You're Wrong About

You're Wrong About

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

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November 28, 2022 61 min

Put on your Docksiders for a stroll through history with Avery Trufelman, who shows us how Ivy style became “preppy,” and how preppy fashion escaped the campus and took over the world. We’re talking about clothing, class, race, and the American dream: you may be through with the polo shirt, but the polo shirt isn’t through with you.

Here's where to find Avery:

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How did Poltergeist get that PG rating? Podcast legend Karina Longworth, host of You Must Remember This, takes us on a wild ride through a century or so of Hollywood history, and shows us what’s been left on the cutting room floor.

Here's where to find Karina:

Website
You Must Remember This

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Our survival correspondent Blair Braverman is here to tell us the story of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which crashed in the Andes on October 13, 1972. Of the 45 people on board, 16 ultimately lived. Their survival made them heroes, until the way they survived shocked the world. This week, a story of glaciers, peanuts, and friendship.

Here's where to find Blair:

Website
Twitter
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October 17, 2022 45 min

“Abortion is healthcare and abortion is a human right. Abortion is racial justice. It’s economic justice. It’s at the intersection of every movement towards liberation. My abortion was a gift.” 

We asked you to share your abortion stories with us. Here they are. 

Contribute to the National Network of Abortion Funds here:

https://abortionfunds.org/donate/

What to do if you need an abortion:

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/aborti...

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October 3, 2022 75 min

Why is it so hard to find the one thing you need? The Atlantic’s Amanda Mull is here to tell us the story of shopping, from the Silk Road to SHEIN hauls, and the story that emerges is one of workers turned against each other, and industrial byproducts reinvented as trends. 

Here's where to find Amanda:

The Atlantic
Twitter

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  • Sarah's other show, You Are Good 
  • [YWA co-founder] Mike's other show, Maintenance Phase
  • Links:

    http://patreon.com/yourewrongabout
    http://apple.co/ywa
    https://www.teepublic.com/stores/youre-wrong-about
    https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/yourewrongaboutpod
    https://www.podpage.com/you-are-good
    http://maintenancephase.co...

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    September 12, 2022 63 min

    This week, Mike and Sarah reunite to hunt for serial killers, and try to figure out whether they’re really endangered. Digressions include crow funerals, Carrie Bradshaw, and how we feel about being called mom and dad.

    An extended cut of this episode is also available for Patreon supporters and Apple + Podcast subscribers. 

    Here's where to find Mike:

    Newsletter
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    Maintenance Phase 

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    August 29, 2022 64 min

    You may:

    1. Travel on the established trail
    2. Take the Hastings Cutoff

    What is your choice?

    Chelsey Weber-Smith (American Hysteria) tells Sarah about the Donner Party. 

    Here's where to find Chelsey:

    Website
    Twitter

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    Links:

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    August 15, 2022 64 min

    This week we’re taking the back roads with Rachel Monroe, who tells us how the most prolific serial killer in American history may have been something much more ordinary—and why we keep trying to make violent men seem much more powerful than they are. Digressions include Ann Rule, career burnout, and tires for serial killers.

    Here's where to find Rachel:

    Website
    Twitter

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    August 2, 2022 67 min

    Here’s some money, go see a Porn War. This week we’re going on a field trip to Times Square with Nona Willis Aronowitz, author of Bad Sex, to learn about Deep Throat, “porno chic,” and the unresolved feminist battle over whether to eradicate pornography or make more of it. Digressions include Carol Clover, this discovery of the clitoris, and Harry Reems (Joel Reems’ distant cousin).

    Here's where to find Nona:

    Website
    Bad Sex (book...

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    July 18, 2022 59 min

    This week, Eric Michael Garcia tells Sarah about America’s barely forgotten pastime, plus the Supreme Court’s long history of horrifying decisions. Digressions include due process, The Evil Dead, and what Hitler admired about the United States.

    Here's where Eric:

    Website
    We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation

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    July 12, 2022 1 min

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

    We'll be going to Portland on 9/16, Seattle (9/18), Los Angeles (9/20) and San Francisco (9/22).

    There will be music and guests, and if it goes well we may do more of these in more cities.

    I am letting you know in this quick announcement because tickets go on sale this Friday and they are first come, first ...

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    Sarah and Carmen complete their epic trilogy by meeting Rick Emerson on the edge of Mount Doom to discuss his book, Unmask Alice, and some of the story behind the diary that has captivated America—and informed its drug policy—for half a century. Digressions include multi-level marketing, Oceans Eleven, the Great Salt Lake.

    You can hear Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

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    This week Carmen and Sarah read the rest of Alice’s bitchin' diary, and ponder the truths that only lies can tell. Digressions include Pamela and Clarissa, sadistic switch hitters, and orange yeast rolls.

    You can hear Part 1 here and Part 3 here

    Here's where to find Carmen:

    Website

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    June 20, 2022 64 min

    This week we’re dishing up a mouthwatering feast of history, gossip, and white collar crime. Guest Sarah Archer tells the tale of Martha Stewart, a girl from New Jersey who achieved world domination by letting us look at her basket collection. Digressions include prairie dresses, condensed soups, and how to tell if your tween is reading Sunset Magazine.

    Some Notes:

  • K-Mart Commercial
  • Early Martha Stewart Living TV show
  • Martha on Letterm...
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    This week, Sarah tries to solve the mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, in which nine experienced ski hikers fled their shelter and ran into the frigid night for reasons unknown. Digressions include yetis, snowmobiles, and Rachel Monroe. Sarah miraculous does not sing Rilo Kiley’s “Portions for Foxes.”

    Some Notes:

  • The New Yorker 
  • The BBC
  • Cracked
  • Nature
  • The Atlantic
  • The New York Times
  • Here's where to find Blair:

    Website
    Twitter

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    Where did all these prisons come from? WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan is here to give us part of the answer, which involves “small government” (of course), Lennie Briscoe (as always), the pink flowers of Alcatraz, and a prison sweepstakes that produced the actual worst song of the 80s.

    Two quick corrections via Shannon:

    "I said Illinois has potential plans to shrink one prison and close another. That was an error. Both plans are about...

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    This week we begin our journey into the totally true not at all made up diary that has been scaring America’s teens for fifty years. Digressions include Jell-O, magic mushrooms, and ironing your hair, and Sarah promises to trip with Carmen. “Button, Button” is by Richard Matheson.

    You can hear Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

    Here's where to find Carmen:

    Website

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    April 25, 2022 59 min

    We want to play a game. This week, Dana Schwartz stuffs us in an iron maiden and explains why the most famous Medieval torture devices are none of the above. Digressions include the Kings Cross Wax Museum, getting stabbed in the butt, and the pivot to video era.

    Links to stuff discussed within:

    5 Of The Most Gruesome Medieval Torture Devices [Buzzfeed]
    Sutton hoo artifact [1]
    Sutton hoo artifact [2]
    Coat of shame [1]
    Coat of shame [2]

    He...

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    How did the information superhighway get so gridlocked? Guest Anne Helen Petersen tells Sarah the story of how email took over the world and our working lives, and what it would mean for us to get a little of our lost time back. Plus, a Kurt Loder cameo.

    Here’s where to find Anne:

  • Twitter
  • Substack
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