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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 a person or event that's been miscast in the public imagination.
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This week, Nancy Grace makes her case against defense attorneys in general and Scott Peterson’s lawyer in particular. Digressions include Batman, tough on crime mixtapes and the Iraq War. After two and a half years, Sarah finds her first Satanic cult — but maybe the real Satanic cults are the friends we made along the way. This episode summarizes the cases in Nancy Grace’s "Objection!," which include two child molestation and murder cases and a lengthy description of the autopsy report on the deaths of Laci and Connor Peterson.Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy T-shirts, mugs or face masks!Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
Koko The Gorilla

Koko The Gorilla

2020-07-0601:20:052

“It’s interesting that we became enthusiastic about ASL in the process of teaching it to a population that couldn’t benefit from it.”Mike tells Sarah about a very special ape and the very problematic humans around her. Digressions include video dating, "Biography" and the terrible terrible inventor of the telephone. We start with a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT about the future of the show. Both co-hosts understand the difference between chimps, monkeys and apes but occasionally misspeak.For a transcript of this episode (Thanks Andrea!), click here or copy-paste:https://rottenindenmark.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/YWA-Koko-the-Gorilla-Transcript.pdf Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy T-shirts, mugs or face masks!Links!Marcus Perlman, the researcher Mike interviewed!"Human and Animal Cognition: Continuity and Discontinuity""In Memorium: Koko, A Remarkable Gorilla""What Do Talking Apes Really Tell Us?" “Monkey Business”“Talk to the Animals,” the 1980 Omni article“Animal Bodies, Human Minds: Ape, Dolphin, and Parrot Language Skills”1979 New York Magazine article on Herb Terrace“The Last Distinction?”“The Sad Twilight of Koko The Gorilla and Her 'Mother'”“Why Koko Can’t Talk”“The Other Side of Silence: Sign Language and the Deaf Community in America”“The Education of Koko”Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
Courtney Love

Courtney Love

2020-06-2901:16:482

Special guest Candace Opper tells Mike and Sarah how a grunge star became the protagonist in one of America's most persistent conspiracy theories. Digressions include Neil Young, protest songs and the coolest baby of the 1990s. Mike continues to mine his public school education for anatomically impossible rumors. This episode contains detailed descriptions of suicide.Pre-order Candace's book, check out her website or follow her Tweets! Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy T-shirts, mugs or face masks!Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
"The Prom Mom"

"The Prom Mom"

2020-06-2553:522

“The criminal justice system should treat everyone like a white teenage girl whose future it’s concerned about disrupting.” Sarah tells Mike about Melissa Drexler, the New Jersey teenager who (according to George F. Will) killed her newborn baby due to the influence of Metallica and the United States Supreme Court. Digressions include Baby Moses laws, “Citizen Ruth” and Ted Bundy’s political leanings. To the surprise of no one, we end up discussing true crime tropes in great detail.This episode contains detailed descriptions of neonaticide. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy mugs, T-shirts and face masks!Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
Sarah tells Mike how a superhero’s genesis was a supervillain’s origin story all along. In our new deep dive, we tackle Nancy Grace’s “Objection!” and debate how defendants should behave at trial, why prosecutors seem to make good daytime TV stars and whether Nancy really came to New York City with a curling iron and a dream.Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
On June 17, 1994, the world screeched to a halt so 95 million Americans could watch a white SUV crawl through L.A. Today, we finally talk about the infamous Bronco chase, the men inside the car and the myth they left behind. Digressions include “The Fugitive,” Larry King and Jack Nicholson twice. Like previous episodes about the events of this day, this episode discusses suicidal ideation.Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy a cute T-shirt!Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
“You really shouldn’t date people who go in thinking, ’This person has good bones but they’re a fixer-upper.’” This week, we complete our Jessica Simpson book club with the appearance of a new man who triggers some old anxieties. Digressions include Dolly Parton, mom jeans and a forgotten Hollywood power couple. We talk about “Garden State” longer than we intended. Mike finally gets to tell the octopus story, which he thinks about all the time. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
In honor of Pride Month and revolutions past, present, and future, we're re-releasing our episode on the Stonewall Uprising. Let the sunshine in. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
Anastasia

Anastasia

2020-06-0101:02:153

“I’m being pulled into planet myth … and I like it here.” Special guest Dana Schwartz tells Mike and Sarah how a short, brutal story became an enduring myth. Digressions include Titanic nostalgia, Princess Jasmine and Dr. Phil. A significant portion of the episode is dedicated to Rasputin, Russia’s greatest love machine.  Find Dana at her website or listen to her podcast!Support us: Subscribe, donate or buy a cute T-shirt!Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
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. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
“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.Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Links!”Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery”Gary Condit’s book, “Actual Malice”The Washington Post’s 13-part series on the investigationAn American Journalism Review article on how the Chandra Levy saga took off A deep dive on Condit’s Connie Chung interview Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
“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.Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff! Continue reading →Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
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. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Continue reading →Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
The Y2K Bug

The Y2K Bug

2020-05-0458:28

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! Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Continue reading →Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
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.Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Continue reading →Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
Sarah tells Mike about the clash of the titans, the fury at the grand jury. We follow Kato, the wise fool of the kingdom, for the week between the murders and the Bronco chase. Digressions include John Travolta, French kickboxing movies and "The Mummy." The celebrity cameos are less numerous than usual but no less absurd. Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff! Continue reading →Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
This week, our lithe psychiatrist takes his favorite patient hiking, a priest burns some furniture and Michelle tries to escape her remembering. This episode contains descriptions of kitten sacrifice, sexual abuse and three more dead babies.Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Continue reading →Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
Sarah and Mike continue into the depths. With Dr. Pazder home from Mexico, he and Michelle continue their journey into her subconscious, and the stories continue to get weirder. This episode contains kitten sacrifice, and the first—but not the last—dead baby of the Satanic panic.Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Continue reading →Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

2020-04-1301:12:391

“What’s sad about her has nothing to do with the content of her character.” Special guest Dana Schwartz tells Mike and Sarah how an Austrian princess became a French scapegoat. Digressions include Rubik’s Cubes, Taylor Swift and Tom Stoppard. The use of the word “bawdy” exceeds all previous episodes combined.Here's where to find DanaAnd here's how to support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Continue reading →Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
Sarah and Mike continue their journey into the book that launched a thousand lawsuits. Michelle and Dr. Pazder’s relationship grows more troubling by the chapter. Digressions include orgy etiquette, sheepskin jackets and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Neither co-host believes anything depicted in this book happened as described, but still want to warn you that it contains scenes of torture and sexual abuse.Support us: Subscribe on Patreon, donate on Paypal or buy cute stuff!Continue reading →Support the show (http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout)
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Jennifer Kloeckner

This episode was terrible. Whoever your guest journalist was is a complete hack. He can't be bothered to have actual facts. Undiagnosed mental health problems are the reason for every single one of them. How that is not even suggested in this episode is disgraceful. Saying that we will never know why someone did something like that is reprehensible.

Jul 7th
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Heidi M. Fanning

I can't believe we FINALLY got to the Bronco "chase!" It's only been about 5 years since we started on this journey together. I'm so excited.

Jun 21st
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Jenn Lamont

Morton Thiokal is actually pronnounced Thy o call, not Thee o call.

Jun 10th
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ID17993474

I am this podcast’s biggest fan! However, they really missed the mark on this one. Ancient Bolsheviks are a far cry from the Jessica Simpson book breakdown! Some random woman speaking about Russian revolution is highly “off brand” for this show. Please, please keep it topical! I’ll turn on “Stuff I Missed in History” if I need info on this topic. Back to Sarah and Mike and pop culture, please!!

Jun 4th
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M W

Wow, amazing story! I started off feeling so bad about Lee Iacocca, how could he have allowed this to happen! I was in turns relieved and further distressed as your story developed. Do we dare trust any news story anymore? Could you do a follow up on the Dieselgate story, in particular Volkswagen and it's CEO who seems to have been let off very lightly? Are appearances also deceiving here? Or do we have to wait for 10 years before the truth comes out?

Jun 1st
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M W

Wonderful program, thoroughly enjoyed it. Makes me a bit pessimistic though about how we'll get through the current crisis. I feel so sorry for the government agencies' employees. Many must have started out with high ideals, to serve their country. But piling on work and reducing support is a game the big companies also know how to play.

Jun 1st
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M'lady 04

I now need a "you're wrong about" Britney Spears' 2007 meltdown

May 28th
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Rhonda F.

I remember this case and I'm glad I listened to this podcast! The case kind of disappeared because of 911. Then I remember reading a page 10 mini article that Chandra's body had been found and a man sent to prison for killing her. Now apparently the jailhouse snitch lied and we're back to square one. I hear Gary is very happy with his Baskin Robbins franchise. He recently released two new flavors, Levy Me Aloney and Two Thumbs Up!

May 27th
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Christie McLucas

Ok.. I'm in Australia and for the last 3 days have been refreshing non stop in hope that the next ep for Jessica pops up. I feel weird for being so invested - and no pressure- but feel free to upload that next ep yesterday! Love this show - one of my faves.

May 25th
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Meg Lienesch

I can't wait to have kids and explain puberty as if it's a werewolf 😂

May 17th
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Heidi M. Fanning

I would fully subscribe to and pay for a podcast where the two of you focus SOLELY on celebrity biographies. And I have never once read a celebrity biography.

May 14th
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Heidi M. Fanning

I really appreciated that shout out to parents listening with one ear bud! I feel seen. 😊

May 4th
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Bee Stone

The more I listen to y’all, the more I love you!

May 2nd
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Bee Stone

The more I listen to y’all, the more I love you!

May 2nd
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jane kwendo

pppppppppp.

Apr 23rd
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Rhonda F.

OMG I remember hearing about this and seeing the movie starring Meryl Streep. Your podcast contained information I'd never heard before. From the beginning I believed their baby was taken by a dingo. Unfortunately a lot of people make judgement before they hear the facts.

Apr 23rd
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Rhonda F.

The Beatles are a favorite of mine so I misguidedly hated Yoko Ono and blamed her for their break up like most of the world. Thank you for clearing that up and for giving me a reminder that these guys were normal human beings that were blessed with an incredible gift that we all got to share. Sorry Yoko, my bad 😞

Apr 23rd
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Rhonda F.

This was a great history lesson for me. Like many people the only thing I knew about Marie Antoinette was the phrase "Let them eat cake"! I love learning things about people in history and this podcast deserves 5 gold stars for presentation, facts not known, and a great team interacting in a very unique way!

Apr 23rd
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Somnambulist_23

I laugh most at these episodes. Find another poorly written account of extraordinary "events"

Apr 16th
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alli lent

this episode was awesome! love Dana Schwartz and her podcast, great crossover

Apr 13th
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