26 episodes

The Cracked Podcast is facts, jokes, and more from the Internet’s leading comedy website. Every week, host Alex Schmidt brings together comedians, authors, scientists, and Cracked staffers, to celebrate the awesome truth that being alive is more interesting than people think it is. Fill your week and your brain with hilarious, mind-blowing revelations that’ll make you the most interesting person in every room you’re in.
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The Cracked Podcast is facts, jokes, and more from the Internet’s leading comedy website. Every week, host Alex Schmidt brings together comedians, authors, scientists, and Cracked staffers, to celebrate the awesome truth that being alive is more interesting than people think it is. Fill your week and your brain with hilarious, mind-blowing revelations that’ll make you the most interesting person in every room you’re in.
Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to stitcher.com/premium and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!)

    Why Fear-Based Democracies Aren’t Free (with Jason Pargin)

    Why Fear-Based Democracies Aren’t Free (with Jason Pargin)

    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.




    Footnotes: https://www.cracked.com/podcast/why-fear-based-democracies-arenE28099t-free-with-jason-pargin/

    • 1 hr 21 min
    5 Parts Of The U.S. Economy That Are Stranger Than You Think

    5 Parts Of The U.S. Economy That Are Stranger Than You Think

    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!




    Footnotes: https://www.cracked.com/podcast/5-parts-u.s.-economy-that-are-stranger-than-you-think

    • 50 min
    9 Times Pop Culture Accidentally Taught People To Save Lives

    9 Times Pop Culture Accidentally Taught People To Save Lives

    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.




    Footnotes: https://www.cracked.com/podcast/9-times-pop-culture-accidentally-taught-people-to-save-lives/

    • 57 min
    9 Everyday Objects With Incredible Secret Powers

    9 Everyday Objects With Incredible Secret Powers

    Regular stuff is saving the world. That’s good news, right? Wouldn’t it be NICE to find out a humble roll of tape and a simple ball of yarn have amazing uses you’d never expect? Answer: yes that is nice. So on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedians/podcasters Jamie Loftus and Atsuko Okatsuka for a look at everyday objects with incredible secret powers. Find out how old bras, loose salt, random mayonnaise and more common items became useful tools for making the modern world better.




    Footnotes: https://www.cracked.com/podcast/9-everyday-objects-with-incredible-secret-powers/

    • 52 min
    6 Brain-Stretching Calendar Systems You Never Knew Existed

    6 Brain-Stretching Calendar Systems You Never Knew Existed

    If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve on “December 31st”, you’re doing that because of one emperor, one much-younger queen, and a pope who revised those lovers’ work. That’s right: three dead people are why billions of us hoist champagne at a specific annual minute. Isn’t it strange how much of the world runs on that schedule? Isn’t it odd how we accept a life of obtuse month lengths and confusing leap days? And did you know the WEIRD CALENDARS RABBIT HOLE goes so much deeper than that?




    On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt rings in “the new year” with comedians/podcasters Billy Wayne Davis and Danielle Radford. It's a special double-topic show, beginning with the strange history and complex present day of the “normal” calendar. Then they’ll explore the most obscure, bizarre, and theoretical calendars from world history, many of them invented to fix that pope-y dating system you might've planned a party around.




    Footnotes: https://www.cracked.com/podcast/6-brain-stretching-calendar-systems-you-never-knew-existed/

    • 52 min
    Why The Holidays Are Secretly Crucial To Our Survival

    Why The Holidays Are Secretly Crucial To Our Survival

    This is an evergreen episode of The Cracked Podcast -- and not just because it involves Christmas trees. “Evergreen”, in case you don’t know, is a media term for stuff that’s worth listening to any time after its publication. And on this episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt and his special guest Jason Pargin (who writes for Cracked as David Wong) are taking a Christmas-sparked look at the overall, global, all-encompassing meaningfulness of holidays. Why does your culture, no matter who you are, spend time and resources and energy on a set of traditions? What are we missing if we become Too Modern to value a break from everyday life? And how can anyone generate a holiday feeling in their own heart, any time of the year?




    Footnotes: https://www.cracked.com/podcast/why-holidays-are-secretly-crucial-to-our-survival

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

SRGunner ,

Great Podcast. More David Wong!

Love the show, but the Jason Pargin/David Wong episodes are by far my favorite.

More David Wong please.

The London show about wacky scientists was also a particularly bright spot.

Joshzilla!!! ,

Listen to Episodes with David Wong

Otherwise these shows are hard to listen to. Some of the topics are good but the guest hosts are insufferable. Alex does his best to keep it on track but comedy shouldn’t be forced it should be natural. I thought it was maybe because I was losing interest in podcasts in general but listening to the latest episode about surprising uses for regular objects, I realized it was just THIS podcast.

happydays222 ,

A Boring Podcast

This should be an interesting podcast. The topics and titles grab your attention but what you end up listening to a boring, unfunny waste of time.

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