February 16, 2015
As we’ve previously covered on the site, before JK Rowling had even finished the ‘Harry Potter’ books, an interesting fan theory started popping up on Potterverse fansites. The speculation went that perhaps the chosen one wasn’t our boy Harry, but actually lovable dunce Neville Longbottom, and that all the whole ‘Harry is chosen one’ nonsense was Dumbledore intentionally misdirecting he-who-shall-not-be-typed.
Whether or not Rowling had planned this, we all know what we got in the end: another textbook hero’s journey that would’ve made Joseph Campbell proud. But isn’t that first theory a lot cooler? We think so.
Outside-of-the-box fan theories like this are what we’re discussing on the podcast this week. We cover a range of pop culture from movie franchises like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Harry Potter’ to the indelible black mark on the internet: Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday.’ Recorded live at the San Diego Comedy Festival, cohosts Jack O’Brien and Michael Swaim are joined by Soren Bowie, Adam Tod Brown, Cody Johnston, Dan O’Brien, and Alex Schmidt.
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.