Revisionist HIstory


Amazing picture of Malcolm Gladwell by Surian Soosay via Flickr

Amazing picture of Malcolm Gladwell by Surian Soosay via Flickr

There are some real bonuses to going to work in a car. One of them is that it’s way easier to listen to podcasts. When I was going into work by train every day my internet access would drop in and out all the way up to London. Now I’m driving the Michigan freeways I am constantly connected to the Webs so I can listen to my podcasts in uninterrupted bliss.

I have lots to recommend but the one I am enjoying most at the moment is Revisionist History which is Malcolm Gladwell’s latest creative outpouring. It’s a podcast that takes interesting incidents from the recent past and uses them to show how many views of a subject there are, and how mistaken we can be about our perspectives.

The one that has made the greatest impression on me is Episode 4 – Carlos Doesn’t Remember which tackles the myth of an equal society head on. It has a particularly US slant – Malcolm is American – but it exposes issues that affect many kids from low income families trying to thrive in difficult circumstances.

Listen to it.

Shake yourself up a bit. Shake up your complacency.

Then ask, is there anything I can do about this?

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