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 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…
13 Beloved Movies That Are Secretly Terrifying
Mar 19 • 63 min
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…
Why Americans Hate The Poor (with David Wong & John Cheese)
Mar 12 • 94 min
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.…
Musical Supergroups And Collaborations That Almost Happened
Mar 5 • 62 min
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…
Why 2018 Is Gonna Be A Long Year If You Hate Donald Trump
Feb 26 • 73 min
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…
Why Justin Timberlake AND White Survivalists Are Moving West
Feb 19 • 65 min
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…
The 15 Funniest True Stories Left Out Of History Class
Feb 12 • 66 min
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…
Why We’re Terrible At Taking Care Of Our Mental Health
Feb 5 • 90 min
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…
How 2 Scientists You’ve Never Heard Of Redesigned Our Planet
Jan 29 • 73 min
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…
How Predictive Text Gave Us A New Harry Potter Chapter
Jan 22 • 63 min
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…
All The Ways Your Microbes Make You YOU
Jan 15 • 45 min
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…
12 Movies With A Hero-Villain Dynamic That’s Now Insane
Jan 8 • 68 min
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…
23 Awesome Beginnings To Start Your New Year Right
Jan 1 • 58 min
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…
11 Everyday Heroes Who Beat Racism With Fun Pranks
Dec 25, 2017 • 39 min
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…
How THE ROOM Changed The Way The World Watches Movies
Dec 18, 2017 • 41 min
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…
Why Conservative Comedy Is Almost Impossible In Trump Times
Dec 11, 2017 • 88 min
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…
9 Secretly Necessary Life Lessons For Modern America
Dec 4, 2017 • 78 min
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),…
Best Episode Ever: 30 Rock
Nov 28, 2017 • 48 min
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…
All The Insane News Donald Trump Stopped You From Noticing
Nov 27, 2017 • 89 min
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…
17 Hit Songs That Are Secretly (Or Openly) Insane
Nov 20, 2017 • 73 min
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…
10 Revolutionary TV Shows That Almost Happened
Nov 13, 2017 • 83 min
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…
How Your Germs Control Your Politics (with David Wong)
Nov 6, 2017 • 106 min
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…
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