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

Tuesday
Jun232015

Fun-Size Mini Show: Music Location Puzzle

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What did the fast tomato say to the slow tomato? "KETCHUP!" Yes, Karen catches up with a few Um...Actually's, listener questions, and announcements. Potential meetup? Play games with all of us and with the community online? And future episode previews? Yup, you got it. And of course, stay for Karen's music quiz location puzzle!

You can email us your answer to gjb.podcast@gmail.com. And we're back next week with a full episode brimming with our usual trivia and maybe poo facts.

RUNTIME: 23 minutes 31 seconds

Sunday
Jun142015

154: To Boldly Go

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By Grabthar's hammer, you shall be avenged with trivia overload about science-fiction. What was the true cultural origin of sci-fi? Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers - the copycat race to space story dominance. NGet fuzzy and cuddly with Dana's sci-fi pet quiz (and some heated discussion about Jabba the Hutt). Are you having a bad day? Could it be because of Mercury is in retrograde? BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! Chris delivers a brutal deep-cut quiz on Battlestar Galactica cast's other acting gigs, and sci-fi movies you probably didn't know were based on books.

ALSO: Iceland facts, dementor wasps

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 2 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Major Tom" by Shiny Toy Guns  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
Jun052015

153: Let There Be Light

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Ah, finally, and *enlightening* episode! Let it shine, let it shine, let it...... destroy? Chris tells us about the infamous Las Vegas "death ray" and how a simple CFL lightbulb destroyed his videogame dreams. Bask in facts about glow-in-the-dark toys, fireflies...and "fire-pigs." And yes, the human race have finally invented a mind-boggling material that cannot be any more black. NONE MORE BLACK! And music round is back with some light rock.

ALSO: Mailbag, updates, EGGCORNS

RUNTIME: 56 minutes 39 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"This Little Light of Mine" by Joss Stone and Buick Audra  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
May152015

152: Follow the Leader

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Kneel and bow before trivia about those who are leaders of the pack! Take Chris' quiz on business leaders who name their famous companies after their own swagga self. Why we call sport team leaders "coaches" and the traditions among different sports. Leaders with animal names, and the intriguing origin of Rastafarians and their holy leader. Why would anyone be in the lead of a race and then disappear?! The weird world of rabbit runners who get paid to run fast, and drop out of a race.

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 10 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Leader" by Yarah Bravo  iTunes 

 

Thursday
Apr302015

151: Cheers!

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Watch out because we're burping up facts and trivia about booze and beers! After 150 episodes, we're revisiting our topic from episode one! Find out why the next time you drink wine, you should really make a toast to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde creator, Robert Louis Stevenson. Learn about the strange types of mead, or honey wine, and Colin's got his beer/thinking cap on with a quiz about brewskies. Alcoholic plants, and yes, alcoholic animals. Specifically, a real bear who enjoyed beer way too much.

ALSO: the "fastest" train, PRESENTS!, featured listener websites

RUNTIME: 1 hr 1 minute

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Alcohol" by Barenaked Ladies  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Saturday
Apr182015

150: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #30

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What's the best way to celebrate our 150th full length episode? With quizzes about Taylor Swift, word games, music maships and more. DUH. Chris' got a few sassy out-of-context movie summaries for us to identify. Do you listen to the show in the car? - Then you'll probably ace Colin's car make quiz. Karen's sandwiching words again, but this time it's all about musicians, and Dana's really obsessed with Taylor Swift's dating life.

ALSO: "word flip," random Christmas Trivia, and see if you can catch our first censor bleep

RUNTIME: 44 minutes 30 seconds

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Saturday
Apr112015

149: Collect All the Things!

(^^^ That's Chris!)

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Gotta catch'em all! We celebrate trivia and facts about collecting and collectors: our resident Star Wars droid afficionado Colin quizzes us on eBay abbreviations, and our resident video game hoarder Chris regales us with the mysterious tale of Atari's real-life treasure of gold and jewels. What does a "vexillologist" collect? What about a "vapoludologist"? Karen witnesses how Disney pin trading gets seeded, and Dana's got a quiz on celebrities and the weird and specific stuff they collect. And are Grandma's Hummel figurines really worth something?

RUNTIME: 55 minutes 33 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Collection of Stamps" by I'm From Barcelona  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Sunday
Apr052015

148: Take Out the Trash

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It's time for spring cleaning so get ready to sweep up factoids about garbage: Oscar the Grouch, the 5-Second Rule, and the surprisingly recent invention of the Trash feature in computers. Learn the tale of the Mobro 4000 - how the legendary floating island of New York City trash sailed up and down the coast of the Atlantic. You talking smack? Take the trash talk quiz! ...And find out exactly how should you poop in the woods.

ALSO: movie body count trivia, intense Star Wars Squarespace ad

RUNTIME: 59 minutes 17 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"I Love Trash" by Oscar the Grouch  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
Mar272015

147: The Doctor is In

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Doctor, these patients need 100CC of trivia STAT! We're prescribing some extra-strength weird facts this episode so make sure to relax and breathe normally. Get the blood flowing with a general medical quiz, and then take a spoonful of odd lingo and code words doctors use behind your back. CLEAR! Find out what's fact and what's fiction behind common medical procedures shown in TV and movies. And how a dead half of a frog inspired one of the greatest literary classic of all time. 

ALSO: Marvel challenge quiz, walls that repel urine

RUNTIME: 50 minutes 9 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Coconut" by Harry Nilsson  Amazon | iTunes


Tuesday
Mar172015

146: It's a Date!

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Sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, and a whole lotta akwardness! It's our episode about dating: dating alarms in Iceland, the 3 key questions to ask to find your mate, and we cringe at some of our own dating horror stories. Karen's got a quiz about very specific online dating sites, and can *you* name these famous date scenes in movies?

ALSO: Rollover puzzle solution

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 33 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"First Date" by Blink-182  Amazon | iTunes