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
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 

 

Thursday
Aug232012

Listener Mailbag! - Allison P

Dear Karen, Colin, Dana, and Chris,

I recently started dating a man who berated me for my lack of interest in the podcast. Look, I told him, I can't stand listening to talking heads, blathering on about their super awesome famousness. I just don't care! Rawr! However, the other day, after a marathon of Seinfeld episodes that I listened to during work, I logged onto Stitcher and gave podcasts another chance.

I found GJB on Stitchers list of podcasts for people with short-attention spans. There, they featured your latest episode about plants. Plants, I squealed! I love plants! I devoured Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants (and also Wicked Bugs), and I found exactly the same kind of randomized weirdness in GJB.

At work, I am now the crazy person that brain vomits on her co-workers. " Dude, you guys, let me tell you all the stuff I just learned about sperm whale vomit!" I feel like it is making me a more interesting person. Or possibly a more ADD person. I can't shut up. My brain is too full.

So thank you, all of you. Thank you for filling up my brain with carrion plant, the eating habits of baby godzillas, and the order in which lucky charms marshmallows were introduced. I wish I didn't live in such a small town. We don't have a pub quiz for MILES in any direction. Shucks. I'd rock it out.


Monday
Aug202012

Ep 25: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #5

 

Our most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational all-quiz show! Dana's got a round of Muppets trivia, Colin's got a geography and mononym celebrity names, Karen mixes things up with a mash-up round, and Chris quizzes us on very MAN-ly superhero names.

ALSO: Karen's jingle-writing debut, "Um, Actually," mind-blowing history behind the fortune cookie, the best/worst/sleaziest International Date Line pick-up line ever, and of course, a mini-segment of our favorite animal sex facts

RUNTIME: 42 minutes 17 seconds

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Featured interlude music:

"Chop Suey Chow Mein" by Louis Prima with Keely Smith  Amazon | iTunes 

"Only One" by Sammy Adams  Amazon | iTunes 

"The Muppet Show Theme" by The Muppets  Amazon | iTunes 

"Never Feel Good" (Gorillaz vs. Cake) by Party Ben

"Ode to a Superhero" by Weird Al (Billy Joel) Amazon | iTunes 

"Pony" by Ginuwine  Amazon | iTunes 


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