Good Job, Brain! is a free weekly clean* audio podcast that's part quiz show & part offbeat news. It's the ultimate nutrition for your brain. So eat up!

*no explicit language. But poop does come up sometimes all the time.


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WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?

KAREN // @momopeche

Game geek, candyfreak, bad runner.  

EXPERTISE: Geography, Hip Hop, Dogs, Patrick Swayze, Scout

 

COLIN // @colin13

Cannot tolerate lines that are not 100% parallel or 100% perpendicular.

EXPERTISE: Classic Rock, Academy Awards, NBA, Star Wars, Sniper

 

DANA // @ItsKindaSweet

Kinda sweet, kinda hilarious. Game designer extraordinaire.  

EXPERTISE: Literature, Indie Rock, Pop Culture, New Zealand, Prince, Medic

 

CHRIS // @kobunheat

Walking retro videogame almanac. Ravenclaw.  

EXPERTISE: US government, James Taylor, videogames, Spy

Wednesday
Feb252015

144: Mascot Mania

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Gotta go fast! From a speedy blue hedgehog to a prospector named after a bread, we plunge into the wacky and ridiculous world of mascots. Can you name the sports team by their cheesy mascots? Take Dana's quiz on beloved product spokesperson/spokesanimal/spokesthing, and Chris' VERY HARD videogame mascot challenge. Find out how frozen orange juice made a huge (and controversial) splash with a Disney character, and how Montreal broke ground in mascot history.

ALSO: 1960's Jeopardy!

RUNTIME: 1 hour 1 minute 51 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Mascot Mania" by Jello Biafra And Mojo Nixon  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
Feb182015

143: A Royal Pain

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Kneel before the iron throne of trivia and nutty facts about royalty, rulers, and regality: royalty quiz, the very mindblowing and scandalous world of "pretenders to the throne," why purple is the color of royalty, and the fascinating job of the royal taster. And of course, our own robot King, E.L.V.I.S. is back with another soulless lyrics quiz!

ALSO: milking dogs

RUNTIME: 57 minutes 7 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Royals" by Pentatonix  Amazon | iTunes


Friday
Feb062015

142: Don't Call it a COMEBACK!

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Except.... it is a comeback. YES! WE ARE BACK. Karen has her voice back and what better way to celebrate her health than to have an episode all themed around stories, facts, and quizzes about famous comebacks. In order to rise, you must fall first, and Karen's got a quiz all about famous (and cringe-worthy) rejection letters. Movie comebacks, music comebacks, and all your favorite old diseases are coming back too. And of course, the man who rode the retirement-comeback rollercoaster, Mr. 23 himself, Michael Jordan.

ALSO: Listener mail!

RUNTIME: 52 minutes 10 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
Feb062015

141: Best of 2014

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It's out MEGA-long year-end episode! Double the length, double the memories as we try to cram in some of your favorite and notable segments. With the help of our listeners, we've picked some of our best quizzes, stories, facts, and music rounds from 2014. Thanks to all for another fantastic year, and let 2015 be a brainy year.

RUNTIME: 1 hr 34 minutes 46 seconds

 

Tuesday
Jan202015

Crickets!

Apologies, GJB listeners! You probably noticed that we haven't come out with a new episode for a few weeks now. Quick update: Karen got extremely sick and lost her voice. But she's on the up and up, and will be able to speak soon. So stay tuned!

Thursday
Dec252014

140: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #28 Holiday Edition!

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Are you yearning for yuletide yapping? Then join us at the trivia table and keep your brain fresh with a jolt of holiday quizzing! Colin gets super experimental this episode and debuts a new game segment "30 SECONDS TO GLORY"!, a whole Christmas music round, famous people anagram challenge, and test your holiday IQ.

ALSO: "12 Days of GJB Christmas" as performed by our own Chris Kohler

RUNTIME: 43 minutes 46 seconds

 

Monday
Dec222014

139: Season's Eatings II

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ARE YOU READY FOR HOLIDAY EATAPALOOZA?!?!??!! Let us whet your appetite with scrumptious facts and trivia about holiday foods and eating traditions. Why does fruitcake have the most pathetic loser rep? Chris drenches us with the colorful and pungent origins of the fruitcake, who knew this poop-looking brick had such a wonderful stamp in history? Take the Goose/Ham/Turkey challenge to find out who's the real MEAT HEAD. We all become envious of Japan after learning about their Christmas tradition, and it's finger-lickin' good. And of course, the international phenomenon of the cursed HANGOVER - find out what actually is happening to your body after a night of drinking and other boozy facts.

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 49 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Tripping Billies" by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
Dec122014

138: Abracadabra

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Shazam! Presto! Prepare to be amazed by origin stories, facts, and trivia about MAGIC. Chris tries to dazzle us (and YOU, the listener) with aural magic tricks. Find out why his mind-reading tricks work. Take our quiz about the magical products all around us. Open Sesame! Abracadabra! Hocus pocus! Find out how and why these magic phrases came to be. We all have heard about Harry Houdini and his great magical escape feats but did you know he was an avid mythbuster and skeptic? Oh yeah, and his on-and-off friendship with Arthur Conan Doyle. Dramaaaa.

ALSO: poop dust

RUNTIME: 54 minutes 23 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Do You Believe in Magic" by The Lovin' Spoonful  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
Dec052014

137: All in the Family

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Scooch closer, niblings, avuncles, and brother-uterines because it's time for a family reunion! We tip our hats to trivia and juicy facts all about families as we inch closer to the holidays. Eldmother? Belsire? Take Dana's specific family member vocab challenge! Learn what it was really like for family households back in the history times (hint: VERY AWKWARD), TV family sitcoms, animal family names, and a very familial Music Round.

ALSO: Listener Brad Pitt or Lasers, special thanks to our families

RUNTIME: 56 minutes 17 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Ode to My Family" by The Cranberries  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
Nov282014

136: Raise Your Voice 

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La la la laaaaaaaaaa~ We explore the world of voice and speech. Learn about the history of "the robot voice" and the crazy machines that made synthesized speech possible, we turn into Munchkins and find out why helium makes your voice squeaky, famous speeches every pub trivia team needs to know, and how to speak Australian!

ALSO: Congrats Rob!

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 44 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday  Amazon | iTunes