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
May212012

Ep 12: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #2

Hey Smart Cookies - LET'S GET READY TO CRUMMBBLLEE! 

We each prepared our own quiz segments to keep your noggin nimble and your reflexes rapid. Movies, literature, animal superlatives, famous final lines, and we have the most ridiculously awesome TV movie pitch (give us a call, SyFy channel!).

ALSO: Karen's trivia woes, MUSIC ROUND, Presi-dogs

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 44 seconds 

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Monday
May142012

Ep 11: Hey, Your Fly is Open

Remember when Hypercolor and acid-wash jeans were cool? Lots of laughs in this episode about ridiculous fashion trends and their origins. Learn about intriguing facts behind a simple pair of blue jeans, powdered wigs, and more. And also, we have to thank Colin for his very intensive research on the bikini. Really taking one for the team.

ALSO: Pop quiz!, impressive tricky geography trivia THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND, New listener challenge (Don't forget to email your answers to gjb.podcast@gmail.com)

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 39 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"New Shoes" by Paolo Nutini  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Monday
May072012

Ep 10: Animals Are Weird

Chris said it best: nothing that man can think up in science-fiction stories is crazier, creepier, and more disgusting than nature. Mother Nature is a very odd gal. We share our research on weird animals and behavior, and shocking animal ingredients in our everyday lives. Freelance bees, whale regurgitation, zombie ants, and the famous dog who ate everything.

ALSO: Pop quiz!, famous paradoxes, and how to memorize very specific parts of the male anatomy in a very particular order, NEW LISTENER CHALLENGE! (Don't forget to email your answers to gjb.podcast@gmail.com)

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 10 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thorton  Amazon | iTunes 

"Animal" by Miike Snow  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
May022012

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of American Creamy Sauce

 

So in our most recent episode (#9: Finger Lickin' Good - Junkfood), Dana noted that the cheesy flavor of Cheetos did not test well in China so the two flavors that were first introduced were "Zesty Japanese Steak" and the elusive "Savory American Cream."

BUT WHAT THE HECK IS AMERICAN CREAM

We thought maybe it was country gravy. Very creamy and very American. Sarah from Germany wrote in and suggested:

In many countries, like Germany, ranch dressing is called "American dressing". Also, Cool Ranch Doritos over here are called "Cool American".

Oooo, a very wise guess. With a bit more digging, we finally found out what "Savory American Cream" is. According to a New York Times article back in 1994, the HOTLY-CONTESTED American Creamy Sauce flavor is essentially...

 

 

...buttered popcorn.

 

CASE CLOSED!

 

Monday
Apr302012

Ep 9: Finger Lickin' Good

Doh! You might end up getting a food coma just from listening to this episode. Greasy and sugary origin tales behind junkfood and outrageous snacks: donuts, maltballs, Cheetos, and other delicious offenders. And let's not forget insane junkfood mash-ups like the Pizza Hut slider-crusted pizza, and the Luther Vandross burger.

ALSO: Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, double-letter quiz, and new listener challenge! (Don't forget to email in your answer at gjb.podcast@gmail.com)

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 8 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" by Rufus Wainwright  Amazon | iTunes  | Spotify

 

Monday
Apr232012

Ep 8: Very Superstitious...

Gold underwear, chopsticks, and rabbit's foot - everyone has their own crazy superstitions and lucky charms! We confess to our own weird rituals, talk about really nutty ones in the world of sports and theatre, and find out about the origins of classic superstitions like black cats and triskaidekaphobia. Hope you enjoy the show, fingers crossed! Hyuk hyuk. 

ALSO: pop quiz, Name that Pooch!, bizarre headlines, Chris' special CHALLENGE!

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 15 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"Good Luck Charm" by The Wrights  Amazon | iTunes  | Spotify

 

Monday
Apr162012

Ep 7: Willy Wonka & The Wax Tadpole Factory

Chris is finally back with us- just in time for our big advertising episode! Our favorite unsuccessful marketing campaigns, The Wonka Candy Company, advertisement urban legends, 7-Up baby formula, ridiculous informercials, our own shameless plugs, and the mysterious anatomy of the Starbucks lady creature.

ALSO: pop quiz, company mascot/spokesperson quiz, our pub trivia tactics, the mnemonic for identifying the Rice Krispies Elves

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 42 seconds 

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Featured interlude music:

"A Beautiful Mine" by RJD2  Amazon | iTunes  | Spotify

"Sell Out" by Reel Big Fish  Amazon | iTunes  | Spotify

 

Sunday
Apr152012

SHAMLESS PLUG: Play T-Rex T-Party!

So not only is our own Dana a master of bizarre old-timey words, Dana is also a game designer! And her first self-published game is now out and available on the App Store! You play as a short-armed T-rex who is shunned by the hoity toity society of tea cups and pastries. So naturally, YOU MUST DESTROY ALL TEA PARTIES. Two talons up!

T-Rex T-Party on the App Store ]

Monday
Apr092012

Ep 6: Word Nerds Rejoice!

Crossword champion and puzzle superman Tyler Hinman joins us for a fantastic fest fawning over words. We talk about the history and process of constructing crosswords, why Noah Webster is our A-hole of the week, and we introduce you to your new ultimate favorite word of THE FOREVER! No, seriously.

ALSO: pop quiz, odd spelling bee, Chris Hansen, movie titles lost in translation, and how to memorize the biological taxonomy order.

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 40 seconds

 

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Featured interlude music:

"Ten Thousand Words" by The Avett Brothers  Amazon | iTunes  | Spotify

"California English" by Vampire Weekend  Amazon | iTunes  | Spotify

 

Friday
Apr062012

All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm Ready for My Close-Up!

(Can you name where this post title came from?)

Wow wee! We made a very tiny cameo on tonight's Attack of the Show on G4 today! And by "very tiny," we mean, like, this tiny.  Okay, okay, maybe it was more like this tiny.

The AotS guys were talking about the new Apple TV upgrade and we just happen to be on the list on the podcast homepage on iTunes. 

GO BRAINS!