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

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 

 

Friday
Nov212014

135: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #27

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Watch out for those whizzing quizzes - it's time for our hodge podge of random quizzes to keep your brain in tip-top pub trivia shape: lightning round of women who RROOOCCKKKK (not lady geologists), and time to play a round of "Hey, Where'd You Get That Cheese?", Chris got his Thanksgiving menu all mixed up, How to Know Your Dragons, and movie director credit challenge!

ALSO: Celebrity restaurants, Warby Parker Eye quiz

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 57 seconds

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Saturday
Nov152014

134: For Your Safety

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DO THE SAFETY DANCE! Facts and trivia about keeping you safe. Remember those (super annoying) automatic safety belts that were build into a track along the car door? What happened to them and how did they came about? Having a hard time opening medicine bottles? Well, Chris has quite the story for you on child-proof packaging and how scientists test their safety. Learn about the mesmerizing and magical history of bulletproof vests and why it works. Karen's just "plane crazy" about all the seemingly fun (but important!) stuff in airplane safety videos.

ALSO: Foodie Fight, GJB STORE IS OPEN FOR A FEW DAYS!

RUNTIME: 52 minutes 11 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Safe and Sound" by Capital Cities  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
Nov072014

133: That Old Time Rock and Roll

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Darn you whippersnappers, get off our lawn! This week we celebrate the old, out-dated, and obsolete things in the past. Meet the mysterious saltpeter man from the days of yore whose job totally....stinks. Old name quiz, and what happened a year ago? What about 50 years ago? Journey through time with Dana's year span quiz. Beep, beep, beep- the riveting rise and fall of beepers and pagers. And revel in modern music in old prose with the return of William Fakespeare.

ALSO: Bexar County, The Hibernator, listener-submitted bumper ad

RUNTIME: 56 minutes 29 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Nov042014

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Friday
Oct312014

132: Happy Halloween! #2

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Sugar up *your* skulls with our Halloween trivia-riffic episode filled with brain candy: vampires vaahhhnt to suck your blaaahhhhhd, but why do they hate garlic? Who's Ben Cooper and why should you thank him for your crappy childhood costume? Take our Halloween TV episode title quiz, and a horror movie challenge, and learn about how Halloween came to be.

(Please share your crappy childhood costumes in the comments on our site.)

ALSO: 1960's Jeopardy!

RUNTIME: 55 minutes 23 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Addams Groove" by MC Hammer  Amazon | iTunes 

 

PS. Here's the Ben Cooper Fonz costume we talked about on the show. What a thing of self-referencial beauty. 

Thursday
Oct232014

131: Bibliotheque Discotheque

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The library is open for an epic mega-nerd sesh as we jam out to trivia and quizzes about books. Earn your book club gold stars with the return of Dana's "Ya Burnt" segment - can you name the classic children's book by their haterade one-star review? Chris plays appraisor again talking cold, hard, cash - the most expensive books on the planet. Sneaky authors and their literary anagrams, book facts, and the incredulous ways people stored books in the olden days.

ALSO: @WordsAreSoWeird, NY's official state snack

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 53 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Reading Rainbow" theme song  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Thursday
Oct162014

130: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #26

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Put on your hightops, sip on some Hi-C, and snack on some Hydrox because we're going high speedin' down that super highway of information. In this hodgepodge quiz episode, Chris gets stately with some very strange official state whats-its, and find out what state is the only one to have an "official state flavor." FUN? ZZ? Karen gives the gang some financial know-how with a punny stock symbol quiz. People have been trying to tell the future using the weirdest things - take Dana's divination quiz and find out. And Colin gets a blast from the past and challenges us in a round of "Have You Ever Noticed?"

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 20 seconds

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