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Author: Michael Hobbes & Sarah Marshall

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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.
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"There’s no precedent for women in this family being treated like they matter." Sarah tells Mike about the Bronco chase as Paula Barbieri experienced it. Then, she recounts  how a poor kid from Panama City, Florida, made it all the way to the high-fashion world of Paris, France—and discovered that she had jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire. Sarah continues to compare everyone to Erin Brockovich.This episode begins with a lengthy discussion of O.J. Simpson's suicide attempt on the day of the Bronco chase. We go on to describe scenes of domestic violence and attempted sexual assault; Paula deserved better.Support us! patreon.com/yourewrongaboutpaypal.me/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

2019-11-2501:37:484

Mike tells Sarah how NGOs, activists and George W. Bush resurrected the 'stranger danger' panic for the modern era. Digressions include Reply All, muffins and Yelp for massage parlors. Mike's vocal fry is even worse than usual.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Sarah tells Mike how Marcia Clark got the slam-dunk case that ended her career as a trial lawyer. Digressions include string cheese, "Inception" and what calling women "difficult" means in 2019. We go on the record in favor of a wide range of frivolous hobbies. patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
"Centering conversations around blame is not the most useful thing for us to be doing." Sarah tells Mike about the woman who broke up with O.J. Simpson on the morning of the murders — then stayed by his side through the trial. Michael Bolton makes an extended cameo appearance. patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Few topics have been suggested to us in the last year as often as the razor blade in the apple. Luckily we've got you covered with last year's Urban Legend Spectacular! Come for the poisoned candy, stay for the high beams and rainbow parties.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Sarah takes Mike on a grisly journey from Wisconsin bachelor Ed Gein's house to the horror movies he inspired. This is a re-broadcast of our 2018 Halloween episode, whose themes are evergreen.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
“You can’t expect people to know the exact kind of help they need.” We continue our deep dive into the O.J. Simpson case with the history of Nicole Brown Simpson's marriage to O.J., their 1992 divorce and the last weeks of Nicole's life. Digressions include Julia Roberts, Malibu real estate and Madonna’s "Erotica." Mike is fighting a cold and apologizes for his raspiness. This episode contains even greater detail on the violence and domestic abuse Nicole suffered.Plus, a correction! Sarah forgot to mention that O.J. Simpson received two years of probation for the 1989 incident.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Mike and Sarah begin their epic journey into O.J. Simpson's trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, beginning with the story of Nicole's life with O.J. until their marriage in 1985. This episode contains descriptions of violence and domestic abuse. Like so many of the women we talk about, Nicole deserved better.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
The Wardrobe Malfunction

The Wardrobe Malfunction

2019-09-1900:44:014

Our first live show! Mike tells Sarah about Janet Jackson, the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime show and the 9/16ths of a second that destroyed her career. Digressions include Puff Daddy, Jessica Simpson and Edward James Olmos. Like all positive developments regarding this show, performing live is something we feel weird about and so we spent the first few minutes talking about it!patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Mike tells Sarah how the myth of meddling wives serves to exonerate terrible husbands. Digressions include "50 Shades of Grey," Marie Antoinette and the end of the 1960s. This episode, we’re sorry to say, contains descriptions of domestic abuse.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Gangs

Gangs

2019-08-2201:17:1310

“Isn’t it amazing how we can only imagine our monsters capitalistically?” Mike tells Sarah how police, prosecutors and journalists accidentally conspired to invent the perfect suburban menace. Digressions include IKEA, the "Godfather" trilogy and Fleetwood Mac. Mike takes big gulping breaths when he reads out loud.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
“When you allow emotion into the courtroom, bias rushes in alongside it.” Special guest Rachel Monroe tells Mike and Sarah how a good-faith critique of the justice system led to a decades-long crackdown. Digressions include Charles Manson, Ronald Reagan and a billionaire mugshot. Mike’s similes are worse than Sarah’s.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Sex Offenders

Sex Offenders

2019-08-0701:03:185

“Things are not going to get better if we make the people who scare us seem more powerful.” Mike tells Sarah about the myths of sex crimes, the reality of child abuse and the importance of unsympathetic protagonists. Digressions include frozen pizza, millennials (obvs) and vaccination rates. Mike can only name one state that borders Nevada.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Tonya Harding Part 2

Tonya Harding Part 2

2019-07-2601:15:168

“The story that did the most damage to the people in it was the one that made the most money.” Sarah tells Mike about the low-rent conspiracy that sparked a ratings bonanza.  Digressions include "Out of Sight," Robert De Niro and the ancient sexting technology known as landlines. Mike continues to laugh confusedly at references he does not know.  patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Tonya Harding Part 1

Tonya Harding Part 1

2019-07-1801:12:497

Sarah tells Mike the story of a world-class figure skater who worked at a mall potato restaurant. Digressions include “Sleepless in Seattle,” mall walkers, synchronized diving and the difficulty of skating a perfect pentagram. This episode unfortunately contains descriptions of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Tonya deserved better.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
The Stonewall Uprising

The Stonewall Uprising

2019-06-2701:19:012

“Humans aren’t good at remembering what got us where we are.” Mike tells Sarah how a turning point in the gay rights movement became an immediate controversy, a lasting inspiration and a never-ending debate. Digressions include “Newsies” (of course), “True Romance” and “Norma Rae.” Mike's creaking chair and Sarah's rustling blanket-fort are heard throughout.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
“Once you tell a story incorrectly once, you can’t control where it goes.” Sarah tells Mike how The New York Times turned a suburban murder into an urban legend. Digressions include Billy Joel, the World’s Fair and “Ferngully.” This episode marks a triumphant return to Long Island and an unexpected celebration of Pride Month.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Sexting

Sexting

2019-06-1100:40:315

“We’re uncomfortable with the evidence that teen girls have sexual agency.” Special guest Amy Hasinoff tells Mike and Sarah how a moral panic became a legal nightmare. Digressions include Cosmo advice columns, Grindr etiquette and the revolutionary hugging of the "Avengers" movies. Due to the ongoing hex placed on this podcast, the sound quality is worse than usual.https://www.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
The American Taliban

The American Taliban

2019-06-0501:11:593

“He’s been punished even more than the American prison system can aspire to punish anyone”: Mike tells Sarah how John Walker Lindh became a terrorist in the media, a freedom fighter in his own mind and something between the two in reality. Digressions include “Newsies," Bruce Willis and “Candide.” Sarah sneakily reveals her lifelong affection for Howard Stern.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
Exorcism

Exorcism

2019-05-2800:41:302

"It just seems like capitalism masquerading as religion": Sarah tells Mike how a horror movie resurrected a ritual and established an industry. Digressions include “Avatar,” the NFL and the ethics of book publishing. The final five minutes are an unintentionally concise description of the core moral principle of this show.patreon.com/yourewrongabout Continue reading →
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Comments (33)

Ishmael

It's not a coincidence that you guys are so interested in dispelling facts about Human trafficking now that it's an issue at the Mexican border. Nice try.

Dec 6th
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Allie Tomason

Actually, she looks more like a young Angelina Jolie.

Nov 22nd
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Tate Bourke

Look, I usually love your podcasts but the one on Nicole Brown Simpson is way off IMO. You start off talking about Nicole but instead end up talking about OJ, about his football career about how he used to 'provide for his friends'. I couldn't finish the podcast. I think his NRL career and any 'good' he may have done is completely undone by the coercive control, abuse and murder that he inflicted on Nicole. Why the f would you try to make out like OJ is anything other than a complete s*** stain on humanity?

Oct 3rd
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Steve

Graduates of a university? How the hell are uou unable to use pronouns properly?

Sep 29th
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Martin Bloks

Listened to 4 different podcasts. The host are looking at everything through political leftwing hippie glasses. Topics are interesting, but the takes on historical events border on the ridiculous.

Sep 25th
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Allie Tomason

Come to Detroit! I love you guys!

Sep 19th
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Jennifer Jones

The idea of the boomerang effect is interesting. Even when we were kids we joked that all the D.A.R.E. Students of the Months were the first to start drinking and partying in high school.

Sep 5th
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Deidre

This is my go-to podcast during 2+ hour bike rides. I love the information and intellectual depth you put into the show!

Aug 23rd
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Cat Blossom

Still my favorite podcast. I saved it up all summer because I was so sad when I caught up the first time, but alas...one week back to work and I'm all caught up again *sob*

Aug 22nd
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Jennifer Jones

I love that one person researches while the other asks. It sounds natural, like a real conversation. Many podcasts like this are two people trying to set the other person up to ask a question they already know the answer to, then jumping in to finish the answer. This is charming, the verbal chemistry between them is great, like they've been friends forever.

Aug 20th
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Jackie White

Mike, as a journalist on your age and experience, you really should know the difference between alternative and alternate. Tut tut! ☺

Aug 2nd
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Lacey

just started listening and I'm liking it! I have 2 boys, one of whom is almost 16. Hearing this gives me more insight into how to talk to him without blindly rambling, thanks!

Jul 20th
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Mairi Beacon

I'm nearly done catching up on You're Wrong About and now I'm a little sad I can't just keep pouring 2-4 episodes per day directly into my veins. Ok. A lot sad.

Jul 18th
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Safak Pinar Yalcin

I've been trying to find other podcasts like this one: well researched, relevant content with totally lovable hosts. Bu to no avail. I guess I'll listen to ebonics episode a third time.

Jul 6th
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Jane Holderness

Great show!! Thank you for all of your hard work.

Jun 5th
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Wesley Chicko

Am totally in love with Sarah. That is all.

Jun 4th
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Tyeson Rogers

love the show. I actually work at the shelter in the homelessness episode. I disagree that the problem is capitalism. the problem is clearly white baby boomer, gen xer males not being able to deal with the fact that America is changing. period. their perceived loss of privilege is driving them to literally snap and murder ppl. even though their privilege still exists without that job. I'm half black and half white, 50 50 I'm not speaking from the outside. we've(young people) got to change shit. this has got to stop(older people) .

May 18th
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Ari Christine

I totally want to hang out with both you... I live in the PDX / WA area .. wanna meet for coffee ? 😄😊

May 16th
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Ari Christine

love this podcast!

May 16th
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Laura Edelstein

I have been binge listening and I love this so much! my husband and a friend both recommended it. super informative and compelling.

Mar 29th
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