Revisionist History

Revisionist History
Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance
The Basement Tapes
Aug 17 • 33 min
What is a son’s obligation to his father?
McDonald’s Broke My Heart
Aug 10 • 36 min
They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.
Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That
Aug 3 • 38 min
Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.
State v Johnson
Jul 27 • 34 min
“Nobody was interested in justice.”
The King of Tears
Jul 20 • 44 min
Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.
The Prime Minister and the Prof
Jul 13 • 37 min
The friendship that changed the course of World War II.
The Foot Soldier of Birmingham
Jul 6 • 37 min
“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”
Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment
Jun 29 • 33 min
A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?
The Road to Damascus
Jun 22 • 42 min
What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?
A Good Walk Spoiled
Jun 15 • 36 min
Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.
Introducing Revisionist History Season Two
May 26 • 2 min
From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.
The Satire Paradox
Aug 17, 2016 • 40 min
In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliantyoung comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politicsof Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His parodies became famous. He wrote andperformed a vicious sendup of the typical…
Generous Orthodoxy
Aug 10, 2016 • 35 min
A 98-year-old minister takes on his church over the subject of gay marriage—and teaches the rest of us what it means to stand up in protest. To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit
Blame Game
Aug 3, 2016 • 40 min
In the summer and fall of 2009, hundreds of Toyota owners came forward with an alarming allegation: Their cars were suddenly and uncontrollably accelerating. Toyota was forced to recall 10 million vehicles, pay a fine of more than $1 billion, and settle…
Jul 27, 2016 • 39 min
How does genius emerge? An exploration of different types of innovation—through the lens of Elvis Costello’s extraordinary song “Deportee,” once utterly forgettable and then, through time and iteration, a work of beauty and genius. If you’re looking to go…
My Little Hundred Million
Jul 20, 2016 • 41 min
In the early ’90s, Hank Rowan gave $100 million to a tiny public university in Glassboro, New Jersey: not Harvard, not Yale, not even to his alma mater, MIT. What was Rowan thinking? And why has it proven so difficult for other philanthropists to follow…
Food Fight
Jul 13, 2016 • 32 min
Bowdoin College and Vassar College are two elite private schools that compete for the same students. But one of those schools is trying hard to address the problem of rich and poor in American society—and paying a high price. The other is making that…
Carlos Doesn’t Remember
Jul 6, 2016 • 36 min
Of the tens of thousands of talented, low-income students who graduate from high school every year in the United States, most never make it to universities appropriate to their gifts. America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year.…
The Big Man Can’t Shoot
Jun 29, 2016 • 37 min
Wilt Chamberlain’s brilliant career was marred by one, deeply inexplicable decision: He chose a shooting technique that made him one of the worst foul shooters in basketball—even though he had tried a better alternative. Why do smart people do dumb…
Saigon, 1965
Jun 22, 2016 • 43 min
In the early 1960s the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon. The task? To interview captured North Vietnamese soldiers and guerrillas in order to measure the effect of relentless U.S. bombing on their morale.…
The Lady Vanishes
Jun 16, 2016 • 36 min
In the late 19th century, a painting titled The Roll Call, by a virtually unknown artist, took England by storm. But after that brilliant first effort, the artist all but disappeared. Why? And what does The Roll Call tell us about the fate of those first…
Introducing Revisionist History
Jun 3, 2016 • 4 min
Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.