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Revisionist History

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. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of 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 second chance. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

 

#84

From Deep Cover: Who Was Bob Cooley?

Deep Cover is a show about people who lead double lives, how far they’re willing to go in pursuit of a greater cause, and how sometimes, seemingly small decisions can change the course of history. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Halpern reveals dark underworlds most of us know nothing about. The new season, Mob Land, tells the true story of a high-rolling Chicago lawyer who fixed court cases for the mob. He did this for years... until he decided to betray them and work with the FBI. He wears a wire to expose a black market of corruption—where politicians were bought and justice was sold. Where, for the right price, even murderers could walk free... With first-hand interviews from FBI agents, mobsters, family members, and criminals, the story is a wild journey into a world of corruption, murder, and deceit. Today, we’re sharing a preview of Episode 1. You can listen to the new Deep Cover season now at [https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/rhdeepcover] (https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/rhdeepcover) Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

24 Jan 2022

10 MINS

10:09

24 Jan 2022


#83

The Revisionist History Holiday Sampler

Sharing special previews of Pushkin’s show Bad Women: Ripper Retold and this month’s Pushkin+ episode, ‘The Dog-tor WIll See You Now’   You know the story: In 1888, five female prostitutes were brutally murdered in a London slum-- attacks so violent the killer earned a nickname: Jack the Ripper. For centuries, we have assumed these women were indeed “Bad Women,” ...but what if everything we know about them is wrong? Historian Hallie Rubenhold has uncovered the true stories of the Ripper’s victims. Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary Jane all struggled against the misogyny that thrived in Victorian England, until they found themselves in the path of one of the most vicious killers in history.  Bad Women is rich in historical detail and suspenseful enough to satisfy any true crime fan. You can binge the entire season now at [https://link.chtbl.com/revisionistbadwomen] (https://link.chtbl.com/revisionistbadwomen) Plus, a sneak peek at the fourth in our series of subscriber episodes, an ode to the powerful pups who can sniff out the toughest of viruses worldwide–even at a Metallica concert. To hear the rest, subscribe to Pushkin+ by visiting our show page in Apple Podcasts or at [Pushkin.fm/plus] (http://pushkin.fm/plus) . Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

21 Dec 2021

24 MINS

24:14

21 Dec 2021


#82

Introducing: A Slight Change of Plans, Apple Podcasts' Best Show of the Year

Pushkin is thrilled to announce that A Slight Change of Plans was named Apple Podcasts' Best Show of the Year! This week, we're sharing an episode with Revisionist History listeners. A Slight Change of Plans is all about understanding the science of change. That understanding, mixed with a healthy dose of compassion, has made the show a perfect antidote for the times we’re living in. Dr. Maya Shankar has interviewed celebrities like Tiffany Haddish and Kacey Musgraves. But she’s interviewed real-life inspirations, too. People who have dealt with cancer diagnoses or the loss of a loved one, and somehow managed to learn and grow from those hard experiences.  In this episode, Maya discusses a heartbreaking change she recently experienced in her personal life, while on her way to becoming a mom. Maya's producer Tyler interviews her about her own “Slight Change of Plans.” You can hear more episodes of A Slight Change of Plans at  [https://link.chtbl.com/revisionisthistoryslightchange] (https://link.chtbl.com/revisionisthistoryslightchange) Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

01 Dec 2021

43 MINS

43:03

01 Dec 2021


#81

Revisionist History Presents Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon

Presenting: An Excerpt from Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon by Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam. Download the audiobook today at [miracleaudiobook.com] (http://miracleaudiobook.com/) and receive an exclusive listener's guide pdf featuring additional commentary from Bruce, the producers and editors of Miracle and Wonder. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

16 Nov 2021

38 MINS

38:21

16 Nov 2021


#80

Teaser: Pushkin’s Dirty Laundry

In this month’s subscriber-only episode, the Pushkin staff have something to say about Malcolm’s portrayal of their laundry habits. Plus, an unbiased expert answers our most pressing clothes queries. This is a sneak peek at the third in our series of subscriber episodes. To hear the rest, subscribe to Pushkin+ by visiting our show page in Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

11 Nov 2021

06 MINS

06:27

11 Nov 2021


#79

Teaser: The Compromises of Al Levitt

In this month’s subscriber-only episode, a look at the complicated and possibly cursed career of Helen Levitt’s other half. This is a sneak peek at the second in our series of subscriber episodes. To hear the rest, subscribe to PushNik by visiting our show page in Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

03 MINS

03:42

14 Oct 2021


#78

Revisionist History Presents: Climate Change Despondency is Solvable

Solvable Host Ronald Young Jr. sits down with Malcolm Gladwell to talk about climate change: the power of individual choices, cultural shifts and what to expect from the business sector too.  Meaningful climate action requires thoughtful engagement from across all sectors, regions, nations -- from all of us. Check out these recent Solvable episodes for additional solutions and for ways that you can get involved. [Destructive Agriculture is Solvable] (https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/destructive-agriculture-is-solvable/) with Rachel Stroer [Wildfire Ignition is Solvable] (https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/wildfire-ignition-is-solvable/) with Eric Appel [The Lack of Basic Sanitation in the United States is Solvable] (https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/the-lack-of-basic-sanitation-in-the-united-states-is-solvable/) with Catherine Coleman Flowers [The Slow Regrowth of Vulnerable Coral Reefs is Solvable] (https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/the-slow-regrowth-of-vulnerable-coral-reefs-is-solvable/) with Sarah Hamlyn [Fighting Climate Change Through Incentivized Prizes and Innovation ] (https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/climate-change-is-solvable/) with Anousheh Ansari [Making Transportation Systems Eco-friendly is a Solvable Problem] (https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/making-transportation-systems-eco-friendly-is-a-solvable-problem/) with Laura Schewel  [Addiction to Fossil Fuels is Solvable] (https://www.pushkin.fm/episode/addiction-to-fossil-fuels-is-solvable/) with Bill McKibben Executive Producer, Mia Lobel Managing Producer, Sachar Mathias Senior Producer, Jocelyn Frank  Researcher, David Zha Booking by Lisa Dunn Very special thanks to Royston Beserve, Heather Fain, Nicole Morano, Carly Migliori, Eric Sandler and Maggie Taylor. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

29 Sep 2021

20 MINS

20:32

29 Sep 2021


#77

At The Movies with Some of My Best Friends Are...

Introducing Pushkin's newest show, Some of My Best Friends Are...hosted by Khalil Muhammad and Ben Austen, two best friends who grew up together on the South Side of Chicago in '80s. Khalil and Ben invite listeners into their conversations about the absurdities and intricacies of race in America. Mixing anecdotes, entertaining storytelling, and thoughtful debate, Some of My Best Friends Are... helps listeners make sense of a deeply divided country. In this episode, Khalil and Ben look back at two classic Interracial Buddy Films: 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon. They ask: How did these films and others like them shape a generation of moviegoers' views on racism and law enforcement? What did they say about being white and Black men of the time? Listen to more episodes of Some of My Best Friends Are... at  [http://podcasts.pushkin.fm/revisionistbestfriends] (http://podcasts.pushkin.fm/revisionistbestfriends) Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

16 Sep 2021

40 MINS

40:24

16 Sep 2021


#76

Revisionist Revisited: Extras from the Little Mermaid Series

Malcolm revives his Little Mermaid darlings while the editor is away. The first of a series of four bonus episodes. To receive all four, subscribe to PushNik, a subscription program available exclusively through Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

09 Sep 2021

26 MINS

26:16

09 Sep 2021


#75

The Dog Will See You Now

If recent times have shown us anything, it’s that many problems can not be fixed by humans alone. In the season 6 finale, Revisionist History turns to another species for a little help. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

26 Aug 2021

38 MINS

38:22

26 Aug 2021


#74

A Serious Game

The best way to prepare for the unexpected may not be to make plans, or predictions, but to play games. Revisionist History explores imaginary worlds and the people who love finding out what they don’t know. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

19 Aug 2021

35 MINS

35:58

19 Aug 2021


#73

Laundry Done Right

Is there a right way to do your laundry? Of course there is. A long look at the science of cleaning your clothes. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

12 Aug 2021

37 MINS

37:21

12 Aug 2021


#72

Little Mermaid Part 3: Honestly Ever After

Revisionist History presents: The Little Mermaid...our way. The grand finale of our three-part series. Featuring the voices of Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Dax Shepard, Brit Marling, and many more. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

02 Aug 2021

37 MINS

37:30

02 Aug 2021


#71

Little Mermaid Part 2: The Fairytale Twist

The quest to revise The Little Mermaid continues. This week, we call in the experts. Part two of three. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

29 Jul 2021

37 MINS

37:11

29 Jul 2021


#70

Little Mermaid Part 1: The Golden Contract

Revisionist History takes on The Little Mermaid: a deep dive into a world where merpeople present us with a series of vexing moral conundrums. Part one of three. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

38 MINS

38:56

22 Jul 2021


#69

The Judgment of Helen Levitt

Helen Slote Levitt was on her way to the good life in 1950s Hollywood. Then one day, her name appeared on a list. The story of an ordinary woman whose world was upended by extraordinary times. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

15 Jul 2021

39 MINS

39:55

15 Jul 2021


#68

Project Dillard

A historically Black university in New Orleans is beloved by everyone – except the US News best colleges rankings. We hack our way back into the algorithm and show how Dillard University can rise to the top. Part two of a two-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

08 Jul 2021

40 MINS

40:04

08 Jul 2021


#67

Lord of the Rankings

For 30 years, US News & World Report has been using a secret formula to rank the best colleges and universities in the United States. As a public service to our listeners, we hack the algorithm and discover the dirty little secret of the rankings game. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

01 Jul 2021

37 MINS

37:24

01 Jul 2021


#66

I Love You Waymo

Revisionist History travels to Phoenix, Arizona to learn about the future of the automobile. It’s not what you think. It’s much better. Warning: Some of the actions depicted in this episode are dangerous. Do not imitate Malcolm!  Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

24 Jun 2021

38 MINS

38:56

24 Jun 2021


#65

Presenting: Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi

Presenting a sneak peek of Pushkin’s newest show, Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi. On Be Antiracist, Dr. Kendi discusses policies and practices that sustain injustice in our society, and how we can dismantle racism to build a just, equitable world. To kick off the season, Malcolm called up Dr. Kendi for a conversation on racism, bridging divides, and the power of podcasting. Stay tuned after their conversation for an excerpt of an upcoming episode featuring economic and social policy expert Heather C. McGhee. Dr. Kendi and McGhee discuss the “zero sum” world view, and what racism really costs us as a society. To hear more Be Antiracist, visit [http://podcasts.pushkin.fm/gladwellkendi] (http://podcasts.pushkin.fm/gladwellkendi) Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

09 Jun 2021

28 MINS

28:23

09 Jun 2021


#64

Introducing Revisionist History Season Six

The sixth season of Revisionist History is underway, and Malcolm’s finally out of the house. We play chicken with cars, war games with wonks, and travel deep under the sea. Season six of Revisionist History launches June 24th from Pushkin Industries.   Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

03 Jun 2021

02 MINS

02:52

03 Jun 2021


#63

Bonus: Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Grant

Whenever Malcolm and Adam Grant cross paths on the book tour circuit, it's always a good time. Here are pieces of two conversations from Clubhouse: one about Malcolm's The Bomber Mafia and another about Adam's Think Again. Find out more at [bombermafia.com] (bombermafia.com) and [adamgrant.net] (adamgrant.net) . Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

28 May 2021

49 MINS

49:39

28 May 2021


#62

Presenting: The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

Season 5 of Revisionist History included four episodes on the rise of air power during the Second World War. Listeners met Air Force generals Haywood Hansell and Curtis LeMay and heard about the birth of napalm and the firebombing of Tokyo. Malcolm couldn't get that story out of his mind, and so he built an entirely new audiobook around it. The Bomber Mafia. The Bomber Mafia thought they could re-invent war, in part because of a reclusive genius named Carl Norden. In this excerpt, you hear more about him and his game changing invention, the Norden Bombsight. If you loved those episodes, you'll be in history heaven with The Bomber Mafia. It features more archival footage, new writing, and enhanced scoring. It's a totally new experience. Purchase the audiobook at  [www.bombermafia.com] (http://www.bombermafia.com/) , and you'll receive a free Listener's Guide featuring new commentary from Malcolm. Print and ebook editions available wherever books are sold. Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

27 Apr 2021

16 MINS

16:51

27 Apr 2021


#61

Bonus: Return to the 404

We're back in Atlanta - this week with jaunts to Jamaica, Kenya, court-side NBA games, and a deep dive into fine art forgery. Plus, Malcolm finally gets his big break in the advertising industry. LISTENER NOTE: No editors were involved with the writing of this episode of Revisionist History. Proceed at your own risk. Happy Holidays, everyone!  Text Malcolm: 917-423-6439. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at [pushkin.fm] (https://www.pushkin.fm/show/revisionist-history/) . Learn more about your ad-choices at [https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com] (https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com) ... Read more

17 Dec 2020

42 MINS

42:04

17 Dec 2020