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
Feb112014

98: Viva Las Vegas! Part I

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May luck be a lady tonight! We're actually in Las Vegas this week - so be prepared for a jackpot of shiny facts about gambling, hotels, games, Hoover Dam, and more. Chris gets clever with a hotel name puzzle quiz, and Karen checks in to ridiculously themed Vegas hotel that (luckily) never got built. Find out what those cherries and BARs on slot machines really mean, and Dana's dips into a grab bag of trivia bites about this sparkly town. And see if you know your gamblin' games.

ALSO: The Tonight Show top list, and the hotels of our dreams

RUNTIME: 50 minutes 55 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Ain't That A Kick In The Head" by Dean Martin  Amazon | iTunes 


Wednesday
Feb052014

97: BYOT (Bring Your Own Topic)

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It's a free-for-all this week as we decided to bring out own topics for this episode. So naturally, it's a nutty grab bag of some jaw-dropping trivia. Where else can you learn about the birth of the smiley emoticon, how to grow a pineapple in your own house, the jellyfish that is IMMORTAL, and why do people call the Academy Award "Oscar." So bust out your suspenders because this week is crazy pants.

ALSO: Immortality quiz, Hawaiian mystery candy

RUNTIME: 56 minutes 26 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers  Amazon | iTunes 


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Friday
Jan312014

We're a Stitcher Award Winner!

(Photo by the awesome Will Wilkins from SMod, using his Google Glass)

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We opened the 2nd Annual Stitcher Awards last night with live trivia! And hopefully, people had fun neighing/mooing/crowing/groaning together. We also won the Best Games + Hobbies Show award. The Stitcher Award winners were determined by Stitcher's show ranking performance and by popular vote - so thank you, dear Stitcher listeners and GJB fans across our weird poop-trivia-filled world. So much poop trivia.

Thank you for joining our virtual pub quiz table every week. We're all a team together. And there's still plenty of room at the table. :)

Here are the questions we asked the audience during our opener:

1. These athletic brands are all named after something. If you pitted those namesake somethings in a race, who will win?

a. Nike

b. Reebok

c. Adidas

 

2. Which of the following words is technically *not* a portmanteau - a compound word made up of multiple words?

a. Snatiation

b. Pixel

c. Soccer

 

3. Other than slathering it on nachos, delicious processed food product Cheez Whiz has other handy uses. For which of the following can you use Cheez Whiz as a substitute?

a. Stain Remover

b. Shaving Cream

c. Hair Conditioner

 

 

Wednesday
Jan292014

96: Chillin' Like A Villain

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Bust out your monacle, twirl up that 'stache, and stroke your reaky hairless cat because it's time to get evil. This week, we're headed to our secret island lair to celebrate trivia about villains. Where did the word come from? And we all know that the butler did it, but who was the first butler to actually do it? Colin discovers the real Goldfinger behind James Bond lore, and Dana makes us do impressions for her villain catchphrase quiz. Karen keeps the bat at bay with a quiz about ridiculous Batman villains.

ALSO: E.L.V.I.S. is back!, Lobetrotter trivia

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 28 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Club Villain" by Your Favorite Martian  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
Jan222014

95: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #19

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We all made quizzes that are a little wackier and more off-the-beaten path this week! Colin hosts a round of "BRAD PITT.....OR LASERS?!" and quizzes us on famous things named after a who, a what, or a where. Dana treats us to some dangerously tasting traditional candy from Sweden while we try to guess the flavor. Karen invites everyone to explore American regional dialects with a vocab test, and Chris came up with questions about strange airline facts while on an airplane.

ALSO: Karen tells the classic tale, "How My Mom Got Punched in the Face."

RUNTIME: 50 minutes 42 second

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HANDY LINKS/INFO FROM THIS EPISODE:

DIALECT QUIZ: New York Times Dialect Quiz

GJB #100 HOTLINE: (678) 820-6264 (made possible by listener Ben!)

 

Thursday
Jan162014

94: A Berry Good Episode

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Orange you glad we're back for more in 2014? We put fruit facts into the limelight this week and cherry-picked some pretty juicy trivia. Colin gets to the core of fruit name origins, Chris grapples with a hybrid fruit challenge, and Karen puckers up to the miracle fruit. And don't just split yet, Dana's got an a-peeling quiz about bananas. It's a fruit party, so we're all raisin the roof.

ALSO: Lynda.com teacher quiz, tweeting sharks

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 47 second

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Cherry Pie" by Warrant  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Jan072014

Fun-Size Mini Show: HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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Bit of trivia and a quiz this week in this mini episode. New year, new announcements, same bat time, same bat channel. Find out why are there actually twelve days of Christmas, and put your perky ears to the test with a Music Round! And we have announcements and exciting news galore. Happy New Year, y'alls!

RUNTIME: 16 minutes 7 seconds

 

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GJB #100 HOTLINE: (678) 820-6264 (made possible by listener Ben!)

 

LAS VEGAS MEETUP: Saturday, 2/8/14 - RSVP on Eventbrite

 

 

Tuesday
Dec312013

93: BEST OF 2013



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It's our KING SIZE year-end episode! We've doubled the length of this episode so we could cram in some of your favorite segments. With the help of our listeners, we've curated some of the best quizzes, stories, facts, nightmare animals, and music rounds from 2013. Thanks to you guys, dear listeners, for a fantastic year! May your new year be brainy and bright.

RUNTIME: 1 hour 21 minutes 54 seconds

 

Tuesday
Dec242013

92: Pick a Side


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We're a lot giddier than usual this week as we explore the trivia of things on the side. Chris gets kicky with a sidekick quiz, and Dana's got a list of things that are more famous for their side effects than their intended use. Colin takes us on a lol-lercoaster of ridiculous sideline behavior in sports. Karen dives into the snippy history of the human face profile. Do you know your heads, tails, and the sides of your money? And why are there so many darn chickens crossing the road?

ALSO: anniversary gift symbolism, Mashup Music Round!

RUNTIME: 54 minutes 53 second

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" by Monty Python  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Dec172013

91: Let's Get Physical


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Lace up your shoes and strap on that shiny leotard because it's time to sweat. Trivia and origin stories of things, people, and places that keep yourself fit. Take the atheletic brand quiz and find out where the names like Reebok and Adidas came from. Karen admits to some very candid and personal issues people go through when engaging in endurance sports. Find out why people hit the gym, and where the concept of "the gym" originate from. Do you know your infomercial fitness products and the celebrities who endorse them?

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 1 second

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Let's Get Physical" by Olivia Newton John  Amazon | iTunes