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

Tuesday
Jul152014

118: It's Legen-DAIRY

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Hope your ear aren't lactose intolerant because this week it's all about the wacky fact-filled world of dairy. Find out how music helps cow produce more milk - and just what kind of music gets them into the mood? Weird trivia about breast milk and why "nipple" is a funny word. Dana falls into a wiki cheese hole, while Colin gulps down the history of the milk container. And no, mice actually don't usually go for cheese.

ALSO: Solution to our Music Puzzle Challenge

RUNTIME: 44 minutes 57 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Milkshake" by Kelis  Amazon | iTunes


 

Wednesday
Jul092014

Fun-Size Mini Show: Music Puzzle Challenge!

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It's a minisode this week and boy, do we have a challenge for your ear holes! See if you can solve this special music puzzle and maybe, you might win yourself some GJB goodies.

RUNTIME: 5 minutes 6 seconds

 

KAREN'S HINTS!

1. (Mentioned) Had to triple-reference using Wikipedia, Amazon, and iTunes. What kind of information would those three services provide for a song? And why would I use 3 references to triple-check one particular information about a song?

2. The songs are in a particular order.

3. 0 = A

 

 

Monday
Jun302014

117: We Love the 90s

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EXTREME!!! Pull out your Dunkaroos and dive into the artificially colored frosting of 90's trivia: fads, foods, music and more! 90's snack food facts, Ninja turtles, and famous firsts in TV, movies, and world news. Slap on some knowledge about the invention and science behind the slap bracelet. And walk down memory lane as we discuss the omnipresent activist ribbon explosion, and the Y2K hysteria. And test your pop knowledge with the ultimate boy band quiz.

RUNTIME: 56 minutes 33 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"This is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan  Amazon | iTunes

"Ninja Rap" by Vanilla Ice  Amazon | iTunes

 

Tuesday
Jun242014

116: Your Love is Like a Rollercoaster, Baby, Baby

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Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle as we freefall into a bumpy ride of amusement park trivia. Rides, food, parks and more! Chris is back from the press preview event of the new addition to the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando (Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), and tells us all about the tricks and technology in this new era of amusement parks. Karen shares her very extensive rollercoaster experience and how binaural sound almost made her pee. And it's time for a round of "ROLLERCOASTER? Or HEAVY METAL ALBUM?" And whet your appetite with the amusement park food invention quiz.

ALSO: Clam the clam.

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 19 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Love Rollercoaster" by Red Hot Chili Peppers  Amazon

 

Wednesday
Jun182014

115: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #23


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Listen up all you Joey Triviannis and Trivia Newton Johns - are you ready for another quiz-filled scrumptious audio eclair?! In our All Quiz #23, we zoom from fantasy (Chris' Harry Potter and the Wiki Hole quiz in preparation for his press junket for the opening of Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Orlando) to current events (Colin's quick World Cup primer). Dana found some relaly weird name origins behind famous bands, and it's us against Google in our auto-complete game show challenge. And E.L.V.I.S. is back!

ALSO: Pressure quiz

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 2 seconds

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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