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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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


186: Eggsellent


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 




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asking about abbreviations and acronyms so boot up that screaming modem because Colin prepared the M.O.T.A.A.Q.: Mostly Outdated Technology Abbreviations and Acronyms Quiz.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



184: Spice Up Your Life!


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 


183: Eyes on the Prize


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 


182: Dress You Up


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 


181: Good Job, BRAIN!

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We want your 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 




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



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.



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


178: Spy vs. Spy


Let's dart past sharks with frikkin' laser beams attached to their heads and break into the underground trivia lair that's all about espionage and spycraft! Listen to us flunk the pub trivia James Bond primer, AND the James Bond music quiz. Find out what kind of (tasty?) spy work Julia Child did for the US government, and test your espionage movie and show IQ. Infiltrate and retrieve the precious cargo in Chris' hidden word quiz, and we live in a mad, mad world of Spy vs. Spy - so are you on team White Spy or Black Spy? And of course. SPY. CATS. SPY-CATS.

RUNTIME: 1 hour 7 minutes 42 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers  Amazon | iTunes 

^^^ does it sound like he's singing "Secret Asian Man"?


177: FIGHT!


Fists up, brains up! This week, we're heading into the ring filled with facts and trivia about fighting: learn about the (nice) Japanese tradition of spider fighting, and find out why MMA fighters should not blow their noses. Colin finds out what exactly did occur and spur, sir, during that fateful duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Everyone was kung-fu fighting in Karen's Asian martial arts quiz, and just how well do you know your professional wrestler movie cameos?

ALSO: beaver teeth, eyeball transplant


RUNTIME: 1 hour 2 minutes 4 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas  Amazon | iTunes