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

You're Wrong About... Michael Hobbes & Sarah Marshall

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 948 Ratings

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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
948 Ratings

948 Ratings

Decorno ,

The best. Always smart, always surprising, always funny.

This is my favorite podcast. Sarah and Michael are incredibly funny and smart, and their analysis of past events always offers a few surprises. I still think a lot about Michael’s analysis at the end of the Enron episode (spoiler) that it’s a mistake to think these were a few people behaving badly. He framed the entire episode to show that these were people and a corporation behaving exactly as the system (business, capitalism, etc) incented them to behave. And with that he doesn’t let them off the hook.. he just broadens the indictment.

Sarah brings immeasurable goodness to the show. She has SO MANY good one liners that someone needs to transcribe them and publish a daily tweet-bot of her best bits. Listen to every episode (as I have) and you’ll see how she has created a body of work and commentary that completely resets your brain on questions like: how does our culture decide who is worthy of sympathy or forgiveness or agency or power. Every episode you go looking for an easy person to blame and Sarah will snatch that away from you and give you like nine things to think about before you ever reach for such lazy thinking again. I can’t believe this podcast is free, which reminds me: it’s time to finally donate to their Patreon.

Coastielu ,

Thoughtful and thought provoking

I don’t think I have listened to a single episode without texting it to at least one friend or family member. The research is thorough, the hosts compelling, and every one is a wild ride. (Spoiler alert though, the villain is always capitalism.)

Hopkinsmsb ,

An Absolute Blast

There is a LOT to love about this show! Michael and Sarah have a unique and lovely dynamic, especially for virtual strangers. It’s because, aside from having compatible views and values, they are both incredibly willing to learn from one another. He is much more research-based in presentation style and she, interpretive, but they have complimentary senses of humor to make it gel.

The range of topics covered can feel a little random; they’re definitely winging it still and I believe take a lot of listener suggestions. That said, while the scope may not be immediately clear, over time and completely organically, themes develop and carry through clearly. It also seems that Michael is choosing topics lately that he wants to cover or is currently covering for his primary job, which is great because when his articles come out there is additional context, and it makes their more whimsical or “random” episodes stand out more.

Overall this podcast is a favorite because listeners have gotten to witness its evolution. That alongside Sarah’s tremendous empathy make the podcast feel personal. It’s cultural relevance deepens with each episode and I’m always super excited to see what they do next.

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