Revisionist History podcast

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. To get early access to ad-free episodes and extra content, subscribe to Pushkin+ in Apple Podcasts are pushkin.fm/pus. 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. To get early access to ad-free episodes and extra content, subscribe to Pushkin+ in Apple Podcasts are pushkin.fm/pus. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

 

#142

Why We Need Small Talk from The Art of Small Talk

Here’s a clip from a Pushkin Industries audiobook that you may enjoy: The Art of Small Talk. Hilarious and practical advice for how to up your small talk game from comedians, actors and self-appointed experts on chit-chat, Casey Wilson and Jessica St. Clair. Casey and Jessica share six simple rules for how to engage in small talk and achieve the connectedness we all crave with any and everyone. Enjoy this clip from The Art of Small Talk, featuring Malcolm. And if you’re interested in hearing more small talk tips, get the complete audiobook at: Pushkin: [https://www.pushkin.fm/audiobooks/the-art-of-small-talk] (https://www.pushkin.fm/audiobooks/the-art-of-small-talk) Spotify: [https://open.spotify.com/show/309by6YVsUZED5MhGlV0H8?si=TDPcSzeWQZKuggmkDRNh9g] (https://open.spotify.com/show/309by6YVsUZED5MhGlV0H8?si=TDPcSzeWQZKuggmkDRNh9g) Audible: [https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Art-of-Small-Talk-Audiobook/B0CPM98G3J] (https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Art-of-Small-Talk-Audiobook/B0CPM98G3J) Apple Books: [https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/the-art-of-small-talk-go-shallow-to-go-deep/id1737294114] (https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/the-art-of-small-talk-go-shallow-to-go-deep/id1737294114)   See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

13 May 2024

11 MINS

11:52

13 May 2024


#141

The Rumor from Deep Cover: The Nameless Man

Here’s an episode from another Pushkin Industries podcast that you may enjoy. Introducing [Deep Cover: The Nameless Man] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deep-cover-the-nameless-man/id1520478402) . This season, host Jake Halpern tells the epic tale of two federal agents who investigate a rumor about a murder that supposedly took place 15 years prior. It is also the story of a family searching for answers about why their brother was killed. These two storylines collide in a courtroom in Philadelphia, where murder, memory, and morality go on trial.  Listen to Deep Cover wherever you find your podcasts. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

29 Apr 2024

40 MINS

40:52

29 Apr 2024


#140

Malcolm on No Small Endeavor

Malcolm recently sat down with friend and award-winning theologian Lee C. Camp to discuss his journey on the acclaimed podcast No Small Endeavor. In this episode, they explore a host of Malcolm's stories – from receiving permission from his mother to cut class to spending three days a week in Freudian therapy as a young adult – all which contributed to who he is today. Produced by Great Feeling Studios and PRX, No Small Endeavor brings thoughtful conversations with bestselling authors, artists, theologians and philosophers – like Hollywood legend Rob Reiner, and Civil Rights hero Reverend James Lawson – about what it means to live a good life. Listen to more episodes of No Small Endeavor here: [https://link.chtbl.com/LN08h4po?sid=RevisionistHistoryEpisode] (https://link.chtbl.com/LN08h4po?sid=RevisionistHistoryEpisode)   See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

18 Apr 2024

50 MINS

50:37

18 Apr 2024


#139

Blue Seattle with Cameron Crowe | Development Hell

In 1986, Cameron Crowe, the film director, and Nancy Wilson, of the rock group Heart, got married. They honeymooned in a little cabin in the Pacific Northwest, and while they were there decided to write a musical, about Elvis as a cab driver in Seattle. They wrote and recorded demos of all the songs, and called it “Blue Seattle.” It became a lost masterpiece that never saw the light of day. In our Development Hell season finale, Cameron joins Malcolm to share the songs and tell the story behind “Blue Seattle” for the very first time. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

11 Apr 2024

49 MINS

49:26

11 Apr 2024


#138

Labor of Love with M. Night Shyamalan | Development Hell

Before M. Night Shyamalan became a household name for his mind bending thrillers like “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs”, he was just a young screenwriter in love. And during those blissful early years of marriage he wrote a love story. The screenplay for “Labor of Love” sold right away, and over the next 30 years or so there would be numerous attempts to make it into a movie. There was a major studio, there were A-list directors, Shyamalan even found his perfect star. In this episode, M. Night Shyamalan tells Malcolm about the script that haunts him.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

28 Mar 2024

35 MINS

35:03

28 Mar 2024


#137

I Am Superman with Patty Jenkins | Development Hell

Between her big hits, “Monster” and “Wonder Woman”, Patty Jenkins wrote an R-rated fairy tale, starring a dog. She hoped that the dog would deliver such a great performance that the Academy would — for the first time — give the Best Actor award to an animal. The story was about a dog program in a prison, a perfect set-up for a story of both canine and human redemption, right? Wrong. That’s the kind of story Hollywood loves, but not the kind of story Jenkins wanted to tell. Enter development hell. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

21 Mar 2024

40 MINS

40:08

21 Mar 2024


#136

The Birthday Party with Charles Randolph | Development Hell

Before Charles Randolph won an Oscar for writing “The Big Short,” he adapted a memoir called “The Birthday Party”: the true story of a white man kidnapped by three young Black men. Is there a way to bring a story like that to screen, in a way that's honest and authentic? Randolph gives us a masterclass on a screenwriter's many minefields. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

14 Mar 2024

43 MINS

43:20

14 Mar 2024


#135

Bubbles with Isaac Adamson | Development Hell

This is the story behind a biopic about a chimpanzee named Bubbles, sidekick to the King of Pop. Malcolm talks with the writer, Isaac Adamson, about the project’s rise and fall. Netflix optioned the script, a director was attached, and then… everything fell apart. In the episode, Isaac reads from his 2015 Black List winning script, and he and Malcolm consider whether now is the time for “Bubbles.” See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

07 Mar 2024

41 MINS

41:46

07 Mar 2024


#134

Oscar Season with Talk Easy

Development Hell will return on Thursday with an all-new episode about a chimpanzee. In the meantime, here's a Hollywood-related episode from our friends at Talk Easy. Host Sam Fragoso talks with the New York Times critic Wesley Morris about all things Oscars, his career, and the state of the film industry. Find more Talk Easy at  [talkeasypod.com] (http://talkeasypod.com/) . See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

05 Mar 2024

1 HR 17 MINS

1:17:21

05 Mar 2024


#133

The Variable Man with Gary Goldman and Angus Fletcher | Development Hell

Gary Goldman was a writer on “Total Recall”, a Philip K. Dick adaptation directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzeneger. It was a big hit. So why do Gary and his writing partner, Angus Fletcher, have so much trouble selling another Philip K. Dick adaptation? They tell Malcolm that it all came down to a roller coaster ride of plot twists that even A-List action actors couldn’t stomach, and an early attempt at AI that was too dumb to pick a smart script. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

29 Feb 2024

40 MINS

40:08

29 Feb 2024


#132

Blink with Stephen Gaghan | Development Hell

It’s the mid-2000s, Malcolm and writer/producer Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic”, “Syriana”) are running around Hollywood pitching their scripted adaptation of Blink. This conversation starts with a failed vampire love story, takes a ride in Leonardo DiCaprio’s Prius, before making an unexpectedly heartbreaking turn that leads Stephen to walk away from the project forever. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

29 Feb 2024

42 MINS

42:16

29 Feb 2024


#131

Welcome to Development Hell

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. On February 29th, Revisionist History is returning with Development Hell, a series of untold stories about Hollywood projects that never left the page. There's a Philip K. Dick adaptation with a twist too shocking for the studios, a biopic about an exotic pet, and Malcolm’s own misadventure trying to adapt his bestselling book, Blink. Coming soon! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

03 MINS

03:44

23 Feb 2024


#130

Revisionist History LIVE with Nate Berkus

Malcolm Gladwell sits with interior design legend Nate Berkus in a live conversation covering everything from travel, to their moms, prestige TV, and finding the places that can cure us of melancholy. This episode was recorded at the AC Hotel New York Times Square, and is brought to you by AC Hotels. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

35 MINS

35:16

15 Feb 2024


#129

The IT Revolution

The digital revolution has been happening for a while now, but with 5G, it’s about to reach a whole new level. IT departments are about to rule the world. So in this paid partnership with T-Mobile for Business, Malcolm sits with leaders in the world of retail and healthcare to discuss how their industries are changing. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

01 Feb 2024

28 MINS

28:15

01 Feb 2024


#128

Board Game Season

A young family nearly lost everything in the 1970s farm crisis. Then, they invented a board game. Today on the show, producer Ben Naddaff-Hafrey shares a story about how life shows up in games and what games teach us about risk, life, love, and in this case ... farming. For more episodes like this, check out Pushkin’s [The Last Archive] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-last-archive/id1506207997) podcast. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

21 Dec 2023

48 MINS

48:30

21 Dec 2023


#127

A New Day at the Races

Revisionist History heads to Las Vegas for the Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix, courtesy of T-Mobile for Business. Malcolm talks with T-Mobile and Las Vegas Grand Prix executives about how 5G technology is changing professional sports — from how athletes compete, to how fans watch and even find their seats. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

04 Dec 2023

33 MINS

33:39

04 Dec 2023


#126

This Is Your Captain Speaking

What does a pilot sound like? Malcolm and Ben Naddaff-Hafrey take off on a long, strange investigation that takes them from Las Vegas to Family Guy to the airspace over the Mojave desert and the cold waters of the Hudson river. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

16 Nov 2023

43 MINS

43:18

16 Nov 2023


#125

The Bear Was Poked With Maria Konnikova

Maria Konnikova returns as Revisionist History’s ombudsman. Today, she talks with Malcolm about assault rifles, tales of the two Matt Dillons, moral hazard, localized mortgage rates, and possible solutions to America’s gun problem. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

02 Nov 2023

32 MINS

32:25

02 Nov 2023


#124

Oil and Blood: The Osage Murders from Cautionary Tales

Today, we’re bringing you an episode from another Pushkin show, [Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cautionary-tales-with-tim-harford/id1484511465) . This episode is based on Killers of the Flower Moon, with permission from its author, David Grann. Minnie Smith grew sick quite suddenly. She had been young, fit and healthy; the doctors were baffled when she died. "A peculiar wasting illness," they called it. Then, her sister Anna went missing. She was found a week later, dead, with a gunshot wound to her head. When a third sister, Rita, died in an explosion at her home, the grim pattern was clear: the family was under attack. Lawman Tom White came to town to investigate, and uncovered a vicious plot. This episode is the first of two cautionary tales produced in association with Apple Original Films. The Killers of the Flower Moon movie is in theaters now. It's directed by Martin Scorsese, and stars Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

31 Oct 2023

42 MINS

42:07

31 Oct 2023


#123

Unlocking Hidden Potential with Adam Grant

Malcolm Gladwell hosts a rollicking live discussion about Adam Grant’s new book, “Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things,” which is available now. They explore why we overemphasize innate talent, how Adam grappled with impostor syndrome as a writer and perfectionism as an athlete, and how to chart a path toward achieving greater things. They also discuss the evidence on affirmative action — and riff on topics ranging from humility to psychoanalysis to whether Lions or Bills fans suffer more. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

26 Oct 2023

43 MINS

43:44

26 Oct 2023


#122

Silicon Valley on the Couch

Why is Silicon Valley where it is? How did a narrow valley in California become the epicenter of the computer age? People usually say it’s because of Stanford, or the weather. But the answer may be something much more … Freudian. In this episode, Malcolm puts William Shockley—inventor of the transistor, winner of the Nobel Prize, father of Silicon Valley—on the couch. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

19 Oct 2023

46 MINS

46:10

19 Oct 2023


#121

Guns Part 6: “Sin is the failure to bother to care”

Abdullah Pratt grew up in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America, then returned to be an ER doctor in his neighborhood hospital. At the end of Revisionist History’s series on everything Americans get wrong about guns, we offer a final lesson on the obligations and costs of compassion. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

05 Oct 2023

29 MINS

29:18

05 Oct 2023