October 24, 2016
EP. 148 — Trump Country: What The Media Doesn’t Want You To Know
You thought it would disappear before the Iowa primary. You thought it would surely never happen when its tax returns were released. You definitely thought it was going away as it drove past you on an ‘Access Hollywood’ tour bus. But it’s finally here. We’re doing a Trump podcast! Please hide your women and children.
We’ve actually kind of skirted around Trump a lot in the last year. We talked about the class divide in America, how it’s not necessarily driven by money and how the Donald personifies the hopes and desires of the “lower class”. We even talked about narcissism as America’s mental disorder, symbolized again by king narcissist himself, Donald J. Trump.
So this week, Crooked Jack O’Brien is joined by Lyin’ Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) in hopefully our final Trumpcast. They take one last look at Mr. Tinyfingers by looking at the 40% or so of people who are voting for him in a couple weeks no matter what. It’s easy to pass them off as toothless rednecks, racist uncles and cartoonish extras from Daily Show segments, but they are real people who didn’t come to support Trump out of nowhere. This cultural shift has been hiding in plain sight and the only problem was the left hadn’t even bothered to look. By really dissecting the reasons for this social chasm, we’ll prove that even the craziest of Trump supporters should actually be listened to, no matter how orange and absurd their political mouthpiece is.
Cracked: How Half of America Lost Its F**king Mind: https://goo.gl/KBJs5W
Cracked Podcast: The 11 Nations of America: https://goo.gl/dTJnm4
Cracked Podcast: Why Class in America Isn’t Just About Income: https://goo.gl/4juPht
2012 County-by-County Election Map: https://goo.gl/EKH1xb
Map of County-by-County Economic Growth: https://goo.gl/u3vqyo
This episode is brought to you by Harry’s and Adam and Eve.
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.