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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.

Presenting: Lost Hills

Revisionist History

  • 570 views
  • 8 months ago
  • 14:25

We're hard at work on Season 6 of Revisionist History. But in the meantime, here's an episode of a new show from Pushkin that will keep you up at night: Lost Hills. After 35-year-old scientist Tristan Beaudette is murdered in front of his two young daughters, other victims come forward telling similar tales of a sniper in Malibu who has been shooting at campers and moving cars for the past 18 months. Always in the dark of night, at 4 a.m. The cops say they can’t connect the crimes, but then they arrest a drifter: 42-year-old Anthony Rauda, who lives under a tarp behind the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. Rauda insists he's being framed. Is he the killer, or a scapegoat? To hear the rest of the Lost Hills premiere and more episodes, go to: pushkin.fm/losthills Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Presenting: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Art of Public Speaking (from Cautionary Tales)

Revisionist History

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  • 9 months ago
  • 36:36

Season six of Revisionist History is coming later this spring. But meanwhile, season two of Pushkin’s great show Cautionary Tales is underway. Host Tim Harford brings us stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos. In this episode: What are the risks of improvising a speech? One approach to public speaking is to memorize and get everything perfect, but risk seeming stilted and disconnected from your audience. Or you can try speaking off the cuff, sometimes resulting in disaster. As always with Cautionary Tales, there’s a twist. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to Cautionary Tales wherever you get your podcasts. Read more about Tim's work at http://timharford.com/ To find more episodes of Cautionary Tales, go to https://www.pushkin.fm/show/cautionary-tales/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Revisionist History Presents: Hasta la Vista, America

Revisionist History

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  • 10 months ago
  • 03:06

The news is overwhelming right now. Maybe we all need a laugh. Here's an excerpt from Hasta la Vista, America: Trump’s Farewell Address, an original audiobook parody written by Kurt Andersen and performed by Alec Baldwin. The book imagines Trump holed up in the White House with only advisor Hope Hicks there to run the recording session. It's available exclusively from Pushkin Industries at ATrumpFarewell.com. And it's just $0.99. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Bonus: Return to the 404

Revisionist History

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  • 12 months ago
  • 41:30

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bonus: Druid Hills

Revisionist History

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  • 12 months ago
  • 36:52

Revisionist History takes a trip to Malcolm's favorite city and gets a tour of Emory University, meets 3000 non-human primates and 8000 rodents, and dusts off an old TV pilot for a dramatic reenactment. Oh, and a season three guest returns, but you'll just have to listen to find out who.  Text Malcolm: 917-423-6439. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. This bonus episode is sponsored by Emory University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Revisionist History Presents: Into the Zone

Revisionist History

  • 850 views
  • about 1 year ago
  • 51:09

Into the Zone, a new show from Pushkin Industries, is a podcast about opposites, and how borders are never as clear as we think. In the 1920s, a messianic visitor to Hari’s family home unveils the connection between Indian Independence movement and the Astral Plane. Nearly a century later, Hari travels to the orange groves of southern California, where the guru made his home, to examine the globetrotting legacy of New Age spirituality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

A Memorial for the Living

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 43:21

Lessons from the world’s most perfect memorial. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

"Oh Howard, You Idiot!”

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 50:10

A billionaire turned recluse befriends a minor novelist. Together they seize the public’s imagination. Kind of. The true story behind the greatest autobiography you’ve never read. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Hamlet Was Wrong

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 42:16

The delicate science of hiring nihilism, examined in five deeply-personal case studies. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 43:35

How do we remember one of the deadliest nights in human history? We don't. Part four. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Revisionist History Presents: Deep Cover

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 42:17

Revisionist History Presents: Deep Cover, the true story of an FBI agent in Detroit who goes undercover in an outlaw motorcycle gang and makes a series of bizarre discoveries that inadvertently lead to the US invasion of a foreign country. In the first episode, Detroit FBI agent Ned Timmons busts Toby Anderson, a violent criminal who also fancies himself a budding country music star. Ned flips Toby and goes undercover as a biker, but Toby quickly goes out of control. He uses the newfound protection of the FBI to commit robberies and perhaps far worse. Most agents would give up, and send Toby to jail, but Ned has a feeling Toby might be his key to the criminal underworld. Subscribe to Deep Cover here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Bombs-Away LeMay

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 43:32

The arguments, accidents, cold-blooded logic and sheer serendipity that led to the longest night of the Second World War. Part three. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May the Best Firebomb Win

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 42:00

Basement laboratories. Mad scientists. Sticky gels, and a bake-off in the desert. The strange story behind Curtis LeMay’s weapon of choice. Part two. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Bomber Mafia

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 39:49

On the eve of the Second World War, a band of visionaries at Maxwell Air Force Base tried to reimagine modern warfare. They failed. Part one on the extraordinary life of the Air Force General Curtis LeMay. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Powerball Revolution

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 48:58

In Bolivia, a political activist radically reforms the voting process for... student council elections. Who else does he convince? Revisionist History. And maybe a fancy private school in New Jersey. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Hedwig’s Lost Van Gogh

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 46:16

An escape from war-torn Germany. Lavish dinners with Hollywood royalty. A Swedish baron and a dime-store heiress: we explore the long journey of a Van Gogh still life — and what it says about the real value of the things we treasure. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Dragon Psychology 101

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 48:10

Dragons hoard treasure, deep in their lairs. They don’t show it off to their neighbors. Revisionist History applies dragon psychology to the strange world of art museums, with help from Andy Warhol, J.R.R. Tolkien, a handful of accountants and the world’s leading hoarding expert.  Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at pushkin.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Revisionist Revisited: The King of Tears

Revisionist History

  • 330 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:00:03

In our last listener favorite, we revisit The King of Tears from Season 2 where Revisionist History goes to Nashville to talk with Bobby Braddock, who has written more sad songs than almost anyone else. What is it about music that makes us cry? And what sets country music apart? The wait for new episodes is almost over. Season 5 launches June 18. For updates on the coming season, sign up for our emails at pushkin.fm. Plus, we hear a sneak peak of the new Cautionary Tales mini-season, hosted by Tim Harford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Introducing Revisionist History Season 5

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 02:45

Andy Warhol. War. Smaug the Dragon. And, as always, digressions of great importance. Launching June 18 from Pushkin Industries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Revisionist History Presents: The Limits of Power

Revisionist History

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  • over 1 year ago
  • 44:33

Malcolm has been writing about race and policing for a very long time, going back to the killing of Amadou Diallo in 1999. Sometimes, it is useful to take a step back and consider policing in a broader context. Here we present a chapter from Malcolm's book David and Goliath, which includes an analysis of a riot in Northern Ireland in 1970. Many miles and many years away. About divisions of religion and class and not divisions of race. But the core questions to be asked in 1970 and 1999 and today are the same: if you have power, what does it mean to use it, and use it wisely? And what are the consequences if you don't? David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants was published in 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. Audiobook production by Hachette Audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices