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

Wednesday
Dec112013

90: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #18


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Oil up your noodle so you can slurp up some quiz time deliciousness. Dana heats up our brains (and meatballs) with "SWEDEN? OR NOT SWEDEN?" Chris has Christmas music on his mind while Karen made a quiz about entertainers solely for the purpose of embarrassing everybody else. Colin dips into wordplay for his "Word in a Word" quiz. And can you identify these famous quotes when slowed down to "witness protection" speed? And witness how we all completely lose it during Dana's segment about processed foods.

RUNTIME: 41 minutes 8 seconds

 

Thursday
Dec052013

Podcast Transcription: What do you think?

We occasionally get requests for episode transcriptions. And lots of us know that transcribing audio is a pretty gnarly and daunting task. So the really great folks at Rev.com transcribed an episode of Good Job, Brain! for us.

This is for Episode #83: Up in the Air

And here's the full raw transcript! (.doc)

// Transcription service by rev.com

 

Would this be good to have for every episode? And just curious, how would a transcript help you enjoy the show more?

 

 

 

Tuesday
Dec032013

89: Sock It to Me


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Ah, the foot; the meatbrick with 5 sprouting flesh morsels can hold so much mystery, wonder, and microbes. Let us rock your socks off with trivia and tales about our glorious feet: what does the "pink" in "pinky toe" mean? Why do we hang up stockings for Christmas? And where did the measurement of feet and miles come from? Karen blows minds with the phenomenon of "Frito Feet," and we dip our toes in Chris' idiom quiz.

ALSO: Check your body for some mildly odd genetic traits. Just sayin'.

RUNTIME: 46 minutes 36 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Mind Your Manners" by Chiddy Bang ft. Icona Pop  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Nov262013

88: Oh Behave!


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Chin up, elbows off the table, and stop picking your nose! We explore the world of manners and etiquette this week. Chris quizzes us on the torturous and delightfully wacky rules of table manners. Learn about the Do's and Don'ts of pub trivia, the violent origin of the handshake, and old-timey advice to present thy proper self. Who's got two thumbs and might piss off other cultures? - Colin's public service announcement about common hand gestures that might mean not-so-great things in certain countries.

ALSO: Warby Parker EYE-Q quiz, the number 88

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 17 seconds

SPONSOR: Warby Parker | Use the promo code BRAIN for free expedited shipping!

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Mind Your Manners" by Chiddy Bang ft. Icona Pop  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Nov192013

87: The Truth About Cats and Dogs


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BREAKING MEWS! Put your paws up for some barking mad trivia about our furry companions: the amazing death-defying righting reflex of cats and "high-rise syndrome," we sift through the colorful history of cat litter, the many faces of Cerberus, and a purr-fect quiz. We try to answer burning questions like do dogs really watch and understand TV? How many toes can a cat actually have?

ALSO: "Um, Actually" double-header

RUNTIME: 45 minutes 58 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, arranged by jeonghoon95 using Mario Paint Composer. AMAZING!

 

Tuesday
Nov122013

86: The Life Aquatic

 

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Strap on your floaties because we're going out to sea. Marinate on these marvelous marine morsels of trivia: the history of the first ever submarine and its very silly name, what exactly made Disney's The Little Mermaid a complete hit and turning point for the studio, handy/horrible mnemonics for memorizing bodies of water, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Anchors aweigh in a nautical term quiz, and find out what happens to aquariums when abandoned.

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 42 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Beyond the sea" by Kevin Spacey (as Bobby Darin)  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Nov052013

85: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #17

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We're down a person but we're making it up by SMUSHING MORE QUIZZES UP YOUR EAR-HOLES. Yo dawg, I heard you like portmanteaus - so enjoy a crazy portmanteau-ception! Chris gets musical with "Who am I?" and blows our minds with tricky foreign-sounding company name quiz. Colin whets our appetite with questions about restaurants and cooking, and listeners Ben & Jon crafted us a rather....sinister segment.

ALSO: E.L.V.I.S. watches TV!

RUNTIME: 50 minutes 20 seconds

 

Tuesday
Oct292013

84: Happy Halloween!

 

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OOoooOOoOoooOoooOooOo~ Salutations spooks and spectres! Munch on these trivia treats: Tim Burton quiz, eye-opening statistics on the most popular costumes throughout the year, what might actually happen in case of a zombie attack, and the origin and history of the quintessential "spooky" sounds. 

ALSO: Music Round, Bizarre Headlines, RIP Mr. Haribo

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 28 seconds

 

Wednesday
Oct232013

83: Up in the Air

 

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Pooping, peeing, puking, and plummeting - this *uplifting* episode sure got things covered. Rise to the top and touch the sky with trivia, quizzes, and stories about aerial matters: what is believed to be the worst airplane in history, the wondrous nature of bird poop, the hair-raising history of window cleaners, clouds and the atmosphere, and some real a-hole birds. 

ALSO: Merch store news!, "Double-Double" Quiz, a fantastic "Um, Actually..."

RUNTIME: 46 minutes 47 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Touch the Sky" by Kanye West ft. Lupe Fiasco  Amazon | iTunes 

"Married Life" by Michael Giacchino from Up  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Oct152013

Fun-Size Mini Show: Live from Chris' Wedding! (And He Doesn't Know Because It's a Surprise)

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We couldn't record a regular show because it was our co-host Chris' wedding over the weekend. BUT TRIVIA CANNOT BE STOPPED. So we recorded short segments in secret at the wedding reception as a surprise for him. Why are wedding gowns white? Why don't people throw rice at weddings anymore? Where does the word "honeymoon" come from? Laughs were chortled, love was celebrated, and wine was drunk. Lots of wine. Lots. Thanks for letting us share this moment with you guys, listeners. And congrats to Chris and Regina, may their life together be prosperous and brainy!

SPECIAL GUESTS: Chris' adorable parents, former guest-host and crossword champion Tyler Hinman

RUNTIME: 19 minutes 54 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Celebrate" by Mika ft. Pharrell Williams  Amazon | iTunes 

"Marry You" by Bruno Mars  Amazon | iTunes 

"Celebration" by Kool And The Gang  Amazon | iTunes