooks at http://www.apple.co/MalcolmGladwell -- iBooks will update the page every week with new recommendations. To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
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39 min
July 21, 2016
My Little Hundred Million
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 mater, MIT. What was Rowan thinking? And why has it proven so difficult for other philanthropists to follow his lead? To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
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42 min
July 14, 2016
Food Fight
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 address the problem of rich and poor in American society—and paying a high price. The other is making that problem worse—and reaping rewards as a result. To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
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33 min
July 7, 2016
Carlos Doesn’t Remember
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 universities appropriate to their gifts. America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why. To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
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36 min
June 30, 2016
The Big Man Can't Shoot
Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision: He chose a shooting technique that made him one of the worst foul shooters in basketball—even though he had tried a better alternative. Why do smart people do dumb things? To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
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38 min
June 23, 2016
Saigon, 1965
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 Vietnamese soldiers and guerrillas in order to measure the effect of relentless U.S. bombing on their morale. Yet despite a wealth of great data, even the leaders of the study couldn’t agree on what it meant. To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
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44 min
June 16, 2016
The Lady Vanishes
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 effort, the artist all but disappeared. Why? And what does The Roll Call tell us about the fate of those first through the door? To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com
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36 min
June 3, 2016
Introducing Revisionist History
Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.
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4 min
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