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
May312017

The Long Answer

“What happened to GJB?”
“Are you guys okay?”
“When is the next episode coming out?”

 

I have probably circulated and responded every nebulous permutation of The Short Answer: “Sorry, life happened.”

Don't worry, GJB isn't ending! It just isn't coming out as regular as before. But something seemingly minor happened today that is inspiring me to share The Long Answer. (We sure like our questions and answers here at GJB!)

I had a troubling relationship at home for numerous years. And in retrospect, a lot of the effort and time spent on GJB or on my other “cool” activities (running races, cosplay, writing books, having a tech job) was really a form of escapism. I overloaded myself with so much distraction to the point of having multiple crippling meltdowns just so I didn’t have to deal with the bad situation at home. I was in constant denial. It was not healthy, *I* was not healthy, and it made life at home even worse.

I somehow hoped that if my output to the world was bright enough, no one would suspect how dark it really was.

Almost a year ago, something big happened that I legally can't talk about. It was like a tornado siren that finally woke everyone up and I finally realized, I have to leave and get myself to safety. And I did, I moved out— even though it felt like the warpath of the tornado pretty much destroyed everything I had, and everything I knew. I was relieved that my eyes finally had opened, but the hardest part was finally seeing the emptiness and rubble I now was standing in. And then I found out my uterus was having problems.

Then I had to take time to rebuild while dealing with the aftershock of legal and emotional matters. I’ve gone to a lot of support groups and sessions with my therapist to help me manage all my fear, rage, and pain. Ironically, devoting time to let my brain heal and rest meant I had very little time to work on Good Job, Brain! I’ll admit - it was difficult recording some of those GJB episodes during this time. I had to force every word out of my mouth; keeping up the cheeriness for my GJB friends, and downplaying the severity of my situation. And our recording and editing schedule became less frequent and more irregular.


Fast forward to today. 

GJB listener Vanessa Mathieu posted on the GJB Facebook page to congratulate us on being nominated for 2017 The Academy of Podcasters for Best Games and Hobbies Podcast. 

 

Shocking and humbled? Yes and yes! Despite the fact that I run a podcast, I’m really not that up on my knowledge of awards given to podcast. To be honest, I’m actually embarrassed by this nomination since we’ve been only put out a handful of new episodes in 2017 but yet, here we are: this little blip amidst the vast internet landscape is recognized to be something worth mentioning. And it hit me, though our publishing schedule is extremely crappy, the content we put out is something people actually enjoy. Because in the end, learning is fun. Being curious is great... but being curious together is even better

And now, my being, my brain, my relationships; they’re all on the mend. Different, but better. I finally have settled down in a place after relocating a few times, the divorce process is annoying but it's going, still going to trauma therapy, going to support groups to now help others in similar situations cope, and finding/appreciating love from friends and family. And weirdly enough, I am grateful for all of it - the good stuff and the very bad stuff. GJB wouldn’t have become the thing it is today. I wouldn’t have become the person I am today. 

-Karen

 

PS. New episodes are still being recorded, just not on a very regular schedule. I’ll update the site this weekend since it’s not showing the newer episodes. But you can always use our podcast RSS feed on podcast apps since they’re more reliable!

PPS. Thank you all.

PPPS. I've learned that no one is ever alone. Whatever you're dealing with, there's a support group for almost everything and anything.

 

Monday
Nov142016

GJB HOLIDAY PARTY!

It has been quite a year huh? Lots of "life" happened, and we published a book! Well, the GJB crew decided that we're just going to throw a party for all of our fans and listners here in San Francisco, the exact place where we play pub trivia every week. There will be food trucks around, and we'll take over The Barn with merch, book-signing, pub trivia, and even Q&A that will be streamed live. Come have a brainy jolly casual time with us! Admission is free! And the venue is also kid/baby/dog friendly.

 

When: 12/3 Saturday, 12pm-2pm

Where: SOMA Streatfood Park - Inside the Barn

Saturday
Jul092016

186: Eggsellent

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We crack open the trivia-filled world of EGGS! Which end of the egg comes out of a chicken first? Chris fluffs it up with the science and how-to behind perfect scrambled eggs. (And we have a micro interview with a very special guest who has very strong opinions on this particular dish.) And of course, how can we do an episode on eggs without sharing another weird animal reproduction story? This time: the mating horror of the anglerfish. Dana has prepped an egg salad of a quiz for us while Colin serves up a protein-filled egg word quiz. And what exactly are Faberge Eggs, and what makes them so insanely expensive?

ALSO: US hiking facts, Tanked

RUNTIME: 1 hour 4 minutes 28 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Egg Man" by Big Bad Bosses  Bandcamp | iTunes 

Tuesday
Jun282016

185: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #37

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Time to combine that black matter and white matter and turn it into grey matter with our all quiz episode! How do we get people more into classic literature? Well, with a teen movie starring Hilary & Haley Duff, of course! Chris did some mad research and found an alarming amount of modern films that based on classic books and made it into a quiz. Pub quizzes love asking about abbreviations and acronyms so boot up that screaming modem because Colin prepared the M.O.T.A.A.Q.: Mostly Outdated Technology Abbreviations and Acronyms Quiz. Inspired by previous quizzes, Karen presented the RAZZCARS challenge! Featuring actors who have won both Oscars (best film achievement) and Razzies (worst film achievement.) And time to play "Brad Pitt? Or Lasers?" with a fan-submitted quiz.

ALSO: Jeopardy!, Dash button

RUNTIME: 57 minutes 48 seconds

 

Saturday
Jun182016

184: Spice Up Your Life!

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Secrete saliva with some succulent segments and stories about seasonings and spices! Find out what the most popular Japanese dish is (and it's not what you think it is)! Sail around the world with us as we dive into the spice trade and how it resulted in some of the dishes we now eat. Take our spicy music quiz and Karen finds out what the cinnamon challenge is.

ALSO: horse racing primer, baby camel names

RUNTIME: 56 minutes 19 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls (duh)  Amazon | iTunes 

Tuesday
Jun072016

183: Eyes on the Prize

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Winning is nice, but getting a prize for it is even better. So get ready to head to the podium to receive some award-winning trivia! Celebrate the entertainment highs in our almost-EGOT quiz, and on the other end of the spectrum, cringe at the entertainment lows in our Razzie award challenge. Find out how scientists cleverly smuggled and hid gold Nobel prizes right under Nazi noses during WWII, and get ready to pin some county fair blue ribbons on to some comically large and record-breaking produce. And Chris dissects more carnival game scams and the story behind a prized Rastafarian banana.

RUNTIME: 1 hour 4 minutes 15 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"All I Do is Win" by DJ Khaled  Amazon | iTunes 

Sunday
May222016

182: Dress You Up

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Strap on those jodhpur pants, dust off those epaulets, and it's time to suit up for this week's episode on uniforms and costumes! Find out exactly why Mario sports his classic overalls getup and has his signature mustache. Take Dana's non-uniform uniform quiz, and peak into the high-tech world of tracking Disney's gigantic costume empire. Goofy military uniform inventions, camouflage, and blunders & bloopers in sport uniforms.

ALSO: Chris' East Coast trivia, Portuguese Man'o'war

RUNTIME: 1 hour 1 minute 54 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Dress You Up" Reel Big Fish (Madonna cover)  Amazon | iTunes 

Monday
May092016

181: Good Job, BRAIN!


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We want your brains......to be smarter and stronger! This week we found weird trivia stories about our weirdest and most mysterious thinkin' organ. Ever been impressed by someone with a photographic memory? Dana finds out what exactly is photographic memory and now we all want to be memory athletes for the Olympics of memorization. Karen revisits Temple of Doom and tries to pinpoint the real origin of the monkey brains dish and why is it in popular culture so much. And believe it or not, Colin dons his Ripley mustache and shares a brainy story of a remarkable man named Phineas Gage.

ALSO: More audio palindromes, Chris' Boston trivia

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 33 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"If I Only Had a Brain" from The Wizard of Oz  Amazon | iTunes 

Wednesday
Apr132016

180: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #36

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Oh ho ho! A real grab bag of quizzes this week: from the germiest places in your house to foreign currency. Find the interloper word in Chris' misused vocabulary quiz, and find out if you're like an animal. And let's play "30 Seconds to Glory!" Also, we went to the zoo and so of course, we're reporting back some real weird animal facts.

RUNTIME: 1 hour 10 minutes 51 seconds

 


Thursday
Mar312016

Good Job, Brain! THE BOOK

The podcast known to secrete facts into your ear holes is now going to secrete facts into YOUR EYE HOLES.

 

Yes folks, it's very exciting and surreal for us to officially announce that Good Job, Brain! THE BOOK will be available in stores and online this year in September! 

 

This orange tome features our juiciest trivia stories, pub quiz strategy, mnemonics, extremely silly original illustrations, puzzles and quizzes created by us, and of course, a whole section called "Animal Secretion Spotlight." Much thanks to our publisher, Ulysses Press.

OMG LOOK, WE ALREADY HAVE AN AMAZON LINK TO PREORDER

 

(Maybe this finally will light the fire under Karen's butt to finish up her fraction of the book. Ahem.)