This is the best episode of Revisionist History so far. Malcolm Gladwell tackles “capitalization”, which is the fancy term for the chance that a kid growing up in America will meet his full potential. Long story short: we as a nation do a disgraceful job ensuring that the best and brightest kids from poor communities get the education they need and deserve. In the past week, I’ve listened to this episode a few times and was brought to tears each time, near the end when Gladwell is talking with “Carlos” and his sister.
Please listen: “Carlos Doesn’t Remember”