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Alpha Males

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Sarah tells Mike that animal behavior is an imperfect template for human society. Digressions include rabbits, Bob’s Burgers and online dating. Mike makes an awkward observation about locker rooms.  

 

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Kurt Cobain and “Copycat Suicide”

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Special guest Candace Opper tells Mike and Sarah about how the death of a rock star changed the field of suicidology (which is a thing). Digressions include eating disorders, car crashes and the insane grimness of the term “family annihilation.” The cringe-worthiness of Mike’s teenage years reaches new depths. 

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“The Godfather”

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Sarah tells Mike about how America’s favorite gangster movie is really its favorite killing-the-American-Dream movie. Digressions include the Mona Lisa, Bruce Springsteen and the tyranny of height-ism. The sound quality continues to worsen. 

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10th Episode Spectacular!

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Sarah and Mike take a break from debunking to reflect on the first 10 episodes and tell the secret history of how they met. Digressions include “Portlandia,” Snapchat and the The New York Post. The recording quality, as usual, is wildly inconsistent. 

Links!

Sarah’s Tonya Harding essay: https://www.believermag.com/issues/201401/?read=article_marshall

Mike’s millennials article: http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/poor-millennials/ 

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The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

ExxonMike tells Sarah that America’s most devastating oil spill was not, in fact, a DUI. Digressions include “Titanic” (obviously), the Cuyahoga River, Jennifer Lopez and marshmallows. Punitive damages make a triumphant return. Mike, a professional writer, continues to misuse the word “literally.” 

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Snuff Films

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Sarah tells Mike about how snuff films don’t exist but lots of near-snuff films do. Digressions include “Basic Instinct,” gymnastics and YouTube’s righthand bar. Mike is palpably grossed out for the duration. 

 

 

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The Jonestown Massacre

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Special guest Rachel Monroe tells Mike and Sarah what’s really behind the phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid.” Digressions include David Koresh, East Germany and how flower children were the first millennials. Mike inadvertently reveals his prejudice against extroverts. 

For more of Rachel’s work, check out her website. Recently she’s written about #vanlife, a romance scammer, essential oils and the kidnapping of a Navajo girl. Her book on women, true crime and obsession comes out next year.

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The Clinton Impeachment

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Part two of our epic dissection of the Clinton impeachment scandal. This week: The story breaks, the House indicts, the Senate demurs and Mike rants more than usual about the media. Digressions include Mark Fuhrman, “Broadcast News” and gay porn. 

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Monica Lewinsky

Barbara+interviews+Monica+vTz5reGwvdoxSarah and Mike talk about what America forgot — and never learned — about history’s most famous intern. Digressions include generational resentments, 1990s fashion and off-brand colleges. Also, Mike’s microphone breaks about 25 minutes in, so he sounds like he’s recording in a submarine. Sorry!

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Anita Hill

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Mike tells Sarah about the complicated legacy of Anita Hill and the not-particularly-complicated facts of her case. Digressions include “Tootsie,” Garrison Keillor and the Donner party. For reasons unknown, Mike seems to believe that one flies “down” from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C. 

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Stockholm Syndrome

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The 1974 New Yorker story on the Stockholm bank robbery: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1974/11/25/the-bank-drama

“The Hearst Nightmare,” also from 1974:  http://content.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,911211-1,00.html

A well-argued academic paper from 1993, “Understanding Women’s Responses to Domestic Violence: A Redefinition of Battered Woman Syndrome”:  https://scholarlycommons.law.hofstra.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1873&context=hlr

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Matthew Shepard

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The gross 20/20 “debunking”: https://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=277685&page=1

Two debunkings of the debunking: https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2013/10/02/debunking-stephen-jimenezs-effort-to-de-gay-mat/196229

https://thinkprogress.org/the-book-of-matt-doesn-t-prove-anything-other-than-the-size-of-stephen-jimenez-s-ego-c7ba5d0becee/

We can’t find Andrew Sullivan’s posts about Shepard from 2004, but here’s one from 2013: http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/09/16/challenging-the-myth-of-matthew-shepard/

 

 

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Afterschool Specials

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Crack Babies

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Going Postal

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The Satanic Panic

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