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Revisionist History Podcast by Malcolm Gladwell

Revisionist History Podcast

by Malcolm Gladwell

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One of the top podcasts on iTunes is Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History Podcast, and not without good reason! Journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell is known for his bestselling books Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outliers: The Story of Success. Now he brings his unique perspective to overlooked historical events in this new podcast. He takes seemingly minor historical events and expounds upon them, as he suggests that these events signify great trends in the world of psychology, sociology, behavioral economics, politics, and more. For example, he examines when Wilt Chamberlain changed to shooting free throws underhand (which greatly improved his free throw shooting percentage) and then why he inexplicably went back to shooting free throws "normally" even though his percentage of making free throws dropped off. He looks at a British female painter from the 19th century, and suggests that opening doors in society for one woman might not necessarily pave the way for gender equality. He studies the efforts of three individuals from the RAND Corporation who attempted to understand the enemy in the Vietnam War, and why they came to vastly different conclusions from the same intelligence. You'll also want to listen to the episode on "The Satire Paradox", in which Gladwell suggests that while satire might speak truth to power, it actually might not accomplish much by exposing certain hard truths. Right now there are seven podcast episodes on the feed and they are all more interesting than they might initially appear. Gladwell intersperse the podcasts with interviews, historical audio, and music for a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. Subscribe to this one!


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The Satire Paradox

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


In the political turmoil of mid-1990s Britain, a brilliant
young comic named Harry Enfield set out to satirize the ideology and politics
of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His parodies became famous. He wrote and
performed a vicious sendup of the typical Thatcherite nouveau riche buffoon. People
loved it. And what happened? Exactly the opposite of what Enfield hoped would
happen. In an age dominated by political comedy, “The Satire Paradox”asks whether laughter and social
protest are friends or foes. 


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Generous Orthodoxy

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


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.

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Blame Game

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Thu, Aug 04, 2016


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?

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Hallelujah

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


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.

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My Little Hundred Million

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


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 his lead?

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Food Fight

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Thu, Jul 14, 2016


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 problem worse—and reaping rewards as a result.

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Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Thu, Jul 07, 2016


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. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why.

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The Big Man Can't Shoot

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Thu, Jun 30, 2016


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 things?

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Saigon, 1965

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Thu, Jun 23, 2016


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. Yet despite a wealth of great data, even the leaders of the study couldn’t agree on what it meant.

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The Lady Vanishes

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Thu, Jun 16, 2016


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 through the door?

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Introducing Revisionist History

Author: Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Fri, Jun 03, 2016


Coming soon, a new podcast series from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell.

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