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Our Shows

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Revisionist History

Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time.


Broken Record

Sing songs. Talk music.

From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration and craft. Oh, and they play, too.

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Against the Rules

Don’t pick sides. Unless it’s my side.

Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness—in financial markets, newsrooms, basketball games, courts of law, and much more. And he asks what’s happening to a world where everyone loves to hate the referee.  


Deep Background

Deep Background is an interview show hosted by Harvard professor Noah Feldman. Every week, Noah and his guests explore the historical, scientific, legal and cultural context behind the biggest stories in the news to help us understand what’s really going on.

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Solvable

Interviews with the world’s biggest thinkers who are working to solve the world’s biggest problems.

A partnership between The Rockefeller Foundation and Pushkin Industries, Solvable showcases the world’s most inspiring thinkers proposing solutions to the world’s most daunting problems. The interviews, conducted by journalists like Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg, acknowledge complexity while inciting hope that these problems are, in fact, solvable. Launching on June 5th.


Making a Killing

Big Business is shaping the world in unprecedented ways. Through a series of conversations with today’s best business writers and thinkers, journalist Bethany McLean (co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room) cuts through the hype and hand-wringing to reframe the stories you thought you understood and uncover the ones you didn’t know were important.

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The Happiness Lab

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos has studied the science of wellbeing and will share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness forever.







About

Malcolm Gladwell and I have been friends and collaborators for thirty years. We created Pushkin in 2018 to spread the joy we've found making and listening to podcasts.

We started our company with a few simple precepts. We would put artists and creators first. We would produce work that we care about and believe in. And we would have fun.  

Why name our studio Pushkin, you ask? Because Alexander Pushkin, the Russian Romantic writer, is our inspiration. Pushkin was a hybrid, a mix of Russian, African, and French ancestry – as well as a philosopher, poet, playwright, and novelist. Like him, our company is curious about everything and always wants to try something new.

Plus, we really like the way Pushkin sounds.

-- Jacob Weisberg

Co-founder and CEO

 

Press

“As you’d expect from Pushkin Industries, the new podcast company set up by Malcolm Gladwell and Slate’s Jacob Weisberg, it’s snappy and smart, with Lewis powering the whole thing with dry wit and common sense.”


"The Love Junkies, songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose, have been responsible for such monster hits as Little Big Town ’s “Girl Crush,” as well as — in various iterations — songs for A Star is Born, the TV series Nashville, and dozens of other singles and album cuts by Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and more... Host Malcolm Gladwell introduces the podcast... by saying that he didn’t so much as interview the trio as he ‘sat in the corner laughing and made sure the tape was running'".


Financial Times

"...through a combination of smart storytelling and Lewis's wry presenting style, it's accessible and entertaining."


Michael Lewis “makes boring stuff interesting. He collects disparate ingredients, whips them up with character and narrative, and distills human stories into engrossing big-picture explainers.”


“You’ll find yourself debating [Against the Rules’] points with friends and family after you listen — the telltale sign of a good podcast.”


“[Against the Rules] explores the concept of fairness, in realms ranging from art authentication to consumer finance, and in doing so it gets at bigger questions about structural inequality.”


“Now, McLean is turning her inquisitiveness on her fellow reporters. In a new podcast from subscription-based upstart Luminary, Making a Killing, the former Goldman Sachs analyst sits down with the writers covering companies like Juul, Theranos, and Boeing, digging for the story behind the story á la the New York Times’s popular The Daily.”


“I have very much the same feeling now about podcasting that I did around the early days of the Internet. Which is that there are probably not that many times in anyone’s career when they are going to get to be a part of inventing something new.”


"[Malcolm Gladwell has] a way of turning over rocks and showing us that what's underneath isn't always what we'd expect."


“Can you actually learn how to be happier? Yale professor Laurie Santos believes so. Her new podcast, ‘The Happiness Lab’, based on her popular happiness course, shares science-backed happiness strategies to help you live your life to the fullest.”


“In reading Talking to Strangers, one might notice its chapters are often constructed like episodes of Revisionist History: guided by Gladwell’s narration, punctuated by interviews and extended sound bites, and written with a more direct, intimate style than your typical work of nonfiction.”


“In her new podcast, ‘The Happiness Lab,’ she interviews notable guests like figure skater Michelle Kwan, the ‘Talking Heads’ David Byrne, swimming coach Bob Bowman, and veteran and actor J.R. Martinez. Santos joins ‘CBS This Morning’ to discuss what science says about our happiness.”


“Levels of anxiety and depression are skyrocketing in what professionals are calling a mental health crisis. Psychologist Laurie Santos is working hard to reverse these trends.”

Staff

Jacob Weisberg (Co-founder and CEO) was previously CEO of the Slate Group, co-founder of Panoply, and editor-in-chief of Slate Magazine. He has written for publications including the New York Times, New Yorker, and Financial Times. He is the author of several books and a lecturer at Yale University. Weisberg is vice-chair of the Committee to Protect Journalists and a member of the PEN Board, reflecting his long-standing involvement with issues of global press freedom and independent journalism.

Malcolm Gladwell (Co-founder) is a journalist, a speaker, and the author of five New York Times bestsellers including The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and David and Goliath. His next book, Talking to Strangers, will be published in September 2019. 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 a trustee of the Surgo Foundation and currently serves on the board of the RAND Corporation.

Heather Fain (Chief Marketing Officer) came to podcasting from book publishing, where she worked in a variety of marketing and publicity roles at the Hachette Book Group. The authors with whom she has worked include Michael Connelly, Malcolm Gladwell (see above), Dr. Mark Hyman, Keith Richards, Stacy Schiff, Alice Sebold, David Sedaris, Anita Shreve, and Donna Tartt. She will listen to many podcasts while out on maternity leave in Spring 2019.

Mia Lobel (Executive Producer) has been making podcasts since 2007 including the chart-topping Revisionist History and the serialized narrative Empire on Blood. As former Managing Producer at Panoply she oversaw production on By the Book, Family Ghosts, and the Panoply Pilot Project. She’s also produced audio content for public radio stations, non-profit organizations, museums, universities and voice-activated services. She's been an adjunct professor at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY since 2010.

Julia Barton (Executive Editor) is a longtime broadcast and podcast editor. She's been the editor on Revisionist History from the show's inception in 2016. In addition, she's reported and produced stories for Radiolab, 99% Invisible, PRI's The World, and BBC Radio 4, with Falling Tree Productions.

Jason Gambrell (Technical Director/Chief of Sweetness) has been involved in various aspects of the local NYC music scene since the late ‘90s. A stint as the broadcast audio tech for the Columbia Journalism School led to becoming the founding Technical Director for Panoply Media in 2015. His involvement with podcasts like Revisionist History and Empire on Blood led him to Pushkin Industries.

Ryan Dilley (Lead Producer) is an award-winning journalist and audio producer who created several critically-acclaimed podcasts for the Panoply network where he worked with the likes of Marc Maron, John Oliver, Elizabeth Banks, and John Cleese. Ryan previously worked at the BBC for two decades, where he edited some of the corporation's biggest news shows and worked with some of its biggest stars. A show he helped create for the youth station BBC Radio 1 - The Story of Izzy Dix - was named Podcast of the Year by the British Radio Academy.

Justin Richmond (Lead Producer, Broken Record) comes to Pushkin Industries from NPR. He spent the last three and a half years producing Morning Edition and reporting on the Arts Desk. He graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he earned the nom de radio "Black Judgement" while working and occasionally appearing on W. Kamau Bell's podcast. He grew up obsessed with ‘60's soul acts, was enraptured by a Garth Brooks concert in 1996, played guitar in a terrible metal band during high school and through the nerdy hobby of digging up rap samples has become a jazz snob.

Jacob Smith (Senior Producer, Revisionist History) previously worked on You Must Remember This, Family Ghosts, Empire on Blood and The Grift. His three-year-old dog named Finn is the Pushkin Industries mascot and likes to interrupt table reads.

Carly Migliori (Director of Operations) comes to Pushkin with over a decade of multimedia management experience. She most recently led the content team at Panoply, where she oversaw the business side of all podcasts. Throughout her career, she has managed magazines, built apps, and spun about 100 plates at once. Carly loves a good Bravo recap podcast, gold shoes, and her fabulous black cat Clarence.

Jon Schnaars (Vice President of Finance and Business Development) comes to Pushkin with more than a decade of experience in digital media and advertising. He has worked across sales, operations and management for companies large and small across the digital marketing landscape. Joining Pushkin has allowed Jon to transform his passion for podcasting -- which he’s been a part of via Bloody Good Horror since 2007 -- into a profession. Jon does most of his podcast consumption while running, and enjoys topics ranging from NBA and gaming to history and culture.

Sophie McKibben (Managing Producer) comes to Pushkin from FRONTLINE PBS where she was the Series Producer of The FRONTLINE Dispatch, a podcast she helped start. Previously, Sophie taught documentary storytelling at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Sophie has reported and produced for Rhode Island Public Radio, StoryCorps, and North Country Public Radio. An Adirondacker, Sophie is happiest out in the woods.

Lidia Jean Kott (Associate Producer) previously worked for NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, WNYC's The Takeaway, and was a 2019 US-Austria Exchange Fellow through the International Center for Journalists. She once tried (and failed) to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of consecutive bounces on a pogo stick.

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Pushkin staff gathered for the first-ever Pushkin Summit in January 2019. Here we are with voice coach Ethan Herschenfeld, who taught us all how to really breathe. We were missing Julia Barton that day.

 

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