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
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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Wednesday
Apr022014

Podcast Statistics, Downloads, & Metrics

Hi all, Karen here! I figured I'd share GJB podcast statistics with everyone. Even though podcasts have been around for years now, it seems like there's still an air of mystery and misreporting regarding measuring podcast performance. And I'm hypothesizing that because podcasters themselves aren't really sure, they're less inclined to make their podcast numbers public. Are these numbers high? Low? What's the norm? Are downloads more important than stream plays? What's better - measuring monthly stats or weekly stats? Double rainbow - WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Obviously, I don't have any of these answers but what I do have are GJB numbers for curious minds out there. Feel free to cite or use this info if it helps!

 

FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2014

Downloads: 259,737
Stitcher Downloads: 20,988
Soundcloud plays: 49,000

 

It's safe to assume that someone who downloaded an episode from iTunes probably aren't listening to the same episode off of Stitcher, and Soundcloud stats are based off of number of stream plays rather than downloads. So as you can see, it's a bit messy when figuring out just how many people are listening to the show, and figuring out what your real reach is. There are people who might listen or download one episode multiple times - but there are also families and groups of people who listen off of one iTunes download all at the same time. We just hit 1 million followers on Soundcloud, and even though it's not an easy feat, I doubt all 1 million of those people are actively and consistently listening to the show.

 

Anyways, like I said - just total double rainbow. :)

 

 

 

Tuesday
Apr012014

104: Fooled Ya


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The left-handed burger? Trees that grow spaghetti? Celebrate April Fools' Day with us by learning some of the redonkulous trivia behind pranks and hoaxes. Colin regales us with the history behind iconic novelty gags like the Whoopee Cushion, Joy Buzzer, and the Snake Nut Can. Dana impresses us with the Mechanical Turk hoax, and Chris sets off to find out about the origin of April Fools. Karen emits some facts about fart humor (and an accompanying fart quiz), and are you up for the celebrity death hoax challenge?

Also, try to spot our slip in this episode! 

ALSO: Colin's Takedown, Our Patreon Debut!

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 24 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Love Foolosophy" by Jamiroquai  Amazon | iTunes