September 12, 2016
It’s underestimated how important your sense of hearing is, how much it affects your daily life in ways you don’t fully appreciate. Take the inconceivable geometry you do in your head all the time, thanks to your ears. Say you’re standing with your back facing a street and you hear a car approaching from the right–how do you know that? Your brain is instantly calculating the miniscule differences in volume and the slight difference in time it takes for the sound of the car to reach both ears. Yes, thank you Captain Obvious, but it’s still an amazing feat that you’re performing all the time, every day, with everything you hear.
You probably don’t even know how much you hear every day, how unaccustomed to silence you actually are. Silence actually sounds weird, your brain knows something is wrong when it’s absolutely quiet. Conversely, really loud places like cities take up so much of your subconscious mental capacities that they also create a sense of unnerving. That’s why the sound of nature is so relaxing to us.
On this week’s podcast Cracked editor-in-chief Jack O’Brien is joined by actor/comedian Johnny Pemberton, whose podcast ‘Twisting the Wind’ is an incredible aural experiment, a constantly surprising manipulation of sound that pushes the boundaries of what’s expected in a podcast. They talk about the power of noise pollution, incredible Tuvan throat singing rap music, how John Williams stole everything from Russian composers and sonic devices that mess with our heads like speech jammers and The Mosquito.
Johnny Pemberton’s Website: http://goo.gl/bZ9Tv9
Twisting the Wind with Johnny Pemberton: http://goo.gl/SzgA4H
TED Talk on Noise Pollution: https://goo.gl/YFtlrX
Tuvan Throat Singing: https://goo.gl/o7yX7h
Tuvan Throat Singing Rap: https://goo.gl/fV8RuQ
The Best of Shostakovich: https://goo.gl/kZp2aA
Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together: https://goo.gl/QlPFzP
Pantera – Mouth for War: https://goo.gl/MBE8pQ
Trailer for Glenn Gould Documentary “Genius Within”: https://goo.gl/5OoTlN
The Daily Beast: Slow TV: http://goo.gl/0p8o6x
In-Browser Speech Jammer: https://goo.gl/Te4jr2
Reading Dr. Seuss with Speech Jammer: https://goo.gl/TmFR68
The Mosquito: https://goo.gl/YnYV8h
Come see us at the Now Hear This podcast festival: nowhearthisfest.com
This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Wealthfront Veritone.
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.