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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. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

Revisionist History Live Poster with June 6 and June 8 dates

How does a Revisionist History episode become a Revisionist History episode? Behind closed doors, Malcolm Gladwell and team often grapple with how an episode should unfold. Our first-ever live show makes that process public! Malcolm is fascinated with an iconic film from Hollywood’s Golden Era. He wants to tell a story about it. Is he right? Will it work? We’ll find out together.

June 6, 2022: The Town Hall (New York City ft. Mike Birbiglia, Dr. Barron Lerner, Charles Randolph) — Tickets

June 8, 2022: The Fillmore (Philadelphia ft. Angus Fletcher, Virginia Heffernan) — Tickets

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The Dog Will See You Now

If recent times have shown us anything, it’s that many problems can not be fixed by humans alone. In the Season 6 finale, Revisionist History turns to another species for…

A Serious Game

Tabletop Exercise Map, Grid, Unit Markers from a wargame analyzing NATO’s defense capabilities in the Baltics (See David Shlapak and Michael W. Johnson, “Reinforcing Deterrence on NATO’s Eastern Flank”)The best…

Laundry Done Right

Is there a right way to do your laundry? Of course there is. A long look at the science of cleaning your clothes.RESOURCES Elizabeth Morgan, Timothy J. Foxon, and Anne…

Little Mermaid Part 3: Honestly Ever After

Revisionist History presents: The Little Mermaid... our way. The grand finale of our three-part series. Featuring the voices of Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Dax Shepard, Brit Marling, and many more.

Little Mermaid Part 2: The Fairytale Twist

The quest to revise The Little Mermaid continues. This week, we call in the experts. Part two of three.RESOURCES Angus Fletcher, Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History…

Little Mermaid Part 1: The Golden Contract

Vintage engraving of a scene from the Little Mermaid, a fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in…

The Judgment of Helen Levitt

Helen Levitt’s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1951 [full testimony here]Helen Slote Levitt was on her way to the good life in 1950s Hollywood. Then one day,…

Project Dillard

A historically Black university in New Orleans is beloved by everyone – except the US News best colleges rankings. We hack our way back into the algorithm and show how…

Lord of the Rankings

For 30 years, US News & World Report has been using a secret formula to rank the best colleges and universities in the United States. As a public service to…

I Love You Waymo

The beach ball test.Revisionist History travels to Phoenix, Arizona to learn about the future of the automobile. It’s not what you think. It’s much better.Warning: Some of the actions depicted…

Introducing Revisionist History Season Six

The sixth season of Revisionist History is underway, and Malcolm’s finally out of the house. We play chicken with cars, war games with wonks, and travel deep under the sea.…

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