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!

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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

Wednesday
Jun112014

114: How to Prep for Pub Quiz Part II


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Continuing our 2-part celebration of pub trivia! Sharing our own stories and tips from our own pub quiz experience, and lamenting our topic weaknesses. And of course, what we think are common topics to know: videogame firsts, US States, and an extremely punny mnemonic that helps you memorize the 12 gods of Mount Olympus, their Greek + Roman names, and their domain.

ALSO: Pub food factoids (WHY ARE SAUSAGES CALLED BANGERS?!)

RUNTIME: 42 minutes 11 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Mr Know It All" by Kelly Clarkson  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Thursday
Jun052014

113: How to Prep for Pub Quiz Part I


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OUR TRIVIA SECRETS REVEALED! This week, we are celebrating pub trivia by sharing our stories, our strategies, and our tips in hopes to help YOU score big at your local. Find out what topics to study, and how to settle answer disputes. Take Karen's geography quiz, and if you're not a sports person, then let Colin help you with some handy sportsball facts to arm your trivia arsenal. We also dive into the origin of pub trivia and general nuggest about pub culture. 

ALSO: Our Lando Squarespace ode

RUNTIME: 50 minutes 6 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Cheers (I'll Drink to That)" by Rihanna  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Thursday
May292014

112: Cracking the Code


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We give you the 001101000011000100110001 on the puzzling history and facts about codes, and hidden meanings! This origin story of the Enigma machine, code name quiz, and what the foxtrot is up with the NATO alphabet? Learn how James Brown, Beethoven, and Johnny Cash share a cryptic connection. And sit by the counter with a cup of joe and whistleberries so Chris can serve up the tasty (and weird) history behind coded American diner lingo.

ALSO: Lynda's Graduation quiz

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 33 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Secret Code" by Allan Sherman  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
May212014

111: What's in a Name?


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You asked for it, and here it is - our episode about the sizzling world of names and nomenclature. RAWR! Learn about the Pinocchio Rex and other goofy (but real!) dinosaur names and origins. Can you identify movies from their initial or secret working titles? We also have funky trivia about NBA team names, movie sequels, and brand name translations. Are you sitting on a POÄNG while watching TV on a BESTÅ? Discover the weird world of the IKEA naming system. JA!

ALSO: Gremlins II

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 29 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"That's Not My Name" by The Ting Tings  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
May142014

110: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #22


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Replenish your smarts with some brainor-ade in this all-quiz show! Colin tests us to see if we know our acronyms, and takes us hopping around the nation with a city name quiz. Dana's been snooping around Amazon and made a game about hilariously punny celebrity autobiography book titles. Take the "The Pen is Not Mightier Than the Sword" challenge and see how well you know your famous fictional swords. And Karen's back to embarrass the others by forcing them to answer in the form of an impression in her celebrity quiz.

ALSO: Boardgames, AND. THE. RETURN. OF. BELGIUM? OR NOT BELGIUM?

RUNTIME: 50 minutes 27 seconds

 

 

Wednesday
May072014

109: It's Treasure-Hunting Time


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Pick up your shovel and get ready to dig into the world of hidden and buried treasure! Uncover facts behind the fictional golden city of El Dorado, the secrets behind Al Capone's "hotel," the real inspiration behind pirate treasure maps, and what would YOU put in a time capsule representing 2014? And just how well do you know your treasure-hunting movies? Chris is back from the desert and has a first-hand report on the legendary video game mystery of the famed Atari digsite!

ALSO: Exploding whale updates

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 36 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"My Treasure" by Johnny Cash  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

Wednesday
Apr302014

108: Oh Baby!


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BIG NEWS! Chris is going to be a dad! We're celebrating his big news with an episode filled with facts and quizzes about babys, kids, and one nightmare animal. Grab a train ticket to Whoville for Chris' Dr Seuss quiz, and learn how Target uses the magic of data to know when you're pregnant before anybody else. Dana reminds us that we are the worst at Oscars superlatives in her young Oscars quiz. Colin has a lullaby rock cover music round, and Karen shares some cool names for baby animals. And as promised, one nightmare animal.

ALSO: Harry's shaving mini quiz

RUNTIME: 52 minutes 29 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Don't Worry Baby" by The Beach Boys  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
Apr232014

107: Shop Til You Drop


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Cha-ching! A whole episode about trivia and sizzling facts about shopping?! CHARGE IT. We buzz about the Lincoln shopping secret, 99-cent pricing, how supermarkets trick you into buying more, and where did those WACKY WAVING INFLATABLE ARM FLAILING TUBE MAN things you see in front of retail lots come from?! Get savvy with shopping in the department store quiz, and learn about how the iconic shopping cart came to be.

ALSO: Easter eggs, Brainiacs' Book Club

RUNTIME: 55 minutes

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Can't Buy Me Love" by House of Heroes  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Apr152014

106: Life of the Party


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Put on your party hats and loosen up that belt for some cake because we're nerding out about parties this week! Festive facts and celebratory stories about party rituals, inventions and more: Shakespeare Goes to a House Party music quiz, etymology of party words, Dana finds the first examples of party balloons (and it's gross), Karen wants to climb the traditional ham pole of Spain's La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival, and Colin explores the weird ritual of having live birds fly out of pies. 

ALSO: GJB listener John wrote us an "Um, Actually..." theme song!

RUNTIME: 45 minutes 5 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" by Q-Tip/Fergie  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

Wednesday
Apr092014

105: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #21


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Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle because we're about to blast you off to BRAIN TOWN with an all quiz episode. It's time to play another installment of "BRAD PITT?...OR LASER?" and those who miss E.L.V.I.S.' soothing metallic voice are in luck because he's back crooning his favorite opening lines of famous songs. Our minds melted during Dana's pregnancy/baby test, and Chris shows some love to the cat people with a quiz about fictional cats. And see if you can identify these earworm rock songs in reverse!

ALSO: Tia/Tamara Mowry mnemonic, Disney's secret unbuilt thrill ride

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 31 seconds

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