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
Aug132012

Ep 24: OMGlympics!

Go for the gold with these lesser known Olympics trivia and history tidbits: hot air ballooning, mascot quiz, the weird link between pole vaulting and...Donkey Kong?!, Olympic ring color mnemonic, Fatso the Wombat, and the strange science behind official equipment.   

ALSO: The secret cure for jet-lagged hamsters, Oklahoma's state vegetable, "Hey! That Sounds Familiar!" Music Round. We have a spectacularly spiffy and sparky sponsor for this episode! Meet our new friends, Bonobos

RUNTIME: 46 minutes 21 seconds

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Featured interlude music:

"Change Clothes" by Jay-Z  Amazon | iTunes 

"Chariots of Fire (Theme)" by Vangelis  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Aug062012

Ep 23: I'll Drink to That

We invite you to lean back, relax, and indulge in a nice refreshing beverage with us! Quench your thirst with amazing facts about beloved beverages: milkshakes, sodas, hot chocolate, and more. Find out what "boba" really means and what is really the WORST DRINK ever. Dana tries to stump us with Snapple lid factoids, and Chris hosts the game "Pepsi or Coke?" 

ALSO: another 80's version Pop Quiz, Hot Shot!, and a *very* special round of New York City trivia

RUNTIME: 41 minutes 12 seconds

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Featured interlude music:

"Soda Shop" by Jay Brannan Amazon | iTunes 

"New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra Amazon | iTunes 

"Istanbul" by They Might Be Giants Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Jul302012

Ep 22: DO NOT PASS GO

Breaking bumpin' bulletin, boardgame buffs! It's our classic boardgames show and we share facts and origin stories of our favorite classic boardgames: Monopoly, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit. Boardgames modification quiz, the importance of Monopoly "house rules", and we venture back into a bit of Star Wars trivia.

ALSO: a VERY special 80's version Pop Quiz, Hot Shot!, how to memorize the Bill of Rights, and we announce the winner of our Singing Robot naming contest.

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 22 seconds

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Share some of your own Monopoly House Rules in the comments! We wanna know!

 

Featured interlude music:

"My Favourite Game" by The Cardigans Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Jul232012

Ep 21: Plants Are Messed Up

Ironic to describe our plants show as "meaty" but boy oh boy, we cover LOTS of fantastic topics in this episode: poisonous plants, stinky plants, drug plants, and yes, we even named a plant our A-Hole of the Week! Deadly nightshade, durian & jackfruit, devious grass, reindeer drug mushrooms, and a special plant character quiz.

ALSO: "Whose Ride is it Anyways?," LSD in baseball, and a very special Encyclopedia Brown tribute.

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 04 seconds 

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Here's more info about the upcoming crazy puzzle hunt that Chris was talking about! Real Escape Game.

 

Featured interlude music:

"Grazing in the Grass" from Friends of Distinction Amazon | iTunes 

Monday
Jul162012

Ep 20: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #4

Whew, there sure are a bunch of segments in our 4th All Quiz Bonanza show: Chris schools us on "bookkeeping" and crazy English words derived from Japanese, Karen has a mystery round (Mysteround?), Dana challenges us to a dance-off, and Colin made us a round of "Sports Trivia for Non-Sports Fans." And guess who's back? THE CRAZY SINGING ROBOT. 

ALSO: "backronyms," why Karen is mad at Siri, and one bizarre headline

RUNTIME: 44 minutes 13 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"Double Trouble" from Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban  Amazon | iTunes 

"The Sporting Life" by The Decemberists  Amazon | iTunes 

"Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" by Spinal Tap  Amazon | iTunes 

"Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb  Amazon | iTunes 

"Tokyo (Vampires & Werewolves)" by The Wombats  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Help name our singing Robot! We're thinking of maybe a backronym for B.R.A.I.N or B.R.I.A.N. Email us suggestions at gjb.podcast@gmail.com. We will pick the best ones and reward winners with prizes!


Monday
Jul092012

Ep 19: The Most Important Meal of the Day

We salivate over bountiful breakfast trivia: cereal mascots, Eggos, and Pop-Tarts. Dig into the historical facts behind bagels, Aunt Jemima, and the intense beef between Kellogg's & Post. Find out what makes Belgian waffles different than American waffles, and what Cap'n Crunch's full name is! And of course ...yogurt in uncomfortable places (DON'T WORRY, IT'S FOR SCIENCE!)

ALSO: weird words, Chris' Music Round debut

RUNTIME: 45 minutes 39 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"Cereal" by The Verve Pipe  Amazon | iTunes 

 

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