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.

 

#130

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


#129

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


#128

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


#127

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


#126

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


#125

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


#124

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


#123

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


#122

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


#121

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


#120

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


#119

Five Burning Travel Questions with Malcolm Gladwell

Revisionist History hits the road, courtesy of Airbnb. Malcolm shares some travel tips, including music for poolside relaxation, how to find your way around the Carolinas, and what to do about inclement weather. Then, Di Zock and Michael Specter talk about the pros and cons of traveling with your dog. The finale of our series on guns in America airs this Thursday. Please write in with your comments at  [revisionisthistory.com] (http://revisionisthistory.com/) . See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

03 Oct 2023

23 MINS

23:10

03 Oct 2023


#118

Guns Part 5: The Footnote

At the end of a forgotten study of convicted murderers, the author left a devastating footnote.  We travel to an old plantation house outside Montgomery Alabama to hear his story — and what it tells us about American gun violence. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

28 Sep 2023

38 MINS

38:07

28 Sep 2023


#117

Guns Part 4: Moral Hazard

Robert Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullet in 1968, ending his presidential run. Had he been shot today, would he have lived? A what-if story about homicides and medical care and the moral consequences of a world where trauma surgeons have gotten really, really good at what they do.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

21 Sep 2023

43 MINS

43:08

21 Sep 2023


#116

Guns Part 3: A Shooting Lesson

Malcolm goes to a shooting range in the woods of North Carolina to get a tutorial on the AR-15. It’s scary. It’s ugly. It’s at the center of the gun control debate. But what exactly makes it worse than other guns?  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

14 Sep 2023

39 MINS

39:50

14 Sep 2023


#115

Guns Part 2: Getting out of Dodge

The longest running television series of the 20th century was Gunsmoke, a western set in the notorious Dodge City, Kansas. Malcolm sweeps away mountains of legal scholarship to make a bold claim: The simplest explanation for the Supreme’s Court’s puzzling run of gun rights decisions may be that the justices watched too much Gunsmoke when they were growing up.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

07 Sep 2023

43 MINS

43:19

07 Sep 2023


#114

Guns Part 1: The Sudden Celebrity of Sir John Knight

In the battles over gun rights, a shadowy English nobleman from the 17th century has unexpectedly taken center stage. Who was he? What did he do that has — 300 years later — endeared him to a generation of legal scholars? Revisionist History explores the cult of personality around the mysterious Sir John Knight.  Sign up for Pushkin+ on the Revisionist History Apple Show page or at [Pushkin.fm] (https://www.pushkin.fm/join-pushkin) to binge the entire series now! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

31 Aug 2023

47 MINS

47:17

31 Aug 2023


#113

Doctors, Guns, and Money

Coming soon – a six-part series from Revisionist History about everything Americans get wrong about guns.  The series will air weekly, starting Thursday, August 31st. You can binge listen to all six episodes early and ad-free by subscribing to Pushkin Plus on Apple Podcasts, or by visiting: [pushkin.fm/plus] (https://www.pushkin.fm/join-pushkin) .  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

17 Aug 2023

11 MINS

11:08

17 Aug 2023


#112

Taxonomy of the Modern Mystery Story

Today, another episode from the Revisionist History Live universe. It's an old fashioned lecture, recorded at the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University. Malcolm talks about a totally real thing he made up—a taxonomy of the modern mystery story—with a focus on murder mysteries and police procedurals. From Dragnet, to John Grisham, to Sherlock Holmes, it's all in there...and all connected to how we view real policing.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

27 Jul 2023

46 MINS

46:35

27 Jul 2023


#111

Acting Out

Malcolm talks with Ben Naddaff-Hafrey, host of [The Last Archive] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-last-archive/id1506207997) , about the forgotten origins of a major social science, the missing chapter in Ella Fitzgerald’s life, and what it all has to do with the prison just down the street from Malcolm’s office. Listen, and check out the brand new season from Pushkin’s [The Last Archive] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-last-archive/id1506207997) . See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

06 Jul 2023

36 MINS

36:34

06 Jul 2023


#110

A Good Circle

This season, Malcolm's covered a lot of the problems in higher education. Today on the show: A solution. A big idea being tested at a little school on the shores of Lake Michigan. A school called Hope College, believe it or not, with an idea so crazy it just might work. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

29 Jun 2023

37 MINS

37:54

29 Jun 2023


#109

Feeling A Bit Attacked with Maria Konnikova

Maria Konnikova, Revisionist History’s ombudsman—who's also an author, psychologist and professional poker player—is back for another round. This time she reads letters from the audience on the power of debate, and whether or not certain four letter words belong in Pushkin’s podcasts. Maria and Malcolm also look at the Columbia cheating scandal from a different angle, and hand out one more sparkling Pushkin Prize. If you’d like to keep up with the most recent news from this and other Pushkin podcasts, be sure to sign up for our email list at [Pushkin.fm] (https://www.pushkin.fm/) . See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

22 Jun 2023

42 MINS

42:51

22 Jun 2023


#108

The Pushkin Prize for Egregiously Deceptive Self-Promotion

Consider this your invitation to the greatest award show no one’s ever heard of: the Pushkin Prizes, created to honor the giants of the American education system. This year, Malcolm is celebrating one prominent university that decided to play the US News & World Report at its own dirty rankings game—and smeared themselves in the process. Featuring an eagle-eyed math professor, our favorite data scientist, and the legend of one disgraced congressman.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

08 Jun 2023

41 MINS

41:32

08 Jun 2023


#107

The Crisis in Girls’ Sports with Lauren Fleshman and Linda Flanagan

In a live conversation taped at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Malcolm and his Martian friend consult athletes Linda Flanagan and Lauren Fleshman on how to level the proverbial playing field. What would they ban from youth sports: Coaches? Parents? Uniforms? Whatever it takes to bring the love of the game to everyone. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

25 May 2023

55 MINS

55:33

25 May 2023


#106

The Mystery of Mastery with Adam Gopnik

In a live conversation taped at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Malcolm chats with his old friend and New Yorker magazine colleague, Adam Gopnik, about Adam’s latest book, The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery. In the book, Adam follows numerous masters of their craft to find out just how they do what they do—and discovers that there is mastery all around us. In this episode, Malcolm and Adam highlight a few of the folks from the book, and what they have to teach us. You can purchase the audiobook version of The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery at [Pushkin.fm] (http://pushkin.fm/) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

18 May 2023

37 MINS

37:19

18 May 2023


#105

Introducing: So Many Steves, A New Audiobook from Steve Martin and Pushkin

Today, we’re bringing you a preview of Pushkin's new audiobook, “So Many Steves.” Steve Martin is more candid than he’s ever been about his creative life in this engrossing audio-biography centered around a series of conversations recorded over many afternoons at home with his friend and neighbor, writer Adam Gopnik. You can get “So Many Steves,” an audio-exclusive, now at Audible: [http://audible.com/stevemartin] (http://audible.com/stevemartin) See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

03 May 2023

10 MINS

10:45

03 May 2023


#104

Malcolm Goes to Debate School

What do you do after you've been humiliated at the Munk Debates? You call in the A-Team.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

13 Apr 2023

44 MINS

44:08

13 Apr 2023


#103

Higher Animals with Michael Specter

Malcolm talks with his old friend, the brilliant science writer Michael Specter, about the future of life on Earth. Michael's response to the Covid-19 pandemic was to create a new audiobook on how the mRNA vaccines have sparked a biotechnology revolution: [Higher Animals: Vaccines, Synthetic Biology, and the Future of Life] (https://www.pushkin.fm/audiobooks/higher-animals) . He and Malcolm talk about how this scientific revolution is bigger than many that came before it, about the promise of heritable vaccines for endangered species, and about how a smallpox infection could genuinely have wiped out New York in 1947. Also, we share a portion of Higher Animals' first, thrilling chapter. To purchase your own, complete copy of Michael Specter's Higher Animals, visit [Pushkin.fm] (https://www.pushkin.fm/) . See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

06 Apr 2023

34 MINS

34:05

06 Apr 2023


#102

Started From The Bottom with Justin Richmond

Today, we dig into the fascinating life of someone Malcolm knows very well: fellow Pushkin host Justin Richmond. Malcolm and Justin talk about being the product of biracial marriages, surviving racist bullies, and Justin's chance dinner with a megastar that changed his life.  Justin created his newest show, [Started from the Bottom] (https://www.pushkin.fm/podcasts/started-from-the-bottom) , to talk with successful people who grew up as outsiders about how they made it against the odds. Origin stories of mostly men and women of color and brilliant people who others counted out. How they climbed their way up the ladder, and the obstacles they overcame along the way. If you’d like to keep up with the most recent news from this and other Pushkin podcasts, be sure to sign up for our [email list] (https://pushkin.us20.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ec28005461416f0b42178894f&id=1694c40f69) at Pushkin.fm. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

16 Mar 2023

43 MINS

43:31

16 Mar 2023


#101

Rodents and Red Wine with Maria Konnikova

Author, psychologist and professional poker player Maria Konnikova joins the show as Revisionist History’s first ombudsman. Maria advocates for the audience, reading letters from listeners and challenging Malcolm on matters great and small. They discuss how iodized salt is changing lives, the ethics of the Minnesota starvation experiments, and the ever-changing guidance around drinking alcohol. If you’d like to keep up with the most recent news from this and other Pushkin podcasts, be sure to sign up for our email list at [Pushkin.fm] (http://pushkin.fm/) .  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

09 Mar 2023

42 MINS

42:13

09 Mar 2023