November 7, 2016
EP. 150 — Why A Second Civil War Is Frighteningly Possible
“Our way of life here is about nine meals away from anarchy.” That’s a quote from retired Marine Colonel David Couvillon, who governed the Wasit province of Iraq during the US occupation and clearly a man who has never seen the Cracked office when our daily lunch of filet mignon and caviar is fifteen minutes late. His experiences in Iraq mean he knows a thing or two about modern political unrest and civil war, which makes that quote even more terrifying.
As you might’ve heard, there’s an election tomorrow (if you’re reading this day it’s coming out), and no matter what the outcome, a portion of the country is going to feel like they’ve had it stolen from them. Matt Bevins, the Governor of Kentucky, has already promised that, “blood will be shed” if Hillary wins and there’s no doubt real people are taking promises like these to heart.
So how likely is it that America falls into a second civil war? What would that look like? That’s what we’re asking Cracked’s Robert Evans and Teresa Lee on this episode of The Cracked Podcast. They’ll explain to us that violent unrest on American soil is a lot more possible than you think and that it wouldn’t be North vs. South or Red vs. Blue, but a war fought on thousands of different sides.
Also, make sure to catch the next LIVE taping of The Cracked Podcast, this Saturday, November 12th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Jack O’Brien, Daniel O’Brien and Michael Swaim will be joined by an expert in psychology to talk about some of the psychological myths everyone seems to believe: like Rorschach tests (sorry, they don’t work), middle child syndrome (not real); and depression (totally real, but antidepressants might not actually work very well). Tickets are only $5 and they’re available here: https://goo.gl/nSI343
Cracked: 6 Reasons Why a New Civl War is Possible and Terrifying: https://goo.gl/admmtA
Cracked: Going Deep Undercover in a Right Wing Militia Ruined My Life: https://goo.gl/VkHZp8
USA Today: Record Number of Anti-Government Militias in USA: https://goo.gl/gnmJaL
Abu Bakr Naji: The Management of Savagery: https://goo.gl/AsDWkE
Cracked Podcast: The 11 Nations of America: https://goo.gl/dTJnm4
11 Nations of America Map: https://goo.gl/kNXBZ0
How to Build a Thermal Evasion Suit: https://goo.gl/itpJlJ
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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.