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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.

You're Wrong About Sarah Marshall

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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.

    The Prison Boom w. Shannon Heffernan

    The Prison Boom w. Shannon Heffernan

    Where did all these prisons come from? WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan is here to give us part of the answer, which involves “small government” (of course), Lennie Briscoe (as always), the pink flowers of Alcatraz, and a prison sweepstakes that produced the actual worst song of the 80s.

    Two quick corrections via Shannon:

    "I said Illinois has potential plans to shrink one prison and close another. That was an error. Both plans are about shrinking facilities.  I said CO's have a life expectancy of 56 years, the stat I meant to quote is 59 but since our interview, I discovered that statistic (and the stat about divorce) to be from studies/sources that are considered very weak so I've stopped using them."

    Here's where to find Shannon:

    Website
    Twitter
    Motive (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 Phase

    Links:

    https://www.wbez.org/staff/288/shannon-heffernan
    https://twitter.com/shannon_h
    https://www.wbez.org/shows/motive/8c9f445c-4f62-46d6-a7f6-dc70a835e99b
    http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout
    https://www.teepublic.com/stores/youre-wrong-about
    https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ywapodcast
    https://www.podpage.com/you-are-good
    http://maintenancephase.com
    Support the show

    • 1 hr 3 min
    School’s Out Book Club: Go Ask Alice w. Carmen Maria Machado (Part 1)

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

    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, Maintenance Phase

    Links:

    https://carmenmariamachado.com/
    http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout
    https://www.teepublic.com/stores/youre-wrong-about
    https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ywapodcast
    https://www.podpage.com/you-are-good
    http://maintenancephase.com
    Support the show

    • 1 hr
    Medieval Torture w. Dana Schwartz

    Medieval Torture w. Dana Schwartz

    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] 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 show, Maintenance Phase

    Links:

    http://noblebloodtales.com
    http://www.danaschwartzdotcom.com/books.html
    http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout
    https://www.teepublic.com/stores/youre-wrong-about
    https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ywapodcast
    https://www.podpage.com/you-are-good
    http://maintenancephase.com

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2Se3knPozM&ab_channel=BuzzFeedVideo
    https://www.britishmuseum.org/sites/default/files/styles/uncropped_medium/public/2019-10/gold-belt-buckle-sutton-hoo-british-museum-1000-500.jpg?itok=Tz1nO2MR
    https://www.britishmuseum.org/sites/default/files/styles/uncropped_medium/public/2019-10/Purse%20lid%20from%20the%20ship-burial%20at%20Sutton%20Hoo%2C%20British%20Musem.jpg?itok=Ggs9B9_Y
    https://www.ancient-origins.net/sites/default/files/Coat-of-Shame.jpg
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/82/Spansk_kappe_%282%29.jpg/440px-Spansk_kappe_%282%29.jpg







    Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

    • 59 min
    How Email Took Over the World w. Anne Helen Petersen

    How Email Took Over the World w. Anne Helen Petersen

    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 Phase

    Links:
     
    https://twitter.com/annehelen
    https://annehelen.substack.com/
    http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout
    https://www.teepublic.com/stores/youre-wrong-about
    https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ywapodcast
    https://www.podpage.com/you-are-good
    http://maintenancephase.com
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Juliet's Balcony w. Chelsey Weber-Smith

    Juliet's Balcony w. Chelsey Weber-Smith

    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 referred to in this episode:
    Baby Carrots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzxwRmsCRb4War of the Worlds: https://slate.com/culture/2013/10/orson-welles-war-of-the-worlds-panic-myth-the-infamous-radio-broadcast-did-not-cause-a-nationwide-hysteria.htmlJuliet's Balcony: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/10/romeo-and-juliets-balcony-scene-doesnt-exist/381969/Is that a chicken: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/UxxGOYmC1u0

     Links:
     
    https://twitter.com/amerhysteria
    http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout
    https://www.teepublic.com/stores/youre-wrong-about
    https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ywapodcast
    https://www.podpage.com/you-are-good
    http://maintenancephase.com
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

    • 52 min
    Ronald Reagan and "The Welfare Queen" w. Laci Mosley

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

    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 other show, Maintenance Phase

    Some articles referred to in this episode:
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2013/12/linda_taylor_welfare_queen_ronald_reagan_made_her_a_notorious_american_villain.htmlhttps://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/the-queen-linda-taylor-welfare-reagan-podcast.htmlhttps://www.littlebrown.com/titles/josh-levin/the-queen/9780316513272/https://www.earwolf.com/episode/the-welfare-queen-w-ayo-edebiri/https://newrepublic.com/article/154404/myth-welfare-queen Links:
     
    https://twitter.com/DivaLaci
    https://www.earwolf.com/show/scam-goddess/
    http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout
    https://www.teepublic.com/stores/youre-wrong-about
    https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/ywapodcast
    https://www.podpage.com/you-are-good
    http://maintenancephase.com
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

elizhb ,

Top podcasts of all time

This is one of my favourite podcasts!!

Randy Bobanski ,

Loosisty use of the term “journalism” I’ve ever heard

Would be a good premise if it’s wasn’t for all the smug arrogant remarks that dominate each episode. Poor excuse of journalism.

Nonexpertlistener ,

Very good

I do miss Mike. Sarah is great but the vocal fry and dry voice take some getting used to. However, it’s a very intelligent podcast even without Mike. I always learn something. I appreciate Sarah’s kindness, she’s snarky at times but never mean spirited.

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