CHICAGO — As they select schools for their children, should well-off Americans consider their college decisions a moral act?
Has the race for luxury amenities at top-tier universities made a full-tuition-paying family’s decision to send their children to a college with less swanky room and board an act of social justice?
Malcolm Gladwell thinks so.
The star journalist and author of the blockbuster hits “The Tipping Point,” “Blink” and “Outliers” has turned his considerable talents at interweaving social sciences with good storytelling to audio. His latest project is a weekly podcast called “Revisionist History,” which is about events or issues that have been overlooked, misunderstood or forgotten.
Since premiering the show June 15, Gladwell has looked into the story of a famous English painting called “The Roll Call,” investigated a top-secret research project the Pentagon ran in an old villa in downtown Saigon during the Vietnam War and analyzed why smart people sometimes do dumb things.
The episodes have all been marked by Gladwell’s trademark deep research, his intelligent and soothing voice and, at times, the deep passion he brings to a topic.
This is especially apparent in a three-part mini series, currently underway on “Revisionist History,” on educational attainment for the neediest in our country.