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
Oct082012

Ep 32: Ugh, It's Just a Fad

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Still remember how to do the Macarena? We reminisce and discuss the origins of Pogs, singing raisins, ridiculous trend diets, Sanrio, and Hello Kitty. If you think modern fads are nuts, we also talk about the ridiculous crazes from the old-timey days like collecting limes, portable marionettes, and the first 3D movie mania. 

ALSO: Bizarre headlines, the stellar conclusion to our Carmin San Mateo adventure, Music Round

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 2 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

 "My Baby's Just Like Money" by Merle Haggard  Amazon | iTunes 

"The Popular Thing" by Jukebox The Ghost  Amazon | iTunes 

"Carmin San Mateo" (Parody) by Chris Koher  MP3 | SoundCloud 

 

Tuesday
Oct022012

Podcast Awards: Nominate Us!

Do you enjoy all the weird facts and trivia we've been gabbing about this year? Then spread the love by nominating us for this year's Podcast Awards. THE WORLD MUST KNOW ABOUT GIRAFFE MATING RITUALS, SNARGE, AND WHAT A JERK THAT THOMAS EDISON REALLY WAS!

Nominate us for BEST EDUCATION PODCAST, and if we enrich your life that much - PEOPLE'S CHOICE as well!

Go to the Podcast Awards nomination page and fill in the following information like this:

(velociraptor in smarty glasses not included)

Thanks again, nifty and nimble, never nebulous, nice nominators!

Monday
Oct012012

Ep 31: Color Me Bad!

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Roses are red / violets are blue / we can't talk about color / without mentioning poo.

We dive into the world of color: weird color names, chameleons, the legitimacy of purple, cheddar cheese vs. flamingos, color character name quiz, Crayola crayon controversy, heterochromia, and why we'd want to take Monet to a rave party.

ALSO: Animal collective nouns, Wine quiz

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 29 seconds

 

Featured interlude music:

"Orange Colored Sky" by Nat King Cole  Amazon | iTunes 

"I Ran (So Far Away)" by Flock of Seagulls  Amazon | iTunes 

"Yellow Submarine" (Cover) by Vitamin String Quartet  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Sep242012

Ep 30: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #6

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SWEAT. Flex those Adonis mental muscles because it's another All Quiz Bonanza! Video game trivia, "Belgium or Not Belgium?," Tarantino flicks, famous scientist anagrams, name that X-Men power, rockstar alter egos, and movie trivia GALORE. This episode is dedicated to our superfriend and superlistener Fred G who's our top Kickstarter backer! 

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 2 seconds

 

Featured interlude music:

"Ziggy Stardust" (Cover) by Seu Jorge  Amazon | iTunes 

"Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel  Amazon | iTunes 

"Tetris Theme (Korobeiniki)" by London Philharmonic Orchestra  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Sep172012

Ep 29: Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

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Prepare for the inevitable robot uprising by learning about...well, robots! Eymology, first appearances in pop culture, hanging out in the uncanny valley, historical Japanese tea-serving automatons and French duck robots. Inspiration behind C3PO & R2D2, TV + Movie Robot quiz, and of course, our own robot E.L.V.I.S. is back!

ALSO: Brainiacs Book Club, *VERY AWESOME* music round, ...listener challenge...?

RUNTIME: 46 minutes 27 seconds

 

Featured interlude music:

"Still Alive" by Jonathan Coulton  Amazon | iTunes 

"Astro Boy Theme" from Astro Boy  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
Sep142012

How About Dem Apples?

Apple announced the new iPod nano this week, and on their official site, this kind of happened:

Out of the oodles of awesome podcasts out there, Apple chose to feature Good Job, Brain! on their official promos! WHAT?!?!?!? We really had absolutely no idea this was going to happen and our inbox, FB, and Twitter all exploded with fans and listeners telling us about this awesomeness.

CRAZY + AWESOME = CRAZOME

Ya know, it's amazing. So humbling. Thanks, Apple. And of course, thank to all of our listeners and fans for letting us fill their ears with facts about giraffe pee and stories behind old-timey bikes.

Monday
Sep102012

Ep 28: We're All a Little Looney

Watch out for those ACME anvils because we're transporting everyone into the world of TV cartoons this week! Brief history of animation, why you have to thank the government for the 80's cartoon explosion, mind-blowing origins behind our favorites, Villains quiz, cartoon bands, how Simpsons was created in a moment of panic, and more- TMNT, Ren & Stimpy, Jem, Smurfs, Gargoyles, Animaniacs, Scooby Doo, Disney...and the list goes on!

ALSO: "What's in a Name?" quiz, and the logistics of diving into a pool of gold coins

RUNTIME: 44 minutes 45 seconds

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Featured interlude music:

"Cartoon Heroes" by Aqua  Amazon | iTunes 

"Club Villain" by Your Favorite Martian  Amazon | iTunes 

"That's Not My Name" by The Ting Tings  Amazon | iTunes 


Thursday
Sep062012

Listener Mailbag! - Elisha G

In Episode 27, we laugh-cried about ridiculous old-timey bikes, and Colin introduced us to the pennyfarthing,  the dandyhorse, and the velocipede. Elisha G from Twitter shared a masterpiece and made all of our fuzzy paleontologic dreams comes true:

VELOCIRAPTOR ON A VELOCIPEDE.


Monday
Sep032012

Ep 27: Ticket to Ride

All aboard! Mind-blowing facts about transportation. We find out what's up with those old-timey bikes with the humongous front wheel, airplane secrets, the Hindenburg, JK Rowling's minor error, and train facts that will make your brain go OOoOooOooOoO!

ALSO: Whose Ride is it Anyways? quiz, and "One Letter Off" word puzzle and new listener challenge

RUNTIME: 43 minutes 28 seconds

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Featured interlude music:

"I Like My Bike" by Kimya Dawson  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Aug272012

Ep 26: Where in the World is...

DO IT, ROCKAPELLA. We celebrate our half-birthday milestone by talking about our favorite world landmarks: Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China, Giza Pyramids, and Chris reveals his Statue of Liberty obsession. And of course, the gang relives the golden sleuthing days of Carmen Sandiego. 

ALSO: Our new favorite words, easy trick for memorizing the colors of the eBay and Google logos in order

DON'T FORGET: Our special half-birthday listener challenge! Email us at gjb.podcast@gmail.com with the correct answer and you might win a limited edition GJB Castore-o's woodblock print!

RUNTIME: 40 minutes 29 seconds

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Featured interlude music:

"Change Clothes" by Jay-Z  Amazon | iTunes 

"Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego" by Rockapella  iTunes