Malcolm Gladwell, Revisionist History, 2016. Canadian Journalist Malcolm Gladwell has long been known for his non-fiction books which offer meaningful insights into society and human nature in a writing style that is accessible. In 2016, Gladwell transferred his characteristic voice to a new medium. In Gladwell’s own words, Revisionist History is a podcast “about things forgotten and misunderstood.” Historians will quickly recognize that the podcast’s name is largely a misnomer. Most of the episodes are neither about revising History nor exploring how scholars have done so in the past. Nonetheless, about half of the episodes are more than deserving of the title. Episodes such as “Saigon 1965” and “The Lady Vanishes” from season one, and “Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment,” “The Foot Soldier of Birmingham,” and “The Prime Minister and the Prof” from season two, force us to rethink many of our assumptions about how we have made the past and how we have chosen to remember it.
Liz Covart. Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast about Early American History, 2014. Founded by historian and UC Davis graduate Liz Covart in 2014, Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast “for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.” The show discusses topics in Early American history in the format of interviews with leading scholars in the field. More recently, the show has partnered with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture to make a series that explores the historian’s craft, called “Doing History.” Although the show is named after an elite white man, the show is extraordinarily wide in its scope. Covart interviews authors on everything from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to Native American societies to gender in the early Republic. You can search through the episode guide on the site to find interviews that interest you.