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A mystery that begins with the half-baked idea of an obscure California bureaucrat in the 1930’s and ends with one of the worst public crises in American history. Chicken Little said the sky was falling. And sometimes Chicken Little is right. For a transcript of this episode, click here.

Interviewed in this episode: Michael Specter, David Courtwright, Sid Wolfe, Abby Alpert, Linda Wastila, Yongbo Sim.

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Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is co-founder of Pushkin Industries and host of the hit podcast Revisionist History. He is a journalist, a speaker, and the author of several New York Times bestsellers including The Tipping…