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Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider an event or person or trend that's been miscast in the public imagination.

You're Wrong About Michael Hobbes & Sarah Marshall

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Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider an event or person or trend that's been miscast in the public imagination.

    Valentine’s Day Re-Release: Anna Nicole Smith

    Valentine’s Day Re-Release: Anna Nicole Smith

    Valentine’s Day re-release! Sarah and Mike reflect on one of the only love stories they’ve ever covered on the show.

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    Why Didn’t Anyone Go to Prison for the Financial Crisis?

    Why Didn’t Anyone Go to Prison for the Financial Crisis?

    “Every big fish you catch, you end up with a hole in the net.” Mike tells Sarah how America’s white-collar crime spree got so bad. Digressions include self-checkout kiosks, Barbie dolls and moonshine. Homeless shelters and teacher pay feature prominently. By the standards of this podcast, this episode is relatively upbeat.

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    D.C. Snipers Part 2

    D.C. Snipers Part 2

    Mike tells Sarah how a nice Jamaican kid became the disciple of a mean American adult. Digressions include Tonya Harding (of course), “Sliding Doors” (again) and Anne of Green Gables (Sarah has an English degree). Mildred re-appears just after the hour mark. We are unable to conceive of a content warning comprehensive enough for all the horrors contained in this episode. There is less crying in this episode than the last in this series, but only slightly. 

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    The O.J. Simpson Trial: Kato Kaelin Part 2

    The O.J. Simpson Trial: Kato Kaelin Part 2

    Sarah tells Mike the ending to the story of the mimbo and the alibi. Digressions include O. Henry, Nigerian e-mail scams and Dave Coulier. Mike wildly over-simplifies the Brexit vote. 

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    The D.C. Snipers

    The D.C. Snipers

    “If you’re black, you can’t get work as a serial killer even if you’re manifestly qualified.” Mike tells Sarah how a military veteran became an abuser, a murderer and, eventually, a footnote in his own crime spree. Digressions include Jim Jones, the Addams Family and “The Gillooly Gang.” The episode gets super dark about two-thirds in, but brightens just before the big twist. We describe—again, unfortunately—domestic abuse in great detail.

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    The O.J. Simpson Trial: Kato Kaelin

    The O.J. Simpson Trial: Kato Kaelin

    Sarah tells Mike how an aspiring actor protected and then betrayed Nicole Brown Simpson without knowing he was doing either. Digressions include '80s movie tropes, ski-resort etiquette and the need for a process of "un-faming." Unfortunately, this episode contains graphic descriptions of violence and abuse. 

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