September 5, 2016
EP. 140 — How Liberals Are Accidentally Fueling Science Deniers
We’ve never known more about our world and our universe, but at the same time it feels like there are more people who completely ignore science than ever before. They can come in all shapes and forms of crazy. There are anti-vaxxers, climate change truthers, and for some reason we’ve still got flat-earthers. Flat-earthers! C’mon people what year is it?! Didn’t Magellan put that one to rest, like, 500 years ago?
Surely this all comes down to religion, right?
Not exactly. A Gallup poll found that about 40% of Americans believe Earth was created by God less than 10,000 years ago. However, of that group, 23% don’t go to church. So almost a quarter of young-Earthers aren’t even religious. What’s going on? What are the sociological forces keeping these ideas so strongly rooted in so many people’s heads?
On this week’s podcast Jack O’Brien is joined by Cracked editors Soren Bowie and Alex Schmidt to cover the modern history of science deniers. We ask where they come from, why they are so prominent now, and if we have to think of science and myth as contradictory.
Also, make sure to come to our next live podcast taping on Saturday, September 10th at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles, where Jack and the Cracked staff will flip-off movies like ‘Sully’ and ‘Deepwater Horizon’ and pitch some insane true stories that should be made into big Hollywood movies instead. Tickets are only $5 and are available here: https://goo.gl/VP9riY
Live Science: 4 in 10 Americans Believe God Created Earth 10,000 Years Ago: http://goo.gl/Ck3ijG
New Yorker: The Denialists: http://goo.gl/M6aEmQ
New Yorker: The Mistrust of Science: http://goo.gl/pGuAio
New Yorker: I Don’t Want To Be Right: http://goo.gl/7NXaoP
New Yorker: Ben Carson’s Scientific Ignorance: http://goo.gl/a0ZsGc
Cracked: 5 Dark Sides of the Tech Industry No One Ever Talks About: http://goo.gl/uI0pYy
NYT: A Confession of Liberal Intolerance: http://goo.gl/3wlDbt
The Guardian: Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981: https://goo.gl/1Lx4SU
Cognitive Dissonance: https://goo.gl/KUvQ9
Scientific American: It’s Time for Scientists to Stop Explaining So Much: https://goo.gl/KUvQ9
Cracked: 6 Mind-Blowing Ways Zombies and Vampires Explain America: http://goo.gl/CQICP
New Scientist: The Maddeningly Magical Maths of John Dee: https://goo.gl/izlNgx
Come see us at the Now Hear This podcast festival: nowhearthisfest.com
This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.
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.