May 22, 2017
Even though drugs and alcohol have been a social lubricant since before we could write anything down, we like to think of history as this boring, stuffy museum exhibit where kings and queens drank iced tea, ate flavorless biscuits and had sex like our parents did (they’ve never had sex!). But hold onto your molly water, legal marijuana and fidget spinners, kids: history is as shitfaced wasted as any frat party or music festival, you just have to dig a little deep to find it. Also, it’s hard for high school history teachers to talk about how great Ulysses S. Grant was and talk about how drunk he was the whole civil war. So they just don’t mention that last part. American hero!
In this week’s episode, Jack O’Brien is joined by Cracked’s Carmen Angelica, Alex Schmidt and Michael Swaim, as well as comedian Blake Wexler, for a deep dive into some of history’s most secretly inebriated moments. They’ll talk about wars that were almost started and wars that were ended thanks to booze, some surprisingly great accomplishments powered by LSD (please don’t try them at home) and the American president who was so drunk all the time, it sort of puts the whole Trump presidency into horrifying perspective.
Check out Blake Wexler’s New Podcast ‘Ya Booze Ya News’: https://goo.gl/6Y1ZxS
Article: Cracked: 6 Historic Events You Didn’t Realize Everyone Was Drunk For: https://goo.gl/kOTF2F
Article: Cracked: The 5 Most Important Things Done While Blackout Drunk: https://goo.gl/TNzBHt
Article: Cracked: The 7 Most Unexpectedly Awesome Parties in History: https://goo.gl/eZHm2
Article: Cracked: The 5 Greatest Things Ever Accomplished While High: https://goo.gl/psM6y
Article: Cracked: The 5 Most Inspiring Things Ever Accomplished While Drunk: https://goo.gl/RWKf
Article: Cracked 5 Epic Bouts of Drunkenness That Made The History Books: https://goo.gl/cUhjDU
Article: Cracked: 7 Great Works of Literature Written While Wasted: https://goo.gl/XbMxOI
Article: The Guardian: Drunk in Charge: https://goo.gl/JuPlE0
Article: The AV Club: 45 Years Ago Today Dock Ellis Pitched a No-Hitter While High on LSD: https://goo.gl/kFK1yv
Video: Bill Clinton Laughs At Drunk Boris Yeltsin: https://goo.gl/aEcvkT
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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.