Malcolm Gladwell on NPR

Malcolm Gladwell is a renowned author, journalist, and public speaker whose work largely focuses on the broad areas of psychology, sociology, and social psychology. He speaks to fresh concerns, subject matters, and techniques to improve your life and thought process. He investigates that which is contrary to common sense in what we all accept as commonplace.

Malcolm Gladwell on the TED Stage.

Malcolm Gladwell Features on NPR Programs

As one of the most prestigious non-fiction writers of our day, Malcolm Gladwell has appeared on many NPR Programs discussing his areas of interest, ideas, and philosophies.

Below is a list of NPR programs Malcolm Gladwell has appeared on:

Fresh Air

  •     Interview with Malcolm Gladwell (September 29, 1997)

Ted Radio Hour

  •     The Pursuit of Happiness: What Does Spaghetti Have To Do With Happiness? (May 4, 2012)
  •     Misconceptions: What’s The Real Story of David And Goliath (November 15, 2013)
  •     Decisions Decisions Decisions: Do More Choices Make Us Happier? (March 10, 2017)

All Things Considered

  •     ‘Outliers’ Puts Self-Made Success To The Test (November 18, 2008)
  •     Malcolm Gladwell Looks at Technology (May 16, 2011)

Morning Edition

  •     Best Song of 2018: Malcolm Gladwell Shares His Choice (December 26, 2018)

Weekend Edition Saturday

  •     In Elite Schools’ Vast Endowments, Malcolm Gladwell Sees ‘Obscene’ Inequity (August 22, 2015)

Blog of the Nation

  •     I.Q. and Race (December 19, 2007)
  •     Malcolm Gladwell, On The Financial Crisis (May 12, 2009)

This American Life

  •     68: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural: Good Black, Bad Blacks (July 4, 1997)
  •     348: Tough Room: Tough News Room (February 8, 2008)
  •     590: Choosing Wrong: Swish Miss (June 24, 2016)

New & Notes

  •     ‘Blink’: The Power of Impulse and Intuition (January 12, 2005)

Here & Now

  •     Malcolm Gladwell’s Take On ‘David And Goliath’ (October 15, 2013)
  •     Malcolm Gladwell Wrestles With David and Goliath (April 10, 2015)
  •     What Do We Know About Marijuana’s Safety? Not Enough, Says Malcolm Gladwell (January 28, 2019)

Works by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point

    Explores the phenomena of the cause and end of epidemics through the lens of crime.


    Examines the way in which the subconscious mind deciphers occurrences or signals and the way that previous events and experiences can influence people to come to educated judgments very quickly.


    How an individual’s surroundings, in combination with individual determination and inspiration, affects their chance and prospect for success.

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    A compilation of Gladwell’s preferred articles he wrote for The New Yorker, where he attempts to depict the world through an empathetic lens of those outside ourselves.

David and Goliath

    The fight of the unlikely win against the preferred choice.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know

A podcast hosted by Malcolm Gladwell

In 2016, Gladwell began hosting the podcast Revisionist History. Each show starts with a question about an idea, event, or person. Gladwell then discusses the topic, raising questions about aspects that most assume as accepted pedagogy. Throughout the three seasons, he has discussed themes that include: the unreliable nature of memory, the role of time and repetition I the creation of works of genius, forgiveness and second chances, as well as race and American immigration.

Awards received by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2005
  • Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues from the American Sociological Association in 2007
  • Honorary Degree from the University of Waterloo in 2007
  • Honorary Degree from the University of Toronto in 2011

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