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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

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


9 Secretly Necessary Life Lessons For Modern America

12/4/2017
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Growing up: it used to be as easy as drinking your milk, preparing to work 1 job for 40 years, and not misusing the height of telecommunications (a landline phone). Now that all of that has changed (side note: turns out milk isn’t all that good for you), what should we be teaching the new generation of kids about life on Earth? Also, hold on, we’ve all seen the Internet. Maybe the adult generation is the one that actually needs the advice. On this week’s podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by...

Duration:01:18:54


Best Episode Ever: 30 Rock

11/28/2017
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Thought experiment time: what's the best episode of your favorite TV show? No matter what the series, from Mad Men to Seinfeld to Battlestar Galactica, it's a surprisingly hard question to find an agreeable answer. But that's what we've assigned Cracked's resident TV nerds, Carmen Angelica and Brett Rader, with doing: each week they're going to look at a different popular TV series and try to determine its best episode ever. In the past two weeks they've discussed Friends and Adventure...

Duration:00:48:26


All The Insane News Donald Trump Stopped You From Noticing

11/27/2017
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The news: if you’ve read it since the fall of 2015, it’s been nothing but Donald Trump stories, and Opponent Of Donald Trump stories, and the sports section (which is also kind of Trump news). That’s insane, right? Isn’t there an entire rest of the world out there, full of local governments legislating, scientists discovering, rich people hiding money on tropical islands, and woolly mammoths dying in slapstick ways? Ya know, the fun stuff? On this week's episode of The Cracked Podcast,...

Duration:01:29:13


17 Hit Songs That Are Secretly (Or Openly) Insane

11/20/2017
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Top 40 radio: it’s like if a robot became obsessed with our collective subconscious. And it’s always been dominated by fun, sunshine-y pop songs. Stuff like “Respect” (Aretha Franklin) and “Hey Ya!” (OutKast) and “Maniac” (that dancing movie). But are those songs all that they seem to be? Or do they have hidden, fascinating meanings that nobody ever stops and thinks about? On this week’s podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack, the hosts of Earwolf’s “Who...

Duration:01:13:57


10 Revolutionary TV Shows That Almost Happened

11/13/2017
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Remember the LOST pilot? It was basically an incredible JJ Abrams movie with plane crashes, polar bears, and dreamy Matthew Fox. If only that first episode aired-- it would've been a cult phenomenon-- an all-time pop-culture "what-if?" But instead we got LOST-- the time-traveling, island-hopping sci-fi adventure of diminishing returns. On this week's podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Carmen Angelica and Brett Rader, the two hosts of Cracked's newest podcast series Best Episode Ever, to...

Duration:01:23:25


How Your Germs Control Your Politics (with David Wong)

11/6/2017
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Stop me if you've heard this one before: a charismatic populist leader rises to power by warning of immigrants who are are "filthy" and "bring disease." It's no coincidence the greatest deplorable leaders through the ages use the same coded language to talk about people who are "other."It's psychology. Quite understandably, it's human nature to fear disease. It's why rats are icky to us and I ceremonially burn my clothes after I go to Disneyland. But if you know what you're looking for,...

Duration:01:46:45


3 Scientific Reasons People Think They See Ghosts

10/30/2017
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Whether it's ghosts or the afterlife or god, most humans tend to lean towards thinking something funky and unknowable is out there, even if they can't pinpoint what it is or prove that it exists. With ghosts, this seems to be especially true. In some states, real estate listings must disclose if people have died at the property, you know, in case ghosts, and even the most fervent atheists will admit, "yeah there's something weird opening doors in my house, it's definitely a ghost."On this...

Duration:01:04:22


15 Myths & Urban Legends That Deserve Modern Horror Movies

10/23/2017
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Aside from a couple original standouts, horror movies seem to trot out the same 5 or 6 monsters/killers/haunted board games each year. It's The Fourth Life-Partner of Chucky (they're not putting labels on things). Saw 3.14: Circular Saw! Oui-3: Revenge of the Ouija!The 'Saw' joke isn't even a joke. The 8th 'Saw' movie is coming out this year. There are no remaining Hollywood actors who haven't been murdered by the Jigsaw killer.To end the stale repetition put forth by the horror industrial...

Duration:01:15:42


17 Classic Movies That Were Saved By Studio Interference

10/16/2017
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In an alternate 1985, American movie audiences saw a movie called Spaceman From Pluto, wherein Eric Stoltz's time-traveling DeLorean is sent back to the 80s by driving straight into a nuclear explosion -- nuke the fridge style.Almost as if the writers and producers had time traveled themselves to watch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and realized what a horrible idea that would be, Stoltz was recast, the title was changed to Back to the Future and Marty McFly gets back...

Duration:01:06:55


Which City is the Number 1 Movie Setting of All-Time?

10/9/2017
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New York. Paris. Tokyo. Miami. Even if you've never been to these cities (and sometimes, even if you have) the visions that come rushing to your mind at the mere mention of their names are images from movies. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton on a park bench in front of the Queensboro Bridge, Scarlett Johansson wandering through Shibuya Crossing, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy doing Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy things in a boat on the Seine.It's a cliché, but certain world cities become characters...

Duration:01:19:33


5 Ways Donald Trump's Lies Are Trying To Break Your Brain

10/2/2017
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Hey there, you awesome person you! Congratulations: you’ve survived several months of a Donald Trump presidency. And double congratulations: you’re pushing through this dark period despite having to experience it with a human brain. Our brains feel stress about everything from large predatory animals to low smartphone battery levels. Which begs the question: isn’t it worth wondering how those fragile organs are handling American history’s Dumbest Timeline?On this week’s episode of The...

Duration:01:34:01


The Terrifying Truth About Why We Love Apocalypse Stories

9/25/2017
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​From Mad Max to The Road to the illustrious career of Roland Emmerich, it's clear that the modern pop-culture consumer loves apocalypses. Climate change and the threat of nuclear war or worldwide super-virus make imagining an apocalypse easy. And if you look back through history, it's obvious that as long as there has been civilization, there has been the fear of complete and utter worldwide destruction.One of the most prolific names today in speculative fiction is N.K. Jemisin. The first...

Duration:01:08:09


11 Under-the-Radar Comics That Ought To Be Amazing Movies

9/11/2017
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Another summer in the books, another summer of somewhat pleasing comic book movies. Wonder Woman was good! So was Spiderman! Guardians of the Galaxy was...a movie! What's next? Oh no. Don't say it. Justice League. [cue the sound of failure from The Price is Right]All we're saying is there are tons of great indie comics and obscure graphic novels that would make awesome movies that aren't necessarily about super-powered people. So that's what we're talking about on this week's podcast.Alex...

Duration:01:10:48

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