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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Absolutely love this podcast. Topics are extremely thoroughly researched, from Jessica Simpson’s autobiography to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Hosts Michael and Sarah are intimidatingly smart and funny, and I love how sympathetically they look upon people who have been completely robbed of sympathy for whatever reason. It makes you look at things in a new way - which I guess is the whole point! 100% recommend; start with a topic you are interested in already and soon enough you will be listening to episodes about incidents / people you’d never even heard of or had no previous interest in. (For example I am now very invested in Jessica Simpson’s life.)
Enjoyable podcast apart from when Sarah Marshall growls like a dog when she is expressing sympathy.
As a Brit, the only thing I knew about Charles and Di was what the media and their own parities had told me; so I thought I’d listen to a neutral (American) aspect of their story. Initially, I thought the podcast would be naff, but I was totally blown away with the well researched and amusing banter - I was even laughing out loud in public places! A fantastic podcast