The Cracked Podcast

The Cracked Podcast

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The Cracked Podcast is facts, jokes, and more from the Internet’s leading comedy website. Every week, host Alex Schmidt brings together comedians, authors, scientists, and Cracked staffers, to celebrate the awesome truth that being alive is more interesting than people think it is. Fill your week and your brain with hilarious, mind-blowing revelations that’ll make you the most interesting person in every room you’re in.Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to stitcher.com/premium and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!)
7 Incredible Biopics Hollywood Should’ve Made By Now
Feb 18 • 69 min
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…
9 Movies That Improved On The Book (According To The Author)
Feb 11 • 57 min
“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…
How A Loneliness Epidemic Snuck Up On Us (with Jason Pargin)
Feb 4 • 92 min
“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…
How To Be Less Confused About The Economy (with Kai Ryssdal)
Jan 28 • 59 min
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…
Why A Terrible U.S. Supreme Court Is The Historical Norm
Jan 21 • 96 min
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…
12 Sci-Fi Movie Technologies That Went Stupidly Backwards
Jan 14 • 52 min
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…
Overrated Myths (And Underrated Facts) About Ancient Rome
Jan 7 • 68 min
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…
Happy New Year (And Thank You!)
Dec 31, 2018 • 3 min
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…
12 Great Ideas America Should Steal From Other Countries
Dec 24, 2018 • 54 min
“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…
How A Few Precision Engineers Invented Your Entire Life
Dec 17, 2018 • 69 min
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,…
13 Badass Astronaut & Cosmonaut Stories Everyone Should Hear
Dec 10, 2018 • 66 min
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…
11 Pop Culture Alternate Histories That Almost Happened
Dec 3, 2018 • 64 min
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.…
11 Historical Facts That Were Way Too Stupid For The Movies
Nov 26, 2018 • 55 min
History: it’s the number one topic for filmmakers who want to win an Oscar. From serious movies about American history to serious movies about British history, no subject wins more votes and locks down more statues. Of course the people making those…
12 Ridiculously Obvious Lies & Cons (That Fooled The World)
Nov 19, 2018 • 51 min
Our brains have a few sets of guardrails…theoretically. One set should prevent us from claiming wild nonsense about ourselves, in particular if we know we can’t back it up. Another set ought to prevent us from falling for that garbage if other people pull…
9 Movies That Forgot To Prove The Villain Wrong
Nov 12, 2018 • 62 min
Imagine a genie gave you one million dollars to make a movie. You’d immediately go into Working Your Ass Off Mode, right? After all, if you’re spending one whole million U.S. dollars, you’d want to make sure the script and production were as perfect as…
How One Forgotten War Created Modern America
Nov 5, 2018 • 62 min
If you took an advanced high school history class, you might remember that The Spanish-American War happened. You might even remember a few details: a ship sinking in Cuba, the U.S. taking over Puerto Rico, Teddy Roosevelt riding a horse…and once you…
The Creepiest Hidden Truths Behind The Origins Of Monsters
Oct 29, 2018 • 75 min
Thought experiment: imagine an alien. Great, experiment complete. Now examine what you came up with. It’s almost definitely one of two things: 1) a specific extraterrestrial from a movie or show, who you can point to as from that movie/show. 2) what’s…
Theories And Headcanons That Make Movies 1000x Better
Oct 22, 2018 • 68 min
What do you do when a piece of entertainment lets you down? Maybe you complain about it to your friends. Maybe you nail its flaws with a sly tweet, or share a damning critical review. If you use any of those forms of outrage, it’s probably because failed…
LeVar Burton On Reading & Sci-Fi & Where We’re Headed Next
Oct 15, 2018 • 51 min
Books: they’re almost definitely supposed to do something besides decorate wall space. After all, there’s a whole class about them every year in school. Also various scientific studies say our brains get concrete benefits from reading the written word.…
15 Emmy Awards We Wish Existed
Oct 8, 2018 • 56 min
Television: it’s the most important art form that’s ever been shot with a gun by Elvis. And don’t let that jokey reference to a real thing (seriously — check the footNOTES) distract you from our current Golden Age Of Television. We have more shows, and…
11 Amazing Fans Who Belong In The Pop Culture Hall Of Fame
Oct 1, 2018 • 61 min
Fandom: it feels like it’s gotten hard lately. For example, ‘Ready Player One’ began its life as a bestselling novel by Ernest Cline. In their “A”-graded write-up in 2011, The AV Club said “for readers in line with Cline’s obsessions, this is a guaranteed…
9 Supposedly Important Words (That Don’t Mean Anything)
Sep 24, 2018 • 100 min
Have you visited America’s heartland? And if you have…why are you so sure? “The heartland” is not a defined thing, with borders or flags or land made of literal hearts. The term actually comes from a British geographer named Halford Mackinder (a fantastic…
The Weirdest Ways Music Pranks The Human Brain
Sep 17, 2018 • 57 min
Adele and Kermit The Frog have a lot in common. Sure, they’re from different countries and they’re different species and one of them is a puppet. But in terms of taking your brain over by manipulating it with song, they’re the world’s foremost masters of…
14 Movies That Are Weirdly Casual About Character Deaths
Sep 10, 2018 • 61 min
Movies have a weird double standard when it comes to character deaths. Some characters get swelling music and emotional final speeches; others get blown to bits in some background CGI effect intended to slightly increase the stakes of the second act.…
13 Bizarre Jobs You Never Knew Existed
Sep 3, 2018 • 66 min
Did you know you can get paid to be a fake mourner at a funeral, for families who fear a low turnout? Or to pretend to be a fan of a celebrity, to make them seem more popular at appearances? If you have the right look, you could even get a job as a fake…
The Bizarre Way Marketers Boil You Down And See Your Future
Aug 27, 2018 • 89 min
When you fire up Netflix, you’re looking at it…and it’s looking back at you. Which is weird, right? Even though you already paid for Netflix’s entire service, and even though it shouldn’t matter to Netflix how you spend your time there, every image you…
How To Separate Good Internet Outrage From The Evil Kind
Aug 20, 2018 • 82 min
You need to arm yourself against weaponized old tweets. Not your own tweets, hopefully (though who knows). We’re talking about how every time you open social media, someone’s outrageous words are being used against them. Maybe the frequency of that scares…
7 Real People Who Singlehandedly Screwed Entire Economies
Aug 13, 2018 • 58 min
The stock market is even more powerful than you realize. Which is saying something, right? Much like Han Solo is pretty sure he can imagine infinite money, you believe you know the world’s combined wealth is mighty. But did you know a lot of Traditional…
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