January 30, 2017
Once you hit your mid-twenties, everything starts beginning to suck. Your favorite band? Not as good as when they first came out. Favorite hangouts? All gone to shit since all the young people started showing up and ruining everything. The world? Basically a day away from total anarchy.
Even the idea of time begins to suck. The present is somehow always the worst and no matter how bad your life was 5, 10 years ago– it all seems tinted with rose-colored glasses. Sure you were bored all the time, had no way of communicating with people who weren’t your neighbors and loved Hootie and the Blowfish, but man the 90s were the absolute peak of human existence, right? Not really.
Somehow humans have this bias that makes them think the world is always at the brink of complete collapse and that things were better before…before AIDS and Ebola started killing everybody; before all the bees disappeared; before crime took over the streets, when you could leave your front door open all day and the criminals would tip their hats and say, “good morning!”
We’re here to say this way of thinking is wrong and completely ignores all of the amazing advancements humanity is continuing to make every day. It’s just you don’t hear about them because the headline “Cancer Deaths Slowly and Steadily Dropping” isn’t as flashy as “IT’S ALL BURNING DOWN MAN, DON’T EVEN BOTHER!”
On the podcast this week, Jack O’Brien is joined by Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to talk about how we’re neither going to hell nor are we in a hand basket. Poverty, war and disease are at all time lows, all you have to do is look away from the news to see it.
Our next live podcast is on Saturday, February 11th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, join Jack O’Brien, Michael Swaim and Teresa Lee as they welcome Dr. Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn for a discussion about love, relationships and why our sex lives now bear no resemblance to the way our ancestors got down. Tickets are $7 and available here: https://goo.gl/aXqXex
Articles: Cracked: Pieces of Good News Nobody is Reporting:
Article: Biography.com: H.H. Holmes: https://goo.gl/U1Bo6V
Website: OurWorldInData.com: https://goo.gl/afqC0a
Graph: Innovation.org: Actual vs. Projected Death Rates for HIV/AIDS in the US: https://goo.gl/ZI6zHY
Article: Cracked: 5 Horrifying Apocalyptic Scenarios That Already Happened (#1 The Toba Event): https://goo.gl/5COk09
Scholarly Article: British Journal of Preventative and Social Medicine: The Coal Gas Story: https://goo.gl/EbJkvD
Article: Bloomberg: Bias, Blindness and How We Truly Think: https://goo.gl/98f6Uv
Article: The New Yorker: Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich: https://goo.gl/GBcpKk
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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.