McDonald’s Broke My Heart

Revisionist History | 10 August 2017 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell on French fries. McDonald’s made the world’s greatest French Fry, then succumbed to public pressure to make it healthier. A salutary lesson in how little we know about dietary matters.

The Lady Vanishes

Revisionist History | 16 June 2016 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell uses a number of stories, notably the treatment of Australia’s first woman prime minister, to explain moral licensing – our habit of using a good deed to self-justify a bad one.

A Polite Word for Liar

Revisionist History| 31 May 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
An early morning raid, a house-full of Nazis, the world’s greatest harmonica player, and a dashingly handsome undercover spy. Part 1 of a two-part exploration of memory and our naïve ideas about what memory is worth. Malcolm Gladwell shows us how we all reimagine the truth – so we cannot treat our memory as gospel. So good you just might listen twice.

Free Brian Williams

Revisionist History | 7 June 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The second part of Gladwell’s exploration of memory and our naïve ideas about what memory is worth. Part 1 showed that only a fool accepts the evidence of his own memory as gospel. This part shows how we’re all fools. Around 60% of our memories of flashbulb events like 911 are false, although we fervently believe them to be true.