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You're Wrong About
Sarah Marshall

Sarah is a journalist obsessed with the past. Every week she reconsiders a person or event that's been miscast in the public... more

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Immigration with Alejandra Oliva

Alejandra Oliva, author of Rivermouth, came by to catch us up on the last few decades of American immigration policy--and... more

12 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
The Tradwife Rises

Sarah Archer came by to make an episode from scratch. What's the real history of the American housewife? Where did... more

29 May 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Rosa Parks with Princess Weekes

Today, Princess Weekes takes us to meet the real Rosa Parks.Find Princess on YouTube: Princess’ video, “The 1920s Sex Scandal... more

15 May 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
George Michael Part 2 with Marcus McCann

Let's go outside in the sunshine. An extended cut of this episode is available for Patreon and Apple... more

01 May 2024 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
George Michael Part 1 with Marcus McCann

He turned a bright spark into a flame.(Part 1 of 2!)You can buy Marcus McCann's book, Park Cruising: What Happens... more

17 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Hoax Spectacular! with Chelsey Weber-Smith

Sarah talks with Chelsey Weber-Smith, host of American Hysteria, about some of their favorite hoaxes—from the Loch Ness Monster to... more

01 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
BONUS Britney Spears Book Club with Eve Lindley

Celebrity correspondent Eve Lindley came by to tell us about Britney Spears' memoir The Woman in Me. This is part... more

26 Mar 2024 · 56 minutes
The Oscars Streaker with Michael Schulman

In 1974, Robert Opel ran naked through the Academy Awards telecast, and into American history. Today, Michael Schulman, a staff... more

19 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Balto with Blair Braverman

Blair Braverman tells us how the legendary story of one good dog is actually a story of two good dogs.... more

04 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
The Shoe Bomber with Miles Klee

This week, writer Miles Klee tells us why we have to take our shoes off at the airport.Read Miles Klee... more

20 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Tiny Tim with Harmony Colangelo

This week, Harmony Colangelo tiptoes through the tulips with us. You can find Harmony at This Ends at Prom here!... more

06 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
The “Pro-Life” Movement with Megan Burbank

During what should’ve been Roe v. Wade’s 51st birthday week, Sarah and reproductive health policy reporter Megan Burbank take a... more

25 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Battle of the Sexes with Julie Kliegman

Sarah teams up with writer and editor Julie Kliegman—author of the hotly anticipated book MIND GAME—to look back at tennis's... more

08 Jan 2024 · 1 hour,
The Exorcist with Marlena Williams

The Exorcist turns 50 this week, so we invited Marlena Williams, author of Night Mother: A Personal and Cultural History... more

28 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Influencers with Taylor Lorenz

“The creatures outside looked from influencer to human, and from human to influencer, and from human to influencer again; but... more

12 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Cattle Mutilation with Rachel Monroe

Mulder and Scully were busy this week, so Monroe and Marshall are on the case. Did UFOs really travel across... more

28 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Amy Winehouse with Eve Lindley

This week, celebrity correspondent Eve Lindley tells Sarah about why we should all be thankful for Amy Winehouse. Note: this... more

14 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
Our Dearest Fears with Chelsey Weber-Smith

This week, American Hysteria’s Chelsey Weber-Smith gives Sarah some exposure therapy.You can find Chelsey / American Hysteria here. Support You're... more

30 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
A MASSIVE SÉANCE with American Hysteria in Portland, Oregon

Come one, come all to the Aladdin theater in Portland, Oregon this December 6, for a collaboration with our BFF... more

17 Oct 2023 · 1 minute
Lizzie Borden with Princess Weekes

Forty whacks with a wet noodle, Bart! This week, Princess Weekes tells Sarah the true story of the crime of... more

16 Oct 2023 · 1 hour,
Mindhunting with Sarah Weinman

"What is it about the culture that has conditioned us to favor the wants and needs and desires, however horrible,... more

02 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Changing Your Mind

Here's one from our bonus vault: you sent in your stories about moments when you found yourselves changing your minds,... more

18 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
Sound of Freedom with Michael Hobbes AND Human Trafficking re-release

Like so many other mostly imaginary topics, human trafficking is in the news again. Michael Hobbes—ever heard of him??—came by... more

05 Sep 2023 · 2 hours, 44 minutes
The Most Normal Girl in Cleveland with Heather Radke

This week, Heather Radke brings us a tale of pageants, eugenics, and butts.You can find Heather online here.You can see... more

21 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Cottingley Fairies with Chelsey Weber-Smith

This week, Sarah tells her favorite kind of story to American Hysteria’s Chelsey Weber-Smith: one where two girls hoaxed the... more

07 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Bonnie and Clyde (and Blanche and Buck) with Jamie Loftus

“Why don’t something happen?” Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow died in 1934, but their legend gets bigger every year. This... more

17 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours with Carolyn Kendrick

This week, we bring you a re-release from our bonus vault as Sarah tells Carolyn Kendrick about the making of... more

11 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 57 minutes
Renée Richards with Julie Kliegman

This week, Sports Illustrated’s Julie Kliegman volleys with Sarah about trans athlete Renée Richards’s fight for her right to play... more

27 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Lesbian Seagulls with Lulu Miller

Fly with us, lesbian seagull. This week Radiolab’s Lulu Miller brings us a story of queer nature and scientists in... more

12 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Hot Mess Express Spectacular!

“I felt that empathy like it was directed towards me, and it helped me feel like my unhappiness was enough.”... more

29 May 2023 · 53 minutes
We Need to Talk About the New York Times with Tuck Woodstock

“What if you were writing a profile on someone named Janet and I was your editor, and I was like,... more

15 May 2023 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Call for Anniversary Stories

You’re Wrong About is five years old, and we want to hear your stories about the show! Listen here for... more

08 May 2023 · 4 minutes
Debi Thomas with Leslie Gray Streeter

In 1988, twenty-year-old American figure skater Debi Thomas headed to the Calgary Olympics to face off against East German juggernaut... more

25 Apr 2023 · 1 hour,
Sinéad O'Connor with Allyson McCabe

This week, we fight the real enemy with Allyson McCabe. Here's where to find Allyson online here.You can find Allyson's... more

10 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
What Even Is Justice? with Amanda Knox

This week, national treasure Amanda Knox talks with Sarah about what the American legal system claims to be for, what... more

28 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Juvenile "Justice" with Josie Duffy Rice

This week, criminal justice correspondent Josie Duffy Rice dives into America’s obsession with prosecuting children. From 19th century houses of... more

13 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Chris McCandless with Blair Braverman

This week, survival correspondent Blair Braverman tells Sarah the story of a Supertramp. In 1996, Jon Krakauer's book Into the... more

27 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Spring Tour Announcement!

You're Wrong About is going back on tour! We're doing a bunch of live shows in North America—me, producer and... more

22 Feb 2023 · 1 minute
Napster with Niko Stratis

This week, a tale of two Shawns/Seans, their impossible dream, and the file sharing service that lived fast, died young,... more

14 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Karen Carpenter Part 2 with Carolyn Kendrick

In this episode, Carolyn and Sarah follow Karen from the height of her fame through her struggle to find independence,... more

31 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
Valentine's Show A Go-Go Livestream announcement!

Join us for a Valentine's Day live stream, presented by Moment. We'll be joined by Jamie Loftus and we'll be... more

24 Jan 2023 · 1 minute
Trailer: Unreformed

Extry! Extry! New podcast by Josie Duffy Rice!—In 1968, five Black girls escaped from the Alabama Industrial School for Negro... more

17 Jan 2023 · 2 minutes
Karen Carpenter Part 1 with Carolyn Kendrick

Long ago and oh so far away, Carolyn and Sarah fell in love with Karen Carpenter when they saw her... more

16 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Baby Jessica with Blair Braverman

On October 14, 1987, 18-month-old Jessica McClure fell down a well in Midland, Texas. This week, Sarah tells our survival... more

26 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Beanie Babies with Jamie Loftus

They’re winsome and soft and so fun to cuddle/ With one of Ty’s Beanie Babies, you could never go wrong/... more

12 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Where Have All the Preppies Gone? with Avery Trufelman

Put on your Docksiders for a stroll through history with Avery Trufelman, who shows us how Ivy style became “preppy,”... more

28 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Movie Rating System with Karina Longworth

How did Poltergeist get that PG rating? Podcast legend Karina Longworth, host of You Must Remember This, takes us on... more

15 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Flight 571: Survival in the Andes with Blair Braverman

Our survival correspondent Blair Braverman is here to tell us the story of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which crashed... more

31 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Your Abortion Stories

“Abortion is healthcare and abortion is a human right. Abortion is racial justice. It’s economic justice. It’s at the intersection... more

17 Oct 2022 · 45 minutes
Online Shopping with Amanda Mull

Why is it so hard to find the one thing you need? The Atlantic’s Amanda Mull is here to tell... more

03 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
We’ll be back next week! (And a tour update!)

Support us:Bonus Episodes on PatreonBonus Episodes on Apple PodcastsDonate on PaypalBuy cute merchWhere else to find us:Sarah's other show, You... more

26 Sep 2022 · 3 minutes
Hunting Serial Killers with Michael Hobbes

This week, Mike and Sarah reunite to hunt for serial killers, and try to figure out whether they’re really endangered.... more

12 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Donner Party with Chelsey Weber-Smith

You may:1. Travel on the established trail2. Take the Hastings CutoffWhat is your choice?Chelsey Weber-Smith (American Hysteria) tells Sarah about... more

29 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Henry Lee Lucas with Rachel Monroe

This week we’re taking the back roads with Rachel Monroe, who tells us how the most prolific serial killer in... more

15 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Porn Wars with Nona Willis Aronowitz

Here’s some money, go see a Porn War. This week we’re going on a field trip to Times Square with... more

02 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Eugenics with Eric Michael Garcia

This week, Eric Michael Garcia tells Sarah about America’s barely forgotten pastime, plus the Supreme Court’s long history of horrifying... more

18 Jul 2022 · 59 minutes
West Coast Tour Announcement

This is a super quick message to let you know we'll be having a You're Wrong About West Coast mini... more

13 Jul 2022 · 1 minute
Go Ask Alice Part 3 with Rick Emerson and Carmen Maria Machado

Sarah and Carmen complete their epic trilogy by meeting Rick Emerson on the edge of Mount Doom to discuss his... more

04 Jul 2022 · 52 minutes
Go Ask Alice Part 2 with Carmen Maria Machado

This week Carmen and Sarah read the rest of Alice’s bitchin' diary, and ponder the truths that only lies can... more

04 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Martha Stewart with Sarah Archer

This week we’re dishing up a mouthwatering feast of history, gossip, and white collar crime. Guest Sarah Archer tells the... more

20 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Dyatlov Pass Incident with Blair Braverman

This week, Sarah tries to solve the mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, in which nine experienced ski hikers fled... more

06 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Prison Boom with Shannon Heffernan

Where did all these prisons come from? WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan is here to give us part of the answer, which... more

23 May 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Go Ask Alice Part 1 with Carmen Maria Machado

This week we begin our journey into the totally true not at all made up diary that has been scaring... more

09 May 2022 · 1 hour,
Medieval Torture with Dana Schwartz

We want to play a game. This week, Dana Schwartz stuffs us in an iron maiden and explains why the... more

25 Apr 2022 · 59 minutes
How Email Took Over the World with Anne Helen Petersen

How did the information superhighway get so gridlocked? Guest Anne Helen Petersen tells Sarah the story of how email took... more

11 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Juliet's Balcony with Chelsey Weber-Smith

What do Chopin, Kylie Jenner, baby carrots, and the War of the Worlds all have in common? They’re all part... more

28 Mar 2022 · 52 minutes
Ronald Reagan and "The Welfare Queen" with Laci Mosley

Laci Mosley (Scam Goddess) tells Sarah about Linda Taylor and the origins of the Welfare Queen myth ("the build the... more

14 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Bonus: Groundhog Day with Josh Gondelman

What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today. Josh Gondelman is here to laugh and cry with us,... more

07 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
CSI: Junk Science with Josie Duffy Rice

Josie Duffy Rice and Sarah discuss the role of junk science in the criminal justice system. It is a big... more

21 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Winter Book Club: The Amityville Horror Part 3 with Jamie Loftus

In this final installment of the Amityville Horror Winter Book Club, Sarah tells guest host Jamie Loftus about Jodie the... more

07 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Tom Cruise on Oprah’s couch with Willa Paskin

Willa Paskin (of Slate's Decoder Ring) brings Sarah back to 2005, when Tom Cruise jumping on a couch became the... more

24 Jan 2022 · 54 minutes
Talking Tammy Faye Bakker with Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain and Sarah discuss Tammy Faye Bakker. Chastain is the star and a producer of the new film The... more

10 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
Winter Book Club: The Amityville Horror Part 2 with Jamie Loftus

Sarah continues telling guest host Jamie Loftus about the Amityville Horror, and the two touch on ghosts, fallen angels, poltergeists,... more

03 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Winter Book Club: The Amityville Horror Part 1 with Jamie Loftus

Sarah tells guest host Jamie Loftus about the Amityville Horror, how it’s a Christmas story, and why buying murder furniture... more

20 Dec 2021 · 53 minutes
Reconstruction with Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie explains to Sarah what the Reconstruction era was, why it remains relevant today, and how this history lesson... more

06 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
True Crime with Emma Berquist

Emma Berquist stops by to tell us about how true crime doesn't have to make us better people, and in... more

22 Nov 2021 · 52 minutes
Ed and Lorraine Warren with Jamie Loftus

Special Guest Jamie Loftus tells Sarah about Ed and Lorraine Warren (of The Conjuring and Annabelle fame). Topics of interest... more

08 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Catherine the Great with Dana Schwartz

Special guest Dana Schwartz tells Sarah about Catherine the Great. Topics of interest include the very not great life of... more

25 Oct 2021 · 1 hour,
Mike Lives in a Downtown Hotel

An announcement!Support us:Hear bonus episodes on PatreonDonate on PaypalBuy stickers, magnets, T-shirts and moreWhere else to find us: Sarah's other... more

11 Oct 2021 · 21 minutes
Bonus: The Great Protein Fiasco

From our friends at Maintenance Phase, the story of how Nestlé executives, global health institutions and a very racist white... more

27 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The McDonald's Hot Coffee Case

Mike tells Sarah how a tragic story became a national punchline and a decades-long moral panic. Digressions include a sympathetic... more

13 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Re-Release: Dan Quayle vs. Murphy Brown

While our next episode's in the oven, enjoy this gem from the YWA vault!Support us:Subscribe on PatreonDonate on PaypalBuy... more

06 Sep 2021 · 52 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Runaway Grand Jury

This week, the defense hires Alan Dershowitz, Marcia Clark questions witnesses and Jill Shively tries to get a salad. Digressions... more

23 Aug 2021 · 51 minutes
Summer Book Club: "The Satan Seller" (The Debunking!)

This week we debunk Mike Warnke right out of his cabin and into the lake, using Cornerstone Magazine’s long overdue... more

09 Aug 2021 · 58 minutes
Summer Book Club: "The Satan Seller" (Part 3)

We finish our San Bernardino joyride through Mike Warnke’s 1972 “memoir” with a hex, a horrible crime and a Satanic... more

26 Jul 2021 · 46 minutes
Summer Book Club: "The Satan Seller" (Part 2)

We continue our journey through Mike Warnke's 1972 "memoir" about his rise through the ranks of Satan Inc. This... more

12 Jul 2021 · 53 minutes
Summer Book Club: "The Satan Seller" (Part 1)

Sarah and Mike return to Camp You're Wrong About for another Satanic Panic story hour. This time we're talking about... more

28 Jun 2021 · 57 minutes
Cancel Culture

Mike and Sarah have big feelings about an enduring debate. Digressions include “Carrie,” party planning etiquette and Whole Foods cafeterias.... more

07 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
The Chicks vs. The Iraq War

Mike tells Sarah about an impending conflict, a dissident singer and America's first internet-enabled cancellation. Digressions include "Freedom Fries" and... more

03 May 2021 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
"Political Correctness"

Mike tells Sarah how liberal magazines turned a "kids these days" moral panic into a national crisis. Digressions include Law... more

19 Apr 2021 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mr. F. Lee Bailey

Bob Shapiro is on a mission from God, F. Lee Bailey joins the Dream Team, and we get in our... more

05 Apr 2021 · 51 minutes
Vanessa Williams Part 2: Saving The Best For Last

Special guest Cassie da Costa tells Mike and Sarah how Vanessa fell from grace and picked herself back up. Digressions... more

22 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Bonus: Dr. Oz

Mike reached new levels of rantiness on his other show and we wanted to make sure all our beloved debunkmates... more

15 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Vanessa Williams Part 1: Becoming Miss America

Mike tells Sarah how a 20-year-old singer, actress and French horn player became Miss America with less than six months... more

08 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
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... more

01 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
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... more

22 Feb 2021 · 49 minutes
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... more

15 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
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... more

08 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Anti-Vaccine Movement

Special guest Eric Michael Garcia tells Mike and Sarah about the deep roots of a pernicious modern myth. Digressions include... more

01 Feb 2021 · 45 minutes
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... more

25 Jan 2021 · 47 minutes
Shannon Faulkner & Sex Discrimination at The Citadel

Mike tells Sarah how a troll-ish experiment turned a South Carolina teenager into one of the most maligned women of... more

18 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: My Fair Paula

This week we talk about the early days of Paula and O.J.’s relationship and the celebrity cameos reach either a... more

11 Jan 2021 · 52 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Paula Escapes From L.A.

This week we return to the O.J. Simpson trial and learn what Paula Barbieri did after the Bronco chase.... more

28 Dec 2020 · 50 minutes
The Stanford Prison Experiment

Mike tells Sarah the complicated story of an over-simplified study. Digressions include Tonya Harding, "The Meg" and Kitty Genovese. The... more

21 Dec 2020 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Losing Relatives to Fox News

Mike tells Sarah what makes older Americans more vulnerable to misinformation — and who is delivering it to them. Digressions... more

07 Dec 2020 · 55 minutes
The Newsboys' Strike of 1899 (Part 2)

Sarah tells Mike about the thrilling conclusion to a children’s labor action and an overlooked Disney musical. Digressions include cronuts,... more

30 Nov 2020 · 49 minutes
The Newsboys' Strike of 1899 (Part 1)

Sarah tells Mike about media history, labor organizing, century-old moral panics — and the unlikely Disney musical that introduced her... more

23 Nov 2020 · 40 minutes
Bonus: The "Twinkie Defense"

Was Harvey Milk's killer really given a light sentence after claiming that junk food made him do it? Mike's spinoff... more

19 Nov 2020 · 49 minutes
The Electoral College

Topical episode! Special guest Jamelle Bouie tells Sarah and Mike about his problematic Founding Father faves and the bewildering institution... more

16 Nov 2020 · 56 minutes
Princess Diana Part 5: The Crash

“You can be a hot mess express and still leave the world better than you found it.” In the final... more

09 Nov 2020 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
Princess Diana Part 4: The Divorce

This week, Diana leaves the royal family with her reputation intact and her title slightly edited. Digressions include "Love Actually,"... more

02 Nov 2020 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Halloween Re-Release: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

What if the scariest thing in America is unfettered capitalism and unaccountable corporations? Sources: https://rottenindenmark.org/2018/06/30/the-exxon-valdez-oil-spill/Support us: http://patreon.com/yourewrongabouthttps://www.paypal.com/paypalme/yourewrongaboutpodhttps://www.teepublic.com/stores/youre-wrong-about?ref_id=10420Where else to find... more

31 Oct 2020 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Bonus: Why Are Dads on "Terminator 2"

Mike comes on Sarah’s new show to talk about robots, dads, the little metal hands guys and "Terminator 2: Judgment... more

29 Oct 2020 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Bonus: The President's Physical Fitness Test

Mike has a new podcast! Here's the first episode, in which he debunks the absurd Cold War trauma factory that... more

22 Oct 2020 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Halloween Special: Creepy Encounters

This week, Mike and Sarah dissect the Creepy Encounters subreddit and how to handle our creepy feelings in an unsafe... more

19 Oct 2020 · 50 minutes
Princess Diana Part 3: The Affairs

This week, Diana swaps out her husband for a Horse Dude and Mike and Sarah act out other people's PG-13... more

12 Oct 2020 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Princess Diana Part 2: The Wedding

This week, Diana gets married, joins her new family and meets the press. Digressions include Judy Garland, Edward Cullen and... more

05 Oct 2020 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Princess Diana Part 1: The Courtship

We start our new series with the story of a girl, a prince and the society that convinced them they... more

28 Sep 2020 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Killer Clowns

For our 100th episode, American Hysteria host Chelsey Weber-Smith visits our campfire to tell us about the time America was... more

21 Sep 2020 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Tuskegee Syphilis Study Part 2: The Truth

“It’s like these men are being held in a bubble as science marches forward.” Mike tells Sarah how one of... more

14 Sep 2020 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Tuskegee Syphilis Study Part 1: The Lie

Mike tells Sarah about the longest "non-therapeutic" experiment in medical history. Digressions include deep fried ice cream, Kato Kaelin and... more

08 Sep 2020 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Deep Dive Week 4: Nancy Grace v. The Constitution

This week, Sarah makes a Nancy Grace-style argument against the prosecution. Digressions include '90s romantic comedies, Betty Broderick and flatscreen... more

31 Aug 2020 · 52 minutes
Bonus Episode! Sarah’s New Podcast “Why Are Dads”

Sarah tells Mike about her new foray into Dad Studies and, for the second time this week, discusses a horror... more

27 Aug 2020 · 50 minutes
The Stepford Wives

Sarah tells Mike about the real-life conspiracy written between the lines of a 1970s horror novel. Digressions include "Rosemary's Baby... more

24 Aug 2020 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Wayfair and Human Trafficking Statistics

In another "mini" episode that accidentally turned mega, Mike tells Sarah about the Wayfair conspiracy theory and the sketchy statistical... more

10 Aug 2020 · 57 minutes
Disco Demolition Night

Mike tells Sarah how a silly sports promotion galvanized a reactionary movement. Digressions include “Charlotte’s Web,” Jane Fonda and German-language... more

03 Aug 2020 · 1 hour, 37 minutes

Mike tells Sarah about the most common forms of violence in America and how they differ (twist!) from what gets... more

27 Jul 2020 · 1 hour,
Deep Dive Week 3: Nancy Grace v. The Jury

This week, Sarah walks Mike through Nancy Grace’s prosecution of American juries. Cameos include Mark Geragos (again), O.J. Simpson (inevitably)... more

20 Jul 2020 · 39 minutes
Bonus Episode! Sarah and Mike on "The Feminist Present" Podcast

Sarah and Mike tell Laura and Adrian about how we met, how we research and what we would say to... more

16 Jul 2020 · 55 minutes
Deep Dive Week 2: Nancy Grace v. The Defense

This week, Nancy Grace makes her case against defense attorneys in general and Scott Peterson’s lawyer in particular. Digressions include... more

13 Jul 2020 · 55 minutes
Koko The Gorilla

“It’s interesting that we became enthusiastic about ASL in the process of teaching it to a population that couldn’t benefit... more

06 Jul 2020 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Courtney Love

Special guest Candace Opper tells Mike and Sarah how a grunge star became the protagonist in one of America's most... more

29 Jun 2020 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
"The Prom Mom"

“The criminal justice system should treat everyone like a white teenage girl whose future it’s concerned about disrupting.” Sarah tells... more

25 Jun 2020 · 54 minutes
Deep Dive: Nancy Grace's "Objection!" (Week 1)

Sarah tells Mike how a superhero’s genesis was a supervillain’s origin story all along. In our new deep dive, we... more

18 Jun 2020 · 43 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: The Bronco Chase

On June 17, 1994, the world screeched to a halt so 95 million Americans could watch a white SUV crawl... more

17 Jun 2020 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Quarantine Deep Dive: Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” (The Conclusion!)

“You really shouldn’t date people who go in thinking, ’This person has good bones but they’re a fixer-upper.’” This week,... more

08 Jun 2020 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Re-Release: The Stonewall Uprising

In honor of Pride Month and revolutions past, present, and future, we're re-releasing our episode on the Stonewall Uprising. Let... more

04 Jun 2020 · 1 hour, 19 minutes

“I’m being pulled into planet myth … and I like it here.” Special guest Dana Schwartz tells Mike and Sarah... more

01 Jun 2020 · 1 hour, 1 minute
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... more

28 May 2020 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
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... more

25 May 2020 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
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... more

14 May 2020 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
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... more

07 May 2020 · 56 minutes
The Y2K Bug

Mike tells Sarah how an obscure technical glitch became a nationwide mobilization. Digressions include Twitter beefs, “The Net” and VHS... more

04 May 2020 · 58 minutes
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... more

30 Apr 2020 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: When Kato Met Marcia

Sarah tells Mike about the clash of the titans, the fury at the grand jury. We follow Kato, the wise... more

27 Apr 2020 · 57 minutes
Quarantine Book Club: “Michelle Remembers” (Week 4)

This week, our lithe psychiatrist takes his favorite patient hiking, a priest burns some furniture and Michelle tries to escape... more

23 Apr 2020 · 54 minutes
Quarantine Book Club: “Michelle Remembers” (Week 3)

Sarah and Mike continue into the depths. With Dr. Pazder home from Mexico, he and Michelle continue their journey into... more

16 Apr 2020 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Marie Antoinette

“What’s sad about her has nothing to do with the content of her character.” Special guest Dana Schwartz tells Mike... more

13 Apr 2020 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Quarantine Book Club: “Michelle Remembers” (Week 2)

Sarah and Mike continue their journey into the book that launched a thousand lawsuits. Michelle and Dr. Pazder’s relationship grows... more

06 Apr 2020 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Exploding Ford Pinto

Mike tells Sarah about a dying industry, a dangerous car and the Pulitzer Prize-winning article that misrepresented them both. Digressions... more

02 Apr 2020 · 56 minutes
Quarantine Book Club: “Michelle Remembers” (Week 1)

Sarah describes the spark that ignited the Satanic Panic. Our setting is a therapist’s office in 1976 Victoria, B.C., and... more

26 Mar 2020 · 48 minutes
D.C. Snipers Part 4

In the final chapter of our series on the D.C. sniper attacks, Mike finally tells Sarah about the D.C. sniper... more

23 Mar 2020 · 1 hour, 51 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Marcia Clark Part 2

Sarah tells Mike about a week in the life of Marcia Clark, who became America’s most famous prosecutor on June... more

09 Mar 2020 · 59 minutes
D.C. Snipers Part 3

Mike tells Sarah about the indoctrination of Lee Boyd Malvo and the beginning of the sniper attacks. Digressions include Jonestown,... more

24 Feb 2020 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Valentine’s Day Re-Release: Anna Nicole Smith

Valentine’s Day re-release! Sarah and Mike reflect on one of the only love stories they’ve ever covered on the show.Continue... more

14 Feb 2020 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Why Didn’t Anyone Go to Prison for the Financial Crisis?

“Every big fish you catch, you end up with a hole in the net.” Mike tells Sarah how America’s white-collar... more

10 Feb 2020 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
D.C. Snipers Part 2

Mike tells Sarah how a nice Jamaican kid became the disciple of a mean American adult. Digressions include Tonya Harding... more

03 Feb 2020 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Kato Kaelin Part 2

Sarah tells Mike the ending to the story of the mimbo and the alibi. Digressions include O. Henry, Nigerian e-mail... more

20 Jan 2020 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
D.C. Snipers Part 1

“If you’re black, you can’t get work as a serial killer even if you’re manifestly qualified.” Mike tells Sarah how... more

06 Jan 2020 · 1 hour, 50 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Kato Kaelin Part 1

Sarah tells Mike how an aspiring actor protected and then betrayed Nicole Brown Simpson without knowing he was doing either.... more

16 Dec 2019 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Paula Barbieri Part 2

"There’s no precedent for women in this family being treated like they matter." Sarah tells Mike about the Bronco chase... more

02 Dec 2019 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Human Trafficking

Mike tells Sarah how NGOs, activists and George W. Bush resurrected the 'stranger danger' panic for the modern era. Digressions... more

25 Nov 2019 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Marcia Clark Part 1

Sarah tells Mike how Marcia Clark got the slam-dunk case that ended her career as a trial lawyer. Digressions include... more

14 Nov 2019 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Paula Barbieri Part 1

"Centering conversations around blame is not the most useful thing for us to be doing." Sarah tells Mike about the... more

01 Nov 2019 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Nicole Brown Simpson Part 2

“You can’t expect people to know the exact kind of help they need.” We continue our deep dive into the... more

17 Oct 2019 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Nicole Brown Simpson Part 1

Mike and Sarah begin their epic journey into O.J. Simpson's trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron... more

03 Oct 2019 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Wardrobe Malfunction

Our first live show! Mike tells Sarah about Janet Jackson, the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime show and the 9/16ths of... more

19 Sep 2019 · 44 minutes
‘Yoko Ono Broke Up The Beatles’

Mike tells Sarah how the myth of meddling wives serves to exonerate terrible husbands. Digressions include "50 Shades of Grey,"... more

10 Sep 2019 · 1 hour, 19 minutes

“Isn’t it amazing how we can only imagine our monsters capitalistically?” Mike tells Sarah how police, prosecutors and journalists accidentally... more

22 Aug 2019 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Victims’ Rights Movement

“When you allow emotion into the courtroom, bias rushes in alongside it.” Special guest Rachel Monroe tells Mike and Sarah... more

16 Aug 2019 · 53 minutes
Sex Offenders

“Things are not going to get better if we make the people who scare us seem more powerful.” Mike tells... more

07 Aug 2019 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Tonya Harding Part 2

“The story that did the most damage to the people in it was the one that made the most money.”... more

26 Jul 2019 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Tonya Harding Part 1

Sarah tells Mike the story of a world-class figure skater who worked at a mall potato restaurant. Digressions include “Sleepless... more

18 Jul 2019 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
The Stonewall Uprising

“Humans aren’t good at remembering what got us where we are.” Mike tells Sarah how a turning point in the... more

27 Jun 2019 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Kitty Genovese and “Bystander Apathy”

“Once you tell a story incorrectly once, you can’t control where it goes.” Sarah tells Mike how The New York... more

20 Jun 2019 · 1 hour, 6 minutes

“We’re uncomfortable with the evidence that teen girls have sexual agency.” Special guest Amy Hasinoff tells Mike and Sarah how... more

11 Jun 2019 · 40 minutes
The American Taliban

“He’s been punished even more than the American prison system can aspire to punish anyone”: Mike tells Sarah how John... more

05 Jun 2019 · 1 hour, 11 minutes

"It just seems like capitalism masquerading as religion": Sarah tells Mike how a horror movie resurrected a ritual and established... more

28 May 2019 · 41 minutes

“We want stories that don’t exist in systems”: Mike tells Sarah what happened when Utah set out to solve one... more

16 May 2019 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Dan Quayle v. Murphy Brown

“Why did we make fun of Dan Quayle for misspelling the word ‘potato’ when we should have made fun of... more

09 May 2019 · 51 minutes
Elián González

Mike tells Sarah how a 5-year-old kid transformed a city, divided a political party and (maybe) determined a presidential election.... more

25 Apr 2019 · 1 hour,
The Preppy Murder

Sarah tells Mike how an aspiring rich kid became an emblem of a world he didn't belong to. Digressions include... more

18 Apr 2019 · 54 minutes
The “Ebonics” Controversy

Mike tells Sarah how a simple idea in a single school district became a nationwide racial panic. Digressions include slasher... more

04 Apr 2019 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Terri Schiavo

Mike tells Sarah how the media, the president and the Pope turned a simple medical story into a complicated legal... more

05 Mar 2019 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Anna Nicole Smith

Sarah tells Mike how a poor Texas girl made herself into an icon and America made her into a punchline.... more

20 Feb 2019 · 57 minutes
Acid Rain

Mike tells Sarah how an environmental problem became a national rallying cry, a sticky diplomatic issue and, eventually, a conspiracy... more

15 Feb 2019 · 45 minutes
Gary Hart

Sarah tells Mike how a sex scandal ruined a rising star and established a new template for American elections. Digressions... more

07 Feb 2019 · 49 minutes
Tammy Faye Bakker and Jessica Hahn

“She only said one thing her whole life”: Sarah tells Mike how two decent women became scapegoats for the actions... more

25 Jan 2019 · 1 hour, 7 minutes

Mike tells Sarah how a "bad apples” explanation kept us from seeing the real scandal at the heart of America's... more

16 Jan 2019 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Challenger Disaster

It wasn’t an accident. Mike tells Sarah how the infamous space shuttle disaster came to be seen as a white-collar... more

03 Jan 2019 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
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Mike tells Sarah how a "bad apples” explanation kept us from seeing the real scandal at the heart of America's largest corporate... more