Episodes

  • 10 Revolutionary TV Shows That Almost Happened

    · 01:23:25 · The Cracked Podcast

    Remember the LOST pilot? It was basically an incredible JJ Abrams movie with plane crashes, polar bears, and dreamy Matthew Fox. If only that first episode aired-- it would've been a cult phenomenon-- an all-time pop-culture "what-if?" But instead we got LOST-- the time-traveling, island-hopping sci-fi adventure of diminishing returns.On this week's podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Carmen Angelica and Brett Rader, the two hosts of Cracked's newest podcast series Best Episode Ever, to talk about 10 innovative TV pilots that almost made it to series but will forever be "what-ifs."And make sure to subscribe to Cracked's newest podcast Best Episode Ever, where Carmen and Brett will dissect your favorite TV series and try to find each show's best episode ever. Tomorrow they'll discuss Friends with Cracked favorite Katie Willert. Search for "Best Episode Ever" in your podcast app of choice or click on the footnotes below to find links to it on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.Footnotes: https://goo.gl/G8GfYZ​

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  • How Your Germs Control Your Politics (with David Wong)

    · 01:46:45 · The Cracked Podcast

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: a charismatic populist leader rises to power by warning of immigrants who are are "filthy" and "bring disease." It's no coincidence the greatest deplorable leaders through the ages use the same coded language to talk about people who are "other."It's psychology. Quite understandably, it's human nature to fear disease. It's why rats are icky to us and I ceremonially burn my clothes after I go to Disneyland. But if you know what you're looking for, you'll see how diseases are are framed as exotic and foreign as an excuse to gang up on different nationalities: SARS, ban Chinese people; Ebola, ban everybody from Africa; sickness in general, build that wall.On this week's podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked executive editor Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) to talk about how this weird germ theory controls how you think about everything.Footnotes: https://goo.gl/zSd56T

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  • 3 Scientific Reasons People Think They See Ghosts

    · 01:04:22 · The Cracked Podcast

    Whether it's ghosts or the afterlife or god, most humans tend to lean towards thinking something funky and unknowable is out there, even if they can't pinpoint what it is or prove that it exists. With ghosts, this seems to be especially true. In some states, real estate listings must disclose if people have died at the property, you know, in case ghosts, and even the most fervent atheists will admit, "yeah there's something weird opening doors in my house, it's definitely a ghost."On this week's episode, Alex Schmidt is joined by Dana Gould, creator of IFC's Stan Against Evil for a wide-ranging conversation about why humanity is obsessed with the supernatural and some of the scientific reasons our bodies trick us into believing that ghosts are real. Footnotes: https://goo.gl/vfMFwp

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  • 15 Myths & Urban Legends That Deserve Modern Horror Movies

    · 01:15:42 · The Cracked Podcast

    Aside from a couple original standouts, horror movies seem to trot out the same 5 or 6 monsters/killers/haunted board games each year. It's The Fourth Life-Partner of Chucky (they're not putting labels on things). Saw 3.14: Circular Saw! Oui-3: Revenge of the Ouija!The 'Saw' joke isn't even a joke. The 8th 'Saw' movie is coming out this year. There are no remaining Hollywood actors who haven't been murdered by the Jigsaw killer.To end the stale repetition put forth by the horror industrial complex, Alex Schmidt is joined by a panel of Cracked's David Christopher Bell and Brett Rader, as well as comics Hallie Cantor, Greg Edwards and Danielle Radford to talk about 15 real life urban legends and folk monsters that deserve their own horror franchise that runs about four films too long.Footnotes: https://goo.gl/Ra9XKN

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  • 17 Classic Movies That Were Saved By Studio Interference

    · 01:06:55 · The Cracked Podcast

    In an alternate 1985, American movie audiences saw a movie called Spaceman From Pluto, wherein Eric Stoltz's time-traveling DeLorean is sent back to the 80s by driving straight into a nuclear explosion -- nuke the fridge style.Almost as if the writers and producers had time traveled themselves to watch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and realized what a horrible idea that would be, Stoltz was recast, the title was changed to Back to the Future and Marty McFly gets back to the future by summoning 1.21 gigawatts through the power of lightning.This is just one example of how studio notes aren't always a bad thing. On this week's episode, Alex Schmidt is joined by The Canon's Amy Nicholson to discuss how movies like Alien, Forrest Gump, and Beverly Hills Cop were saved, or almost completely ruined by the scourge of Hollywood: studio notes.Footnotes:​ ​https://goo.gl/nXFKEB

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  • Which City is the Number 1 Movie Setting of All-Time?

    · 01:19:33 · The Cracked Podcast

    New York. Paris. Tokyo. Miami. Even if you've never been to these cities (and sometimes, even if you have) the visions that come rushing to your mind at the mere mention of their names are images from movies. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton on a park bench in front of the Queensboro Bridge, Scarlett Johansson wandering through Shibuya Crossing, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy doing Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy things in a boat on the Seine.It's a cliché, but certain world cities become characters in the movies in which they are set. And sometimes, **cough cough Judd Apatow**, movies are just set in the Los Angeles suburbs for no discernible reason other than the actors and director didn't want to travel very far to get to work.On this week's podcast, inspired by and recorded in New York, Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked's Daniel Dockery, Brett Rader and Michael Swaim, as well former Cracked columnist Cher Martinetti, to discuss their 9 favorite movie locales and lay a city-sized crown on the one they think is the best place to set a movie.Foo​t​notes: https://goo.gl/xyX2qM

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  • 5 Ways Donald Trump's Lies Are Trying To Break Your Brain

    · 01:34:01 · The Cracked Podcast

    Hey there, you awesome person you! Congratulations: you’ve survived several months of a Donald Trump presidency. And double congratulations: you’re pushing through this dark period despite having to experience it with a human brain. Our brains feel stress about everything from large predatory animals to low smartphone battery levels. Which begs the question: isn’t it worth wondering how those fragile organs are handling American history’s Dumbest Timeline?On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt brings in Cracked POTUS-trackers Cody Johnston and Sean “Seanbaby” Reiley to discover the scale of President Trump’s towering horses**t, and the psychological ramifications of facing it day to day. They’ll shine a light on the most staggering, pointless lies ever told by the Commander in Chief. They’ll use the latest psychological studies to examine how constant chief executive lies can scramble our brains. And they’ll wrap up with ways you can be more mentally resilient than ever, both now and through the “The Rock” Johnson Administration.Footnotes: https://goo.gl/E2i1bm

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  • The Terrifying Truth About Why We Love Apocalypse Stories

    · 01:08:09 · The Cracked Podcast

    ​From Mad Max to The Road to the illustrious career of Roland Emmerich, it's clear that the modern pop-culture consumer loves apocalypses. Climate change and the threat of nuclear war or worldwide super-virus make imagining an apocalypse easy. And if you look back through history, it's obvious that as long as there has been civilization, there has been the fear of complete and utter worldwide destruction.One of the most prolific names today in speculative fiction is N.K. Jemisin. The first two books of her Broken Earth trilogy have won the Hugo Award for best novel the last two years consecutively. If you want to read the best sci-fi about the apocalypse, you need to be reading N.K. Jemisin's books. That's what we did, and N.K. Jemisin was kind enough to join Cracked's Alex Schmidt and Michael Swaim in New York for a conversation about world-building contemporary sci-fi, some of the most interesting real-life apocalypses in human history, and the difficulties of writing end-times fiction when the world so often is stranger and crueler than fiction.Footnotes and other links: https://goo.gl/BRmXxG

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  • 15 Real Science Stories That Would Make Great Sci-Fi Movies

    · 01:24:08 · The Cracked Podcast

    If you're a movie fan in 2017, you're hard pressed to find many original sci-fi films. There are a lot more Alien: Covenants and Blade Runner: 2o49s than Ex Machinas. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just sometimes sci-fi fans want to experience something new, something fresh, something that's not in the Transformers expanded universe.I mean, it's 2017. There are new planets and technologies being discovered every day. Surely some of them would make for the basis of a good sci-fi movie.So on this week's podcast, Alex Schmidt puts together a panel to research as many new and groundbreaking science stories as possible and pitch them as sci-fi movies. He's joined live in New York at the Now Hear This podcast festival by Cracked's Brett Rader and Michael Swaim, and comedians Claudia Cogan and Negin Farsad to discuss sense vests, head transplants, robot vines and more.Links, footnotes and more: https://goo.gl/1NdCEy

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

    · 01:10:49 · The Cracked Podcast

    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

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  • The Astoundingly Complex Logistics of How Food Gets Made

    · 01:22:05 · The Cracked Podcast

    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

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  • Twitter Alien @JonnySun On Creativity, Comedy, And Coping

    · 01:28:05 · The Cracked Podcast

    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

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

    · 01:19:56 · The Cracked Podcast

    ​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​

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

    · 01:07:24 · The Cracked Podcast

    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

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  • How Our Personal Experience Articles Find Comedy in Tragedy

    · 01:16:05 · The Cracked Podcast

    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

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  • Why Society Is Very Bad At Helping People Choose Jobs

    · 01:38:20 · The Cracked Podcast

    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

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  • Checking In On The Modern State of Dungeons and Dragons

    · 01:55:33 · The Cracked Podcast

    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/WCKg8f 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/ygBfW1 Listen to their episode about Jurassic Park here: https://goo.gl/FK9gV4 Listen to their episode about E.T. here: https://goo.gl/aQmqzD Listen to their episode about Jaws here: https://goo.gl/NdGi31 And 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/fQ2o72 Footnotes:  Spencer Crittenden on Twitter: https://goo.gl/3WqEi5 Article: Cracked: 5 Ways Your Dungeon Master Can Ruin Any D&D Session: https://goo.gl/fJj4p2 Video: Deadliest Warrior: Apache vs. Gladiator: https://goo.gl/RWe2Uf Video: HarmonQuest: Episode 1: https://goo.gl/q0ka3m Dragons in the Department of Corrections: https://goo.gl/1iumQr Article: Vice: Dragons and the Department of Corrections: https://goo.gl/bMC9n6 Video: Vice: Escaping Prison With Dungeons and Dragons: https://goo.gl/RNpcgv Video: CNN: The Bard Behind Bars: https://goo.gl/oYooRX Scholarly Article: Wayne D. Blackmon: Dungeons and Dragons: The Use of a Fantasy Game in the Psychotherapeutic Treatment of a Young Adult: https://goo.gl/3VsbYp Dragons in the Department of Corrections: https://goo.gl/1iumQr Movie: Wet Hot American Summer: http://amzn.to/2vJTBhD Wet Hot American Summer Fantasy Camp: https://goo.gl/XJ2BCg Wizards of Cockblock Forest: https://goo.gl/m36d8q

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

    · 01:27:48 · The Cracked Podcast

    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​

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  • How Would You Adjust If The Internet Just Went Away?

    · 01:45:56 · The Cracked Podcast

    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

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  • Cracked Movie Club: Raiders of the Lost Ark

    · 01:08:28 · The Cracked Podcast

    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

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