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.
Bonus: "The Dark Knight"
Sarah's other show has a special guest! Maintenance Phase co-host Aubrey Gordon visits Why Are Dads to talk about Christopher Nolan, trash masculinity and the dwindling number of non-problematic superheroes. Support us:Subscribe on PatreonDonate on...
The O.J. Simpson Trial: The DeLorean Detour
To tell the story of the "dream team" we must begin by going back to the future. This week we learn why O.J. Simpson fired the man who defended John DeLorean and why a briefcase of cocaine isn’t always a smoking gun. Digressions include Bob’s Big Boy,...
Tipper Gore vs. Heavy Metal: The Hearing
Mike tells Sarah the real reason Congress called a bunch of rockers to Washington D.C. Digressions include cartoon violence, sleeveless tees and Trixie Mattel. Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" and Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" are dissected at...
Tipper Gore vs. Heavy Metal: The Case Against "Porn Rock"
Mike tells Sarah how a congressional wife started a moral crusade. Digressions include Sheena Easton, Satanic rhymes and teen homicide statistics. Ozzy Osbourne's bat story is recounted in full.Support us:Subscribe on PatreonDonate on PaypalBuy cute...
The Anti-Vaccine Movement
Special guest Eric Michael Garcia tells Mike and Sarah about the deep roots of a pernicious modern myth. Digressions include Mary Tyler Moore, British place names and supermodel dating habits. Mike finally gets to talk about Swedish statistical methods....
The O.J. Simpson Trial: The Arraignmaker
This week, we put on our suits and head back to the courtroom. O.J. Simpson pleads not guilty, Marcia Clark finishes questioning Kato Kaelin and Bob Shapiro continues to furrow his brow. Digressions include "Speed," the Kuleshov effect and the...
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Empathy and humor
There’s nothing I don’t love about this podcast. I learn something in every single episode and I am always nudged toward greater empathy. I feel like I’m in a conversation with two very smart, funny, and empathetic friends about topics with which we are all oddly invested.
Great topics from my youth dissected viewed through a funny, empathetic, and informative modern day lens. Honestly my favorite part is how Sarah and Michael make each other laugh.
To be fair, I haven’t listened to all of the episodes. Maybe there are topics they are better at setting the record straight on. But when it comes to the late Princess Diana and the royal family, wow, did they get it spectacularly wrong. Just another hit job on the monarchy from people who have bought the Sussex narrative hook, line, and sinker.