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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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  • The Newsboys' Strike of 1899

    Nov 23, 2020

    Sarah tells Mike about media history, labor organizing, century-old moral panics — and the unlikely Disney musical that introduced her to all three. Digressions include Sting, "The Princess Bride" and 19th century graphic design. Both co-hosts recount their extremely millennial work histories.

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    41 mins
  • Bonus: The "Twinkie Defense"

    Nov 19, 2020

    Was Harvey Milk's killer really given a light sentence after claiming that junk food made him do it? Mike's spinoff podcast, Maintenance Phase, dives into the rumor and finds a very You're Wrong About twist. 

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    49 mins
  • The Electoral College

    Nov 16, 2020

    Topical episode! Special guest Jamelle Bouie tells Sarah and Mike about his problematic Founding Father faves and the bewildering institution they handed down to us. Digressions include '70s lapels, "Reversal of Fortune" and the Eurovision Song Contest. The filibuster rule and the three-fifths compromise receive bonus debunkings.

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    57 mins

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Sweeping generalizations with no support

If you have no knowledge of history, and would love to have a deeply wrong and skewed knowledge, this podcast is for you. Mildly entertaining hosts with deeply flawed historical knowledge and a knack for summing up a paragraph of information with a banal turn of phrase that emphasizes the least important part of what has been said in order to try to get a laugh characterize the flow of the show. This podcast is purely for entertainment. Don't expect to learn anything. The experts they bring in give enough detail to sound knowledgeable, but no real depth, resulting the appearance of knowledge while entirely misleading you on the subject at hand. And the assumptions run rampant. In the end, there are almost no facts, and absolutely no real context, despite some historical details thrown in to trick the lay listener into believing the assumptions. They try to fit historical figures and situations into today's paradigm, absolutely ignoring context and historical circumstance, to the point of assuming that the world thinks, and always has thought, the way the hosts do. The oversimplification of issues and ethics is also astounding. I recommend reading a real history book and taking away your own lessons. You'll be light years ahead of where this podcast tries to take you.

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Amazing.

This show is amazing and everyone who hasn’t already should start listening now. Also I cannot wait for their books to be finished.

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A refreshing breath of air

This podcast and the counterintuitive points of view here are well thought out, are authentically expressed, and Sarah and Mike seem like the kind of people you might want in your life. It is well done, cogent, and particularly thought provoking. Give it a try!

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These two rock

I love this podcast. Deep dives on subjects we often accept as fact, but are actually very concerning and complicated.

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Incredible show

Sarah and Mike are fantastic journalists, cultural critics, and all around human persons. Amazing show.

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My favourite podcast by far

I really like their interaction, the thoroughness of research, humour, and insight. They are obviously two very bright people.

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My favorite.

This is my favorite podcast I have listened to. Michael and Sarah really do their research.