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.
The Newsboys' Strike of 1899
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...
Bonus: The "Twinkie Defense"
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:...
The Electoral College
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....
Princess Diana Part 5: The Crash
“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...
Princess Diana Part 4: The Divorce
This week, Diana leaves the royal family with her reputation intact and her title slightly edited. Digressions include "Love Actually," "Pride and Prejudice" and Marie Antoinette. Both co-hosts reveal their staunch affirmative stance on wine moms....
Halloween Re-Release: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
What if the scariest thing in America is unfettered capitalism and unaccountable corporations? Sources: https://rottenindenmark.org/2018/06/30/the-exxon-valdez-oil-spill/Support us:...
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Milli Vanilli. It’s an incredible story to dig into.
Love the podcast!
My daughter got me hooked and now i am listening to all the episodes. I love the obvious respect the hosts have for each other and how genuine they are, how kind, not only to each other but to the various individuals they talk about in the podcasts. Insightful and often very funny, these podcasts are great to listen to when you need to be entertained but still want to be thinking and learning new things.
New favourite podcast
I found this podcast last week and am working my way through all the episodes - Michael and Sarah are so smart and funny and every topic is incredibly interesting.