New Revisionist History

Alkaid13Alkaid13 Georgia
edited June 2019 in General
Season 4 starting June 20. 

I figured I already have one of these for Hardcore History so I might as well make for for this too.
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  • Alkaid13Alkaid13 Georgia
    edited June 2019
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/puzzle-rush/id1119389968?i=1000442142499
    Episode 401: Puzzle Rush
    More or less about the way the US conducts standardized testing. 
  • This one's kind of preaching to the choir as far as I'm concerned - I've been beating the "standardize tests are useless at best, actively discriminating at worst" drum for a LONG time, even though I am someone who has benefited greatly in my life from the fact that by random chance I am good at taking standardized tests. 
  • Same. Got a wildly good SAT score and still thought “This all seems very pointless” and it’s not like I’ve retained any of the knowledge from that test. 
  • More about standardized testing- If u are a Radio Lab fan I recommend their most recent series of podcasts. I think it is called G. Starts with an episode that describes why it is illegal for black children to take an iq test in California. Basically decades ago the test was found to be deeply biased but instead of fixing test they just stopped testing black children and this is still the law today. The next one deals more with modern ramifications of the law. It is all kind of wrapped up in a deeper discussion of how do you measure intelligence and is there value to doing this. Worth checking out. 


  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    I am a big fan of Revisionist History and have particular interest in MG’s latest topic. I am a former high school teacher. I loved my students but I couldn’t ignore anymore that I wasn’t teaching and helping to make connections with learning and life. It was all about standardized testing and high scores and making the district look good. I finally left sad and disillusioned. 
  • The worst thing is how people who develop standardized tests point to the fact that people who do well on standardized tests are more successful than those who don't - know shit sherlock it's cause we decided that doing well on standardize tests meant you got to go to "better" schools which people respect more so you get the better jobs! 
  • Episode 403 out, about the Boston Tea Party. 
  • S5 coming out in two weeks. 
    Teresa from Concordnstinson
  • Alkaid13Alkaid13 Georgia
    S6 coming out soon, I was hit or miss on S5 to be honest, some of it was good some of it felt a bit pointless, so we’ll see if 6 is an improvement. 
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    I agree and am hoping Gladwell gets back to form. 
  • Alkaid13Alkaid13 Georgia
    First episode wasn’t great, felt like a long form ad. Second episode was much better, I think Malcolm is at his best when taking down absurdities of the American education system. 
  • edited July 2
    Yeah I thought the first episode was a somewhat novel take on autonomous cars (I hadn't really thought about the "pedestrians can freely wander in front of them" angle), but I dunno why he had to say Waymo a million times and talk about how much he loves Waymo. Would have been just as good if it was just "unnamed autonomous car."

    He also glossed over the problems with the tech pretty quickly to get to his pedestrian utopia point. 
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    asmallcat said:
    Yeah I thought the first episode was a somewhat novel take on autonomous cars (I hadn't really thought about the "pedestrians can freely wander in front of them" angle), but I dunno why he had to say Waymo a million times and talk about how much he loves Waymo. Would have been just as good if it was just "unnamed autonomous car."

    He also glossed over the problems with the tech pretty quickly to get to his pedestrian utopia point. 
    I agree. 

    This opinion brought to you by Waymo. 
    asmallcatHatorian
  • Alkaid13Alkaid13 Georgia
    edited July 4
    I mean it seems like it was basically an ad for Waymo, which I think it was, but it basically reminds me of the episode last season where he goes on a long spiel about how recruiters and recruiting agencies are scams and then does an ad for Zip Recruiter in that very episode! Like I know you gotta make money Malcolm but practice what you preach or something, find some other ads to do. 
    Hatorian
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    Alkaid13 said:
    I mean it seems like it was basically an ad for Waymo, which I think it was, but it basically reminds me of the episode last season where he goes on a long spiel about how recruiters and recruiting agencies are scams and then does an ad for Zip Recruiter in that very episode! Like I know you gotta make money Malcolm but practice what you preach or something, find some other ads to do. 
    He might just sell the ad spot to a company who then fills it. But still not acceptable. 
  • The laundry detergent episode was a rough listen as well. Gee, Malcom, do you think maybe there's a reason P & G wants to present the environmental impact of laundry as being all the consumer end? Maybe to let a massive corporation off the hook? Did you even think to verify these numbers? Also, how did they get to that 90% number? Did they assume an electric water heater using a coal power plant? What about a gas hot water heater? Or an electric one on a house running solar panels? Sheesh I don't remember him being so credulous all the time in previous seasons. The wargame one too - presenting it as if these wargames were anything but fantasy. 
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    I agree. I feel like I’m listening to an ad in podcast clothing. And he’s also drifting further from the revisionist angle. I will continue to listen for now but if the next few are the same I’m leaning towards unsubscribe. 
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