November 14, 2016
Scenario: you’ve got a time machine and you only like two things in this life: eatin’ breakfast and killin’ Nazis, and you’ve already eaten breakfast. Your obvious next step is to travel to April 20th,1889 and throw baby hitler down a well and then blow up the well, right? Or is there something better you could do with your time?
The whole ‘would you kill baby Hitler’ thought experiment has been a surprisingly prevalent pop-culture moral question at dinner parties and bad games of Cards Against Humanity. Even Jeb Bush weighed in with his thoughts back in a simpler time when he thought he could be president. His answer, by the way, was, “hell yeah!” (https://goo.gl/IzBaxA).
This got us thinking, what would be some other moments in history to travel back to and change one thing? One answer might be incredibly simple: November 8th, 2016. Who wouldn’t go back in time to stop the events of last Tuesday? Only time will tell if that day becomes one of the giant crossroads in the slow forward march of history.
So today Jack O’Brien and Alex Schmidt are posing that question to our five comedian guests: Steven Wilbur, Riley Silverman, Caitlin Gill, Blake Wexler and Eric Lampaert. When would you go in history to change one thing, what would it be and why?
Alex Schmidt on Twitter: https://goo.gl/oF6OFj
Steven Wilbur on Twitter: https://goo.gl/CSBfaF
Riley Silverman on Twitter: https://goo.gl/ipJ8TX
Caitlin Gill on Twitter: https://goo.gl/HblhwS
Blake Wexler on Twitter: https://goo.gl/hBY7tL
Eric Lampaert on Twitter: https://goo.gl/b70FTt
Biography.com: About Assassination of Franz Ferdinand: https://goo.gl/1rRB5D
Smithsonian: How One Man Accidentally Killed The Oldest Tree Ever: https://goo.gl/vuVg8r
” William Tecumseh Sherman: In The Service Of My Country”: https://goo.gl/OobZ9h
Radiolab: Be Careful What You Plan For: https://goo.gl/UwvO4w
This episode is brought to you by Indochino, Loot Crate, and Wondery.
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.