I miss Jack OâBrian. Just the way he talked was a lot more interesting. I used to be so excited for new episodes. Now I canât even listen to them anymore. ): please bring him back.
This podcast has pop-culture up the flock without being gag worthy, these comedians use them smarts to contextualize and philosophize about my favorite pop culture topics. BUT MY FAVORITE episodes are with David Wong (most famous writer on the internet) as he pulls back the illusions we tell ourselves in a fascinating way I cannot resist. But his books theyâll change the way u see the world. Anywhosul imafoosul. This podcast makes u better.
I like the direction the podcast is going, but Iâm going to miss Jack and Soren on here. They were a huge part of the reason I liked the site and came back to the podcast again and again. Good luck, yâall!
Funny, and on target with todays issues. Challenges your old preconceptions and fallacies.
I kept trying with this podcast, but there were too many episodes in which Nice Liberal White Guys opined on issues of pop culture & social justice. Even when they do bring in the women and people of color who work for Cracked (there as are too few, but more on the site than in these podcasts), they seem to get overwhelmingly talked over by the male guests. Maybe it will get better now that Jack O'Brien is gone. That guy would not shut up, man. Jason Pargin also really loves the sound of his own voice.
I've been listening to this podcast for a long time now and I've genuinely enjoyed it. However, I am officially unsubscribed after listening to the August 7 episode entitled, "Why Society is Bad at Helping People Choose Jobs." This episode is unapologetically cynical and unreasonable about education. To say that school treats kids like they're all the same is ridiculous to me, a teacher who read 5 books this summer on how to do the exact opposite of that. To say that learning to write essays is only helpful to those at Cracked who do it as a job is completely ignorant to the nuances and transferable skills associated with writing. These people are allowed to have their cynicism and they can complain all they want, but for Cracked to broadcast it as though it is the common canon is unfair to its listeners. I am disappointed in Cracked and will not listen again.
The host change over is not the reason for the downfall of this podcast, this show has been sliding for awhile. At one point I found it interesting, intellectual, a little pompous but very entertaining. I can no longer get through an entire show. It has become boring and unimaginative as well as just plain dumb. The most recent episode about what video games are best to live in is a bit corny but has potential to be fun and interesting but fell so very flat. Maybe just need to pick better guests but close to an unsubscribe.
After Jack O'Brian left, the podcast has gone .... blah. Nothing sets it apart anymore. There are better and worse, but why waste your time with the middle when there are hundreds better discussing more interesting topics..
So funny, so well researched, and so entertaining
Fairly interesting topics, but the longer I listen to this show the more I realize that discussions are complaint-filled hours where points are supported by banalities and trivialities.
Cracked steals ideas from good podcasts like radiolab and ruins them. This is due in part to their staff who only have liberal art degree trying to deal with political, social, and scientific issues that are out of their league. They Also have a 1D world view making it impossible for them to be objective. Finally the only funny thing about this podcast is the cast claims to be comedians.
I used to love the Cracked Podcast and looked forward to it every week. Sadly, the podcast has turned into more of a movie trivia podcast after Daniel O'Brien left. I love the guys and the comic relief but all the movie episodes should stay on their other podcast (the movie one.) The first couple of episodes after his departure were good but I can't help but wonder what happened? I'm unsubscribing for now and I'll check back later. Hopefully they'll get their groove back along more diverse topics.
So I have been listening to the show for years. I've never like the hip hop music so I'm glad that aspect is gone. I also liked the old host, except for his voice. I had to listen on 1 1/2 speed because he dragged so much. Any episode with Jason is the best episodes. I'm not a huge fan of the political stuff but it's few and far between.
Not always accurate, but can be entertaining.
I love how it is cool to relate when u know what they are talking about as well as learn when you dont. Easy five stars
Cracked has a very specific brand of humor, and although I go up and down with the (now dearly departed) host, I respect the curation of topics and guests. Looking forward to the new take with Host Clam-man. RIP Jack O'Brien. Who knew a middle aged white man could have such an encyclopedic knowledge of rap and hip hop. He is survived by his brother/uncle Daniel O'Brien, Sr.
Great mix of pop culture, history, and news commentary
It's like a long-form version of the videos and articles that Cracked makes. The topics are all over the place -- pop culture, politics, society, all sorts of stuff. Some are, by virtue of their subject matter, lighter in tone than others, but that doesn't bother me. I have enjoyed every one that I have heard so far.
It's just unfunny liberal propaganda. Wasted my time.
Not that Jack O Brien had an annoying voice but Alex had a great ease behind the mic that I didn't realize I was missing. Lots of great topics and willing to look at multiple sides of arguments
My favorite podcast. Will miss Jack if he is gone
One of the finest podcasts out there, this is a top-notch go-to for anyone who wants to be entertained while learning new things. Great fun, interesting, hilarious, consistent, satisfying, and excellent guests. Why would anyone NOT listen to this?
I, like, really wanted to, like, give this 5 stars but like, something threw me off like, I couldn't like put my like finger on it, like maybe something about like repeating words like that like I didn't like like something about it. It was like, great content that I liked. But like, there was like something like in the way of like me fully liking this. Like for real guys, it's as bad as ummmmm.
there is nothiong funny about this podcast and nothing insightful either unless jason paragin is on. The rest of the group are self congratulatory dullards living in a bubble.
Excellent podcast, has been on of my favorites for a long time. Sad to see the old host go, but I really like Alex too. This podcast is always funny, smart but doesn't take itself too seriously, and has excellent production value. Their Kurt Vonnegut podcast is also very good.
Jack O'Brien speaking into a microphone sounds like someone recorded him saying every word in the dictionary years ago and just type in words that advertisers want this podcast to be about. I'm convinced he's been dead since 2011 because its almost impossible to believe how good Cracked used to be compared to the friendfisting ringjack it is today. The program seems to hate what used to be it's target audience and has devolved into low effort reference humor and extreme safety societal commentary. Cracked got its start ripping off MAD magazine but this podcast sounds more inspired by Reader's Digest.
Oh my gawd. Been looking for a new podcast addiction and I have def found it!
Sometimes interesting, but usually seems like most topics are modestly researched and the podcast has too much padding.
It's unbelievable that learning can be this fun. If only high school would have been this entertaining I could have actually paid attention and figured out what to do with my life.
Really interesting subjects, insightful, and fairly progressive for what feels like a 95% white male cast of commenters. It needs more diversity on both the main staff and guest commenters though, especially women. It's wierd how often the topic of misogyny and bigotry in general comes up but the views of people in marginalized groups aren't solicited much. It's a lost opportunity for them, and for the listeners.
I'm refering to The Enormous Lie About Modern Life.
The best way to enjoy this podcast is to cherry pick which episodes to listen to. There's a handful of guests that are enjoyable including Soren, David Wong, Michael Swaim, Carmen, and Daniel O'Brien. Some are pretty interesting and insightful, like one recently about life in very small towns. The live episodes are almost always better to pass.
Have her on more and give her more money. This is a completely unbiased review.
Always fun and informative.
michael swaim is a genius. Just give him his own podcast.
Brilliantly informative and hilarious.
Love every show. But the episodes with Jason Pargin are my favorite. Please have him on more.
Please make the spinoff pod that you mentioned with Jason and john
It was a long one but you said you wanted feedback so I figured I'd let you know. I've been a listener for a few years and I like the show. Some episodes are really great, and some are kind of meh, which is totally not a big percentage. Most are really entertaining and yada yada yada..I have to say that the episodes with David Wong are my favorites, and any idea of him having a spinoff or whatever experiment this last episode was is a good idea by me. I like you guys a lot. Keep doing what you do and I'll keep listening.
I listen to A LOT of podcasts (look for recommendations on my twitter @samanthaalucas, because i'm a journalist and obsessed with podcasts). Cracked is by far my favorite podcast of all time. Hands down. Amazing.
This used to be a great podcast, but now they just poorly regurgitate info from other, better podcasts or just whine about politics.
Generally an incredibly enjoyable podcast. It's interesting, novel and gets guests who mesh well with the regular cast. I enjoyed the David Wong (not trying to spell Jason's last name) and Jon Cheese talking about growing up in rural IL. I'd definitely subscribe to a podcast with those two talking about, well, whatever the hell they want to talk about. Overall Cracked always gets top billing whenever a new pod drops.
Really funny and charming all the hosts are characters that do a great job of expanding my mode of thinking. The newest ep with Jason and john was phenomenal and I would love to listen to more of that. Not to take away from the great job that the cracked podcast already does anyway.
Love this podcast. But miss jack's hand picked music. I know you said it takes too much time, but don't feel the need to pick songs that fit the theme of the episode and explain why you picked them. I never appreciated that the music because it fit the themes, I just appreciate your music tastes and hearing the songs that you like as breaks between talking. Please bring them back!
Make my day better
I listen to a lot of podcasts, and Cracked never fails to be hilarious and informative. I regularly discuss the topics with my friends.
If you like any of the other Cracked content, you'll love this show. It's great.
Not very thorough
Sometimes they have really great conversations, and I always love when Jason Is on. Like others though, I also think that the gangster rap is pretty annoying. Doesn't ever fit the show. They seem to pretty often give out information that's just directly false. Lately Jack keeps interrupting the episodes to give a very long description or commentary or backstory to the conversation, and it makes the show feel chaotic and unorganized. It's a good show, I'll keep listening, but there's definite room for improvement and the issues it has are easily avoidable.