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
Feb252013

51: Oh What a Circus


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Come one, come all! Behold as we uncover tasty circus and carnival factoids from under the big top: circus lingo, superstitions, and codes for danger. If so many people are scared of clowns, why are they an integral part of the circus? Join in on our elephant parade of pachyderm myths and the story behind Jumbo. And find out how carnival games are rigged and the best ways to beat them. 

ALSO: "International House of Pancakes" quiz

RUNTIME: 45 minutes 31 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Circus Apocalypse" by Vermillion Lies  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Feb182013

50: ALL QUIZ BONANZA #10

 

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Unclog and do some mental plumbing with some extra strength BRAINO. In this rad all quiz episode, Chris celebrates the number 50, and shares classic lateral thinking puzzles & brain teasers. Karen's got a round of science and brings back "Mash It Up!" And IN A LAND... IN A TIME... ONE WOMAN (Dana) quizzes us on blockbuster taglines. Colin's got age on the mind and E.L.V.I.S. IS BACK!

ALSO: GJB Smooth Jazz, another delightfully odd Bonobos sketch

RUNTIME: 39 minutes 15 seconds

BEEEEEEES! As mentioned, you can read about Salena's bee trucking adventure here: Part 1 and Part 2.

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"In Da Club" by 50 Cent  Amazon | iTunes 

"Single Ladies (in Mayberry)" by Party Ben  MP3 Download

"Puzzle Pieces" by Saint Motel  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Feb122013

49: LOL

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Prepare to get your funnybone/ulner nerve tickled! We take a closer look at the things that make us laugh: the rich surprise history of "That's What She Said" jokes, the invention of the Laugh Track, how MAD magazine came to be, comedy duos, and what actually makes hyenas laugh so much. 

ALSO: WATCHAMACALLIT quiz

RUNTIME: 50 minutes 37 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Make'em Laugh" from Singing in the Rain  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Feb042013

48: Sports Trivia for Non-Sports People

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SPORTS: you either love it or it makes you groan. Fear not! We SERVE up intriguing sports facts that you will lurve... so heads up! We finally learn why football is called "soccer," the hotly contested origin of tennis, and what sport is awesomely known as "flutterguts." Chris bats a homerun sports anagram quiz, Colin tells us the nightmarish tale of being a professional sports accountant, and Dana gives us some "English Pleasure."

ALSO: DO DOGS REALLY DREAM?, Puzzle Music Round, and a really weird Bonobos skit.

RUNTIME: 46 minutes 2 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Get Ready 4 This" by 2 Unlimited (JOCK JAMS)  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
Feb012013

Listener Mailbag - Challenge Quiz

GJB fan Anony Mowse (clever!) made all of us a quiz to wRACK our brains over. He says:

"This image contains 10 magazine title logos. All you have to do is identify the magazine titles. FYI, some of the magazines are now defunct, and not all logos are exact matches. (I did the best I could with whatever freely available fonts came close.)"

Can you identify all 10?

(Possible answer spoiling in the comments, just warnin' ya!)

Monday
Jan282013

47: Zzzzzzzz...

 

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Warning! Our show on sleep is actually far from a snoozefest! We find out about the eye-popping origin of the word "nightmare," the amazingly INTENSE sleep behavior of hummingbirds, why you feel the falling sensation when drifting to sleep, the fascinating history about beds, and what's actually *in* your bed. 

ALSO: a special TV theme song Music Round, and awful riddles written by children

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 5 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Mr. Sandman" (cover) by Emmylou Harris with Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Jan212013

46: Baby, It's Cold Outside

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BRR! Whip up a cup of hot chocolate as we gab about things that are cool, cold, and icy. We teach you how to build an igloo, how the ice industry started, what happens to your body when you're stuck in the cold depths of outer space, and why you feel like going to the bathroom a lot more during cold weather. (Yay, pee.) Speaking of hot chocolate, learn about a secret delicious plant that cures sore throats!

ALSO: Chris' insane Music Round

RUNTIME: 42 minutes 9 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Haley Reinhart & Casey Abrams  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Jan142013

45: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #9


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Knead your noggin and noodle with this quiz-filled episode! Awesome segments like "First In Line" and "Metal Band...Or Disease?" What exactly is the name and origin of the Michelin Man? Find out who wrote the awesomely titled autobiography Soulacoaster.

ALSO: Music Round, Shakespeare superlatives, noodles, and company logos

RUNTIME: 44 minutes 51 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"The Beginning" by RuPaul  Amazon | iTunes 

"What's My Name?" by Rihanna  Amazon | iTunes 

"Bella Notte" by Disney Studio Chorus  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Jan072013

Fun-Size Mini Show

 

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We're resting up our brains this week so enjoy this little fun-size mini episode with the usual segments: Pop Quiz, Hot Shot!, Um...Actually..., and what exactly is the origin of the term "jaywalking"?  

We'll be back next week with our regular programming. 

- Meanwhile, you can always drop us a line at gjb.podcast@gmail.com

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- Join our fun Facebook fiesta: facebook.com/goodjobbrain

- And check out our book group at GoodReads!

 

RUNTIME: 7 minutes 36 seconds

 

Monday
Dec312012

44: BEST OF 2012


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The weirdest, the poopiest, the funniest, and the silliest moments of Good Job, Brain! all in one end-of-year episode. We share are favorite quizzes, facts, and histories. That's right, there ain't no shame in having a clips show! Have a happy and brainy new year!

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 3 seconds