Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History is a show that I have wanted to  check out for  a little bit now. I am a fan of his books and heard it mentioned on a few podcasts so I decided to give it a listen this week! I definitely enjoyed  the show and plan to go back and listen to the other episodes I missed!

The Quick Read:
  • Host – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Episodes Listened To
  • Why Should You Listen?
    • If you are a fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s books, history,  or are interested in human nature. Each episode has the flow of a well written story and exposes a key element of how we operate or think in different situations.

“Each week, over the course of 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past. An event. A person. An idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.”  The most upsetting thing about this description is the phrase “over the course of 10 weeks.”  This was an excellent show but there are only 10 episodes (excluding the intro) to binge listen.  Fortunately in each of these ten episodes Malcolm Gladwell will take you through a concept that weaves seamlessly  from one story to the next much like his books.

Revisionist History Podcast

Every episode seems to have an overall theme related to human nature. Malcolm looks to expose a story from the past that wasn’t quite told right in the history books. Each show will weave from the main story and loops around to other examples. As a result each episode flows in a way that keeps you intrigued  and on the edge of your seat. Each episode of Revisionist History is  almost like bite-sized version of one Malcolm’s books.

Because it flows like a story there is almost always a climax with a big reveal.  As Malcolm tells the stories more and more anticipation piles up and suddenly, like in ‘Blame Game,’  one sentence reveals the  what you are thinking but aren’t quite sure of. “He never hit the brakes.” Even in episodes where there isn’t a huge reveal each individual story has a way it relates to the theme. That way however doesn’t always reveal itself until later on.  Malcolm Gladwell’s storytelling adds a unique element of flow to every episode.

Each episode of Revisionist History  is also incredibly thought provoking.  Each theme or concept ties in to human nature. Whether it is about our subconscious ways we judge others or the ways our mind can fool us and put us in danger it gives you something to think about. It can make you re-analyze other events in your life and look for ways these themes apply to your own life. Sure, it is an interesting story but there are key takeaways that you can apply to your thought process.

Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History is one of those podcasts that you binge listen. Afterwards you realize that he is done making it and hope that he decides to come back and do another season (looking at you too Serial…). Go check it out and let me know what you think because I don’t think you’ll be disappointing.