Talking to Strangers
Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Thursday, August 6, 2020
6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST 
An Evening with
Malcolm Gladwell
discussing books and Season 5 of his podcast,
Revisionist History” 
with Ted Habte-Gabr, Founder/Producer of Live Talks Los Angeles

This event premieres on August 6 at 6pm PST/9pm EST
on the Live Talks Los Angeles YouTube channel and also on our Facebook page 

The event is free to register to watch, and you can purchase a signed copy of his most recent book, “Talking to Strangers,” when you RSVP.

$36 includes a book with signed book plate (shipping included, and books ship week of Aug 10)

MALCOLM GLADWELL is a journalist, a speaker, and the author of six New York Times bestsellers—The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath, and Talking to Strangers. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. Foreign Policy has three times named him one of their Top Global Thinkers, and he has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. He is co-founder and president of Pushkin Industries. In 2019 Pushkin launched four new shows into the top 10 on the Apple Podcast charts:  Against the Rules, hosted by bestselling author and journalist Michael Lewis; Cautionary Talesfrom Financial Times columnist Tim Harford; The Happiness Lab, hosted by Dr. Laurie Santos; and Solvable.  Pushkin is also home to Gladwell’s Revisionist History, the music interview show Broken Record, Jill Lepore’s The Last Archiveand more. Visit for a full line up of shows.  @PushkinPods on Twitter. 

REVISIONIST HISTORYMalcolm Gladwell’s groundbreaking podcast now in its fifth season examines a diverse new slate of topics that its millions of fans have come to expect.  Gladwell turns his revisionist eye to everything from museums to elections to hiring to our collective memories of war in 10 episodes that will a season that fans will love—and possibly totally disagree with, all at the same time.  It’s a journey through the overlooked and misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, or even a song—and asks if we got it right the first time. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

Here are some of the stories Malcolm Gladwell explores in this season of REVISIONIST HISTORY:      

Dragon Psychology 101Dragons hoard treasure, deep in their lairs. They don’t show it off to their neighbors. Revisionist History applies dragon psychology to the strange world of art museums, with help from Andy Warhol, J.R.R. Tolkien, a handful of accountants and the world’s leading hoarding expert

Hedwig’s Lost Van Gogh—An escape from war-torn Germany. Lavish dinners with Hollywood royalty. A Swedish baron and a dime-store heiress: we explore the long journey of a Van Gogh still life—and what it says about the real value of the things we treasure. Get Revisionist History updates first by signing up for our newsletter at

The Powerball Revolution—In Bolivia, a political activist radically reforms the voting process for… student council elections. Who else does he convince? Revisionist History. And maybe a fancy private school in New Jersey.

A four-part series revisits the controversial military tactics of the Pacific theater during World War II.

  • The Bomber Mafia,Part one of fourOn the eve of the Second World War, a band of visionaries at Maxwell Air Force Base tried to reimagine modern warfare. They failed. Part one on the extraordinary life of the Air Force General Curtis LeMay.
  • May the Best Firebomb Win, Part two of fourBasement laboratories. Mad scientists. Sticky gels, and a bake-off in the desert. The strange story behind Curtis LeMay’s weapon of choice.
  • The Possum vs Bombs-Away LeMay, Part three of fourTwo Air Force generals had two very different ideas about how to defeat Japan: the arguments, accidents, serendipity and cold-blooded logic that led to the longest night of the Second World War–March 9, 1945. ​
  • Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen,Part four of fourHow do we remember the terror of Napalm over Japan? The answer is — we don’t. Nor do we remember our use of Napalm in the Korean War. Malcolm examines what remains in our memory instead: the season finale of M*A*S*H and an obscure museum in East Tokyo. And he asks how we came to forget the unforgettable.

Hamlet was Wrong—For years, Malcolm has been holding forth on the right — and wrong — way to hire people. But what does his own hiring record tell us? He tracks down his old assistants to find the answer.

“Howard, You Idiot!” —Howard Hughes was the richest and most famous entrepreneur of his generation–a brilliant aviator, Hollywood producer, and ladies’ man. In 1971, he released his memoirs. But almost no one has ever read them. Why? ​Revisionist History delves into the bizarre story of the world’s most famous unread book —and locates the surprise villain of the whole story: Hughes himself. Howard, you idiot!​

 List of Names—Two initially unrelated trips — to a homeless-advocacy group in Jacksonville and to the 9/11 memorial in downtown Manhattan — turn into one story. How do we choose to remember those lives lost to tragedy?​