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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.

You're Wrong About Michael Hobbes & Sarah Marshall

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    • 4.8, 353 Ratings

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.

    Koko The Gorilla

    Koko The Gorilla

    “It’s interesting that we became enthusiastic about ASL in the process of teaching it to a population that couldn’t benefit from it.”Mike tells Sarah about a very special ape and the very problematic humans around her. Digressions include video dating,...

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Courtney Love

    Courtney Love

    Special guest Candace Opper tells Mike and Sarah how a grunge star became the protagonist in one of America's most persistent conspiracy theories. Digressions include Neil Young, protest songs and the coolest baby of the 1990s. Mike continues to mine his public school education for anatomically impossible rumors. This episode contains detailed descriptions of suicide.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    "The Prom Mom"

    "The Prom Mom"

    Sarah tells Mike about Melissa Drexler, the New Jersey teenager who (according to George F. Will) killed her newborn baby due to the influence of Metallica and the United States Supreme Court. Digressions include Robin Williams, “Citizen Ruth” and Ted Bundy’s political leanings. To the surprise of no one, we end up discussing true crime tropes in great detail. This episode contains detailed descriptions of neonaticide.

    • 54 min
    Deep Dive: Nancy Grace's "Objection!" (Week 1)

    Deep Dive: Nancy Grace's "Objection!" (Week 1)

    Sarah tells Mike how a superhero’s genesis was a supervillain’s origin story all along. In our new deep dive, we tackle Nancy Grace’s “Objection!” and debate how defendants should behave at trial, why prosecutors seem to make good daytime TV stars and whether Nancy really came to New York City with a curling iron and a dream.

    • 43 min
    The O.J. Simpson Trial: The Bronco Chase

    The O.J. Simpson Trial: The Bronco Chase

    On June 17, 1994, the world screeched to a halt so 95 million Americans could watch a white SUV crawl through L.A. Today, we finally talk about the infamous Bronco chase, the men inside the car and the myth they left behind. Digressions include “The Fugitive,” Larry King and Jack Nicholson twice. Like previous episodes about the events of this day, this episode discusses suicidal ideation.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Quarantine Deep Dive: Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” (The Conclusion!)

    Quarantine Deep Dive: Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” (The Conclusion!)

    This week, we complete our Jessica Simpson book club with the appearance of a new man who triggers some old anxieties. Digressions include Dolly Parton, mom jeans and a forgotten Hollywood power couple. We talk about “Garden State” longer than we intended. Mike finally gets to tell the octopus story, which he thinks about all the time.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
353 Ratings

353 Ratings

emilyldn ,

It’s made me smarter and happier

I can’t rave enough about this podcast. I’m using it as a crutch throughout lockdown, so I find it comforting, but it’s also really smart and educational. I recently realised Michael Hobbs’ articles are among my favourite anyway, so there’s some alignment of sensibility going on there, but I basically think these guys are clever, empathetic and good hearted. Thank you 😘

spaghetti bolognaise ,

Pop culture history

The history class I always wanted

Tunny1963 ,

Superb Podcast

This has quickly become my new favourite podcast, the hosts are engaging, informative and very funny. Keep up the great work Sarah and Michael.

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