Transcripts (24)

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

Revisionist History

  • about 11 hours 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 To find more episodes of Cautionary Tales, go to Learn more about your ad-choices at

Revisionist History Presents: Hasta la Vista, America

Revisionist History

  • about 1 month 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 And it's just $0.99. Learn more about your ad-choices at

Bonus: Return to the 404

Revisionist History

  • 2 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Bonus: Druid Hills

Revisionist History

  • 3 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 This bonus episode is sponsored by Emory University. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Revisionist History Presents: Into the Zone

Revisionist History

  • 6 months 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