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

Thursday
Feb042016

173: A Sticky Situation

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STICK AROUND for facts and trivia about things that are gooey, sticky, and syrupy. Chris found a bunch of sticky words but they're so sticky that some other letters got rolled in-- see if you can solve his adhesive anagrams. Sticky quiz about desserts and glues, and the bizarre but devastating wave of molasses that destroyed the city of Boston. Learn about some REALLY weird animals that use their stickiness to their advantage.

ALSO: listener challenge answers revealed, Super Bowl pub quiz cheat sheet

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 18 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Sticky Fingers" by Above & Beyond  Amazon | iTunes 


Sunday
Jan242016

172: Catch Up! Listener Challenge, Puffy Snakes, Xenografts

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It's our catch-up episode, and we got lots weird facts to share and special listeners to thank. Karen's back from her 5 million races over the fast few weeks and has so many stories to tell (involving dolphin poop and oddly-shaped cucumbers), and had so many real-life listener encounters! Colin's got some interesting news about scientists discovering the first and only (?) odorless vertebrate animal. A listener mailbag featuring a real xenograft encounter, and take our music quiz listener challenge! Email gjb.podcast@gmail.com with your answer!

RUNTIME: 32 minute 50 seconds

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Monday
Jan042016

171: BEST OF 2015 (Cheesy Awards Show Edition)

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We present to you our best segments, quizzes, food facts, and more in our 2015 round-up episodes highlighting the brainiest and weirdest trivia from last year. And it ain't a cheesy awards show without a parody opening song, awkward presentation speeches, uplifting orchestral music, and punny jokes!

RUNTIME: 1 hour 34 minutes 12 seconds

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Thursday
Dec242015

170: ALL QUIZ BO-HO-HO-NANZA!

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Two episodes in one week? It's a Christmas miracle, folks! Yes, a special quiz-filled show about the holidays for the holidays for you and your friends & family to play together. Sometimes all you need is a turkey, handsome mister soul, and a misheard lyrics quiz to make the holidays bright. And are your fingers crossed for the hottest toy of the year? Take Dana's toy quiz about the it-toy of the 90's. E.L.V.I.S. is back with some non-traditional holiday tunes. And grab your pen and paper and start sweatin' because Karen is putting 30 seconds on the clock.

ALSO: Donald Duck, bristle cone pine

RUNTIME: 1 hour 4 minutes 47 seconds

Tuesday
Dec222015

169: Too Cute!

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Cohorts, come coo at and cuddle with crumbs of cuteness. Facts and trivia about things that are cute: baby animal names quiz, the power of Sanrio, and Japan's most valuable kawaii characters and mascots. Learn about Hello Kitty phobia and take Chris' animal fear quiz. "You're so cute, I just wanna eat you up!" Yes folks, "cute aggression" is a real phenomenon, and you're not the only one who loses their cool over puppy photos as Colin dives into the science behind what makes things cute.

ALSO: Salt water taffy origin revealed!

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 17 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"I'm Cute" from Animaniacs  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Dec152015

168: It Takes Two

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Prepare for trouble! Make it double! We're all about facts and quizzes about pairs and duos this week. Twins playing tennis, oooo minty fresh! Learn some pretty weird facts about Doublemint gum and what exactly is Wrigley doubling up on? Movie buffs rejoice in Colin's film pairs quiz, and who is Philip and why are people putting pants on him? Karen's all about Texas Hold'em and funny card pair nicknames. Dana quizzes us on musical duos, and we explore the uncommon world of raccoonnookkeeping.

ALSO: Weird trivia food taste test

RUNTIME: 1 hour 2 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Nov302015

167: What's Your Guilty Pleasure?

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Time to let our hair down, uncover and admit to some of our guilty pleasures and the facts and trivia behind them: the lurid crime-filled world of Law & Order: SVU, reality shows, and how real is courtroom TV? Chris confesses his love for his girlfriend, Judge Judy, and shares the story of how she became TV's highest paid star, and how exactly do courtroom shows work. Get your hands nice and jazzy as Karen delivers a handy Broadway show tunes quiz that will show up in pub trivia one day. And we love Disneyland facts, and we love pee facts, so why not both? Some of the outrageously funny things that the Disneyland custodial crew has ever seen.

ALSO: Staw Wars Lego Mad Libs

RUNTIME: 1 hour 2 minute 30 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Guilty Pleasure" by Cobra Starship  Amazon | iTunes 

Tuesday
Nov102015

166: Nuzzle in Puzzles

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**Disclaimer: due to a mixer issue, the sound quality for this episode and the next are inconsistent with our usual quality. Sorry everyone! We managed to salvage what we could!**

What has 10 arms, 4 mics, and insanely nerdy about things like crosswords, riddles, anagrams, and quizzes? Why, it's this episode of GJB that's all about puzzles- featuring our good friend and crossword king Tyler Hinman! Tyler blows our minds with CRYPTIC crosswords. Learn facts about solving a Rubik's Cube, answer old-timey riddles, and unscramble animal anagrams. How do you move Mount Fuji? Learn why you might get asked to solve puzzles during a job interview, and the "hare-y" puzzle hunt that captivated the world.

RUNTIME: 1 hour 1 minute 20 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Puzzle Pieces" by Saint Motel  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Thursday
Oct292015

165: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #33

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Quintessentially quirky and quenching queue of quandaries and quizzes! Chris presents his case that 1992 was a golden year of cinema in his Academy Awards quiz. "A man is found dead in a room next to a puddle of water...what happened!?" - play some lateral situational puzzles based on true stories with Karen. Dana found some super weird words, and Colin has a special round of "I Liked Their Earlier Stuff Better." What a hipster, that guy.

ALSO: UK's most upbeat song, Bugs Bunny's accessories

RUNTIME: 50 minute 19 seconds

 

 

Monday
Oct192015

164: What the Folk?

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What is folk and what counts as folklore? We get folked up by imbibing a lot of trivia nuggets about stories, rituals, and music passed down from generation to generation! How come every nursery rhyme seems to have a hidden murderous and/or political origin? Colin goes on a Fool's Errand and opens our eyes to hazing and camp pranks that keep getting passed down. Get folkin' excited for animal proverb origins, and a *challenging* Greek mythology quiz.

RUNTIME: 59 minute 57 seconds

Featured Interlude Music:

"Oh My Darling Clementine" by The Kiboomers  Amazon | iTunes