April 17, 2017
Big news! This summer, Hollywood is delivering us our 6th Spiderman movie in the last 15 years. Fun! Time to re-hash all of our favorite story beats like dead uncles, having great responsibilities and kissing upside-down.
So yeah, it seems like for the nth summer in a row, the great minds in the Hollywood dream factory are officially out of ideas. Our question is: why? When there are so many amazing stories from real life or incredible works that have yet to be adapted, why another Transformers?
This is an issue only the After Hours crew (sans Michael) can figure out. On this week’s episode, Jack O’Brien is joined by Soren Bowie, Daniel O’Brien and Katie Willert to fix reboots, throw out adaptations and pitch unbelievable real stories that would make for incredible movies, if only Hollywood had the balls to produce them.
Article: Cracked 5 Really Awesome Movies Hidden Inside Really Crappy Movies: https://goo.gl/gZliXV
Article: LA Times: Zankou Chicken’s Tragic Family Rift Impedes Chain’s Growth: https://goo.gl/xz1SXG
Podcast: Radiolab: Outside Westgate: https://goo.gl/kp2hP9 (about Nairobi terror attacks in mall – soren talks about)
Book: Jennet Conant: The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington: https://goo.gl/3GJoqe
Book: F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Diamond as Big as the Ritz: https://goo.gl/C6nQ7E
Podcast: The Dollop: Lobotomy: https://goo.gl/xSBkQr
Article: LA Times: Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, One of LA’s More Colorful Figures: https://goo.gl/P4k3H
Book: Bonar Menninger: Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK: https://goo.gl/8xN2Dd
Documentary: JFK: The Smoking Gun: https://goo.gl/hTWyy7
Article: The New Yorker: Bill James, True-Crime Obsessive, On The Genre’s Enduring Importance: https://goo.gl/Z8zhe4
Book: Bill James: Popular Crime: https://goo.gl/9vuTiM
Article: Cracked: 5 Insane ‘What If’ Scenarios That Almost Changed Everything: https://goo.gl/irzui9
Article: New York Times: LBJ’s Bravado and a Secret Service Under Scrutiny: https://goo.gl/JzmaiU
Book: L.A. Meyer: Bloody Jack: https://goo.gl/GeCQPM
Book: Brain Jacques: Redwall: https://goo.gl/AXfiaa
Article: Smithsonian Magazine: The Heiress to a Gun Empire Built a Mansion Forever Haunted by the Blood Money that Built It: https://goo.gl/oJGQuq
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.