September 17, 2019

September Staff Pick: Chris Alleman Artistic Director

Running introduced me to podcasts.

On my runs, I find listening to music distracting. During half of my runs, I will unplug and listening to the sounds around me. The other half, I listen to podcasts.

Among the handful that I listen, I find RadioLab, Ted Radio Hour, StarTalk Radio (with Neil Degrasse Tyson), and Make Me Smart among my favorites. However, today I want to share with you another favorite – Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell. This is the podcast that got me started listening to podcasts. See, I was a little late to the game and had only listened to my first podcast this time last year. I know, I know – what took me so long. I was confident that podcasts were just people rambling about weird subjects or off the wall topics with no discernable end or reason – and there are plenty of those. But so many are highly produced, well scripted, informational, entertaining and educational shows. Revisionist History is one of those and I quickly became enamored with the show. As Malcom Gladwell puts it:

“Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance”.

Particularly there is a three episode series in the first season of the podcast that I found enlightening and disturbing. Episode 4 – Carlos Doesn’t Remember, Episode 5 – Food Fight, and Episode 6 – My Little Hundred Million explore the complexities and discrepancies of higher education in the United States. It is a fascinating listen and I highly recommend taking the 100 minutes or so needed to listen to all three episodes.

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