April 10, 2017
EP. 175 — Commonplace Ideas Invented More Recently Than You Think
Nowadays, there’s a huge emphasis on eating natural foods. Staying away from GMOs, pesticides, and processed sugars is generally thought of as a good thing. Some call it the paleo diet and it’s a way to harken back to a simpler time, when our ancestors ate gathered fruits and hunted animals.
Going paleo is very noble and all, but the problem is: the plants and animals we eat are nothing like they were thousands of years ago, let a hundred years ago. Before test tubes were ever a part of the equation, we selectively bred everything from cows and chickens to apples and bananas. You’d barf in your mouth just looking at an OG banana, let alone trying to eat it. And cows? They were bred from their ancestors, cattle-like animals called aurochs, who would fuck you up if you tried milking them.
The food we eat today and think of as normal is just one example of a historical blindspot we have where we think commonplace objects and concepts have been around forever. But in this week’s episode, Jack O’Brien is joined by Michael Swaim and Teresa Lee to discuss how things like food, love, racism and mourning dead children are all surprisingly recent developments.
Article: Cracked: 7 Concepts We Totally Take For Granted, Like White People: https://goo.gl/dVJVIL
Article: Cracked: 6 Man-Made Things You Totally Thought Were Natural: https://goo.gl/QvjHtN
Article: Cracked: 5 Simple Things You Won’t Believe Are Recent Inventions: https://goo.gl/NzAfxQ
Article: Seeker: Cows Almost Impossible to Domesticate, DNA Reveals: https://goo.gl/w6Uai1
Article: Pacific Standard: How Lobster Got Fancy: https://goo.gl/qa1LaL
Article: Gawker: ‘Breathtaking’ Document Reveals Pepsi’s Logo is Pinnacle of Entire Universe: https://goo.gl/9tYW
Article: Time: The Invention of Teenagers: https://goo.gl/gWgJDs
Article: The New York Times: Who’s White?: https://goo.gl/fAzpSE
Podcast: Duke University Center for Documentary Studies: Seeing White: https://goo.gl/6fWI65
Text: Ralph Waldo Emerson: English Traits: https://goo.gl/LBPZFQ
Article: The Atlantic: Thomas Jefferson: Radical and Racist: https://goo.gl/F9McpQ
Scholarly Article: Did The Ancients Care When Their Children Died?: https://goo.gl/ozHK5a
The Romantic Love Test: https://goo.gl/ITk7yA
This episode is brought to you by Louis C.K. 2017 on Netflix, Harry’s (www.harrys.com/cracked), and Adam and Eve (www.adamandeve.com code: CRACKED).
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.