August 7, 2017

EP. 196 — Why Society Is Very Bad At Helping People Choose Jobs

Do you know what you want to do with the rest of your life? Well the good news is nobody really knows. You’re not alone! The bad news is you were supposed to know by age 13 or so. And if you didn’t know back then, society’s been watching you flail around ever since. We’re a nation of human beings, facing more change and “economic anxiety” than ever before. And if you look close enough, you’ll realize the answer to that problem has a lot less to do with border walls and coal jobs, and a lot more to do with welcoming immigrants, encouraging adaptability, and rethinking our entire educational system.

On this week’s podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) and Kristi Harrison, to point out our ongoing national crisis of mis-preparation derailing the lives of America’s teenagers, middle-aged parents, and everybody in between.

East Coast! The Cracked Podcast is coming to you! The Cracked Podcast will be a part of the Now Hear This podcast festival in New York, taking place September 8th-10th. For $20 off your ticket, head to and enter code ‘CRACKED’ at checkout.

West Coast! Pack an extra life, some elixirs and a poke ball. The next live Cracked Podcast is Saturday, August 12th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Alex Schmidt asks Michael Swaim, Adam Ganser, Monika Scott, Mike Drucker and Christian Ramirez, “what is the best video game universe to live in?” Tickets are $7 and available here:

*Extremely Michael Caine Voice* Master Wayne, now that it’s August, it’s Christopher Nolan month on Cracked Movie Club. Join hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson for crazy behind-the-scenes stories, philosophical fan-theories and jokes – lots of stupid jokes – about Christopher Nolan’s filmography, starting with The Prestige:

To hear the newest episode each and every Thursday, search for Cracked Movie Club in your podcast app of choice or click here to find it on Apple Podcasts:

And if you were really hurting for more Cracked podcasts, we have great news for you. We’re proud to announce our newest podcast venture, Cracked Gets Personal. In this 10-part miniseries, Cracked’s Robert Evans and Rick and Morty’s Brandon Johnson are adapting some of Cracked’s most popular Personal Experience articles into an audio-documentary. Hear what it’s like to live a day as a heroin addict, a garbageman, and rural ER doctor. The first two episodes premiere on Wednesday, August 16th and you can subscribe now by searching for Cracked Gets Personal on your podcast app of choice or clicking here to find it on Apple Podcasts:


Article: Cracked: 6 Facts That Will Clear Up Your Confusing Life:

Article: Cracked: 5 Reasons You Hated School (That You Were Right About):

Book: Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith: Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era:

Video: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Coal:

Article: Washington Post: If Trump restricts skilled immigrants, the U.S. could lose jobs to other countries:

Article: New York Times: Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy:

Article: Washington Post: U.S. faces 90,000 doctor shortage by 2025, medical school association warns:

Article: Fortune: Technology will replace 80% of what doctors do:

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