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
Nov262012

39: Smell You Later

 

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Hey, who farted? We sniff out the story behind scents and smells! How our brains associate smells with memories, Smell-o-Vision at the movies, bizarre perfume ingredients, the odd world of celebrity fragrances, how stores are manipulating you with scents, anosmia, and can you trademark a smell? 

ALSO: Um, Actually..., fantastic old-timey words, "First in Line" quiz.

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 50 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Cover) by The Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Nov192012

38: The Man Show

 

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Grrah! Get ready to punch trivia in the face with your MANLINESS because we are celebrating MAN stuff: important moments in beard history, etymology behind BBQ, snacks designed for men only, innovations in urinals, and the classic(?) American folktale of Paul Bunyan. 

ALSO: Pepsi's new fat-blocking soda, collective nouns, and what exactly does "begging the question" mean?, E.L.V.I.S. Round

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 2 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Whatta Man" by Salt-n-Pepa ft. En Vogue  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Nov132012

37: Hold Your Tongue!

 

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Let's have fun fumbling through the English language! Think you know when to use i.e., e.g., [sic], etc.? Misheard lyrics, "eggcorns," finger fumblers, "high concept," and more. Is there a special profession meaning behind YOUR last name?

ALSO: Drink your can of Bite the Wax Tadpole while Karen quizzes the gang on mind-bogglingly stellar examples of translation

RUNTIME: 41 minutes 3 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Don't Speak" by Leela James  Amazon | iTunes 

"I Can Talk" by Two Door Cinema Club  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Nov052012

36: Happiest Podcast On Earth

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Zippadeedoodah! Our mind-blowing offbeat Disney episode: the tale behind early Lucas/Disney collaboration, the secret psychology of waiting in lines in Disney parks, Disney song quiz, Walt Disney's lesser-known roots, Michael Jackson, and.... A REAL-LIFE VIDEOGAME ISLAND?!

ALSO: Album art music challenge, CSI: GJB!

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 11 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" by Cat and a Bird  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Oct292012

Ep 35: I WANT CANDY

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Let's get hopped up on sugar GUYS, GALS, & GILA MONSTERS. Controversy! Intrigue! Hot molten explosions in your face! We dive into the weird world of candy just in time for Halloween. Serving the sweet scoop on Cadbury Creme Eggs, Tootsie Roll Pops, Gobstoppers, and more. "Wonka? Or Urban Dictionary?," and candy name quiz

ALSO: a very special comics quiz formulated for extra awesomeness and gamma radiation

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 43 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Change Clothes" by Jay-Z  Amazon | iTunes 

"Candy Shop" by Andrew Bird  Amazon | iTunes 

"Pure Imagination/Candy Man" by Harry Connick Jr.  Amazon | iTunes 

"Tootsee Roll" by 69 Boyz  Amazon | iTunes

 

Oh hey! We're in the running for Best Games & Hobby and Best Art in the 2012 Stitcher Awards. Don't forget - you can vote everyday until 11/5. Head on over to http://stitcher.com/stitcherawards  

 

 

Monday
Oct222012

Ep 34: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #7

 

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Get out your sandpaper because this one's for the quiz buffs! So many individual quiz segments. Karen rounded up her favorite film scores for a special Music quiz, Chris grills us on burgers, Colin's got travel on the mind, and Dana describes dancing diddies.

ALSO: the best punctuation mark, license plates, brain anagram puzzles

RUNTIME: 39 minutes 18 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Hit the Road, Jack" by Ray Charles  Amazon | iTunes 

"D.A.N.C.E." by Justice  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Oct152012

Ep 33: Have You Seen My Stapler?

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Let's spend a day at the office! We find out how the modern office cubicle came into being, the shockingly old history behind the vending machine, office movie trivia, coffee breaks, and the not-so-nice origin of the Scotch tape.

ALSO: secrets to identifying major African nations, science quiz, the world's fastest clown, and a very special listener challenge!

RUNTIME: 46 minutes 14 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Leggy Blonde" by Flight of the Conchords  Amazon | iTunes 

 


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