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Revisionist History

Summary: 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 Panoply Media. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

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 The Basement Tapes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2039

What is a son’s obligation to his father?

 McDonald’s Broke My Heart | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2227

They made the world’s greatest French Fry. Then they threw it away.

 Mr. Hollowell Didn’t Like That | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2308

Arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.

 State v Johnson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2070

“Nobody was interested in justice.”

 The King of Tears | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2688

Why country music makes you cry, and rock and roll doesn’t: A musical interpretation of divided America.

 The Prime Minister and the Prof | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2237

The friendship that changed the course of World War II.

 The Foot Soldier of Birmingham | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2256

“Oh, Mac. What did you do?”

 Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2025

A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?

 The Road to Damascus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2585

What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart?

 A Good Walk Spoiled | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2229

Rich people and their addiction to golf: a philosophical investigation.

 Introducing Revisionist History Season Two | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 169

From bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, season two of Revisionist History launches June 15th.

 The Satire Paradox | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2441

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 Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. Peopleloved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped wouldhappen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox”asks whether laughter and socialprotest are friends or foes.  To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit

 Generous Orthodoxy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2161

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2452

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 countless lawsuits. The consensus was that there was something badly wrong with the world’s most popular cars. Except that there wasn’t. What happens when hysteria overtakes common sense? To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit

 Hallelujah | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2377

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 deeper into the subjects on Revisionist History, visit Malcolm's collection on iBooks at -- iBooks will update the page every week with new recommendations. To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit


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