Wednesday June 15, 2016

Malcolm Gladwell's new podcast challenges history as we know it

People often know better, but refuse to do better. History is full of examples, says author-turned-podcaster Malcolm Gladwell.

People often know better, but refuse to do better. History is full of examples, says author-turned-podcaster Malcolm Gladwell. (Revisionist History/Palopoly)

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Malcolm Gladwell says that, far too often, we make up our minds about the past and move on. We do this as foolhardy individuals, as groups, and as entire civilizations.

The Blink and Tipping Point author joins Shad to discuss his new podcast Revisionist History — a show that offers a surprising new angle on the history books — and why it's so crucial to check our assumptions about the past. 

"The best way to get a good sleep at night is to think that you belong in a society that's steadily and smoothly moving forward," says Gladwell. "But that's not human history." 

Gladwell shares stories of professionals who know better but refuse to do better, good people who feel entitled to do something bad, and employers who hire the nicest, most attractive person instead of the best.

Will we learn from these examples? (Judging by history: probably not.) 

Malcolm Gladwell

Take future insights from Malcolm Gladwell's new podcast with a grain of salt. (Little, Brown and Company/CBC)



WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for Revisionist History below and tell us: have you ever realized that your understanding of the past was just plain wrong? 

 
Plus, here's another little taster of the show.