December 19, 2016
2016 is almost over. Yes the endless, rotten sh*t hurricane of a year that took away
Bowie, Prince and Florence Henderson and gave us Trump, Harambe and the Zika virus is finally drawing to a close.
So, to give this b*tch a proper viking funeral, Jack O’Brien is joined by Cracked’s Cody Johnston, Daniel O’Brien and Alex Schmidt and comedian Caitlin Gill to review our culture’s year-in-review process.
They’ll also shine a much needed light on some of the more overlooked stories from the year. For example, two-headed sharks keep appearing in our oceans and no one knows why. Even all the world’s Bond villains are like, “don’t look at us, we thought that was you.” And Kim Kardashian! It feels like she’s been on every magazine cover for the last 35 years and this year she got kidnapped at gunpoint and it barely raised an eyebrow. What is going on!?
To wrap up the conversation, Jack and company share some of their favorite cultural things from the year and report from the future with a preview of our 2017 year in review.
Article: Yahoo’s Top Search Terms in 2016: https://goo.gl/iD9lvm
Video: Kanye Cancels Show And Slowly Floats Away: https://goo.gl/P0rOQq
Article: The Guardian: Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search: https://goo.gl/GtOx4J
Video: Senator James Inhofe Brings a Snowball to Senate: https://goo.gl/f3gSeP
Article: The Telegraph: Russian Scientists Besieged By Pack of Polar Bears: https://goo.gl/SWGXaY
Article: National Geographic: Two-Headed Sharks Keep Popping Up and No One Knows Why: https://goo.gl/DF725J
Article: Slate: Texas GOP Rep Louie Gohmert Will Save Us From Gay Space Colonies: https://goo.gl/vax51L
Instagram: @major_hoolihan: https://goo.gl/OMdJQh
Video: Samantha Bee: Eddie Eagle: https://goo.gl/LfLgtI
Video: Samantha Bee: Trump Can’t Read: https://goo.gl/pl1Hi9
January 26, 2020
Freedom sucks…and that is why we have to defend it. Because our democracy involves doing a lot of stuff that takes energy, takes time, and lacks that Michael Bay Quality that only a surprise missile launch can provide. So on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are exploring the ways being afraid of everything (an easy action) can stop us from being free. Discover the decades-long tradition of some Americans wanting to give up everything in exchange for not needing to think, the centuries-long tradition of people inciting fake panics, and the reasonable ways you can help change things for the better.
January 19, 2020
How’s your local shopping mall doing? Have you checked on it lately? Swing by sometime, because its department store might’ve turned into a call center or a hospital or a go-kart track. On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by the one and only Kai Ryssdal (Marketplace, Make Me Smart) for a look at surprising, strange, and shocking stories from all over the U.S. economy. Discover an international pig flu, a 26-word statement that built the modern Internet, and more amazing ways cash is ruling everything around you. By the way, if you’re an American listener, you spent the past few years funding an astonishingly huge bailout. Surprise! Listen for details!
January 12, 2020
Movies, TV, gaming: three things that are theoretically a waste of time. Oh sure, they deliver value in the art sense, and comfort in the goofing-off sense. But what if they’re more valuable than that? What if consuming shows and playing video games (accidentally) turns people into real-life heroes? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/writers Caitlin Gill and Alex Watt for a look at the surprising number of times that exact thing happened. They’ll explore stories of regular people who saved a life thanks to skills gained randomly from cartoons, sitcoms, ‘World Of Warcraft’, and more silly entertainment.