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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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    • 4.6 • 13.2K 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.

    Cancel Culture

    Cancel Culture

    Mike and Sarah have big feelings about an enduring debate. Digressions include “Carrie,” party planning etiquette and Whole Foods cafeterias. Sarah’s sound quality changes midway through because she moves from a McDonald’s parking lot to a Hardee’s parking lot.

    Special thanks to Meredith Clark and Allissa Richardson for helping us with the history section of this episode!

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    Sarah's other show, You Are Good
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    Links!
    Natalie Wynn's "Canceling" Drag Them: A brief etymology of so-called “cancel culture”The Long and Tortured History of Cancel CultureThe strange journey of ‘cancel,’ from a Black-culture punchline to a White-grievance watchwordWhy Attacking ‘Cancel Culture’ And ‘Woke’ People Is Becoming The GOP’s New Political StrategyTales From the Teenage Cancel CultureGenerational Cycles in American Politics, 1952–2016It’s Not Callout Culture. It’s Accountability.An Incomplete (but growing) History of Harassment Campaigns since 2003The State of Online Harassment“Did We Create This Monster?” How Twitter Turned Toxic Morally Motivated Networked Harassment as Normative Reinforcement

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    The Chicks vs. The Iraq War

    The Chicks vs. The Iraq War

    Mike tells Sarah about an impending conflict, a dissident singer and America's first internet-enabled cancellation. Digressions include "Freedom Fries" and 1990s record company shenanigans. The co-hosts harmonize for the first time; Mike struggles not to call the Chicks by their former name.

    Content note: This episode includes misogynistic, racist and fatphobic language.

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    The Chicks' "Ready to Run" videoKaren Pittelman's "Another Country"James Dickerson’s “Dixie Chicks: Down-Home and Backstage”Elites, Masses, and Media Too Famous to Protest: Far-Right Online Community Bonding Over Collective Desecration of Colin Kaepernick, Fame, and Celebrity ActivismBlacklists: The Dixie Chicks Controversy Chicks in the WildernessChicks In the Line of FireThe Dixie Chicks Were Cancelled For Criticizing The President. Now, They’re Heroes.We’re Changing The Way We Do Business: A Critical Analysis Of The Dixie Chicks And The Country Music IndustryThe Country Connection: Country Music, 9/11, and the War on TerrorismFree Expression After September 11th: An Online IndexFreedom Under Fire: Dissent in Post-9/11 AmericaExploring Iraq War News Coverage and a New Form of CensorshipThe LSE's analysis of the Freedom Fries controversyDestroying The Dixie Chicks – Ten Years AfterAOC’s Anti-FansRacial Profiling And The War On Terror: Changing Trends And PerspectivesMan Eats Dogs: The Hot Dog Stands of Chicago Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

    • 1 hr 30 min
    "Political Correctness"

    "Political Correctness"

    Mike tells Sarah how liberal magazines turned a "kids these days" moral panic into a national crisis. Digressions include Law & Order, Dave Foley and swimming pool etiquette. This episode contains detailed descriptions of sexual assault, mass shootings and suicide.

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    John Wilson’s The Myth of Political CorrectnessJon Weiner's Historians in TroubleNeil Gross’s Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care?Political Correctness: How The Right Invented A Phantom EnemyThe Fraying Of AmericaThe Rising Hegemony of the Politically CorrectAre You Telling Me That I'm Politically Correct?Are You Politically Correct?The Rising Hegemony of the Politically CorrectThere Is No Campus Free Speech Crisis: A Close Look at the EvidenceSupport the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The O.J. Simpson Trial: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mr. F. Lee Bailey

    The O.J. Simpson Trial: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mr. F. Lee Bailey

    Bob Shapiro is on a mission from God, F. Lee Bailey joins the Dream Team, and we get in our DeLorean to meet two of the most notorious Florida Men of the '60s: Carl Coppolino and Murph the Surf. Digressions include Linda Evangelista, Patty Hearst, "The Commitments" and the upside of peaking in your 50s.

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    • 51 min
    Vanessa Williams Part 2: Saving The Best For Last

    Vanessa Williams Part 2: Saving The Best For Last

    Special guest Cassie da Costa tells Mike and Sarah how Vanessa fell from grace and picked herself back up. Digressions include Stephen Sondheim, Rush Limbaugh and Joan Rivers. The tyranny of abs is discussed at length.

    Here's Cassie's episode of You Must Remember This and her website!

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bonus: Dr. Oz

    Bonus: Dr. Oz

    Mike reached new levels of rantiness on his other show and we wanted to make sure all our beloved debunkmates knew. PLUS: A special announcement!

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13.2K Ratings

13.2K Ratings

dramageeek ,

A New(ish) Fan

I started listening to episodes of You’re Wrong About in March 2021, and within a month I had finished the entire back catalog of episodes. Michael and Sarah have such a fantastic rapport, and I love the combination of detailed research and loving care put into every episode.

The way you speak about everyone you cover with empathy is hard to find, and listening to you talk feels like the conversations I have with my friends. I especially love learning about stories I kind-of-sort-of remember from being a kid, and especially love when you talk about listening to news stories as a kid which jog my own memories.

Thank you for all the awesome work you both put into this podcast. I look forward to every episode more than the last!

Jordasaur ,

12/10

I’m deeply enamored with both hosts in truly different ways—Michael Hobbes for his exactoknife reporting and Sarah Marshall for her intuitive (but no less brilliant) commentary on feelings. I found this show via the human trafficking episode in I think 2018 and it continues to be one of a handful of podcasts I listen to religiously every single week (the other two being maintenance phase and why are dads/you are good, obvi). Not only that but the show inspires me to consume other media either featured in the episodes or which feature subject matter the episodes cover. I’d give it 12 stars if I could.

jj5888 ,

Cancel Culture Episode

I usually really love this show, but boy was the episode about cancel culture really off. I identify politically as a liberal, so I’m clearly the target audience for these two, but wow was that episode profoundly one-sided. Cancel culture is such a fascinating topic that could be so deeply mined, and the whole episode was essentially about how whenever the Left wants to “cancel” something they’re probably correct, and the Right is just a bunch of cry babies who can’t handle political correctness. Mike and Sarah didn’t offer ANYTHING new to this topic; they simply drove home existing problems with cancel culture by refusing to acknowledge its profound missteps along with its “triumphs” of justice.

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