182 episodes

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 You're Wrong About

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    • 4.7 • 1.8K Ratings

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Martha Stewart w. Sarah Archer

    Martha Stewart w. Sarah Archer

    This week we’re dishing up a mouthwatering feast of history, gossip, and white collar crime. Guest Sarah Archer tells the tale of Martha Stewart, a girl from New Jersey who achieved world domination by letting us look at her basket collection. Digressions include prairie dresses, condensed soups, and how to tell if your tween is reading Sunset Magazine.

    Some Notes:
    K-Mart CommercialEarly Martha Stewart Living TV showMartha on Letterman post-prisonSnoop and Martha, 2008Martha's Princess Peony Announcement Part 1Martha's Princess Peony Announcement Part 2Martha and Snoop lighter adSNL Martha / K-Mart bankruptcy Everything Martha eats in a dayHere's where to find Sarah Archer:

    Website
    Twitter
    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.sarah-archer.com/
    https://twitter.com/Sarcher
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI7hGjIwRsY
    https://youtu.be/6ko8WoHhmTc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtZ2SZyJhgA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ocre0kXgvg
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Cb5uPYlpZK7/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Cb5uPYlpZK7/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Cb5u2hqpHzW/ 
    https://youtu.be/y8jAtLBF_Lk
    https://youtu.be/Yme4gdvYi3U
    https://youtu.be/lKh2IkbCbQo
    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 4 min
    The Dyatlov Pass Incident w. Blair Braverman

    The Dyatlov Pass Incident w. Blair Braverman

    This week, Sarah tries to solve the mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, in which nine experienced ski hikers fled their shelter and ran into the frigid night for reasons unknown. Digressions include yetis, snowmobiles, and Rachel Monroe. Sarah miraculous does not sing Rilo Kiley’s “Portions for Foxes.”

    Some Notes:
    The New Yorker The BBCCrackedNatureThe AtlanticThe New York TimesHere's where to find Blair:

    Website
    Twitter
    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.blairbraverman.com/
    https://twitter.com/blairbraverman
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/05/17/has-an-old-soviet-mystery-at-last-been-solved
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/SoLiOdJyCK/mystery_of_dyatlov_pass
    https://www.cracked.com/article_16671_6-famous-unsolved-mysteries-with-really-obvious-solutions.html
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-022-00393-x?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=commission_junction&utm_campaign=CONR_PF018_ECOM_GL_PHSS_ALWYS_PRODUCT&utm_content=textlink&utm_term=PID100094349&CJEVENT=89eb6401bf5311ec83a802f70a82b824
    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/02/russia-dyatlov-pass-conspiracy-theory/605863/
    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/02/russia-dyatlov-pass-conspiracy-theory/605863/
    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 17 min
    Does Ben Affleck Belong in Shakespeare in Love? with Dana Schwartz

    Does Ben Affleck Belong in Shakespeare in Love? with Dana Schwartz

    Answering the most pressing pop culture question of our time.

    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
    Bonus: Blair Witch Memories w Chelsey Weber-Smith

    Bonus: Blair Witch Memories w Chelsey Weber-Smith

    This month: wholesome hoax nostalgia and an unofficial meeting of the Heather Donahue Fan Club.Curse of the Blair Witch The original website

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

ralct ,

Great podcast with growing pains

YWA has been great way to start discovering topics over the last few years - the episodes would act as a primer, building your knowledge from the ground up while also clearing up common misconceptions. There was a sense of drive, relevance and urgency behind each episode, even where the topics were historic. But I worry that nowadays the structure of the show assumes prior knowledge, sometimes a lot of prior knowledge, on top of which the discussion progresses in broad strokes rather than framing the discussion with a clear chronology. I love Sarah’s writing and work on You Are Good, and I admire that she is carrying on the good work with You’re Wrong About. But as a non-American I struggled to follow the Martha Stewart episode because of the assumptions that currently underpin how the show is made. I’m sorry, I hope that makes sense

Lollipop77777 ,

well researched

also very enjoyable to listen to them unpack random things, laughter :)

Q-werty330 ,

Enjoy Sarah’s takes, preferred the old format

I am a long time listener and patreon member. I enjoy Sarah’s takes and love the range of topics covered.

Saying that, I have found recent episodes hard to follow. Personally I preferred the old format of a more structured conversation. I am not American so for me it was helpful when the mainstream understanding of a topic/ cultural phenomenon was described before it was debunked/ analysed. For example, I have no idea how Martha Stewart is regarded in the us - so I was confused what the Martha Stewart episode was trying to debunk. It was an interesting conversation but didn’t take me on a journey of understanding.

Also, In previous episodes, sources of information were clearly sign posted. Please bring that back! The podcast is so well researched, It was interesting to see the range of sources used and how conclusions were reached!

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