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
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 

 

 

Wednesday
Mar262014

103: In Yo Face!


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Time to face off with facts about your FACE. Chris explores the things *in* your face, (specifically, up your nostrils) in his dedicated booger segment. Seeing Virgin Mary on your grilled cheese sandwiches? Or seeing feisty drunk octopodes in bathrooms? Karen offers up a quiz about the psychological phenomenon of interpreting faces. Colin dots this episode with the plump facts about moles. Take our idiom challenge, and learn about the secrets of blurring faces (and butt cracks) on TV.

ALSO: Carmin San Mateo, 3-eyed animals

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 5 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Up Out My Face" by Mariah Carey   Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

Wednesday
Mar192014

102: The Need For Speed

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Turbo charge your ear-holes with our episode about things speedy, fast, and instant. Find out about the weird origin of FedEx (hint: it involved some Las Vegas craziness). And exactly fast are the fastest things in the world? Play our Price-Is-Right speed test, and can you hold on to this FAST word puzzle? Colin captivates us with the wacky and illegal world of coast-to-coast racing. And what actually makes instant noodles instant?

And you can be our wingman anytime.

ALSO: Carmin San Mateo, Lobetrotter

RUNTIME: 56 minutes 48 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
Mar122014

101: Um, Actually...

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Ah yes, the "Um, Actually..." - a phrase in every trivia fan's utility belt. We dedicate the whole episode to the culture of corrections, misquoted facts, and nerdery. It's time to load up your trivia ammo! Colin schools EVERYONE on a misused vocabulary quiz, and Chris shares how we've been doing things wrong in the kitchen. Dana's snoops around Snopes.com, and blows our mind about blood. Karen finds out where words like "nerd" and "dweeb" come from.

ALSO: Good Job, BRIAN! quiz, Carmin San Mateo, Lobetrotter

RUNTIME: 56 minutes 59 seconds

SPONSOR: lynda.com - Learn software, creative, & business skills from expert-taught videos at lynda.com/goodjobbrain

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Do Wrong Right" by The Devil Makes Three  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
Mar052014

100!

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Lots of festivity in our 2nd anniversary and 100th episode! We're celebrating this milestone by celebrating...YOU. Warm up your hearts with listener messages and questions sprinkled throughout the show. And warm up your brains with some tricky quizzes: Chris gets animated in his movie round, Nerak's got a weird word elzzup, Colin has 100 on the mind, and Dana needs help with change. And can you identify these classic literary works by their 1-star Amazon reviews?

ALSO: Music Round, New Zealand Challenge, and a visit from a familiar face voice

RUNTIME: 1 hour 21 minutes 58 seconds

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Wednesday
Feb262014

We're taking a break this week!



(Yup, that's ginger ale-flavored Kit Kats.)

Sorry everyone, no new episode this week! We're taking a break and gearing up for our big 100th/2nd anniversary ...celebrating YOU!

Special Reminder

There's still time for audio submissions for our big 1-0-0 episode. We want to hear how you GJB - record a message, a song, a skit, a jungle or jingle, or a shanty and we might feature it in next week's show. You can email it to us or you can call in and leave a voicemail in our Happy 100 Hotline: (678) 820-6264 (made possible by listener Ben!)

We are also taking listener questions about us or about the show! You can tweet us (@GoodJobBrain) or ask them on our FB thread HERE.

 

Tuesday
Feb182014

99: Viva Las Vegas Part II

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Our wallets may be a little lighter but we're winning big in titillating facts and trivia about Sin City. Did you know before Super Mario and Zelda, Nintendo had a Vegas connection? Colin obsesses over blackjack and the history of card-counting, and Dana's got a celebrity quiz about quicky weddings. Karen answers some of her burning questions about playing cards and Chris shares hotel facts that might literally shock you.

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 43 seconds

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Featured Interlude Music:

"Vegas Lights" by Panic! At the Disco  Amazon | iTunes 

 

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 


HANDY LINKS/INFO FROM THIS EPISODE:

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

 

Friday
Jan312014

We're a Stitcher Award Winner!

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

LISTEN TO THE WHOLE THING HERE >>


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

 

 

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