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. 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.


Cracked's 2017 Fake Oscar Awards  

Who can forget the classic Oscars showdown between 'The Artist' and, uh, 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'? Most of us can and did, in fact. Great job, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! Way to keep your fingers on the pulse of American filmmaking by giving gold out to the 1930s-style silent film. Trailblazing. The Oscars have proven year after year that they're not the best barometer for judging the best or even the most popular films from a given year. Often they're really only judging movies on the criteria of being appealing to a group of old, white men with film industry jobs. Look at three of the last five best picture winners and their subject matter: 'Birdman'– an aging actor known for playing superheroes strives for artistic legitimacy; 'Argo'– Hollywood producers save hostages in Iran; 'The Artist'– Remember silent films? And let's pencil 'La La Land' into that list– an struggling actress and a struggling musician fall in love, become successful. Hollywood obviously has a problem being objective about movies wherein the subject matter is itself.So this week we're being objective for Hollywood. Jack O'Brien welcomes Cracked's David Bell, Adam Ganser and Brett Rader to discuss 2016's Best Picture nominees and award movies in some made-up categories that we'd like to see incorporated into the Oscar broadcast. Later they took a look back at the 2012 Oscars in which 'The Artist' won best picture and redistribute the awards with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. Footnotes:Cracked Podcast: Why We Should Wait 5 Years to Award the Oscars: Article: Cracked: 5 Problems Haunting The Oscars (Besides Lack of Diversity): Article: Cracked: 5 Reasons the Oscars Matter Even Less Than You Thought: This episode is brought to you by Squarespace ( code: CRACKED), Lincoln In the Bardo, and Away (

Why Modern People Might Have The Worst Sex Lives Ever  

When you think about ancient human history, you probably think about sex, right? Who doesn't? And when you do, you probably imagine in your head (because you love envisioning your eldest relatives gettin' down) a very bland, puritanical form of sex where they do it through a sheet once every other year and only to conceive, right? Well, sorry to make you throw up in your mouth a little bit, but your ideas of chastened ancestors living repressed lives are as wrong as the next images we're about to put in your mind: ancient humans were nasty little horndogs. In fact, the basically standard modern ideas of monogamy and fidelity are extremely recent developments in human history. They've only been around for about 10,000 years -- a blink of the evolutionary eye.So what was the ancient hunter-gatherer love like actually like? And what can we learn about our own sex lives from looking at how the cavemen got down? A lot, actually. So we asked an expert. By studying prehistoric human cultures and the sex lives of our two closest genetic relatives, chimps and bonobos, Dr. Christopher Ryan has some pretty eye-opening stuff to share about human sexuality. So Jack O'Brien welcomes Dr. Ryan on this bonus episode of The Cracked Podcast to talk with Teresa Lee and Michael Swaim about swinging tribes-people, primitive vibrators and ape balls in a conversation that is bound to make you rethink everything you know about love and sexuality.Footnotes:Book: Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha: Sex At Dawn: Podcast: Christopher Ryan: Tangentially Speaking: Scholarly Article: Michael Gurven & Hilliard Kaplan: Longevity Among Hunter-Gatherers: Article: Jared Diamond: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race: Article: Cracked: 5 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be The Exact Opposite: Article: Cracked: 6 Horrifying Facts That Get Left Out Of History: Article: Cracked: 7 X-Rated Traditions That Prove History Was Horny As F*$&: Article: Cracked: The 6 Most Cynical Exploitations of Romantic Love in History: Article: Cracked: 6 Factors That Secretly Influence Who You Have Sex With: Article: Cracked: 5 Insignificant Things That Determine Who You Have Sex With:

Jafar Is Disney Moses: Secretly Heroic Villains  

Did you ever notice how every movie villain is just really ugly beyond belief? Emperor Palpatine? WRINKLED UP UGGO. Jafar? POINTY FACE. Scar? LITERALLY NAMED AFTER HIS FACIAL DEFORMITY.It's fucking dark when you think about how many movies this applies to; how the villain is usually someone trying to live a normal or equal life, but their ugliness just gets in the way. 'The Incredibles' is a perfect example. The villain is an ugly-little redhead kid who just wants for everybody to be a superhero, but the Incredibles are like NNNNNNOPE and throw him into a jet engine because only they should get to be superheroes.Yeah, of course Syndrome kills like 30 other superheroes and sets a giant death robot loose on a major metropolis, but just go with us for this thought experiment. His heart was in the right place. On this week's podcast Jack O'Brien welcomes Cracked's own Katie Goldin and Michael Swaim to unpack this trope and how you can see ugly bad guys ostensibly trying to do the right thing in franchises from Disney to The Lord of the Rings.Footnotes:Video: Cracked: 4 Disney Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along: Article: Cracked: 9 Famous Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along: Article: Cracked: 5 Movie Villains Who Were Right The Whole Time: Article: Cracked: 6 Reasons The Jedi Would Be The Villain In Any Sane Movie: Article: Cracked: You Really Have No Idea Who The Villain Of Frozen Is: Book: Chuck Klosterman: I Wear the Black Hat: Video: Kanye West: All Day (Live at the 2015 BRIT Awards): This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter ( and Harry’s (

The Mind Melting World of Putin's Russia  

If you've followed the news recently, you may have noticed the tiny little superpower Sarah Palin can see from her house has emerged from its slumber and re-injected itself into American politics. Not since the Cold War has Russophobia been as much of a part of our daily lives as it is now. Disinformation, strong man tactics and a corrupt and dictatorial turn have spilled into American life in a way that would've seemed like fiction only a few decades ago. What was once the well-trodden territory of black and white "duck and cover" videos and 80s action flicks is now a staple of Twitter feeds and nightly news broadcasts.So how did we get here, and what the hell does Russia even want from us this time around? That's what Cracked's Robert Evans and Michael Swaim are here to find out on this week's podcast. They join Jack O'Brien for an all-encompassing conversation about the KGB's history of deceit, Russia's methodology for spreading lies and Vlad Putin's psych evaluation. Later in the show, Jack interviews Cracked engineer Tatiana Nam about her experiences growing up in Russia.Our next live podcast is on Saturday, February 11th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Just in time for Valentine's Day, join Jack O'Brien, Michael Swaim and Teresa Lee as they welcome Dr. Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn for a discussion about love, relationships and why our sex lives now bear no resemblance to the way our ancestors got down. Tickets are $7 and available here: Footnotes:Video: Cracked:  Why the #1 Fact of Military History is a Lie: Article: Cracked: 5 Conspiracy Theories That Are Real (But Not How You Think) [#5 CIA created AIDS]: Article: Cracked: 6 Insane Conspiracy Theories That Actually Happened [#2 KGB Was Involved in JFK Assassination]: Article: NPR: Putin 'Probably' Approved Plan to Kill Spy: Podcast: NPR: Russia's Interference is an Assault on the Western Liberal Order: Video: Press Conference with Bill Clinton and Drunk Boris Yeltsin: Podcast: NPR: Trump Seems Willfully Blind to Putin's Real Goals: Book: Peter Pomerantsev: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: This episode is brought to you by Squarespace ( code: CRACKED) and ZipRecruiter (

The Enormous Lie About Modern Life (You Likely Believe)  

Once you hit your mid-twenties, everything starts beginning to suck. Your favorite band? Not as good as when they first came out. Favorite hangouts? All gone to shit since all the young people started showing up and ruining everything. The world? Basically a day away from total anarchy.Even the idea of time begins to suck. The present is somehow always the worst and no matter how bad your life was 5, 10 years ago– it all seems tinted with rose-colored glasses. Sure you were bored all the time, had no way of communicating with people who weren't your neighbors and loved Hootie and the Blowfish, but man the 90s were the absolute peak of human existence, right? Not really.Somehow humans have this bias that makes them think the world is always at the brink of complete collapse and that things were better before...before AIDS and Ebola started killing everybody; before all the bees disappeared; before crime took over the streets, when you could leave your front door open all day and the criminals would tip their hats and say, "good morning!"We're here to say this way of thinking is wrong and completely ignores all of the amazing advancements humanity is continuing to make every day. It's just you don't hear about them because the headline "Cancer Deaths Slowly and Steadily Dropping" isn't as flashy as "IT'S ALL BURNING DOWN MAN, DON'T EVEN BOTHER!"On the podcast this week, Jack O'Brien is joined by Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to talk about how we're neither going to hell nor are we in a hand basket. Poverty, war and disease are at all time lows, all you have to do is look away from the news to see it.Our next live podcast is on Saturday, February 11th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Just in time for Valentine's Day, join Jack O'Brien, Michael Swaim and Teresa Lee as they welcome Dr. Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn for a discussion about love, relationships and why our sex lives now bear no resemblance to the way our ancestors got down. Tickets are $7 and available here: Footnotes:Articles: Cracked: Pieces of Good News Nobody is Reporting: Article: H.H. Holmes: Website: Graph: Actual vs. Projected Death Rates for HIV/AIDS in the US: Article: Cracked: 5 Horrifying Apocalyptic Scenarios That Already Happened (#1 The Toba Event): Scholarly Article: British Journal of Preventative and Social Medicine: The Coal Gas Story: Article: Bloomberg: Bias, Blindness and How We Truly Think: Article: The New Yorker: Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich: This episode is brought to you by Shari’s Berries ( code: CRACKED) and Blue Apron (

9 Creepy Real Murders (With My Favorite Murder)  

Remember when you made fun of that kid in grade school for wetting the bed? You probably shouldn't have done that. I would apologize, change your name or leave the country. The reason is, psychologists suggest something called the Macdonald triangle, that there are three main characteristics of people who grow up to become killers: arson, cruelty to animals and bed-wetting. If you've got two or more, (in Jeff Foxworthy's voice) chances are you might be a serial killer.So, for another round of creepy solved and unsolved murders, we've invited back to the podcast America's foremost experts on the subject, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark from 'My Favorite Murder'. They join Jack O'Brien and Daniel O'Brien to talk about Daniel's two hometown serial killers with a strange connection, two district attorneys who suffered mysterious ends, the unsolved murder of three girl scouts, and the murderer who buried his "kill kits" in the woods.Footnotes : My Favorite Murder: Article: Cracked: The 5 Most Terrifying Serial Killers You've Never Heard Of: Murderpedia: Richard Biegenwald, "The Thrill Killer ": Murderpedia: Robert Zarinsky: Documentary: Netflix: " Amanda Knox " : Article: New York Times: For Letterman Stalker, Mental Illness Was Family Curse and Scarring Legacy: Article: Washington Post: A Decade Later, Prosecutor Luna's Death Still a Mystery: Article: CNN: What Happened to Ray Gricar?: Book: Gloyd McCoy: Tent Number Eight: Murderpedia: Israel Keyes: Documentary: HBO: There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane: Article: ABC News: Murder of Jasmine Fiore by Ryan Jenkins: Article: Today Costa Rica: Costa Rica Re-Opens Serial Killer Case):

Accidents 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 on Netflix. Take Spock's "Live Long and Prosper" hand signal. Yeah, it seems a little trivial, it's not 'Starry Night' or 'Hey Jude' or anything, but it's an icon that's lasted in the popular culture for 50 years and stands only second to "May the Force be with you" as the most recognizable totem of the sci-fi genre. Only a genius could've come up with that, right? Not really. Gene Roddenberry and company wanted the Vulcan salute to be the peace sign until Lenoard Nimoy took a stand for what was right and was like, "hey, this is dumb. I know this is coming from the dude wearing pointy ears right now, but can I just try this other thing so I don't look like the stupidest person on television?"And thank god Nimoy did that, because otherwise everyone would've thought 'Star Trek' was cheesy crap, or at least cheesier than it already was considered. So sometimes genius isn't in the intention as much as it is being able to realize a mistake, correct it and pray to god your new solution isn't as dull as the idea that preceded it. And pop culture is so littered with examples like these, there's a lone Native American man shedding a single tear over it. That much litter.So Jack O'Brien is joined on the podcast this week by Cracked's Teresa Lee and Alex Schmidt to talk about the behind the scenes mistakes and last-minute casting changes that made some movies and video games better. They also talk about some ghastly original versions of famous scripts that thankfully never saw the light of day. You don't want to know what the original description of Han Solo was (hint: it included the words "green" and "gills"). Footnotes:Article: Cracked: 5 Famous Roles Obviously Written For a Different Actor: Video: Cracked: 8 Times Your Favorite Actors Almost Died on Film: Article: Cracked: 5 Iconic Pop Culture Moments Improvised at the Last Second: Article: Cracked: 6 Glitches That Accidentally Invented Modern Gaming: Article: Cracked: 6 Iconic Video Games That Were Created By Technical Problems: Article: Cracked: 7 Characters Clearly Designed for Different Famous Actors: Article: Cracked: 6 Iconic Movie Scenes That Happened By Accident: Article: Cracked: 5 Amazing Performances From Actors Who Weren't Acting (Part I): Article: Cracked: 6 Amazing Performances by Actors Who Weren't Acting (Part II): Article: Cracked: 5 Amazing Performances by Actors Who Weren't Acting (Part III): Article: Cracked: 5 Amazing Performances by Actors Who Weren't Acting (Part IV): Article: Cracked: 5 Great Performances By Actors Who Weren't Acting (Part V): Article: Cracked: 5 Actors Who Weren't Acting In Their Most Iconic Roles: Article: Cracked: 6 Actors Who Thought They Had Made A Totally Different Movie: Kyle Ayers' #RoofBreakup: Zach Broussard's Top 1000 Comedians: SoCal Comedy Fest: This episode is brought to you by Squarespace and Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

160 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 airport/apartment building/twee bakery to declare his undying love for the maid/undercover journalist/baker he just met last week. The music swells, they kiss, the girl's less attractive best friend sighs, "oh I wish architect/surgeon/astronaut Chet Wellington could fall in love with me," and the credits roll. But what if, instead of the swelling music, it was a single piano note being played backwards, or an old-timey phonograph blowing out a single child singing, "Ring Around the Rosie?" 'Love Actually' would turn into an actual horror movie. The little boy chasing the little girl through the airport would take on a new interpretation. 'Shining 2: This Time It's British Christmas."RomComs are weird like that. They take a thing most people experience (falling in love) and turn it into a warped version of reality that only abides by backwards rules: where chasing someone down is considered romantic and getting the person to like you is the hardest part, not that whole spending the next 5 decades together thing. No, that part is easy (cries self to sleep).So this week on the podcast, Jack O'Brien is joined by Cracked editor Soren Bowie and comedian and writer Jamie Loftus from 'The Bechdel Cast' to talk about how RomComs get almost everything wrong and when you change just one detail, they become creepy stalker thrillers.Our next live podcast is on Saturday, January 14th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark from 'My Favorite Murder' are back for another hour of creepy unsolved murders and even creepier solved ones. Tickets are currently SOLD OUT but more will be released throughout the week  here: . If the show remains sold out, we will have a standby list at the door, so make sure to come early!Footnotes:Jamie Loftus on Twitter: The Bechdel Cast on iTunes: Video: Cracked: The Only Film Genre That Gets You To Root For The Bad Guy: Video: Cracked: The 9 Creepiest Things Movies Portray As Romantic: Video: Cracked: Why Romantic Comedies Are Secretly Bad For You: Video: 'Love Actually' Cue Card Scene: Video: 'Trainwreck' Dance Scene: Article: The Oxford Philosopher: The Birth of Tragedy: This episode is brought to you by Casper Mattresses ( ) and Blue Apron ( ).

The 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 right now and we want it to stop. I mean, if this is 1980, that means we're only three years away from more Ewoks. Although what is a Minion but yellow Ewok?But in all seriousness, the world has taken a turn for the conservative as it did in the early 80s. Free love and long hair were gone and replaced by shoulder pads, cocaine and rich white kids who thought the stock market was dope. So is there anything redeemable about this situation other than the prospect of getting some cool movies and punk music?Jack O'Brien and Daniel O'Brien are joined by comedian, podcast host and 'Saved by the Bell' historian April Richardson for a conversation about how 80s pop-culture perfectly represented those regressive times and how some of the patterns we saw then are starting to appear now in our modern pop-culture. They also talk about 'Saved by the Bell' a lot. Like, a whole bunch.Our next live podcast is on Saturday, January 14th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark from 'My Favorite Murder' are back for another hour of creepy unsolved murders and even creepier solved ones. Tickets are $7 and on sale  here: https:// Footnotes:April Richardson: Go Bayside! Podcast: Article: Cracked: Why 'Saved by the Bell' is All a Dream: Article: Cracked: 6 Ways You Didn't Realize Ronald Reagan Ruined the Country: Article: Cracked: 5 Baffling 80s Trends Explained by Rare Mental Disorders : This episode is brought to you by Lifeafter podcast, Squarespace ( code: CRACKED), and Harry’s.

The 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 just waiting to get started. If only you were ready to make the commitment. Your girlfriend wants you to propose but you can't even commit to Six Feet Under, let alone the next 60 years of your life.This glut of TV shows we're experiencing completely fails to lack the steady stream of quality movies coming out not only in the US but all around the world. And the surplus of movies doesn't even address how behind you are on music. Open up Spotify or look at the next festival lineup and you can barely recognize a third of the bands there. And we're not being old fogies complaining about music these days-- most of these bands are good-- we just can't keep up with them. 21 Pilots, 21 Savage, 21 Scarecrows. Only one of those band names is completely made up.So to give a little order to this exponentially insane world, Jack O'Brien is joined by Cracked editors Soren Bowie and Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to talk about some of their favorite they discovered in 2016. They commiserate about the superabundance of content and Soren gives some completely unsolicited home improvement advice.Our next live podcast is on Saturday, January 14th at 7pm at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark from 'My Favorite Murder' are back for another hour of creepy unsolved murders and even creepier solved ones. Tickets are $5 and on sale soon at ( )Footnotes:Website: Pandora -- Search Standup: Video: Youtube FanFest: Netflix: John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid: HBO: Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds: Album: Kyle Kinane: Loose in Chicago: Netflix: Michael Che Matters: Video: Dave Chappele SNL Monologue: Website: Nextdoor: Video: Red Letter Media: Wheel of the Worst #11: YouTube: Jim Sterling: Wikipedia: Square Screws: Amazon: Wet Vacuums: The Elf on the Shelf: Screenplay: Monsters, Inc: Video: Train to Busan (Trailer): Video: I Saw The Devil (Trailer): Netflix: Amanda Knox: Netflix: David Blaine: Real or Magic?: Netflix: Planet Earth: Video: Bill Burr Makes a Pie Crust: Netflix: F is for Family: Website: Stitcher: Podcast: Science Vs: Podcast: Doughboys: Podcast: The Bill Simmons Podcast with Andy Cohen: Video Game: The Last Guardian: Video: Robyn "Call Your Girlfriend" on SNL: Video: Chance the Rapper "Same Drugs" on SNL: This episode is brought to you by Squarespace ( code: CRACKED) and I.T. is Greater Than Sci-Fi podcast (

2016 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, Jack O'Brien is joined by Cracked's Cody Johnston, Daniel O'Brien and Alex Schmidt and comedian Caitlin Gill to review our culture's year-in-review process. They'll also shine a much needed light on some of the more overlooked stories from the year. For example, two-headed sharks keep appearing in our oceans and no one knows why. Even all the world's Bond villains are like, "don't look at us, we thought that was you." And Kim Kardashian! It feels like she's been on every magazine cover for the last 35 years and this year she got kidnapped at gunpoint and it barely raised an eyebrow. What is going on!?To wrap up the conversation, Jack and company share some of their favorite cultural things from the year and report from the future with a preview of our 2017 year in review.Footnotes:Article: Yahoo's Top Search Terms in 2016: Video: Kanye Cancels Show And Slowly Floats Away: Article: The Guardian: Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search: Video: Senator James Inhofe Brings a Snowball to Senate: Article: The Telegraph: Russian Scientists Besieged By Pack of Polar Bears: Article: National Geographic: Two-Headed Sharks Keep Popping Up and No One Knows Why: Article: Slate: Texas GOP Rep Louie Gohmert Will Save Us From Gay Space Colonies: Instagram: @major_hoolihan: Video: Samantha Bee: Eddie Eagle: Video: Samantha Bee: Trump Can't Read: This episode is brought to you by LifeAfter podcast, Harry’s ( code: CRACKED), I.T. is Greater Than Sci-Fi podcast, and Loot Crate ( code: GIFTING15).

Movies 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 dicks to women. There's even a whole supercut (   of all the times James Bond hits women. Just Sean Connery slapping women left and right like he's Moe and every Bond girl is Larry and Curly.Now, hear us out on this, but there's a chance that images like this might have been hurting women instead of helping them. Crazy. Maybe normalizing violence against women or showing Harrison Ford literally whipping (   Kate Capshaw into kissing him have given men unrealistic ideas about how things like consent work.This week Jack O'Brien brings on Carmen Angelica, Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) and Katy Stoll to talk about the modern-day minefield of consent, what movies have been getting wrong about it, why it's so easy for guys to get defensive about it and a female perspective on why it's so damn important.Footnotes:Carmen Angelica Twitter: Katy Stoll Twitter: Jason Pargin Twitter: Article: Cracked: 7 Reasons So Many Guys Don't Understand Sexual Consent: Video: Cracked: How To Know If A Girl is DTF: Video: Han and Leia's First Kiss: Article: Cracked: 5 Things Women Want Most: Article: Cracked: Everything A Woman Should Know Before She's Groped: Article: Cracked: 5 Ways Modern Men Are Trained To Hate Women: Article: New York Times: Nurse in V-J Day Photo Dies: Article: Vice: I Want a Feminism Class for Boys: This episode is brought to you by I.T. is Greater Than Sci-Fir ( ), Foot Cardigan ( code: HOLIDAY16), The Bouqs ( code: CRACKED), and Indochino ( code: CRACKED).

Lives 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 will be affected by the changes he promised to make during his campaign. One thing Trump already promised to do is repeal an Obama executive order called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.  DACA allows children who were brought here illegally (keyword: children) to gain somewhat-legal status; protection from deportation, a social security card, in exchange for staying out of trouble and being an active part of the workforce. These are law-abiding, tax-paying young adults whose home country for all intents and purposes is America. A lot of them don't even know the know the language spoken in their country of origin. The shittiest thing is these people might be the first to be deported because they had the unmitigated gall to actively try to live in the United States legally.Robert Evans and Tom Reimann grab the reigns of the podcast this week and have conversations with a potential victim of the removal of DACA, a transgender woman whose medications may no longer be covered, and an army vet whose parents are immigrants to talk about the scary world they've been suddenly thrust into. Later a British journalist joins to talk about the parallels to Brexit and why we might soon see fascist vs. anti-fascist fighting in the streets, and how it could look.If your life has been concretely or irrevocably changed by the new administration, we want to hear your story. Email us at .Footnotes:NYT: Former Head of Homeland Security on DACA: Complex: Trans People Rushing to get Gender-Affirming Surgery Before Trump: The Guardian: Fascist/Anti-Fascist Fight in Dover: VICE: More Fascist/Anti-Fascist Fighting: Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate & Extremism Statistics: Also make sure to buy tickets to our next LIVE podcast taping on Saturday, December 10th at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Jack and the crew will be giving a much needed, "good riddance" to the year 2016 with our annual Year In Review In Review. The Cracked staff and some special guests will fill in the gaps where most of of the other 'Years In Review' leave out half of the story. Tickets are only $5 and available here: This episode is brought to you by Squarespace ( code: CRACKED), Foot Cardigan ( code: HOLIDAY16), Casper Mattresses ( code: cracked), and Loot Crate ( code: CRACKED).

14 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 think they're pretty good armchair psychologists.If you learn of a prison riot on the news, you'll cite the Stanford prison experiment and claim that we're all just a baton and a uniform away from turning into monsters. If the news later reports of a man who stabbed his mother, you'll find a Freudian explanation for the crime that speaks of Oedipal repressed sexuality and the phallic nature of stabbings. Bad news: turns out everything you learned about psychology from the shiny little box in the center of your living room isn't totally accurate. Not only do movies and TV shows take giant liberties with how psychology works, the psych field itself has a hard time getting out of its own way: studies can be biased for multiple reasons, the replication crisis impedes the verification of discoveries and news outlets only report on the grabbiest psych headlines and and skew the truth.So on this week's podcast, we're putting a bunch of psych myths in a straight jacket, tossing them in a padded room and throwing away the key. Cracked's Jack O'Brien, Daniel O'Brien and Michael Swaim are joined by Peter McGraw, an expert in behavioral science and a marketing and psychology professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. They dispel pop-psych stories like the Milgram experiment, power posing and the Mozart effect.Also make sure to buy tickets to our next LIVE podcast taping on Saturday, December 10th at the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Jack and the crew will be giving a much needed, "good riddance" to the year 2016 with our annual Year In Review In Review. The Cracked staff and some special guests will fill in the gaps where most of of the other 'Years In Review' leave out half of the story. Tickets are only $5 and available here: Footnotes:Peter McGraw: Video: Peter McGraw TED Talk: Article: Scientific American: Five Fallacies of Grief: Video: Elizabeth Loftus: How Reliable Is Your Memory: Video: Derren Brown Conversational  Hypnosis: https:// Article: The Atlantic: Questioning The Milgram Experiment: Article: New York Magazine: Is There an Antidote for Emotional Contagion: Article: New York Magazine: How the False Story of Kitty Genovese's Murder Went Viral: Article: Cracked: 5 Ridiculous Lies You Probably Believe About Psychology (#3 Stanford Prison Experiment): Video: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (Power Posing TED Talk): Article: Slate: The Power of the Power Pose: Article: The Verge: The Mozart Effect Myth: Article: Wired: Scanning Dead Salmon in fMRI Highlights Risk of Red Herrings: Article: Cracked: 6 Mental Illness Myths Hollywood Wants You To Believe (#4 ECT Therapy is Torture): This episode is brought to you by VMware, HUAWEI, The Bouqs, and MVMT Watches.

Dispelling 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 as no surprise that movies take a lot of liberties with astrophysics and what is possible or impossible in the realm of outer space. Like, sending up a crew of men less qualified than Donald Trump (too soon?) to blow up an asteroid? That's probably not in NASA's Plans A through "we ran out of letters" of how to stop a meteor on a collision course with Earth. Even in more fantastical movies like the Star Wars or Star Trek films, you just get very inadequate image in your head of how space works. Take asteroid belts, for example. It's a belt! Made of asteroids! Asteroids as far as the eye can see! You can't safely pilot your ship through them because there are just so many damn asteroids! I've had it with these motherf**king asteroids on this motherf**king belt! We're sorry to say that's now how the asteroid belt works at all. The average distance between bodies in the asteroid belt is 600,000 miles, which is more than double the distance between the Earth and the Moon. So traveling through the asteroid belt is less dodging asteroids like Han Solo and more, "we passed through the asteroid belt?" To dispel some more myths about how space works, Jack O'Brien and Alex Schmidt are joined by Dr. Farah Alibay, a real life scientist at JPL who gets to play with styrofoam models of planets all day and is currently working on a mission that's trying to scoop a 2o-ton boulder off an asteroid, which is as cool as it sounds. Footnotes: Farah Alibay Bio : Podcast: How NASA Was Born Out of Magic Loving, Orgy Having Nerds :  Video: To Scale - The Solar System : GIF: Jupiter's Surface in Motion : Video: Pigeons in Space : Video: Spiders in Space :  Video: Russian Meteor Reaction : Image Gallery: Cupola Module on the ISS : Article: The Drake Equation : Article: Myths Everyone Believes About Space (Thanks To Movies) : Article: Things About Space You're Picturing Almost Exactly Wrong : Article: Reasons Space Travel Will Always Suck : Article: Reasons Life in Space Sucks (That Sci-Fi Doesn't Show You) : Article: The Most Mind-Blowing Things Ever Discovered in Space : Article: Real Planets Way Weirder Than Anything in Science Fiction : Article: Mind-Blowing Things Found in Our Own Solar System : This episode is brought to you by Squarespace and MVMT Watches.

7 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 down a well and then blow up the well,  right? Or is there something better you could do with your time?The whole 'would you kill baby Hitler' thought experiment has been a surprisingly prevalent pop-culture moral question at dinner parties and bad games of Cards Against Humanity. Even Jeb Bush weighed in with his thoughts back in a simpler time when he thought he could be president. His answer, by the way, was, "hell yeah!" ( ).This got us thinking, what would be some other moments in history to travel back to and change one thing? One answer might be incredibly simple: November 8th, 2016. Who wouldn't go back in time to stop the events of last Tuesday? Only time will tell if that day becomes one of the giant crossroads in the slow forward march of history.So today Jack O'Brien and Alex Schmidt are posing that question to our five comedian guests: Steven Wilbur, Riley Silverman, Caitlin Gill, Blake Wexler and Eric Lampaert. When would you go in history to change one thing, what would it be and why?Footnotes:Alex Schmidt on Twitter: Steven Wilbur on Twitter: Riley Silverman on Twitter: Caitlin Gill on Twitter: Blake Wexler on Twitter: Eric Lampaert on Twitter: About Assassination of Franz Ferdinand: Smithsonian: How One Man Accidentally Killed The Oldest Tree Ever: " William Tecumseh Sherman: In The Service Of My Country": Radiolab: Be Careful What You Plan For: This episode is brought to you by Indochino, Loot Crate, and Wondery.

What 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, right?Despite the sun coming up in the morning and life seemingly going on like normal, the world might've been forever changed last night. So we needed to break the little glass box, pull the lever and record an emergency podcast. Jack O'Brien is joined by Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to make sense of what happened at the polls last night, why we should've seen it coming from a mile away and what we can actively do to prevent this from happening again. As Jason says on the site today, "Do the opposite of Panic. Work through the problem." It'll all be okay.And if we're still alive this weekend , 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: Footnotes:David Wong: Don't Panic: David Wong: How Half of America Lost Its F**king Mind: Interactive 2016 County-by-County Election Map: Allan Lichtman: Keys to the White House: Stephen Colbert's Election Night Sign-Off:

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: Footnotes:Cracked: 6 Reasons Why a New Civl War is Possible and Terrifying: Cracked: Going Deep Undercover in a Right Wing Militia Ruined My Life: USA Today: Record Number of Anti-Government Militias in USA: Abu Bakr Naji: The Management of Savagery: Cracked Podcast: The 11 Nations of America: 11 Nations of America Map: How to Build a Thermal Evasion Suit: This episode is brought to you by Squarespace and Blue Apron.

Cracked 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 'Breakfast of Champions' were rays of satirical sunlight in your curriculum between long stretches of Jane Austen and Herman Melville (both great authors, but booooooring). But what about his other 12 novels and the dozens of short stories and other works you're not familiar with?The Cracked Podcast is going to mix it up this week with an introduction to our new Vonnegut book club, a brand new podcast with Alex Schmidt and Michael Swaim, the Kurt Vonneguys. Once a month, Alex and Michael will work through the Vonnegut library, dissecting the recurring themes and characters, highlighting some amazing Kurt-isms and providing a general overview of Kurt's work as the connective tissue to modern sci-fi.In this week's episode, Alex and Michael cover Vonnegut's overlooked first novel, 'Player Piano,' a satirical '1984'-esque warning about the horrors of automation. When you're through, you can check out episode two of Kurt Vonneguys here ( ), where they look at Vonnegut's masterwork, 'The Sirens of Titan.' And if you're interested in following future episodes of Kurt Vonneguys, be sure to subscribe here ( ).Recommended Reading:"The Silver Corridor" and "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said The Ticktockman" -- Harlan Ellison : "Knox" -- Harlan Ellison : "The Veldt" -- Ray Bradbury: " The Caves Of Steel "  -- Isaac Asimov : This episode is brought to you by Indochino and MVMT Watches.

Trump 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 it's finally here. We're doing a Trump podcast! Please hide your women and children.We've actually kind of skirted around Trump a lot in the last year. We talked about the class divide in America, how it's not necessarily driven by money and how the Donald personifies the hopes and desires of the "lower class". We even talked about narcissism as America's mental disorder, symbolized again by king narcissist himself, Donald J. Trump.So this week, Crooked Jack O'Brien is joined by Lyin' Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) in hopefully our final Trumpcast. They take one last look at Mr. Tinyfingers by looking at the 40% or so of people who are voting for him in a couple weeks no matter what. It's easy to pass them off as toothless rednecks, racist uncles and cartoonish extras from Daily Show segments, but they are real people who didn't come to support Trump out of nowhere. This cultural shift has been hiding in plain sight and the only problem was the left hadn't even bothered to look. By really dissecting the reasons for this social chasm, we'll prove that even the craziest of Trump supporters should actually be listened to, no matter how orange and absurd their political mouthpiece is.Footnotes:Cracked: How Half of America Lost Its F**king Mind: Cracked Podcast: The 11 Nations of America: Cracked Podcast: Why Class in America Isn't Just About Income: 2012 County-by-County Election Map: Map of County-by-County Economic Growth: This episode is brought to you by Harry’s and Adam and Eve.

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