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 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...
Shannon Faulkner & Sex Discrimination at The Citadel
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"...
The O.J. Simpson Trial: My Fair Paula
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...
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Paula Escapes From L.A.
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...
The Stanford Prison Experiment
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...
Losing Relatives to Fox News
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...
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Haven’t listened to a single minute
I’ve never listened to the podcast but I wanted to support the five stars out here and let them know their voices are being heard. I love when podcasts about a variety of topics are hosted by people who know how to do their research and can view both the media across the political spectrum and their own stances and opinions critically. Might subscribe for the vocal fry and the use of „like“ alone.
I only discovered this podcast recently, but I cannot stop listening to it. I feel like I’ve learned so much thanks to it, not just in terms of facts but also in how to approach subjects and how to think about and question things. I love everything about the podcast, and Sarah and Michael are do delightful. A maybe superficial favorite thing is either of their startled laughter.
Delightful and insightful
While this podcast is extremely entertaining, it’s also extremely empathetic and thought provoking as well. The hosts are a delight and the information is in my opinion- truly important to have a balanced understanding of the world