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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

10 Great Movies & TV Shows (That Were Almost Disasters)

4/15/2019
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Notes are annoying. Nobody likes to spend weeks and months crafting an idea only to be told what’s wrong with it. Flip side to that: we often have blind spots when it comes to our creative projects. And that goes for everybody, even the creators of the most famous and successful entertainment of all time, because surprise -- almost every movie and TV show you love needed saving from creative notes that are (in hindsight) blisteringly obvious. On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex...

Duration:00:57:46

11 Bizarre Military Strategies That Somehow Won Real Battles

4/8/2019
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Wars involve a lot of pressure to be cool. It’s why people sign up: the chance to be heroic, the chance to appear mighty, the chance to give a ‘Patton’ style speech in front of a giant version of your national flag. That heroic stuff is all well and good for the right cause. But what if that vibe hides the historical reality that thousands of years of wars often came down to goofy ideas straight out of a cartoon? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians...

Duration:00:59:17

17 Surprising Tales From Inside Conan’s Late Night Shows

4/1/2019
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Conan O’Brien’s made 25 years of late night TV (and counting!). You probably know the support of a staff made that possible. But did you know it also took sprinting, packeting, Schwarzenegger-tracking, Central American kidnapping, index card pouch crafting, and more wild elements all coming together to make ‘Conan’ and its forerunners the comedy institution they are today? Answer: you did not know that, until you heard this episode of The Cracked Podcast! Alex Schmidt is joined by the...

Duration:00:52:25

The Bizarre Hassles Women Face In Our World Designed For Men

3/25/2019
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The phone you are reading this text on is easy to hold...if you’re a man. That’s according to statistics on average hand size & average phone size. If you’re a woman? Good luck taking one-handed pictures on this slightly-too-big brick that might give you repetitive stress injuries men don’t experience. Of course a phone is merely a device (that you do everything in your life on). But what if there’s a mountain of data proving women get erased from all aspects of modern society, from design...

Duration:01:17:53

12 TV Cancellations That Caused Horrifying Cliffhangers

3/18/2019
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Novelists are a little bit invincible. Oh sure, it’s hard to write a book, and you are required to stop writing your book if you die. But barring that untimely demise, you can to see your novel through to the bitter end as long as you have enough grit to get there. What if a writer didn’t get to do that? What if you built out a narrative for tens of millions of fans, only to have a couple of executives tell you it’s over before anything resolved? And what if that “what if” describes the...

Duration:01:02:30

10 Creepy Unsolved Mysteries From History

3/11/2019
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We’re only a few centuries into the era of detective work. 19th century criminologists like Eugene Vidocq invented modern forensic techniques, standardized criminal databases, and the basic approach that underpins police investigations to this day. You would think this revolutionary shift would make our lives less spooky. But what if we told you history is full of mysteries that received diligent investigations, only to turn up stranger scarier questions? On this episode of The Cracked...

Duration:01:06:16

What Would Happen If The Oscars Went Away?

3/4/2019
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We’re fresh off ‘Green Book’ achieving its dream Oscar night (CONGRATULATIONS you made-up Hero Dad Story you!!!). But this week’s episode is about EVERY Oscars ceremony. Why? Because the Oscars dictate most of your movie-watching year: October-December = “good movies”, January-February = “failed attempts at good movies”, summertime = “movies seeking the big green Oscar better known as MONEY.” So we asked ourselves a question. We asked what might happen if the Oscars stopped dictating that...

Duration:01:00:50

5 Mainstream Health Habits That Trick You Into Feeling Lousy

2/25/2019
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The most successful people in the world are SO EXCITED to call themselves that. Hard-charging, in-leaning, unstoppable titans of industry want everyone to know it. One of their favorite brags: never sleeping more than a few hours a night. Is that actually a cool thing? Should all of us let ourselves get talked into that lifestyle? And are a bunch of our daily habits that kind of smart-seeming bad health trap? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt sits down with Jason Pargin...

Duration:01:34:00

7 Incredible Biopics Hollywood Should've Made By Now

2/18/2019
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History is the most prolific screenwriter of all time. Thanks to the magic of Events Happening In Real Life, pop culture has graced us with everything from ‘Braveheart’ to ‘On The Basis Of Sex'. Those hit biopics about real people form a sort of Humanity Hall Of Fame. What if we told you there are an endless number of incredible real people who belong in that hall, and could make Hollywood fat stacks of cash in the process, if somebody would only put them on screen? On this episode of The...

Duration:01:10:04

9 Movies That Improved On The Book (According To The Author)

2/11/2019
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“The book is better than the movie.” It’s a belief as old as...well, not as old as time, because books are centuries old and movies hit their stride when ‘Star Wars’ came out. Still, lots of people think movies ruin books. Many people also think there are one or two times when the movie outdid the book, in a weird exception-to-the-rule type situation. But what if we told you a better movie happens often? And what if there are cases where it was so obvious, to everyone involved, the book’s...

Duration:00:57:53

How A Loneliness Epidemic Snuck Up On Us (with Jason Pargin)

2/4/2019
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“Social atomization” is a term that sounds like science fiction. It could be the title of a 1950s B-movie where a mad scientist vaporizes a dance party. But when sociologists use that term, “social atomization” is a complementary set of shifts you might have noticed lately: more loneliness, less societal trust, and an increasing feeling that nobody’s got your back. What does it mean if that’s happening to all of us? How can that happen without anybody intending it? And can that impact...

Duration:01:33:05

How To Be Less Confused About The Economy (with Kai Ryssdal)

1/28/2019
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We are fresh off the longest government shutdown in American history (with another around the corner, maybe!). We are also riding almost a decade of of sustained stock market growth, almost a decade of sustained job growth, and all kinds of other business-y news you heard about. And when those stories crossed your cable TV screen or Twitter feed, did you have any idea what they meant? And if so...c’mon, are you sure you’ve got all the context? On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast,...

Duration:01:00:51

Why A Terrible U.S. Supreme Court Is The Historical Norm

1/21/2019
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You’ve probably heard jokes about lawyers before. Here’s a more advanced version, coming from future Chief Justice Of The U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts in April of 1983: “The generally accepted notion that the court can only hear roughly 150 cases each term gives the same sense of reassurance as the adjournment of the court in July, when we know the Constitution is safe for the summer.” We know, we know, it’s not exactly a kickass one-liner. But what if it is getting at something true...

Duration:01:38:09

12 Sci-Fi Movie Technologies That Went Stupidly Backwards

1/14/2019
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The name “science fiction” is a pretty good descriptor of the genre, if you want to think of it as two big buckets for a writer to fill. Bucket 1: science! Fun tech and gizmos to entertain and inspire. Bucket 2: fiction! Narrative and story and other engaging ideas that make us laugh, cry, and consider what it means to be human. It’s amazing that one genre can bring us all that. But have you ever noticed some sci-fi does an incredible job of the “fi” part -- and thanks to that brilliant...

Duration:00:53:02

Overrated Myths (And Underrated Facts) About Ancient Rome

1/7/2019
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How well do you read Latin? Because if you’re not all that good at reading Latin or other dead languages, good news: you could have still had a job as an 1800s historian. Fun example: there’s a story claiming the Roman emperor Caligula was SO CRAZY, he sent a whole army to a beach to pick up seashells for him. However, the Latin word ‘musculi’ means both “shells” and “military huts”, so he likely actually told his troops to pack up their campsite. Which is normal. That’s a completely...

Duration:01:08:36

Happy New Year (And Thank You!)

12/31/2018
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Enormous gratitude this week! New episode next week. And in the meantime, here are some of our recent favorite episodes of the show: http://www.cracked.com/podcast/happy-new-year-and-thank-you21-from-cracked-podcast/ Also did you know we’re going on tour in 2019? It’s true! See us LIVE in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday April 11th and in St. Paul, Minnesota on Friday April 12th. CHICAGO TICKETS: http://bit.ly/crackedchicago ST. PAUL TICKETS: http://bit.ly/crackedstpaul

Duration:00:03:56

12 Great Ideas America Should Steal From Other Countries

12/24/2018
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“No bad ideas in a brainstorm.” That’s a common saying that implies a darker truth: as soon as an idea leaves a brainstorm’s cocoon, and gets put into practice, it can metamorphose into a living, breathing disaster. After all, who knows how your theoretical idea would actually work? How can we put any idea into practice without testing it on millions of people first? And surprise -- sudden mental left turn here -- what if we already had a way to test all kinds of ideas, see how great they...

Duration:00:56:21

How A Few Precision Engineers Invented Your Entire Life

12/17/2018
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You’re holding a couple hundred billion transistors right now. Yes, you. You with the smartphone in your hand. That’s possible because -- surprise -- transistors are only a few nanometers in size now. A size so small, that description means nothing to you, right? Well here’s something: what if transistors and all other things we engineer are only going to get smaller from here? And what if that entire process began a shockingly short time ago, in a specific place, and changed the entire...

Duration:01:10:49

13 Badass Astronaut & Cosmonaut Stories Everyone Should Hear

12/10/2018
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Space: it’s the final frontier AND somehow the least popular frontier. A couple decades of successful shuttle launches passed unnoticed. A slew of orbital science experiments didn’t excite anybody. Even the Space Race wasn’t the nation-gripping drama we decided it was retroactively. Why isn’t space travel capturing more imaginations? Why aren’t people more stoked about it? And would it help if we did a rad podcast episode about the most kickass exploits in all of space history? On this...

Duration:01:07:28

11 Pop Culture Alternate Histories That Almost Happened

12/3/2018
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Here’s some common sense: the more complicated a machine gets, the more ways it can break down and fall apart. That applies to everything from cars to kids’ toys to Hollywood, and that last thing (Hollywood) is this principle’s most fun application. Because what happens to your favorite movie if any step of the process goes differently? Is it even still that thing you like if it has different writing/casting/directing/editing/releasing/endless continuing list of these things? On this week’s...

Duration:01:05:40