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.
Bonus: "The Dark Knight"
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 PatreonDonate on...
The O.J. Simpson Trial: The DeLorean Detour
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,...
Tipper Gore vs. Heavy Metal: The Hearing
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...
Tipper Gore vs. Heavy Metal: The Case Against "Porn Rock"
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 PatreonDonate on PaypalBuy cute...
The Anti-Vaccine Movement
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....
The O.J. Simpson Trial: The Arraignmaker
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...
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Intelligent, well researched, funny and soooo interesting. I listen on my way to and from work. The hosts are engaging and are empathetic. Great to hear an episode to Lindy Chamberlain who truly suffered a tragic and unresolved crime at Uluru (must admit I have not heard it called Ayers Rock in years - that name is very white settler and not used much anymore). Love love this podcast.
My favourite podcast
These two have ruined all other podcasts for me. Used to have a great rotation going but now I can’t help but turn on one of their episodes at every available moment. The balance of humour, superbly researched content, professionalism and ability to make the listener feel like they’re in the room is second to none. Keep up the good work Sarah and Mike!
Thank you Sarah and Michael
I love this podcast. The topics I (think) I know something about are illuminated with the most exquisitely researched details. The topics I know nothing about and some I thought I had no interest in are brought to life in a way that entertains as much as educates.