Cowboys might be the most iconic type of American. The hat! The pistols! The white man! THESE are the markers of a true cowboy, in our minds. But what if that's one prominent myth about the Old West? And what if it's one member of a rogues' gallery of bullshit you've been told about life in the late 1800s west of the Mississippi River? On this episode of The Cracked Podcast, outlaw podcaster Alex Schmidt forms a posse with incredible comedy writers Jenny Jaffe and Elliott Kalan. They'll gun down myth after Old West myth, drawing on everything from historical records to Jenny & Elliott's experiences creating an animated TV comedy set in cowboy times. They'll also explore weird myths about our cultural myths, figure out which modern celebrity has the best outlaw name, and re-imagine what a great Western story can be.
The Phantom Empire (1935) (IMDb) -- the science fiction underground civilization serial featuring Gene Autry
Riders Of Destiny (1933) (IMDb) -- the first of two John Wayne singing cowboy movies
Gain historical perspective that'll make 2020 tolerable.
Some hustles are stranger than fiction (and horse-based).
Deadspin was a good website.
Watch out fictional ladies: your number of boobs might be telegraphing your morality.