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

Thursday
Oct092014

129: Father of Mine

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Chris is back and and has a new spawn! What better way to celebrate his new fatherhood than having an episode dedicated to dad-dom. Take the Dad Jokes challenge and see how many eye-rollingly cheesy dad jokes have you had the (dis)pleasure of hearing in your lifetime? Paternal puzzles and probs, and weird dads of the animal kingdom. And a Music Round of lyrical odes to fathers and sons.

ALSO: Cotton candy grapes, Um Actually, @WordsAreSoWeird

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 53 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Papa Loves Mambo" by Perry Como  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
Oct012014

128: Eat Your Veggies!

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Vegetables are filled with nutrients but they're also chock-full of weird, weird, weird trivia. Find out why the odd history behind why we associate carrots with the color orange, and what vegetable looks like a severed human head. Quiz about two funny-sounding veggies: the artichoke and the rutabaga, and the common misconceptions and origin stories behind the jack-o-lantern.

ALSO: CHRIS KOHLER BABY WATCH 2014, weird new words that just got added to the Scrabble dictionary

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 13 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Vegetables" by The Beach Boys  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Friday
Sep262014

127: The Great Outdoors

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Ah, the outdoors! Fresh air, lucious greenery, and..... a million things that will try to kill you. So pack up your think and let's head up the summit of outdoors trivia: what to do when killer bees attack? Or when a shark is circling around you? Find out the real way to deal with animal encounters. (Spoiler: yes, movies and TV have been lying to us.) Folk mnemonics, the origin of the Swiss Army Knife, and the very dramatic and weird life of a deer tick. And let's feast on the science behind freeze-dried foods, and we do a live taste test of some of the weirdest camp foods out there.

RUNTIME: 57 minutes 35 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Outside" by Childish Gambino  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Thursday
Sep182014

Fun-Size Mini Show: Bumper Contest!

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We want you to share your brilliant ideas and creations with the GJB universe! We're calling for listener audio submissions, and inviting you to make a GJB bumper ad. We might just use yours on the show. Be silly! Be theatrical! Be positive! Be brainy! The sky's the limit. And for a behind-the-scenes look, check out our never-aired bumper skit we made for fun. It's weird.

You can email us your GJB bumper ad masterpiece to gjb.podcast@gmail.com. And we're back next week with a full episode brimming with our usual trivia and maybe poo facts.

RUNTIME: 2 minutes 42 seconds

Wednesday
Sep102014

126: I'll Take It To Go

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MOVERS & SHAKERS, this one's for you! Ever wondered about the things you bring with you when you're on the go? We share quizzes, trivia, and history about some iconic portable necessities: how the Nintendo Game Boy ruled the world and the genius behind it, we sure love our beverages and Colin's got a quiz about drinks on the go. And of course, FOOD - trivia about Chinese takeout, and the brilliant model of the fast food drive-through window. After you digest that food on the go, maybe stop by a portapottie? Because Dana has a whole quiz on THAT. Of course.

ALSO: Listener shout-outs, Bootylicious Um Actually

RUNTIME: 55 minutes 28 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Ready to Go" by Republica  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
Sep032014

125: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #25

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I think we figured out our ninja turtle equals. Colin, our no-nonsense Leonardo decided to embarrass us with a quiz about British sayings. Nappy? Agony Aunt? Listen to our attempt to mind the American-British gap. And let's play another round of "BRAD PITT? OR LASERS?!" Dana, our brainy Donatello takes us into the world of cheesily-titled Lifetime movies, and a quiz about famous Freds. Chris, our cool but rude Raphael, throws abbreviation puzzles at us, and challenge us to an alliterative "Movie Moniker" game. And Karen, the party-hearty Michelangelo has some questions about honest slogans about famous brands.

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 26 seconds

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Thursday
Aug282014

124: Bootylicious

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It is finally time to talk about.... the butt. Yes. Butt trivia and butt facts and butt quizzes. We dive into the history of butt words, and some origins may surprise you! And Chris finds the most beautiful booty in classical art that has been mesmerizing people for centuries. Our very serious problem with a specific butt hole, and of course, J Lo. Did she insure her behind? What does that mean to insure a butt?

ALSO: The Lion's Share jackpot finally hit!

RUNTIME: 45 minutes 19 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
Aug202014

123: At the Movies

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Get yourself some popcorn and fake butter topping and get ready for an episode all about the silver screen! Like easter eggs? Then you'll love learning about the most famous and popular sound effect that appears in almost every major film. Dana's got a film crew quiz, and Chris brings back a movie quote challenge (this time, it's not a trick!). Ever heard of TRANSMORPHERS? Or ATLANTIC RIM? Karen dives into the weird world of "mockbusters." And in the early days of Hollywood, how did they move from silent movies to talkies? And take Colin's "I Know That Guy!" actor challenge.

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 56 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Hooray for Hollywood" by Rosemary Clooney  Amazon | iTunes


 

Wednesday
Aug132014

122: We Salute You!

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1, 2, 3, 4, I don't know what I've been told!
5, 6, 7, 8, Good Job, Brain is on a roll!

Why, with quizzes and weird facts about military life, of course. Discover the fully packed history of canned foods and how we have Napoleon to thank. From cereal mascot to comic book hero, let's see how many fictional military characters do you know in Dana's lightning round quiz. We dive into famous everyday items that were developed for the military, and how pigeons used to reign the battle-strewn skies. And attention GIs, pack your MREs on that VTOL while navigating through Colin's military acronym challenge.

RUNTIME: 53 minutes 56 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"The Soldiering Life" by The Decemberists  Amazon | iTunes


 

Wednesday
Aug062014

121: Dot Com

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Let's face it, we all heart the internet, so this week, we are jamming pub-quiz-worthy webby facts into the tubes to your brain. Learn about the history behind the @ symbol and how it became synonymous with email, and find out where salad.com and coffee.com take you, along with other generic URLs that cleverly redirects you to some of the top brands and companies. Take the country domain quiz, and just how email savvy are you?

ALSO: 1960's Jeopardy!

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 45 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Technologic" by Daft Punk  Amazon | iTunes