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Sarah is a journalist obsessed with the past. Every week she reconsiders a person or event that's been miscast in the public imagination.

Sarah is a journalist obsessed with the past. Every week she reconsiders a person or event that's been miscast in the public imagination.

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United States

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Sarah is a journalist obsessed with the past. Every week she reconsiders a person or event that's been miscast in the public imagination.

Language:

English


Episodes

School’s Out Book Club: Go Ask Alice w. Carmen Maria Machado (Part 1)

5/9/2022
This week we begin our journey into the totally true not at all made up diary that has been scaring America’s teens for fifty years. Digressions include Jell-O, magic mushrooms, and ironing your hair, and Sarah promises to trip with Carmen. “Button, Button” is by Richard Matheson. Here's where to find Carmen: Website Support us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good [YWA co-founder] Mike's other show,...

Duration:01:00:36

Medieval Torture w. Dana Schwartz

4/25/2022
We want to play a game. This week, Dana Schwartz stuffs us in an iron maiden and explains why the most famous Medieval torture devices are none of the above. Digressions include the Kings Cross Wax Museum, getting stabbed in the butt, and the pivot to video era. Links to stuff discussed within: 5 Of The Most Gruesome Medieval Torture Devices [Buzzfeed] Sutton hoo artifact [1] Sutton hoo artifact [2] Coat of shame [1] Coat of shame [2] Here's where to find Dana: Noble Blood [podcast]...

Duration:00:59:22

How Email Took Over the World w. Anne Helen Petersen

4/11/2022
How did the information superhighway get so gridlocked? Guest Anne Helen Petersen tells Sarah the story of how email took over the world and our working lives, and what it would mean for us to get a little of our lost time back. Plus, a Kurt Loder cameo. Here’s where to find Anne: TwitterSubstackSupport us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good [YWA co-founder] Mike's other show, Maintenance...

Duration:01:10:06

Juliet's Balcony w. Chelsey Weber-Smith

3/28/2022
What do Chopin, Kylie Jenner, baby carrots, and the War of the Worlds all have in common? They’re all part of Sarah and Chelsey Weber-Smith’s speedrun through common misconceptions—plus a little Satanic Panic, as a treat. Here’s where to find Chelsey: Chelsey + American Hysteria Support us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good [YWA co-founder] Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Some links + ephemera...

Duration:00:52:44

Ronald Reagan and "The Welfare Queen" w. Laci Mosley

3/14/2022
Laci Mosley (Scam Goddess) tells Sarah about Linda Taylor and the origins of the Welfare Queen myth ("the build the wall" of the 70s). They also discuss the origins of the Ronald Reagan myth, and how the latter used the former to become the "Beyoncé of the GOP." Here’s where to find Laci: Laci on Twitter Laci's podcast Scam Goddess Support us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good [YWA co-founder] Mike's...

Duration:01:03:40

Bonus: Groundhog Day with Josh Gondelman

3/7/2022
What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today. Josh Gondelman is here to laugh and cry with us, and to unpack the heaps of big feelings in Groundhog Day. Subscribe to You Are Good here. Josh Gondelman can be found on Twitter and right here. Support You're Wrong About: Subscribe on Patreon (monthly bonus episodes!) Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

Duration:01:03:08

CSI: Junk Science w. Josie Duffy Rice

2/20/2022
Josie Duffy Rice and Sarah discuss the role of junk science in the criminal justice system. It is a big turkey to carve up and Josie serves Sarah a bleakly empowering feast. Here’s where to find Josie Josie on Twitter Josie's website Correction (February 22, 2022): The initial release of this episode included the suggestion that medical examiners do not need MDs. In the unedited conversation, Josie corrected herself on this point, but we inadvertently removed it in the edit. The...

Duration:01:08:23

Winter Book Club: The Amityville Horror w. Jamie Loftus (Finale)

2/6/2022
In this final installment of the Amityville Horror Winter Book Club, Sarah tells guest host Jamie Loftus about Jodie the Demon Pig's scary hooves, the catharsis of exorcism, and how the book kinda debunks itself. Here's where to find Jamie: The Bechdel Cast [podcast] My Year in Mensa [podcast] and Aack Cast [podcast] Support us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good [YWA co-founder] Mike's other show,...

Duration:01:17:48

Tom Cruise on Oprah’s couch w. Willa Paskin

1/24/2022
Willa Paskin (of Slate's Decoder Ring) brings Sarah back to 2005, when Tom Cruise jumping on a couch became the talk of the town. We will return to Amityville (part 3 of 3) next time! Here's where to find Willa: Decoder Ring Support us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Tom Cruise on the couch notes Oprah episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=930BhfJxFxU Tom Cruise Kills Oprah meme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRbhE3GRiUE Amy Nicholson's...

Duration:00:54:36

Talking Tammy Faye Bakker w. Jessica Chastain

1/10/2022
Jessica Chastain and Sarah discuss Tammy Faye Bakker. Chastain is the star and a producer of the new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye. After Jessica and Sarah’s chat, they introduce this episode about Tammy Faye Bakker and Jessica Hahn from the early days of You’re Wrong About. — “She only said one thing her whole life”: Sarah tells Mike how two decent women became scapegoats for the actions of one terrible man. Digressions include Larry Flynt, NPR tote bags and Playboy back issues. This...

Duration:01:35:51

Winter Book Club: The Amityville Horror w. Jamie Loftus (Part 2)

1/3/2022
Sarah continues telling guest host Jamie Loftus about the Amityville Horror, and the two touch on ghosts, fallen angels, poltergeists, the space race and intimidating pictures of Mandy Moore. Here's where to find Jamie: The Bechdel Cast [podcast] My Year in Mensa [podcast] and Aack Cast [podcast] Support us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good [YWA co-founder] Mike's other show, Maintenance...

Duration:01:25:31

Winter Book Club: The Amityville Horror w. Jamie Loftus (Part 1)

12/20/2021
Sarah tells guest host Jamie Loftus about the Amityville Horror, how it’s a Christmas story, and why buying murder furniture might not be such a great idea. Here's where to find Jamie: The Bechdel Cast [podcast] My Year in Mensa [podcast] and Aack Cast [podcast] Support us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good [YWA co-founder] Mike's other show, Maintenance...

Duration:00:53:18

Reconstruction w. Jamelle Bouie

12/5/2021
Jamelle Bouie explains to Sarah what the Reconstruction era was, why it remains relevant today, and how this history lesson is one that could get some high school teachers into legal trouble due to passage of anti-CRT laws. Jamelle at the New York Times Jamelle's podcast Unclear and Present Danger Jamelle discussing the Electoral College on YWA Jamelle talking with Sarah about the Saw series on You Are Good. Support us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where...

Duration:01:02:08

True Crime w. Emma Berquist

11/21/2021
Emma Berquist stops by to tell us about how true crime doesn't have to make us better people, and in fact may be more harmful to us than we realize—but we don't let her in, because we don't want to get KILLED! Content advisory: This episode contains some brief descriptions of a violent knife attack. Episode Info + Links: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1112270/episodes/9590031 Emma's article, "True Crime is Rotting our Brains" Emma's Twitter Emma's books Support us: Bonus Episodes on...

Duration:00:52:36

Ed and Lorraine Warren w. Jamie Loftus

11/8/2021
Special Guest Jamie Loftus tells Sarah about Ed and Lorraine Warren (of The Conjuring and Annabelle fame). Topics of interest include Connecticut as a locus of scary happenings, New England uncles, and psychic communication with a tearstained Bigfoot. Here's where to find Jamie: The Bechdel Cast [podcast] My Year in Mensa [podcast] and Aack Cast [podcast] Support us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are...

Duration:01:05:39

Catherine the Great w. Dana Schwartz

10/25/2021
Special guest Dana Schwartz tells Sarah about Catherine the Great. Topics of interest include the very not great life of serfs, the accidental flattening of women via the girl-bossification of history, and a very solid Bertie Wooster reference. Here's where to find Dana: Noble Blood [podcast] and Anatomy, A Love Story [novel] Support us: Bonus Episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good [YWA co-founder] Mike's other...

Duration:01:00:34

Mike Lives in a Downtown Hotel

10/11/2021
An announcement! Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy stickers, magnets, T-shirts and more Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

Duration:00:21:58

Bonus: The Great Protein Fiasco

9/27/2021
From our friends at Maintenance Phase, the story of how Nestlé executives, global health institutions and a very racist white lady seeded a nutritional myth we're still living with today. Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy stickers, magnets, T-shirts and more Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

Duration:01:10:51

The McDonald's Hot Coffee Case

9/13/2021
Mike tells Sarah how a tragic story became a national punchline and a decades-long moral panic. Digressions include a sympathetic psychic, a paternalistic principal and a manure mishap. Mike appears to be unaware of the difference between a cousin and a nephew. Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy stickers, magnets, T-shirts and more Where else to find us: Sarah's other show, You Are Good Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Links! Distorting the Law:...

Duration:01:13:03

Re-Release: Dan Quayle vs. Murphy Brown

9/6/2021
While our next episode's in the oven, enjoy this gem from the YWA vault! Support us: Subscribe on Patreon Donate on Paypal Buy cute merch Where to find us: Sarah's other show, Why Are Dads Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

Duration:00:52:26