The Cracked Podcast

The Cracked Podcast

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The Cracked Podcast is an extension of the editorial team discussions that shape the brilliant articles and sketches on Cracked. Host Alex Schmidt, along with an impressive roster of guests, uses 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 Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to stitcher.com/premium and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!)

Episodes

11 Under-the-Radar Comics That Ought To Be Amazing Movies  

Another summer in the books, another summer of somewhat pleasing comic book movies. Wonder Woman was good! So was Spiderman! Guardians of the Galaxy was...a movie! What's next? Oh no. Don't say it. Justice League. [cue the sound of failure from The Price is Right]All we're saying is there are tons of great indie comics and obscure graphic novels that would make awesome movies that aren't necessarily about super-powered people. So that's what we're talking about on this week's podcast.Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked's resident comic experts Michael Swaim and Randall Maynard to pitch movie versions of 11 of their favorite un-adapted comics, including the Jodorowsky/Moebius collaboration that Luc Besson should've made before Valerian, a graphic novel that's Casper the Friendly Ghost meets Lord of the Rings, and the Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) series that should get a adapted next. Links, sources and footnotes: https://goo.gl/PvpZHu

The Astoundingly Complex Logistics of How Food Gets Made  

If car commercials, beer commercials and presidential stump speeches were the only entertainment you consumed, you'd probably be pretty bored. You'd also think that American farmers are the life-blood of the economy and account for roughly 85% of the population. But in fact, less than 2% of Americans work in the business of putting food on your table-- we're talking farmers, ranchers, fishermen, etc.-- and over 80% of us live in metropolitan areas of some sort. That's a crazy ratio, especially when it comes to something as important as where the next meal is coming from.How did we get here? How has the food industry in America gone from family farms and self reliance to drive throughs and endlessly stocked supermarkets in just a couple hundred years? This week, Alex Schmidt and Carmen Angelica speak to Maureen Ogle, a historian who wrote a whole book on the nuts and bolts of the American food industry and specifically, our obsession with meat.Neither her book nor this podcast are condemnations of eating meat or exposés into the horrors of meat production, we're just taking a look at the amazing confluence of business, agriculture, science and logistics that keeps the grocery shelves stocked and the McRib in rotation.Footnotes, links and sources: https://goo.gl/44o22v

Twitter Alien @JonnySun On Creativity, Comedy, And Coping  

Jonny Sun is Twitter-famous. Not in a Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber sort of way. He's Weird Twitter-famous. He's got half a million followers and he did it the hard way, by inhabiting the character of Jomny Sun, an alien visiting earth without any friends or a solid grasp of spelling in the English language.Jonny's now a published author, a playwright and an architect, he's coded two of Twitter's most popular bot accounts, oh, and he's studying for his doctorate at a little place called MIT. Heard of it?Dude is super smart, super funny and while normal people like us have to practice and study to get better at things, he probably learns like Trinity in The Matrix learning how to fly a helicopter. So this week Alex Schmidt and Daniel O'Brien are joined by Jonny in-studio to talk about his book full of typos, juggling being an author-internet celebrity-architect-playwright and the state of internet cultures in 2017.​Footnotes, sources and links: ​https://goo.gl/V8yFfy

​The Pros and Cons of Living in Grand Theft Auto and Skyrim​  

​Imagine you're just living your normal life, walking down the street and WHAM-- a car slams into a traffic light and the driver bails out from the cabin, firing machine guns and rocket launchers at everything in sight. The police arrive at the scene, engage in a bloody firefight and eventually a high-speed chase. But, once the suspect leave their line of sight, they just sort of...give up.You are an NPC (non-playable character) in the Grand Theft Auto universe, where the long arm of the law only reaches as far as the computer's AI will allow it and even getting arrested by the cops only means a couple of hours in jail and a couple hundred bucks coming from your pocket.Fun world to live in as a regular-joe? Maybe. Depends on how much you value your life, justice and going bowling with your cousin.On this week's episode of The Cracked Podcast, we think about the little people in our favorite video game universes. What would it be like to be an NPC in GTA, Red Dead Redemption and Sim City? Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked's Adam Ganser and Christian Ramirez, and comedians Mike Drucker and Monika Scott to figure out which video game universe would be the best to live in and which one would be the worst?​Light bulbs stuck in butts! Heroin-induced erectile dysfunction! Trash cans filled with empty vodka bottles and sex toys! Such are the subjects of Cracked's new podcast mini-series, Cracked Gets Personal, hosted by Cracked's Robert Evans and Rick and Morty's Brandon Johnson. The first two episodes are available now, and you can hear the rest of season one every Wednesday by searching for "Cracked Gets Personal" in your podcast app of choice, or click here to find it on Apple Podcasts: https://goo.gl/cj7V5h​Christopher Nolan month continues on Cracked Movie Club!​​ Join hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson for insane behind-the-scenes stories, crazy fan theories and silly games about your favorite movies. They've already discussed The Prestige, Inception and Memento. New episodes come out every Thursday. This week, Interstellar. Search for "Cracked Movie Club" on your podcast app of choice or click here to subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://goo.gl/fQ2o72New York! The Cracked Podcast is coming your way as part of the Now Hear This podcast festival this September 8th-10th. Alex Schmidt, Michael Swaim and Brett Rader are joined by some of their favorite New York comics on September 9th at 11:30am. For $20 off your 3-day pass, go to NowHearThisFest.com and enter CRACKED at checkout: https://goo.gl/R8gzMX​Footnotes:​​Super Mario Wiki: Brick Block: https://goo.gl/S2Lesz​Twitter: @cool_as_heck: 'Wild Thoughts' Replaced With Waluigi: https://goo.gl/R2JnpH​

Cracked Gets Personal: The Most Insane Things We Saw In Emergency Medicine  

On this inaugural episode of the Cracked Gets Personal, Brandon Johnson and Robert Evans look into the world of emergency medicine. This podcast features stories from two doctors, an ER nurse, and a physician's assistant. They've got insane tales of butt-based disasters, alligator hunts gone wrong and the dumbest patients they've ever encountered. They also try to help us answer humankind's most pressing question: which gender is more likely to accidentally lose foreign objects inside themselves?Episode two of Cracked Gets Personal is available now on its own feed, and new episodes will be released every Wednesday. Search for "Cracked Gets Personal" on your podcast app of choice or click here to subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://goo.gl/cj7V5h

How Our Personal Experience Articles Find Comedy in Tragedy  

For years, Cracked's Personal Experience section has been home to some of the highest-performing articles on our site. We've interviewed doctors, former cult members, and basically every kind of prostitute imaginable.Despite the success of these articles, there's been one thing we can't translate adapting our hard-hitting interviews into text on a screen: our subjects' voices. So, for the last year we've been secretly taping conversations to create a podcast version of our 10 favorite Personal Experience subjects, and that season 1 of that podcast is premiering this Wednesday as Cracked Gets Personal.And this week on the show, Alex Schmidt is welcoming Cracked Gets Personal's hosts, Robert Evans and Brandon Johnson, for a discussion of how this mini-series came together, how the Personal Experience articles get written and how CGP deftly tackles the subjects of police brutality, the opiod epidemic and butts...lots of things getting stuck up lots of butts.To catch the first two episodes of Cracked Gets Personal on Wednesday, August 16th search for it in your podcast app of choice or click here to subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://goo.gl/cj7V5hEast 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 3-day pass, head to NowHearThisFest.com and enter code 'CRACKED' at checkout.Footnotes:Robert and Brandon on Harmontown: https://goo.gl/ffpHH3City Museum: https://goo.gl/YVBMfyArticle: Cracked: 6 Realities Of Life When You're Raped By A Celebrity: https://goo.gl/XwVgMAArticle: Cracked: 7 Things You Learn Surviving an Atomic Blast: https://goo.gl/OytResArticle: Cracked: 5 Ugly Things You Learn as a Sex Slave in the Modern World: https://goo.gl/pNoyuUArticle: Cracked: 5 Things Your Doctor Really Wants To Say About You (But Wont): https://goo.gl/k4VwnyArticle: Cracked: 5 Horrifying Things Only Garbagemen Know About Your Town: https://goo.gl/xGNhMQArticle: Cracked: 7 Things Former Slaves of ISIS Want You To Know: https://goo.gl/ZVTwDM

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 NowHearThisFest.com 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: https://goo.gl/WCKg8f*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: https://goo.gl/saER6vTo 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: https://goo.gl/fQ2o72And 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: https://goo.gl/Q1bFapFOOTNOTESArticle: Cracked: 6 Facts That Will Clear Up Your Confusing Life: https://goo.gl/vL8M9fArticle: Cracked: 5 Reasons You Hated School (That You Were Right About): https://goo.gl/PSH13CBook: Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith: Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era: https://goo.gl/LXNPZNVideo: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Coal: https://goo.gl/f75xiGArticle: Washington Post: If Trump restricts skilled immigrants, the U.S. could lose jobs to other countries: https://goo.gl/kWJWmpArticle: New York Times: Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy: https://goo.gl/7UHTjaArticle: Washington Post: U.S. faces 90,000 doctor shortage by 2025, medical school association warns: https://goo.gl/6pKpbBArticle: Fortune: Technology will replace 80% of what doctors do: https://goo.gl/2yP1eY

Checking In On The Modern State of Dungeons and Dragons  

Thanks to those plucky kids in Stranger Things and the larger proliferation of nerd culture, we're happy to announce that Dungeons and Dragons is officially cool now. And as with many things that are either retaining or finding success almost a fifth of the way into this new century, DnD is doing it by adapting to the times. Groups can now conduct entire campaigns online (no more meeting in mom's basement); YouTube, podcasts, etc. have created more DnD content than the average player knows what to do with; and the DnD-style role-playing game has expanded to multiple genres, so players who would rather walk on broken glass than participate in anything with the word "Dragons" in it, can play a comedy, horror or sci-fi RPG game.DnD is so cool, its reach has expanded to prison, the coolest place. Yes, prisoners are playing DnD instead of dominoes or chess or the stabbing game (never heard of it? It's the game where you just stab people).The reach and stature of Dungeons has expanded so much, after having our first African-American president and our second criminally insane one, who knows, in a few years, we may have our first president who goes by Zudlud Geodeheart, the Deep Gnome Barbarian. President Geodeheart could probably pass some healthcare legislation. On this week's podcast, Alex Schmidt is taking his great axe, 100 gold, and a poison resistance elixir around Los Angeles for a sort-of state of the state of Dungeons and Dragons. First, he's joined by Cracked's Michael Swaim to speak with Spencer Crittenden of HarmonQuest, and they talk about what it's like being one of the most famous Dungeon Masters in the world. Later, Alex speaks with documentarian Elisabeth De Kleer, whose viral article and video about prisoners who play DnD shines a humanizing light on how table-top RPG games can provide a therapeutic effect on the incarcerated and even patients with mental illnesses. Lastly, Alex sits down with Geoffrey Golden and Lee Keeler, who have adapted the cult-comedy classic "Wet Hot American Summer" into an RPG game coming out later this year.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 NowHearThisFest.com 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 Brodie Reed, "what is the best video game universe to live in?" Tickets are $7 and available here: https://goo.gl/WCKg8fGuys. Gals. Aliens. Did you miss the premiere of Cracked's newest podcast, Cracked Movie Club? Don't worry. There's plenty of time to catch up. Hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson feature a new director each month as they do a deep into four of the director's films with jokes, insane behind-the-scene stories and crazy fan theories. And July is devoted to none other than Steven Spielberg.Listen to their episode about Raiders of the Lost Ark here: https://goo.gl/ygBfW1Listen to their episode about Jurassic Park here: https://goo.gl/FK9gV4Listen to their episode about E.T. here: https://goo.gl/aQmqzDListen to their episode about Jaws here: https://goo.gl/NdGi31And 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: https://goo.gl/fQ2o72Footnotes: Spencer Crittenden on Twitter: https://goo.gl/3WqEi5Article: Cracked: 5 Ways Your Dungeon Master Can Ruin Any D&D Session: https://goo.gl/fJj4p2Video: Deadliest Warrior: Apache vs. Gladiator: https://goo.gl/RWe2UfVideo: HarmonQuest: Episode 1: https://goo.gl/q0ka3mDragons in the Department of Corrections: https://goo.gl/1iumQrArticle: Vice: Dragons and the Department of Corrections: https://goo.gl/bMC9n6Video: Vice: Escaping Prison With Dungeons and Dragons: https://goo.gl/RNpcgvVideo: CNN: The Bard Behind Bars: https://goo.gl/oYooRXScholarly Article: Wayne D. Blackmon: Dungeons and Dragons: The Use of a Fantasy Game in the Psychotherapeutic Treatment of a Young Adult: https://goo.gl/3VsbYpDragons in the Department of Corrections: https://goo.gl/1iumQrMovie: Wet Hot American Summer: http://amzn.to/2vJTBhDWet Hot American Summer Fantasy Camp: https://goo.gl/XJ2BCgWizards of Cockblock Forest: https://goo.gl/m36d8q

12 Animals That Could 'Planet of The Apes' Us If They Tried  

If sci-fi movies have taught you one thing about species with queen-based social hierarchies, it's that you should always kill the queen. Same goes for insects right? Kill the queen and the ant hill or bee's nest goes away. Sounds good, unless you're dealing with Argentine ants, who have about 300 queens for every 1,000 worker ants. How do you kill them? You don't.Where do they live? Probably Argentina, right? Wrong, they've taken over just about every continent other than Antarctica. So good luck with your new insect overlords.On this week's podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked's Katie Goldin and Daniel O'Brien, as well as comedians Joey Clift, Caitlin Gill and Matt Kirshen to discuss ants, crows, cats, immortal jellyfish and 7 other species whose crazy abilities will allow them to take over the world once us humans are gone.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 NowHearThisFest.com 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 Brodie Reed, "what is the best video game universe to live in?" Tickets are $7 and here: https://goo.gl/WCKg8fGuys. Gals. Aliens. Did you miss the premiere of Cracked's newest podcast, Cracked Movie Club? Don't worry. There's plenty of time to catch up. Hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson feature a new director each month as they do a deep into four of the director's films with jokes, insane behind-the-scene stories and crazy fan theories. And July is devoted to none other than Steven Spielberg.Listen to their episode about Raiders of the Lost Ark here: https://goo.gl/ygBfW1Listen to their episode about Jurassic Park here: https://goo.gl/FK9gV4Listen to their episode about E.T. here: https://goo.gl/aQmqzDAnd 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: https://goo.gl/fQ2o72Footnotes:Caitlin Gill on Twitter: https://goo.gl/HblhwSKatie Goldin on Twitter: https://goo.gl/GBnSWqMatt Kirshen on Twitter: https://goo.gl/TC2tMLJoey Clift on Twitter: https://goo.gl/oXXSBeDaniel O'Brien on Twitter: https://goo.gl/oQWtkYArticle: The Atlantic: These Dolphins Are Using Sea Sponges As Tools: https://goo.gl/Gic9E1Article: Wired: Clever Dolphins Use Shells To Catch Fish: https://goo.gl/CBu32QArticle: BBC: The Dolphins That Kill Each Other's Young: https://goo.gl/GwKnDGArticle: BBC News: Ant Mega-Colony Takes Over World: https://goo.gl/JETzXArticle: Cracked: 6 Animals That Kill Nature's Scariest Creatures For Fun: https://goo.gl/EPu58Article: Cracked: 5 Animals That Could Take Over The World (If They Wanted To): https://goo.gl/xq0W1Article: Cracked: 5 Animals Who Taught Themselves Eerily Human Skills: https://goo.gl/3R3zxbArticle: Cracked: The 6 Most Horrifying Abilities Animals Are Evolving: https://goo.gl/pZUW48Article: Cracked: 29 Animals You Didn't Realize Were Evil Geniuses: https://goo.gl/E49yS9Article: Cracked: 5 Super-Adorable Animals That Can Kill The Hell Out Of You: https://goo.gl/wr0MWLVideo: Raccoon Tries To Eat Cotton Candy: https://goo.gl/yULLCRWebsite: Daptone Records: https://goo.gl/Vn5rbB​

How Would You Adjust If The Internet Just Went Away?  

All the hip young kids are using a thing called the internet these days. In fact, if you're reading this summary or listening to this episode, odds are you're using the internet right now. But what if it all just went away? No podcasts, no turn-by-turn directions, no swiping for romantic partners, hell, most of us wouldn't even have jobs if there were no internet (see: everyone at Cracked).It's an interesting thought experiment to...think about...and experiment on. What would you do for a living; how would you get by day-to-day without the comfort, the convenience, the necessity of the internet?Alex Schmidt and Kristi Harrison ask the Cracked staff that very question in this episode. They chat with Abe Epperson, Tom Reimann, Ann Smiley, Saundra Sorenson and Brett Rader about the unthinkable--how could we live 21st century life without the internet?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 NowHearThisFest.com and enter code 'CRACKED' at checkout.Guys. Gals. Aliens. Did you miss the premiere of Cracked's newest podcast, Cracked Movie Club? Don't worry. There's plenty of time to catch up. Hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson feature a new director each month as they do a deep into four of the director's films with jokes, insane behind-the-scene stories and crazy fan theories. And July is devoted to none other than Steven Spielberg.Listen to their episode about Raiders of the Lost Ark here: https://goo.gl/ygBfW1Listen to their episode about Jurassic Park here: https://goo.gl/FK9gV4And 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: https://goo.gl/fQ2o72Footnotes:Data: Pew Research: Internet/Broadband Fact Sheet: https://goo.gl/zc7G2eArticle: Pew Research: How US Tech-Sector Jobs Have Grown, Changed In 15 Years: https://goo.gl/KfE5sxData: TechCrunch: Unicorn Leaderboard: https://goo.gl/QhMzdsArticle: Mashable: Twitter's Massive 2008: https://goo.gl/64sLFpBook: Seneca: On The Shortness Of Life: https://goo.gl/sRJS3cArticle: MIT Technology Review: First Object Teleported From Earth To Orbit: https://goo.gl/dvhKiqArticle: New York Times: ‘Manspreading’ on New York Subways Is Target of New M.T.A. Campaign: https://goo.gl/BkS5r2

Cracked Movie Club: Raiders of the Lost Ark  

Starting today, Cracked is increasing its podcasting output by 50%! In addition to new episodes of The Cracked Podcast every Monday and Kurt Vonneguys every third Tuesday, we're proud to launch Cracked Movie Club, which can be beamed directly into your earballs every Thursday.Each month, your hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson are choosing a new director and doing deep-dives into four of their films with some of your favorite comedians, writers and Cracked personalities. First director: Steven Spielberg.To celebrate the launch, Cracked Movie Club is taking over The Cracked Podcast feed for the day so you can hear the inaugural episode. Tom and Abe are joined by comedian Daniel Van Kirk as they discuss how poisonous snakes, punishing desert sands, an outbreak of what can only be considered a modern plague, and a grown man pooping his pants all came together to create Raiders of the Lost Ark. Along the way, they question whether Jones was ultimately a better name than Smith, the logistics of maintaining a puzzle tomb in the middle of a jungle, and whether a certain Disney prince made a depressing cameo appearance.And if one episode wasn't enough for you, chaos theory is working in your favor, because episode two is available right now. Grab some fossilized mosquitos, a tub of ice cream and strap yourself in with the two female ends of a seatbelt, because Tom, Abe and Cracked's David Christopher Bell dissect Spielberg's 1993 hit, Jurassic Park.To hear episode two and get episode three the day it comes out, subscribe by searching for Cracked Movie Club on your podcast app of choice or clicking here to find it on Apple Podcasts: https://goo.gl/fQ2o72

How Jaws And Alien Invented The Summer Blockbuster  

Big cardboard cutouts in movie theater lobbies. Promotional cups at fast food restaurants. Kickass soundtracks featuring Seal. These things were once not part of our summer movie lexicon. And in the case of the tie-in song from Seal, they sadly haven't been for about twenty years.Somewhere between the release of Jaws in 1975 and the mid-80s, the summer movie became it's own genre. Not specifically action, horror, sci-fi or comedy, it can't be placed into it's own single category, but much like the Supreme Court's views on pornography, you know it when you see it. There are certain movies like Jurassic Park, E.T., and even Guardians of the Galaxy, where they just make you feel like summer.So, in anticipation of the launch of Cracked's new podcast, Cracked Movie Club, Alex Schmidt is welcoming on the show's two hosts, Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson for an ode to the summer movie. They trace the summer movie's origins in the seventies through to the state of the summer movie today, and then crown one film the best summer movie of all time.To subscribe to Cracked Movie Club and get the first two episodes when they premiere on July 13th, search for it in your podcast app of choice or click here to subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://goo.gl/fQ2o72East 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 NowHearThisFest.com and enter code 'CRACKED' at checkout.Footnotes:Video: Cracked: How An Indiana Jones Action Figure Created The PG-13 Rating: https://goo.gl/6E5xidDocumentary: Empire of Dreams: https://goo.gl/gTYC2XImage: Alien poster: https://goo.gl/MGh0dxVideo: Alien trailer: https://goo.gl/MUNvkmImage: Star Wars poster: https://goo.gl/HWqDfyImage: Raiders of the Lost Ark poster: https://goo.gl/HJqNyUImage: E.T. poster: https://goo.gl/nVZH7xImage: Enemy Mine poster: https://goo.gl/yycWvKVideo: Seal, "Kiss From A Rose": https://goo.gl/w8JLhFVideo: Transformers - Age of Extinction: Romeo & Juliet Law scene: https://goo.gl/KDrvu7

20 Unheralded Geniuses Who Basically Invented Modern Movies​  

For many people, filmmaking begins and ends with the director. We call it a director's medium. It's their vision that guides the entire production and it's their name that gets the praise when a movie is good, and gets dragged through the mud when a movie stinks. While that's somewhat accurate, it's completely forgetting about the hundreds of artists, technicians, producers and craftsmen who bring equal skill to the table and without whom our favorite movies would be totally different.Take Tim Burton, for example. His films have a "look," right? Edward Scissorhands, Pee-Wee's Great Adventure and Beetlejuice sort of exemplify Burton taking atomic age nostalgia and running it through the prism of Dr. Seuss on acid. Burton gets the credit for it, but all of those films (and a huge swath more) were art designed by the same guy, Rick Heinrichs. Without Heinrich's input, who knows what those movies would look like or if any of them would be as instantly memorable as they are now.Alex Schimdt welcomes Michael Swaim and Matt Gourley (Superego, I Was There Too, James Bonding) to talk about people like Heinrichs. Unknown artists who have had as much of a guiding hand in modern cinema as your Spielbergs, Lucases and Scorseses, but who you've never heard of. And if you're in Los Angeles in July, make sure to come to our next live podcast taping. On Saturday July 8th at 7:00pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre, former zoo tour guide and current Cracked Podcast host Alex Schmidt will be joined by Cracked's Daniel O'Brien and Katie Goldin as well as comedians Caitlin Gill, Joey Clift and Matt Kirshen as they discuss snakes, hippos, octopuses and every other animal that could Planet-0f-the-Apes us if they tried. Tickets are only $7 and available here: https://goo.gl/rVhzPCAlso, make sure to subscribe to our new podcast, Cracked Movie Club! Why? Because almost every movie you love is secretly insane. Join co-hosts Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson (plus special guests) for a journey through the secrets, strangeness, and fan theories behind movies you’ll never see the same way again. And every month focuses on one director’s work, building a case for exactly why Hollywood’s greatest minds are weirder than you ever thought possible.To get the first two episodes when they premiere on July 13th, type in, "Cracked Movie Club" into wherever you get your your podcasts or subscribe here on Apple Podcasts: https://goo.gl/fQ2o72Footnotes:Article: Fast Company: How Ben Burtt Designed The Sounds of Star Wars: https://goo.gl/CaLwxeArticle: io9: The Most Unforgettable Creations of HR Giger: https://goo.gl/NXD7QtArticle: Telegraph: Ken Adam: The Man Who Drew the Cold War: Video: Alex McDowell Lecture on Design and Storytelling: https://goo.gl/zn3f2CArticle: Wired: After Pee Wee and 'Tonight, Tonight,' Artist Wayne White is Reborn: https://goo.gl/Yz7mTxVideo: Roger Deakins Featurette: https://goo.gl/B3bHHaArticle/Podcast: NPR: The Story Behind the Stunts: Remembering Hal Needham: https://goo.gl/h9iHp1Article: Vice: Meet The Most Prolific Stuntman of All Time: https://goo.gl/WRVWv1Article: Vanity Fair: Meet the Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood: https://goo.gl/MYJjMuArticle: Playbill: The Other Chenoweth: Casting Director Gives Stage Actors Their Film Careers: https://goo.gl/Vc3cESVideo: Trailer for 'Casting By': https://goo.gl/jscnYKArticle: Wired: Love Classic Star Trek? You Owe A Huge Debt To Gene L. Coon: https://goo.gl/81CEY1Video: Godley & Creme: Cry: https://goo.gl/yNcQFkArticle: New Yorker: What Kind of A Genius is Max Martin: https://goo.gl/TQj7IUArticle: Vanity Fair: John Barry: The Man Who Knew The Score: https://goo.gl/oV7cQa

Looking the Part - Soren and Daniel Analyze Bathroom Habits  

Every morning when you wake up you (probably) do the same routine. In some order, you shower, use the toilet, shave and brush your teeth. In that respect, movie characters don't seem to exist in the same universe as us. Typically we only see them there if something important is happening, like if someone is taking a shower at the Bates Motel or if Danny Glover needs to use the toilet in 'Lethal Weapon 2'.In part-three of our special mini-series 'Looking the Part', Soren Bowie and Daniel O'Brien break down the typical bathroom tropes we see all over pop-culture, from the different varieties of the scary shower sequence, to the strange way shaving is used to show a power imbalance. They're joined by screenwriter Seth W. Owen to break-down how a writer implements these types of scenes and to discuss the crazy reason so many movies have a part where the hero washes his face and then takes a long, steely look in the mirror.And if you missed the first two installments of 'Looking the Part', check them out by clicking the links below:In episode 1, Soren and Daniel break down Superman's dueling haircuts and the roles of mustaches, beards and goatees in film: https://goo.gl/hwuUvBIn episode 2, Soren and Daniel discuss scars, tattoos, costumes and the most recent two Jokers: https://goo.gl/81qZk3This episode is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club. For a limited time, new members get their 1st month along with the Executive Razor and a tube of their Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter for ONLY $5 with FREE shipping. That’s a $15 value for only $5 bucks! After that, razors are just a few bucks a month. This offer is exclusively available at DollarShaveClub.com/cracked​

The Weird Origins of Amusement Parks and the Summer Vacation  

Believe it or not, the idea of the summer break wasn't invented until very recently. Before kids got the summer off, school basically was the break from months of grueling farm work or any of the other countless horrors we subjected children to before modern labor laws. As people moved out of farming jobs into the cities and modes of transportation out of the cities became cheaper and more efficient, the travel and recreation industry took flight. By the end of the twentieth century, resort towns, roadside attractions and theme parks were a main staple of the summer vacation and a huge source of money for local economies. Or at least the ones you've heard of were.On this week's podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked writers and editors David Christopher Bell and Tom Reimann to discuss the origins of the summer break, how Disneyland was built, and a weird catalogue of failed theme parks lost to history.And if you're in Los Angeles in July, make sure to come to our next live podcast taping. On Saturday July 8th at 7:00pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre, former zoo tour guide and current Cracked Podcast host Alex Schmidt will be joined by Cracked's Daniel O'Brien and Katie Goldin as well as comedians Caitlin Gill, Joey Clift and Matt Kirshen as they discuss snakes, hippos, octopuses and every other animal that could Planet-0f-the-Apes us if they tried. Tickets are only $7 and available here: https://goo.gl/rVhzPCAlso, be sure to get caught-up on our Cracked Podcast mini-series 'Looking the Part' co-hosted by Soren Bowie and Daniel O'Brien. Each Friday, Soren and Daniel are taking a deep-dive into the theories and hidden meanings behind movie hair, costumes and make-up. They examine the cryptic psychological reason behind Superman's dueling haircuts, why Ledger's Joker has scars and Leto's Joker has tattoos and a whole lot more. Check out episode 1 here: https://goo.gl/hwuUvBCheck out episode 2 here: https://goo.gl/81qZk3And stay tuned to the Cracked Podcast for episode 3 this Friday.Footnotes:Article: Cracked: 8 Amusement Parks That Died Surreal and Bizarre Deaths: https://goo.gl/62P2xQArticle: Slate: Do Kids Need a Summer Vacation: https://goo.gl/uVc9DBArticle: PBS: Debunking the Myth of Summer Vacation: https://goo.gl/ieCCvsArticle: Smithsonian Magazine: Where Was The Birthplace of the American Vacation: https://goo.gl/hiHiK8Article: LA Times: How Disney Used Shell Companies To Start Its Magic Kingdom: https://goo.gl/1n8LfjArticle: Disney Parks: Bob Foster and the Founding of a Disney Kingdom: https://goo.gl/wg5ArVArticle: Washington Post: This S.C. roadside attraction is garish, tacky and un-PC — but I stopped anyway: https://goo.gl/H3b4iVPhoto: Six Flags Over Texas: Map With Confederacy Land: https://goo.gl/r1b6ewPhotoset: Weather Channel: You Can Rent This 'Wizard of Oz' Them Park: https://goo.gl/1FkNwqArticle: Cracked: 6 Insane Summer Camps That Will Make You Wish You Were a Kid: https://goo.gl/CidkkHArticle: Cracked: 5 Disney Park Attractions You Won't Believe Existed: https://goo.gl/uqFJ43Article: Cracked: 6 Ways Fourth of July Used To Make 'The Purge' Look Tame: https://goo.gl/5Sthd1Wikipedia: Shania Twain: https://goo.gl/3DvgrU

Looking The Part - Soren and Daniel On Movie Scars and Tattoos  

Admit it: the Harry Potter movies would be totally different if he didn't have a cool scar. If Harry looked like Gary Oldman in 'Hannibal', Hermione and Ron be afraid to talk to him and even the Dementors would think twice before getting close to him. But Harry's scar is pencil-thin, and hides behind his hair. He's got a good-guy scar. And characters like Heath Ledger's Joker, Freddy Krueger and Scar? Obviously bad guys, right? 'The Lion King' wasn't even trying when they named their bad guy. Last week, in episode one of "Looking the Part," Soren Bowie and Daniel O'Brien analyzed what filmmakers were subtly telegraphing to audiences with characters' hair, mustaches and beards. This week the guys are joined by costume designer Jenna Wright to take a look at the skin, how scars and tattoos are used on good guys vs. bad guys, and the role costuming plays in developing a character. This episode is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club. For a limited time, new members get their 1st month along with the Executive Razor and a tube of their Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter for ONLY $5 with FREE shipping.  That’s a $15 value for only $5 bucks! After that, razors are just a few bucks a month.  This offer is exclusively available at DollarShaveClub.com/cracked

17 Movies ​T​hat ​W​ere ​T​otal ​D​isasters ​Be​hind ​T​he ​S​cenes  

Understatement time: movies are hard to make. Every movie from The Godfather II to Joe Dirt 2​ is the result of years and years of tireless hard work from artists, craftsmen, teamsters, executives and advertisers-- all working in high pressure situations with tight deadlines, huge egos and insane amounts of money at play. Like GDP of a small island nation amount of money. Odds are behind every movie, there's an absolutely insane story of inappropriate behavior, blatant disregard for safety regulations and famous people trying to murder each other. This week on the podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked's Daniel O'Brien and Tom Reimann, comedian Jamie Loftus and writer Dave Schilling (The Guardian, Bleacher Report, Vice) to cover 17 movies with absolutely batsh*t behind the scenes stories, like basically every late-period Marlon Brando movie, the screwball comedy that shot an iconic scene on 9/11 and the backstage antics that led a very famous actor to punch James Cameron in the face. If you need some hot new threads for the summer, be sure to check out our new Cracked Podcast Merch. And for a limited time, get 20% off your order when you use the code CRACKED at checkout: https://goo.gl/2J8Nh3 Footnotes: ​Article: Cracked: 6 Insane Dick Moves By Directors Behind Famous Movies: https://goo.gl/JB88mh Article: Cracked: 6 Famous Films You Had No Idea Were Hell Behind The Scenes: https://goo.gl/KoDcf7 Article: Cracked: 6 Great Movies That Were A Disaster Behind The Scenes: https://goo.gl/aElYpy ​Article: Cracked: 5 Famous Movies That Were Insane Parties Behind The Scenes: https://goo.gl/lvZLQy Article: Cracked: 7 Insane Behind The Scenes Problems Recent Movies Dealt With: https://goo.gl/3MlTNb Article: Cracked: 6 Classic Movies Made Possible By Reckless Endangerment: https://goo.gl/dKgBU Article: Cracked: 5 Great Movie Scenes Made Possible By Reckless Endangerment: https://goo.gl/81V33 Article: Cracked: 12 Classic Movie Moments Made Possible By Abuse And Murder: https://goo.gl/hvav0 Video: Marlon Brando Reads Cue Cards Off A Baby in Superman: https://goo.gl/eGiezr ​Video: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Clip: https://goo.gl/fYCf45 Video: Master of Disguise - Turtle Club Clip: https://goo.gl/wU2VLS​

Looking the Part - Baldness, Side-Parts and Facial Hair  

Every cheesy soap opera gives it away from the start-- the dashing Dr. Iago Montana is back from the dead...with a goatee. We as the audience know: IT'S NOT HIM, IT'S HIS EVIL TWIN! SEND HIM BACK FROM WHENCE HE CAME! Again, it's easy to spot this from a mile away when you see it on a soap opera or a children's cartoon. The crazy thing is, whether you know it or not, every movie and TV show uses a special shorthand to convey if a character is good, evil, happy, sad, trustworthy or complicated. And more often than not, this shorthand is baked into how a character presents themselves. You just need to know what to look for. That's why in our new podcast mini-series sponsored by Dollar Shave Club, Cracked senior editor Soren Bowie and head of video Daniel O'Brien will dissect how characters' grooming habits, costumes and make-up are the biggest spoilers of all. This week on episode one, the guys will take a look at Superman's dueling hair styles, what different types of facial hair say and what it means when a character chooses to be bald. This episode is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club. For a limited time, new members get their 1st month along with the Executive Razor and a tube of their Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter for ONLY $5 with FREE shipping. That’s a $15 value for only $5 bucks! After that, razors are just a few bucks a month. This offer is exclusively available at ​www.dollarshaveclub.com/cracked​.

Bold Takes: Racism Wrong, It's Probably OK to Punch Nazis  

Checking the news right now, things are a little, how do you say...fucked. But there is some hope. As one of our guests puts it, "Rome wasn't burnt down in a day." Despite your Richard Spencers, your animated frog avatars and the whole extended cast of characters hell-bent on returning America to its pre-civil rights glory ("a hot dog cost a nickel and you could physically assault any person of color you saw! ") there are still people fighting for good in this country. That's why this week we're chatting with comedians/podcasters/activists and all-around cool dudes W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu. Their podcast "Politically Reactive" is the modern guide to surviving in the age of Trump-- from how to be an active part of the resistance to just how to stay happy and not let the whole dumpster fire weigh you down on a day-to-day basis. First, Jack O'Brien and Daniel O'Brien chat with W. Kamau Bell about his show "United Shades of America," what it was like interviewing Richard Spencer and a KKK leader and how he would go about fixing the violence in Chicago. Later, Alex Schmidt and Katie Goldin speak with Hari Kondabolu about #covfefe, how being a touring comedian gives you a different view of America and an absolutely crazy video of Malcom X on a Canadian Game show. If you need some hot new threads for the summer, be sure to check out our new Cracked Podcast Merch. And for a limited time, get 20% off your order when you use the code CRACKED at checkout: https://goo.gl/2J8Nh3 Also, make sure to stay tuned to the Cracked Podcast feed for a special three-part miniseries hosted by Soren Bowie starting this Friday, June 17th. Soren and Daniel O'Brien are dissecting movie make-up and costumes to show that how a character appears is the biggest spoiler of them all. Footnotes: Podcast: Politically Reactive: https://goo.gl/Nxh4Iv Website: W. Kamau Bell: https://goo.gl/zHt0Y3 Website: Hari Kondabolu: https://goo.gl/WAFZFH Website: United Shades of America on CNN: https://goo.gl/JV0kde Book: The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: https://goo.gl/HTjbXk Album: Hari Kondabolu's New Material Night Volume One: https://goo.gl/945WUm Video: Malcom X on Canadian Game Show: https://goo.gl/eJEn3W

A Farewell To Cracked Editor-in-Chief Jack O'Brien  

Serious Talk. It's Jack's last episode. After 11 years at Cracked, our intrepid editor-in-chief and podcast host extraordinaire Jack O'Brien is hanging up the cleats to tackle new projects, end world hunger and find the Zodiac killer. But that doesn't mean this podcast is going anywhere. Jack is joined this week by NEW Cracked Podcast host Alex Schmidt as they sit down with Michael Swaim, Daniel O'Brien, Soren Bowie and Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to reminisce over Jack's 11 years of service, how they all landed at Cracked and their favorite Cracked Podcast topics from the first 182 episodes. To keep up with Jack, be sure to follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/jack_obrien To follow your new Cracked Podcast host, you can find him on Twitter: twitter.com/alexschmidty And if you need some hot new threads for the summer, be sure to check out our new Cracked Podcast MERCH: https://goo.gl/2J8Nh3 Also, be sure to come see the next live taping of the Cracked Podcast on Saturday, June 10th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theater in Los Angeles. Guests inlcude Daniel O'Brien, Tom Reimann, Jamie Loftus (The Bechdel Cast) and Dave Schilling (Bleacher Report, Grantland, Vice) as the Cracked crew discusses insane behind the scenes stories from movies and tv shows. Tickets are $7 and available here: https://goo.gl/lsCBDm Footnotes: Video: TED: James Flynn: Why Our IQ Levels Are Higher Than Our Grandparents: https://goo.gl/MMRp4L Video: Clip from Fractured Flickers: https://goo.gl/UPBhG2 Book: Michael Shermer: Why People Believe Weird Things: https://goo.gl/fXBHp7 Podcast: Cracked: Insane Simpsons Easter Eggs (Explained By Simpsons Writers): https://goo.gl/zhfWQb Podcast: Cracked: More Simpsons Writer's Room Stories (From a Simpsons Writer): https://goo.gl/7HVBM6 Book: Daniel O'Brien: How to Fight Presidents: https://goo.gl/yXfDjH Article: Esquire: Todd Marinovich: The Man Who Never Was: https://goo.gl/C89avK Podcast: Cracked: Why Class in America Isn't About Income: https://goo.gl/2tliZx Article: Siderea: Class (American): https://goo.gl/tlmX4S Article: Slate Star Codex: Staying Classy: https://goo.gl/2eYdF6 Article: Slate Star Codex: I Can Tolerate Anything Except the Outgroup: https://goo.gl/ZrwgcS

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