PODCHAT Revisionist History: Episode 1


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Screen Shot 2016-07-30 at 7.15.05 PMYou don’t have to agree with the message to love the podcast

I’ve been jamming podcasts since 2009. I was in the game long before Freakonomics and Serial and I’ve evolved…I’ve blossomed into a beautiful iOS flower. Headphones, for some reason, are now called earbuds and overall quality is still shameful,1)Especially since I refuse to spend more than $9.99 for a pair. Thank you, Skullcandy but I’m still at it. Many podcasts have come and gone from my data-sucking subscription list but there are also a few staples.

After listening to a great podcast, I wish I could bottle up all the adrenaline and motivation for later use, especially since, in my circles, fellow podcasters seem to be as sparse as clean toilet seats in a house with a 5 and 8 year old boy. Since it is tough to find a listening comrade to talk to, I will talk at you via this blog. I hope to cover a bunch of different podcasts, diving into the best episodes. Seems like the best starting point is the podcast currently crowned “king” in the iTunes store, and it’s by a man who can do no wrong in the world of intellects2)I hope to sniff an intellects jockstrap one day, Malcolm Gladwell.

I’ve caught Gladwell on a few of Bill Simmons’s podcasts, Tim Ferris’s, and a few NPR shows. Even though I haven’t actually read an entire Gladwell book, I rarely admit it. I don’t agree with the man’s politics, but he does hell of a good job. Plus, I treat podcasts like I treat gambling on Fremont Street; I’ll try anything once. So, I “swiped right” when his Revisionist History showed up in iTunes.

The Premise

Gladwell is taking another look at something in history. He’s not rewriting history. He’s correcting “forgotten and misunderstood” history and challenging what we learned or should learn from it. He’s giving history a second chance and in his first episode he tackles the 19th century art culture in England to help us understand something that sounds overly progressive, but also sounds kind of true, morale licensing.

Titled, “The Lady Vanishes,” is a great pacesetter of the 10-episode season. Read the show description and check out the intro clip if you want to know more. I say, just subscribe. If you haven’t listened yet, stop reading here and come back.3)As much I want to, not going to regurgitate the podcast content. The goal is to continue the conversation. So, two options: 1. Go find a different post on the site or 2. Go catch the first few episodes of Revisionist History and come back. If you have listened already…let’s go!

As a little teaser, the artist of the painting below is the centerpiece of a story Gladwell believes will help us better understand an oddity in social injustice. The video is about the former Australian ambassador exposing the misogynist culture within parliament…pretty nuts and also part of the story.

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[Revision History Show Notes]

 

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1. Especially since I refuse to spend more than $9.99 for a pair. Thank you, Skullcandy
2. I hope to sniff an intellects jockstrap one day
3. As much I want to, not going to regurgitate the podcast content. The goal is to continue the conversation. So, two options: 1. Go find a different post on the site or 2. Go catch the first few episodes of Revisionist History and come back. If you have listened already…let’s go!

About Brent Nichols

My blogging is, no doubt, all over the map, but hope you'll find something just right for you. Currently living in the D.C.-metro area in Northern Virginia. You know what? I think I kinda like it out here.

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