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

Monday
Jul022012

Ep 18: Splish Splash I Was Taking A Bath

Get your loofah out because we're going to exfoliate the heck out of some trivia! (Uh...what.)

Squeaky clean fun facts behind the things you use in the bathroom: why does orange juice taste weird after brushing your teeth? Mind-blowing truth behind shampoo and the real reason behind "LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT." Learn about what was Listerine really made for, toilet tidbits, and both low/high tech regarding the Japanese public bathrooms. 

ALSO: Band name origin quiz, trick to identifying the countries in Central America.

RUNTIME: 46 minutes 45 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart" by Johnny Cash  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
Jun272012

Just A Small Town Girl...

Everybody, altogether now--

LIVIN' IN A LONELY WOORLLLDDDDD!

Good Job, Brain! was founded by four friends, feverish for facts, fun, and frivolity.

We really had no experience in producing a podcast but with some initial funds from friends, and the desire to spread our love of pub quiz & weird trivia, we started making our little show. 

So nothing could have prepared us for what happened yesterday:

Floored.

Apple introduced their new official Podcasts app for iOS. And Good Job, Brain! is one of the key podcasts featured in all of their promotional materials. To see our mighty little mustache in the company of The New Yorker, NPR, ESPN, and BBC is ... completely bonkers. 

Thanks to Apple for such a delightful surprise.

But more importantly, thanks to all who believe in us.

Monday
Jun252012

Ep 17: Off With Their Heads

ALRIGHT ALRIGHT I'LL TALK.

We explore the history and validity behind classic execution and torture methods: guillotine, iron maiden, Catherine wheel, walk the plank, and Chinese water torture. More importantly, find out how Van Halen and Barney the dinosaur saved the day!

ALSO: "Um...Actually," Music Round goes to the movies!

RUNTIME: 52 minutes 3 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"Run to the Hills" by Iron Maiden  Amazon | iTunes 

Monday
Jun182012

Ep 16: Don't You...Forget About Me

HEY HEY HEY HEY. It's our Sweet Sixteen show, and we're all about teen movies- trivia about Ferris Bueller's Day Off, American Pie, and more! Did you know many teen movies out there are actually based on classic literature? 

ALSO: "Common Thread" quiz, how to correctly identify the four Teletubbies, and awesome celebrity anagrams

RUNTIME: 44 minutes 53 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds  Amazon | iTunes 

"Laid" by James  Amazon | iTunes 

"Lovefool" by The Cardigans  Amazon | iTunes 

"Beauty School Dropout" by Frankie Avalon  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Saturday
Jun162012

Chip Chip Cheerio!

We recently mentioned our little call-out on the London Metro. Look! We weren't lying!

Thanks to our fans from across the Pond for sending this in. Righty-O!

Monday
Jun112012

Ep 15: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #3

Zip up that fly, Smarty Pants, because we're trying out some new stuff for this episode! Fascinating factoids and quizzes about ice cream, humble beginnings, Disney, and...robot voices?

Suprises GALORE so we don't want to spoil too much.

RUNTIME: 39 minutes 39 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"Before We Begin" by Broadcast  Amazon | iTunes 

"Yeah!" by Usher  Amazon | iTunes 

"Beverly Hills" by Weezer  Amazon | iTunes 

"Ice Cream" by Walk Off the Earth (Sarah McLachlan)  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Sunday
Jun032012

Ep 14: You Betcha, Dollface

...BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL! Join us as we skip down memory lane and talk about the delightful origins and facts behind our favorite dolls and action figures. Learn how Star Wars and Barbie revolutionized the toy industry, how Cabbage Patch dolls get fertilized, and WHAT EXACTLY IS STRETCH ARMSTRONG MADE OUT OF?! 

ALSO: toy name quiz, and see if you can find the two Mel Brooks references Karen made in the episode!

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 54 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"Broken Doll" by Paloma Faith  Amazon | iTunes 

Monday
May282012

Ep 13: It's a Monster Mash!

Grrarr! We find possible scientific theories about the existence of popular monsters such as cyclops, unicorns, and the Loch Ness monster. We do some unnecessarily extensive research on how exactly would mermaids make merbabies, and sexy vampire lore.

This is our first backer-dictated topic show. Thanks to Nathan M. for suggesting the topic! Couldn't have done it without your support, dude.

ALSO: monster body part quiz, what "Godzilla" actually means, a mnemonic that will help you memorize all of the 12 labors of Hercules in order, and the "Black & Blue" quiz.

RUNTIME: 50 minutes 38 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"The Boogie Monster" by Gnarls Barkley  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
May212012

Ep 12: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #2

Hey Smart Cookies - LET'S GET READY TO CRUMMBBLLEE! 

We each prepared our own quiz segments to keep your noggin nimble and your reflexes rapid. Movies, literature, animal superlatives, famous final lines, and we have the most ridiculously awesome TV movie pitch (give us a call, SyFy channel!).

ALSO: Karen's trivia woes, MUSIC ROUND, Presi-dogs

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 44 seconds 

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Monday
May142012

Ep 11: Hey, Your Fly is Open

Remember when Hypercolor and acid-wash jeans were cool? Lots of laughs in this episode about ridiculous fashion trends and their origins. Learn about intriguing facts behind a simple pair of blue jeans, powdered wigs, and more. And also, we have to thank Colin for his very intensive research on the bikini. Really taking one for the team.

ALSO: Pop quiz!, impressive tricky geography trivia THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND, New listener challenge (Don't forget to email your answers to gjb.podcast@gmail.com)

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 39 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"New Shoes" by Paolo Nutini  Amazon | iTunes