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Welcome to the Cracked.com podcast! Hosted by Michael Swaim and Jack O'Brien, it features some of your favorite writers and comedians dissecting pop culture tropes, debunking myths and generally trying to reach the large demographic of people who would enjoy our site's content if only they'd learn to read.

Welcome to the Cracked.com podcast! Hosted by Michael Swaim and Jack O'Brien, it features some of your favorite writers and comedians dissecting pop culture tropes, debunking myths and generally trying to reach the large demographic of people who would enjoy our site's content if only they'd learn to read.
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Welcome to the Cracked.com podcast! Hosted by Michael Swaim and Jack O'Brien, it features some of your favorite writers and comedians dissecting pop culture tropes, debunking myths and generally trying to reach the large demographic of people who would enjoy our site's content if only they'd learn to read.

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Episodes

Creepy Propaganda Hidden In Your Favorite Modern Pop Culture

4/16/2018
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If you look back at old Westerns, you might see “Indians” portrayed like senseless alien villains. If you go back through O.G. ‘Twilight Zone’ episodes, you’ll find a lot more Christianity than today’s pop culture fans are used to. And if you watch ANYTHING from the 1940s that involves marijuana, get ready for hilariously over-the-top scaremongering about the lethal horrors of jazz cigarettes. Now consider this: all that past pop culture seems strange now because it drew on the most forceful...

Duration:01:34:44

19 Everyday Heroes Who Deserve To Be World Famous

4/9/2018
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Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai often tells a story about a hummingbird. In the story, the hummingbird’s forest catches fire. It’s burning out of control. And while the larger stronger animals cower, the hummingbird flies back and forth, putting drop after drop of water on the blaze. The big animals ask the hummingbird why it’s trying to put the fire out, since it seems too little and small-beaked to accomplish anything. The hummingbird’s simple reply: “I am doing what I can.” On this...

Duration:01:12:11

How One Epic Twitter Thread Exposed Nationwide Lunch Theft

4/6/2018
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Zak Toscani went to his office job last week, thinking it’d be like any other week. By Monday, he was international news. In this special bonus episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt dives into the recent Twitter thread that captivated the world, with its L.A. comedian author. Zak breaks down the entire chain of events, revealing new details about the shrimp fried rice caper’s victim & perpetrator. And he & Alex explore the bizarre worldwide phenomenon of intra-office lunch theft that...

Duration:00:42:25

4 Mind-Blowing Truths About America (Made Clear By Baseball)

4/2/2018
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Spring is upon us. And spring is like a starter pistol for the annual sale of 72 million major league baseball tickets all across America Plus (“America Plus” is our fun brand name idea for The United States + Toronto). Whether or not you like baseball, you know it’s been the United States’s national obsession for over a century. But what if we told you baseball is ALSO a fascinating Rosetta Stone-like guide to a slew of bizarre truths about America? And what if we told you those truths...

Duration:01:17:31

15 Historical Badasses You’ve Never Heard Of (Part 3)

3/26/2018
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Everyone has dreams of greatness. Some hope to be important leaders. Others hope to break barriers and change peoples’ lives. Still others want to be war heroes with superhuman Rambo-like invincibility. Well the cool thing about history is that it’s full of those leaders, pioneers, and supersoldiers -- all you gotta do is look closely. And the even cooler thing about it is that history is so chock full of badasses, one great American was a “leader/pioneer/supersoldier” rolled into one, and...

Duration:01:05:51

13 Beloved Movies That Are Secretly Terrifying

3/19/2018
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If 'The Prestige' hamfistedly taught us anything, it’s that movies are big ol’ magic tricks. Lights shine on a screen, colors dance in front of our eyes, and we feel like we went to space...even though we’re still sitting in that movie theater in Glen Ellyn, Illinois that we walked into two hours ago. And the biggest trick of all might be how much baffling universe-building washes over us as we watch. Like in ‘Liar Liar’, why is Jim Carrey’s son a god? In the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise, how...

Duration:01:03:48

Why Americans Hate The Poor (with David Wong & John Cheese)

3/12/2018
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If you’ve never received a free lunch at school, you’ve avoided the most persistent and institutionalized form of bullying in American society. Because that food that doesn’t cost money DOES cost a level of shame that other kids don’t have to experience. It’s also shame that’s often coming from official school rules, doled out by authority figures, because our society has low-key written that into law. Which begs the question: why are we dunking on our own poor kids, when they never asked...

Duration:01:34:36

Musical Supergroups And Collaborations That Almost Happened

3/5/2018
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If recent interviews with music legend Quincy Jones are any indication, every famous musician hangs out with every other famous musician (and yes, we know Quincy Jones also said......other stuff). Which kind of makes sense, right? Once you’re in that upper echelon of winning Grammys and living in the Hollywood Hills, you’d probably at least run into each other at whatever the rich people equivalent of 7-Eleven is (8-Twelve?). But here’s the amazing thing: a lot of those hangouts almost led...

Duration:01:02:01

Why 2018 Is Gonna Be A Long Year If You Hate Donald Trump

2/26/2018
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If your politics lean left, your trusted pundits are telling you THIS. IS. THE. YEAR. when our disastrous political situation will turn itself around. “Robert Mueller’s closing in on Trump! The American people are starting to wise up! A midterm election Blue Wave(TM) will #Resist the #NotMyPresident into #DrumpfDefeat!” Well what if we told you none of that will happen without a herculean effort on the part of America’s decent people? What if we told you none of this will get fixed soon?...

Duration:01:13:47

Why Justin Timberlake AND White Survivalists Are Moving West

2/19/2018
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If you tuned into The Super Bowl, The Tonight Show, or mainstream radio this month, you experienced America’s most bizarrely fascinating celebrity. That celebrity is Justin Timberlake. He’s spent the past year or so carefully turning himself into “Justin Timberlake, Montana Cowboy”, and that seemingly random choice WOULD be fine, if not for these three things: 1) The transformation’s only Instagram-deep. 2) White men across America are doing the same thing. 3) The reasons behind these...

Duration:01:05:46

The 15 Funniest True Stories Left Out Of History Class

2/12/2018
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They say the past is a foreign country. (Trust us, it’s a saying!) What they leave off in that aphorism is the fact that the foreign land of Past-zakhstan is a foreign country of constant pranks and goofs. From 1950s America to Renaissance Italy to the Norman conquest of England, our ancestors were all about changing the world AND yoink-ing each other every step of the way. On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is LIVE at UCB Sunset with comedians Caitlin Gill,...

Duration:01:06:04

Why We’re Terrible At Taking Care Of Our Mental Health

2/5/2018
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Monty Python once taught us the following neuroscience: “The human brain is like an enormous fish. It is flat, and slimy, and has gills through which it can see.” That obvious bullshit is obvious bullshit. It’s also not much sillier than our own daily treatment of our brains. We know the human brain needs calm, care, and interaction with other humans. So why don’t we give that to our gilled head-fish? On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt sits down with Jason Pargin...

Duration:01:30:30

How 2 Scientists You’ve Never Heard Of Redesigned Our Planet

1/29/2018
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In the year 2050, there will be 10 billion people on Earth. Or at least that’s the scientific estimate. Sounds like a giant human milestone, right? Well IT TOTALLY IS…assuming we harvest 50% more food than we are now, to feed those people. Oh and 4.5 billion people will be short on fresh drinking water by 2025, 1.2 billion people are short on electricity right now, and global temperatures are about to rise a degree Fahrenheit or two (or 8.1, turning most of the world into a desert)....

Duration:01:13:05

How Predictive Text Gave Us A New Harry Potter Chapter

1/22/2018
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If there’s one book the entire planet wants to read right this second, it’s ‘Harry Potter and the Eighth Novel That’s As Good As The First Seven’. So far J.K. Rowling hasn’t given it to us, because she’s been TOO LAZY (and when we say “too lazy”, we mean she’s written a play and a movie franchise and adult novels and good tweets). So what if someone else could replicate her work, and write us more Potter? Also what if that writer was a machine? And what if that machine delivered utterly...

Duration:01:03:53

All The Ways Your Microbes Make You YOU

1/15/2018
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You are a human being. Which means "you" are actually one human plus the trillions of microscopic life forms living in you. And "you" are living in a civilization that's only had microscopes since the 1670s, and only begun to understand what microscopes reveal. And "you" are living on a planet that was dominated by microbial life for about half its natural history, with more complex species only showing up in the last quarter, like a Miami Heat fan in between South Beach clubs. Which all...

Duration:00:45:07

12 Movies With A Hero-Villain Dynamic That's Now Insane

1/8/2018
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Bill Murray is an asshole. Or at least his “Ghostbusters” character is, if you consider the environmental ramifications of keeping a box of evil ghosts in America’s densest square mile of humans. That d***less EPA guy was right. Times changed. You know that. But did you know actors from Tom Hanks to Jimmy Stewart ran into that same Murray Problem? And played villains who seem nice, or heroes who seem like garbage people, just because the whole world changed a few decades (or years (or...

Duration:01:08:51

23 Awesome Beginnings To Start Your New Year Right

1/1/2018
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BEGINNINGS: they are important. So important, we put that first word in all caps. On this week’s episode, Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked editors Kristi Harrison and Cyriaque Lamar for a look at the all-time best beginnings of...basically everything. From first lines of books to first shots of movies to historical firsts that everyone oughta know about, this episode’s like a smoothie made of starts, mixed to start your new year just right. Footnotes: https://goo.gl/Xbg2EX

Duration:00:58:53

11 Everyday Heroes Who Beat Racism With Fun Pranks

12/25/2017
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As you look back on 2017, maybe you think the forces of evil had a banner year. Maybe you think decency took loss after loss, while cruelty went to the playoffs. Well what if we told you that while that was often true, there were squads of highly-motivated nice people standing up to the Nazis marching in the streets? And what if we also told you they stood up to those Nazis with the funniest, pinkest, fundraising-est pranks imaginable? On this week’s podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by...

Duration:00:39:30

How THE ROOM Changed The Way The World Watches Movies

12/18/2017
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On June 27th, 2003, a $6 million movie premiered at two theaters in Los Angeles, earning a reported box office gross of less than $2000. That movie was called THE ROOM, and against all odds it became a midnight screening sensation, changed the way the entire world watches movies, and made an enigmatic fake New Orleans native into the most successful unsuccessful director in Hollywood history. On this week’s podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber,...

Duration:00:41:45

Why Conservative Comedy Is Almost Impossible In Trump Times

12/11/2017
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Thought experiment: if you made a list of the biggest 10 comedy institutions in your life, what would be on it? Probably stuff like ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘The Daily Show’, John Oliver, network late night shows? Well if you look back over that list, you probably won’t find anybody who’s not openly lefty liberal (hi Stephen Colbert!) or wonky liberal (hey Seth Meyers!) or dead-center apolitical (hello Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader!). Why is that? How is there a total lack of high-profile...

Duration:01:26:06

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