The Cracked Podcast
By Earwolf and Jack O'Brien, Michael Swaim
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The Cracked Podcast is an extension of the editorial team discussions that shape the brilliant articles and sketches on Cracked. Cohosts Jack O'Brien and Michael Swaim, along with an impressive roster of guests, use the platform to identify and dissect pop culture tropes, debunk myths and generally try to reach the large demographic of people who would enjoy their site's content if only they'd learn to read.�Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Howl.FM, ad-free. Use promo code 'Earwolf' for a 30-day free trial.
||ExplicitAccidents That Created The Best Art Of The 20th Century||It's easy to think every piece of great art or unforgettable pop-culture is the result of effortless genius and precise intentionality. It separates the gods who create from us lay-people who like to eat cheese and can barely decide what to watch...||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit160 Romantic Comedies: The Creepiest Movie Genre||Think of every RomCom trope and the one thing that separates it from being in a horror movie instead: the music. It's all the same mad libs game, and the outcome is always the same.Colin Firth/Hugh Grant/Matthew McConaughey runs to the...||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe 80s: Our Most Bizarre Decade (Is Happening Again)||Name the year: a new Star War is killing it at the box office, Russia and the US are having a staring contest and a madman driven by the power of celebrity is elected President. Yes, it's looking very much like we're living in the year 1980...||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe 25 Coolest Things We Discovered in 2016||It's not just us right? There are too many damn movies and TV shows to keep up with. When we're not in the middle of a season of Game of Thrones, Westworld, Silicon Valley, Stranger Things, or House of Cards, there are always 40 other shows...||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2016 Year In Review in Review||2016 is almost over. Yes the endless, rotten sh*t hurricane of a year that took awayBowie, Prince and Florence Henderson and gave us Trump, Harambe and the Zika virus is finally drawing to a close. So, to give this b*tch a proper viking funeral...||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMovies That Teach Men Horrible Lessons About Sex||You know how when you watch and old movie and there's a Y2K joke or a WAZZZZUUUP and you think, "man, this hasn't aged well." There's now a whole category of those movies that are just classically heroic dudes being absolute...||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLives Trump Has Promised To Ruin In His First 100 Days||In the past few weeks, we've written about not panicking, why you should absolutely panic, and just about everything in between when it comes to the Trump presidency. One thing we haven't quite touched on yet is how real life actual people...||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14 Psych Myths We Learned From Movies That Are Totally False||It's pretty safe to say that after years of Sherlock Holmes adaptations and countless CBS crime procedurals (he was the supreme leader of a cult, but now he's leading the Supreme Court!) most people with a pretty steady diet of TV and movies...||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDispelling Every Space Myth You Learned In 7th Grade Science||Believe it or not, Matthew McConaughey's thesis (from behind a bookshelf inside a black hole) that love is the most powerful force in the universe isn't the most scientifically accurate thing Hollywood has offered us lately. It should come...||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7 Things To Do In A Time Machine (Other Than Killing Hitler)||Scenario: you've got a time machine and you only like two things in this life: eatin' breakfast and killin' Nazis, and you've already eaten breakfast. Your obvious next step is to travel to April 20th,1889 and throw baby hitler...||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat The F**K Just Happened? Election Autopsy||Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. It's going to be okay. Sit down, have a cookie, breathe into this bag and put on your mandatory 'Make America Great Again' baseball cap. We'll survive this...||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhy 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...||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCracked Book Club: Kurt Vonnegut's Little-Known Novel||You're probably familiar with Kurt Vonnegut's required reading, or rather the Kurt Vonnegut books your high school English teacher required you to read. 'Slaughterhouse-Five,' 'Cat's Cradle,' and maybe...||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTrump 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...||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDark Secrets from the Teacher's Lounge||Did you ever have the sneaking suspicion that when your history teacher rolled out the old A/V cart for movie time that he was completely hungover? Or that that one teacher who seemed to hate you on a molecular level was giving you bad grades on...||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe 2nd Annual Cracked Podcast Halloween Spooktacular||Last Halloween ( https://goo.gl/Eu1CJU ) we spooked you with a melange of real-life horror stories that had little explanation. There was the dead girl who was found in a water tower above the hotel where she went missing. Security tapes were...||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhy Science Has Really Basic Stuff Wrong About Humans||How many times a week do you see someone posting a headline to Facebook with a ridiculous scientific claim about your health? '9 out of 10 Doctors Say You Should Stop Exercising,' 'New Report Shows Milk Prevents Cancer,' 'New...||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhy The Best Treatment for PTSD May Be An Illegal Drug||Psychedelics, maaaaan! Gateway to the inside of your miiiiiiiind! Enemy of the maaaaan, maaaaan! Also, a thing that's been around for so long in human history, we don't even have an accurate date for when our ancestors started doing them...||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStupid Lies From Pop Culture That Everybody Believes||We all know Rome wasn't built in a day. But in the fake Hollywood adaptation, "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day," it's probably built over the course of a short montage set to peppy music, where it feels like it's built in 20...||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitScrew Sully: 7 True Stories That Would Make Better Movies||Ahh September, the leaves are changing into autumnal shades of yellow, red and orange, the air has a chilly bite, and movie theaters are being inundated with 'Based on a True Story' Oscar-bait. This month alone we've got 3 true story...||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWeird Hearing Super Powers You Didn't Know Your Mind Has||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...||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow Liberals Are Accidentally Fueling Science Deniers||We've never known more about our world and our universe, but at the same time it feels like there are more people who completely ignore science than ever before. They can come in all shapes and forms of crazy. There are anti-vaxxers, climate...||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow Evolution Made Us Unfit For The Modern World||Are you ever so overwhelmed by the thought of going out to socialize that you just stay home instead? And then once you stay home, you're bummed out at yourself for not leaving the house in the first place? Is your typical party maneuver to hang...||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8 Fictional Schools That Would Be Awesome To Go To||So after seven books, eight movies and a trip to Universal Studios, you think you would prefer to go to Hogwarts than live in real life. Everyone gets assigned a very useful pet owl, you can fly around on broomsticks and you don't have to stick...||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMovies That'd Be Way Better With One Small Change||Will Smith famously turned down the role of Neo in 'The Matrix', a decision that created the current timeline in which we live, where Obama is President, Prince is dead and Keanu Reeves is making awesome John Wick movies. Meanwhile Smith...||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThings That Don't Work The Way You Think||So you think you know how the world works, right? You watch one episode of 'Mythbusters' and suddenly you're an expert on ballistics, germ theory and aeronautical engineering.Tell me then, Jonas Salk, why you always get sick on...||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Best Fictional Universe To Be a Corpse||Congratulations! You've died in a fictional universe where the afterlife exists! How cool is that? Aren't you happy you're not in the Tarantino-verse? Instead of your soul escaping to the great unknown, you get to hang out and make...||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhy Our Society Is Engineered To Make Us Feel Lonely||The prominent philosophers The Righteous Brothers once warned about "los[ing] that loving feeling," and the sentiment was famously echoed in the 1986 fighter pilot documentary 'Top Gun'. After having lost said loving feeling, the...||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
One of my favorites
Insightful, thought out discussion about popular culture. Always avidly anticipating the next release.
Respectful to a discerning audience
I'm excited that there is a future with intellectually considered philosophical discussion tinged with comedic strokes. This is a great trojan horse to get people to step outside the pop culture umbrella and consider, along with the hosts, actual cultural issues.
I don't know. If. The host's choppy speech patterns are. A result of drugs. Or what. But it really messes with. My brain. This podcast. Is kind of interesting but. The smugness of everyone involved is. Kind of. Off-putting.