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!)
LeVar Burton On Reading & Sci-Fi & Where We’re Headed Next
Oct 15 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
12 Pop Culture Franchises That Went Insanely Off The Rails
Aug 6 • 56 min
We live in an era of permanent reboots. Everything from ‘Superman’ to ‘Archie Comics’ comes roaring back in one form or another, because we entered a handshake agreement with capitalism that we would pay to see it. You may know a few things you like had a…
15 Ridiculous Myths (And Insane Facts) About U.S. Presidents
Jul 30 • 70 min
Believe it or not, Abe Lincoln was a real person. Oh sure sure, he SEEMS like a kindly freedom-giant of the mythic past, who strode out of the fog and into kicking Robert E. Lee’s butt. But isn’t it more interesting if he was a real guy? Heck, isn’t it…
Surprise! America Already Built The Wall
Jul 23 • 67 min
The US-Mexico border is many things: a line on a map, a setting for ‘Sicario’ movies, a heinous crime scene. North America’s most famous border is so prominent in our minds and our hearts, it’s easy to forget it’s also a place most of us have never been.…
Why Everyone Is Wrong About Violent Video Games & Your Brain
Jul 16 • 88 min
As long as real-life gun rampages go unchecked, first person shooter video games will be a major battlefront of The Culture War. After all, today’s new hyper-realistic gun games must be causing today’s hideous violence! But what if twenty years of…
15 Insane Mistakes That Never Should’ve Been Televised
Jul 8 • 68 min
We live in exciting times, other than all the reasons we don’t. Why’s that? We live when TV shows got good. Over the last 15-20 years, high quality television became a normal thing there’s almost too much of, instead of a rare jewel hiding in a sea of…
2 Groups Of Americans Who Want To Abandon The Rest Of Us
Jul 2 • 72 min
Freedom: it can be the noblest-sounding justification for bailing on stuff. And it’s as American as the Pilgrims, who escaped persecution in England by going to the New World (so they could persecute themselves for a change). Of course, life today is much…
17 Amazing Performances by Actors Who Weren’t Acting
Jun 25 • 54 min
Acting: it’s almost definitely an art form, we’re pretty sure. After all, there are so many incredible performances on screen and stage every year. But what if we told you that some of Hollywood’s most celebrated characters were the product of actors…
9 Bizarre Mistakes That Keep Screwing Up Your Science News
Jun 18 • 67 min
Are you 100% sure you exist? Good news: we’re sure. But here’s a few TERRIFYING headlines saying otherwise: “The universe shouldn’t exist, according to science.” (New York Post) “The universe shouldn’t exist, scientists say after finding bizarre behaviour…
How Global Sporting Events Run On Bribes & Help Dictators
Jun 11 • 67 min
Soccer: it’s the sport the rest of the world calls “football”, despite how loud America yells otherwise. It’s also the global obsession that peaks every 4 years with a World Cup. This year’s Cup is about to start in Russia. 2026’s Cup is about to get…
What The Alt-Right’s Alt-Internet Means For Your Free Speech
Jun 4 • 60 min
The 1st Amendment: it’s America’s most cherished and well-defended constitutional freedom that’s not that gun one. Either way, we’re used to living in a country where free speech has few limits, and only really runs into trouble when it can get people…
13 Of Your Favorite Foods (And Their Bizarre Secret Origins)
May 28 • 47 min
Food: you gotta eat it. No matter how you organize your diet, habits, and beliefs, you’re going to devour something that other people helped put in front of you, every day. And don’t get us wrong: eating is awesome. But did you know it’s also a lot more…
How America Gets WWII History Wrong (And Why That Matters)
May 21 • 95 min
How much do you know offhand about World War II? If you’re an American, you probably know a lot. After all, everything from our education system to our popular culture hammers home the key facts of The War To End All Wars For Real This Time. And…
21 Comic Books That Turned Insane Out Of The Blue
May 14 • 78 min
“Avengers: Infinity War” is like the Super Bowl: either you saw it, or you consciously opted to miss America’s latest biggest cultural event. But football is niche compared to MARVEL MOVIES. They’re the biggest pillar of global entertainment, made by…
17 Overlooked Artists Who Deserve To Be Pop Culture Icons
May 7 • 61 min
“Hollywood” might be the most nebulous entity in America. It’s somehow a location and an industry and a big goofy hill-sign. It’s the source of all entertainment without entertaining us very often. And it’s where budding young artists flock to make it…
23 World-Famous Celebrities (With Mind-Blowing Backstories)
Apr 30 • 63 min
For centuries, glossy checkout stand magazines told us “stars: they’re just like us!” But did you know Cameron Diaz went to high school with Snoop Dogg? Did you know Mr. T had a pre-fame life as Muhammad Ali’s bodyguard? And did you know Andre the Giant…
All The Baffling Ways America Misunderstands The Middle East
Apr 23 • 68 min
Here’s a mental experiment: think about “The Middle East”. What just popped into your head? It’s probably one or two kinds of places, tops. It might be a dangerous war zone, or a community that’s somehow hundreds of years behind modern life. And it…
Creepy Propaganda Hidden In Your Favorite Modern Pop Culture
Apr 16 • 94 min
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…
19 Everyday Heroes Who Deserve To Be World Famous
Apr 9 • 72 min
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…
How One Epic Twitter Thread Exposed Nationwide Lunch Theft
Apr 6 • 42 min
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,…
4 Mind-Blowing Truths About America (Made Clear By Baseball)
Apr 2 • 77 min
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,…
15 Historical Badasses You’ve Never Heard Of (Part 3)
Mar 26 • 65 min
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…
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