Making Revisionist History

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In this recorded webinar Revisionist History producers Lee Mengistu and Eloise Lynton explain how their team activates their inner sleuth and skeptic throughout the editorial process, with advice applicable to a range of budgets.

Lee and Eloise walk through their process, from the early stages of brainstorming and research through the final phases of production. They discuss how archival tape, voice actors, scoring and sound design can be used to enhance the storyline in a narrative podcast, and how they produced an entire season over Zoom. The recording finishes with an extended audience Q&A.
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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.

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Meet the HOST

Lee Mengistu

Lee Mengistu is an audio producer at Pushkin Industries, where she helps make Revisionist History and other projects. Her soundwork has been published by NPR and the New York Times, as well as independently as the former producer of Mad Chat. She is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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Meet the HOST

Eloise Lynton

Eloise Lynton is a producer at Pushkin Industries, working closely with Malcolm Gladwell to research every episode of Revisionist History. She’s also involved in Pushkin’s audiobook division and has worked on numerous projects including Fauci by Michael Specter and Malcolm Gladwell’s forthcoming audiobook The Bomber Mafia. Previously, she worked in television as the head researcher for the historical drama The Godfather of Harlem. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Art History and English.