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
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

 

Monday
Dec242012

43: Our Favorite Things


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Brown paper packages tied up with string...these are a few of my favorite things! Chris shares his Nintendo expertise and that old box of videogames in your attic might be worth lots of money! Colin quizzes us on his love of typography. Karen's favorite thing is actually extremely poisonous. And Dana schools us on her favorite thing: wordplay.

ALSO: how to prepare for a quiz bowl, genetic hybrids (ZORSE!), the trivia-heavy story of Fleetwood Mac, and "Painter? Or Cheese?"

RUNTIME: 45 minutes 24 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"My Favorite Things" by Julie Andrews  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Dec172012

42: Season's Eatings!


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Put on your stretchy pants and prepare to feast on these holiday food facts: fermented shark from Iceland's midwinter festival, superstitions around Christmas pudding, Jell-O (with cheese?), and the prowess of the Easter hare. 

ALSO: Country name quiz, 42 & antipodes, and our failed attempts at coming up with alternate names for vegetarian haggis.

RUNTIME: 46 minutes 9 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"We Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Weezer  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Dec102012

41: Celebrity Secretttsssss


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Unwind with us while we indulge in the guilty pleasure of weird celeb gossip: famous stars with crazy high IQ, why you should not let Prince rent your house, intriguing human body anomalies and the famous people who have them, stage names vs. real names.

ALSO: Music Round, eyeball mnemonic, and the BONOBOS SMARTY PANTS LISTENER CHALLENGE!

RUNTIME: 45 minutes 48 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
Dec032012

40: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #8

 

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Turn up the Trivia Newton John because your brain's about to get PHYSICAL! Can you name the popular hang-out spots from TV shows? See if you know any of Dana's weird words for weird things segment. Karen's get into character for a round of literature. Chris schools us on videogame consoles, and Colin asks, "What's the Difference?"

ALSO: military stinkbombs, Scooby Doo's real name, camel mnemonic

RUNTIME: 42 minutes 42 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Things" (Cover) by Robbie Williams  Amazon | iTunes 

"Where Everybody Knows Your Name" by Gary Portnoy  Amazon | iTunes 

"Makes No Difference" by Sum41  Amazon | iTunes 

 

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

 

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