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

You're Wrong About Michael Hobbes & Sarah Marshall

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    • 4.7, 3.1K Ratings

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

    Quarantine Deep Dive: Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” (Week 3)

    Quarantine Deep Dive: Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” (Week 3)

    We discuss Jessica's reality-show marriage and its painfully ordinary end. Digressions include "Showgirls," "The Notebook" and Adam Levine. "Hamlet" makes an appearance; Willie Nelson and Lynda Carter give sage advice. Mike apologizes for things out of his control.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Disappearance of Chandra Levy

    The Disappearance of Chandra Levy

    “It’s a mess and a nightmare and maybe it’s disingenuous to think you can turn the story of someone being murdered into anything else.” Mike tells Sarah about a missing intern, a shady politician and a nationwide obsession. Digressions include speed dial, “La La Land” and Perry Mason. The Summer of the Shark gets a bonus debunking.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Quarantine Deep Dive: Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” (Week 2)

    Quarantine Deep Dive: Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” (Week 2)

    “Her parents’ financial success is dependent on her abdomen.” This week, Jessica moves to L.A., records a video and meets a boy. The celebrity cameos escalate. Digressions include overalls, werewolves and Judy Garland. This episode unfortunately contains detailed descriptions of disordered eating.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Quarantine Deep Dive: Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” (Week 1)

    Quarantine Deep Dive: Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” (Week 1)

    Our journey through late-'90s pop stardom begins with an intervention and ends with an audition. Digressions include Willie Nelson, Ozzy Osbourne, Jane Fonda and the cast of the Mickey Mouse Club. Sarah’s English degree and exercise habits make appearances. This episode, we're sorry to say, contains descriptions of sexual abuse.

    • 56 min
    The Y2K Bug

    The Y2K Bug

    Mike tells Sarah how an obscure technical glitch became a nationwide mobilization. Digressions include Twitter beefs, “The Net” and VHS pricing. We spend much of the episode roasting our own work from the relatively recent past. Correction: It seems the women in Britain didn't terminate their pregnancies due to the false positive test results. We were wrong about this and we're sorry! 

    • 58 min
    Quarantine Book Club: “Michelle Remembers” (Week 5)

    Quarantine Book Club: “Michelle Remembers” (Week 5)

    We conclude our book club with Michelle's escape from the dungeon. The dead baby trend continues; Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Satan’s fingernails make brief appearances. Digressions include Dustin Hoffman, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and things that rhyme with Beelzebub. This episode contains references to child abuse and sexual assault.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

annronv ,

Your smart friends!

I always wish I could be in the room hanging out with these two as they debunk and shed light. I wish there was a tiny bit more debate? Or more questions from the person not presenting the topic? But honestly those are petty deltas. This podcast is so smart and interesting and the hosts have winning personalities and I want to be their new best friend.

Morganazon ,

Fantastic!!

Love the varied topics, humor, extensive research and the analogies!!! Sarah says “that’s like....” and she will come up with something you would never think of but you realize it’s a great way to think about it! Wish I knew how to find updates on Sarah’s book on the Satanic Panic. Thanks, you too, for keeping us company and keeping our minds engaged during these challenging times!

Hand hx ,

It’s SHE not HER

He repeatedly says “her and her _______ did __________.” But my god....that’s in the same catagory as “I seen it” or double negatives. Please...you’re better than this.

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