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Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider a person or event that's been miscast in the public imagination.

Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider a person or event that's been miscast in the public imagination.

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United States

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Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider a person or event that's been miscast in the public imagination.

Language:

English


Episodes

The O.J. Simpson Trial: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mr. F. Lee Bailey

4/5/2021
Bob Shapiro is on a mission from God, F. Lee Bailey joins the Dream Team, and we get in our DeLorean to meet two of the most notorious Florida Men of the '60s: Carl Coppolino and Murph the Surf. Digressions include Linda Evangelista, Patty Hearst, "The Commitments" and the upside of peaking in your 50s. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Support the show...

Duration:00:51:11

Vanessa Williams Part 2: Saving The Best For Last

3/22/2021
Special guest Cassie da Costa tells Mike and Sarah how Vanessa fell from grace and picked herself back up. Digressions include Stephen Sondheim, Rush Limbaugh and Joan Rivers. The tyranny of abs is discussed at length. Here's Cassie's episode of You Must Remember This and her website! Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Support the show...

Duration:01:04:37

Bonus: Dr. Oz

3/15/2021
Mike reached new levels of rantiness on his other show and we wanted to make sure all our beloved debunkmates knew. PLUS: A special announcement! Subscribe to Maintenance Phase here Subscribe to Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads, here Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

Duration:01:01:52

Vanessa Williams Part 1: Becoming Miss America

3/8/2021
Mike tells Sarah how a 20-year-old singer, actress and French horn player became Miss America with less than six months of practice. Digressions include Ted Bundy, Stephen King’s “It” and a bonus debunking of the "bra-burning feminist" trope. We're sorry to say that this episode includes a description of child sexual abuse. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance...

Duration:01:22:08

Bonus: "The Dark Knight"

3/1/2021
Sarah's other show has a special guest! Maintenance Phase co-host Aubrey Gordon visits Why Are Dads to talk about Christopher Nolan, trash masculinity and the dwindling number of non-problematic superheroes. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

Duration:01:22:04

The O.J. Simpson Trial: The DeLorean Detour

2/22/2021
To tell the story of the "dream team" we must begin by going back to the future. This week we learn why O.J. Simpson fired the man who defended John DeLorean and why a briefcase of cocaine isn’t always a smoking gun. Digressions include Bob’s Big Boy, Margaret Thatcher and the Fonz. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Links! 1970 GTO Humbler commercial1981...

Duration:00:49:44

Tipper Gore vs. Heavy Metal: The Hearing

2/15/2021
Mike tells Sarah the real reason Congress called a bunch of rockers to Washington D.C. Digressions include cartoon violence, sleeveless tees and Trixie Mattel. Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" and Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" are dissected at length. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Links! The hearing transcriptDee Snider's memoirFrank Zappa's...

Duration:01:12:25

Tipper Gore vs. Heavy Metal: The Case Against "Porn Rock"

2/8/2021
Mike tells Sarah how a congressional wife started a moral crusade. Digressions include Sheena Easton, Satanic rhymes and teen homicide statistics. Ozzy Osbourne's bat story is recounted in full. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Links! Save the Children: The Parents’ Music Resource Center and Media ActivismEverything you need to know about Ozzy Osbourne biting...

Duration:01:02:04

The Anti-Vaccine Movement

2/1/2021
Special guest Eric Michael Garcia tells Mike and Sarah about the deep roots of a pernicious modern myth. Digressions include Mary Tyler Moore, British place names and supermodel dating habits. Mike finally gets to talk about Swedish statistical methods. Here's some of Eric's work on autism and here's his book! Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Support the show...

Duration:00:45:53

The O.J. Simpson Trial: The Arraignmaker

1/25/2021
This week, we put on our suits and head back to the courtroom. O.J. Simpson pleads not guilty, Marcia Clark finishes questioning Kato Kaelin and Bob Shapiro continues to furrow his brow. Digressions include "Speed," the Kuleshov effect and the intentional boringness of American law. In the final ten minutes, we talk briefly about the crime scene and Marcia’s reaction to it. If you'd like to see the arraignment footage for yourself it's here. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on...

Duration:00:47:06

Shannon Faulkner & Sex Discrimination at The Citadel

1/18/2021
Mike tells Sarah how a troll-ish experiment turned a South Carolina teenager into one of the most maligned women of the 1990s. Digressions include Sally Ride, Anne Hathaway and, as usual, "Newsies." Mike struggles with the word "infirmary" throughout. The pictures of Shannon we discuss in this episode are here. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance...

Duration:01:08:31

The O.J. Simpson Trial: My Fair Paula

1/11/2021
This week we talk about the early days of Paula and O.J.’s relationship and the celebrity cameos reach either a high or a low point. Digressions include date etiquette, cat scams and room-temperature Diet Coke. Mike has his head in his hands for long periods. In this episode we discuss domestic abuse, including the violence Nicole Brown Simpson experienced and the circumstances of her 911 calls. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find...

Duration:00:52:43

The O.J. Simpson Trial: Paula Escapes From L.A.

12/28/2020
This week we return to the O.J. Simpson trial and learn what Paula Barbieri did after the Bronco chase. Digressions include fish, beef and grocery shopping while conventionally attractive. Neither co-host has a firm grasp on the meaning of the word "festive." Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Links! Paula on "Primetime Live" The Time coverSupport the show...

Duration:00:50:43

The Stanford Prison Experiment

12/21/2020
Mike tells Sarah the complicated story of an over-simplified study. Digressions include Tonya Harding, "The Meg" and Kitty Genovese. The Milgram obedience studies and the "broken windows" theory of policing receive bonus debunkings. Thanks to Thibault Le Texier for helping us with this episode! Here's his book, "The History of a Lie," and the English-language summary, "Debunking the Stanford Prison Experiment." Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else...

Duration:01:10:58

Losing Relatives to Fox News

12/7/2020
Mike tells Sarah what makes older Americans more vulnerable to misinformation — and who is delivering it to them. Digressions include "Supernatural," the Rachel and a fake university in Pennsylvania. We recorded this episode before the election but tried not to make it too obvious. Here's the article Mike wrote with all the research he did for this episode: Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's...

Duration:00:55:18

The Newsboys' Strike of 1899 (Part 2)

11/30/2020
Sarah tells Mike about the thrilling conclusion to a children’s labor action and an overlooked Disney musical. Digressions include cronuts, carrier pigeons and Sylvester Graham’s crackers. Both hosts agree that they love saying the word "papes." Most of the information in this episode comes from Sarah's two new favorite books, Vincent DiGirolamo’s “Crying the News” and David Nasaw’s “Children of the City.” And here's the link to the newsboy footage we watched:...

Duration:00:49:24

The Newsboys' Strike of 1899 (Part 1)

11/23/2020
Sarah tells Mike about media history, labor organizing, century-old moral panics — and the unlikely Disney musical that introduced her to all three. Digressions include Sting, "The Princess Bride" and 19th century graphic design. Both co-hosts recount their extremely millennial work histories. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Support the show...

Duration:00:40:33

Bonus: The "Twinkie Defense"

11/19/2020
Was Harvey Milk's killer really given a light sentence after claiming that junk food made him do it? Mike's spinoff podcast, Maintenance Phase, dives into the rumor and finds a very You're Wrong About twist. Subscribe to Maintenance Phase here: https://linktr.ee/maintenancephase Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

Duration:00:49:20

The Electoral College

11/16/2020
Topical episode! Special guest Jamelle Bouie tells Sarah and Mike about his problematic Founding Father faves and the bewildering institution they handed down to us. Digressions include '70s lapels, "Reversal of Fortune" and the Eurovision Song Contest. The filibuster rule and the three-fifths compromise receive bonus debunkings. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance...

Duration:00:56:38

Princess Diana Part 5: The Crash

11/9/2020
“You can be a hot mess express and still leave the world better than you found it.” In the final episode of our series, we talk about Diana’s untimely death and the everlasting conspiracy theories surrounding it. Digressions include RPGs, Madonna and Tickle Me Elmo. This episode contains spoilers for the movie “The Queen.” Here's the photos and clips we talked about in this episode: https://rottenindenmark.org/2020/11/09/princess-diana-part-5/ Support...

Duration:01:30:08