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
Aug072013

73: Lie, Cheat, and Steal

 

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Tsk tsk tsk. For shame! Tales and trivia about notable cheaters: the marathon runner whose time seemed too good, the journalist whose reports seemed too colorful, and the gutsy guy whose casino caper seemed too easy. And of course, the awesome anti-cheating mechanisms, like plagiarism software and RFID tags, to battle against sneaky behavior! And how a couple of Canadian thieves got themselves in a STICKY situation. 

ALSO: Squarespace Internet Quiz, Pop Quiz with vacationing listeners!

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 34 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Your Cheatin' Heart" (cover) by Ray Charles  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

Wednesday
Jul312013

72: We're Goin' Under


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Get our your goggles and saddle for your giant pet mole, and suit up - because we're going on an underground adventure! We dig deep into the marvel and the twists behind the birth of NYC subway, we find out what's exactly underneath Disney World, and what's up with these weirdo mysterious gobin caves in Bavaria. Take our "Top? Or Bottom?" underwear quiz, and find out what was the building that won WWII and how it became invisible. 

ALSO: "It's Good to be Bad" Villains Quiz, Jeopardy!

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 15 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Under The Sea" by Squirrel Nut Zippers  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

Tuesday
Jul232013

71: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #14


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TEN-HUT! Time to go all bootcamp on your brain with this quiz-only episode. Are you a cake person or a pie person? Sweeten your day with Karen's quiz on dessert flavors and wacky names. Sprint across the finish line with Colin's music segment "Cut to the Chase!" and see if you can identify some of the most iconic movie chase scene scores. Chris prepared us a (very, very hard) literary author pseudonym test as well as a reprise of GIRL vs. BOYS. Think you know your nursery rhymes? Then see how high you can score on Dana's Mother Goose challenge.

ALSO: "Call the Doctor" and country anagrams.

RUNTIME: 48 minutes 43 seconds

 

Tuesday
Jul162013

70: Go Big or Go Home


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**ALL QUIZ MOVED TO NEXT WEEK!**

Hey, Mr. Big Stuff, who do you think you are? From the big man (Colossus of Rhodes) to the Big Mac, we share awesome facts and quizzes about things that are BIG. We find out what space might actually smell like, the noisy nature of oceans, and the mysterious, wondrous, bittersweet....and... "explosive" nature of whales.  

ALSO: We try out auditory palindromes!!! And a special Dnuor Cisum quiz!

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 51 seconds

ADDITIONAL EYE CANDY FROM THIS EPISODE: 

 

ADDITIONAL LINK: Finding 52 Documentary Facebook page

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Hypnotize" (clean) by Notorious B.I.G.  Amazon | iTunes 

"Mr. Big Stuff" by Jean Knight  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

Tuesday
Jul092013

69: The Sound of Music


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The hills are alive with SO MANY FREAKING FACTS ABOUT MUSIC: the oldest instrument of the history of mankind, notable moments in recording history, the first talking doll recordings (creepy!), music scandals on TV quiz, the actual lowdown on hidden secret messages and the whole backward-song craze that swept the nation. Where exactly "is the place in France where the naked ladies dance"?, and just why singing the Happy Birthday song might get you in legal trouble. 

ALSO: Fictional workplace quiz, Chicago World's Fair

RUNTIME: 55 minutes 50 seconds

 

Thanks to the audio historians & experts at FIRST SOUNDS who researched and recreated the phonautogram recordings. Audio archeology!

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Keyboard Cat" by Phatso/Charlie Schmidt 

 

 

Tuesday
Jul022013

68: Fun in the Sun


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Ready for summer vacation? Load this episode up while you bask under the red hot day-star! Tan your brain with awesome glowing facts: the (kind of gross) history of the icecream cone, weird trivia about daylight saving time, wacky watermelon stories, the inspiration behind the Slip N Slide, and the summer nectar of the gods - Slurpee. Summer jams lyrics quiz. And what makes a movie a "blockbuster"? Why is it even called that? 

ALSO: Tech company animal mascot quiz, "Um...Actually..."

RUNTIME: 54 minutes 59 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Island in the Sun" by Weezer  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

Tuesday
Jun252013

67: Bad Medicine


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Paging Doctor Feelgood! We need 100cc of trivia facts STAT!!! We explore the trivia-filled world of medicine - specifically, the weird and wacky medical treatments: old-timey snake oil, traveling medicine shows, alcohol, quacks, that wonder drug "calomel", leeches (no, no, they're actually quite nice!), Hollywood "script doctors," and an odd story about... ancient Chinese ingenuity? Yeah...

ALSO: Dog Show facts, XYZ quiz

RUNTIME: 42 minutes 38 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

Tuesday
Jun182013

66: All By Myself


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Are you lonesome tonight? Well, these people sure are! We salute and celebrate the ones who tend to do things by themselves: the crazy solo life of the hermit crab (and its nightmare cousin, the coconut crab), the physical and psychological effects of human isolation experiments, the amazing trail-blazing lone wolf game designers of the Atari age, and of course, famous band members who struck it big with their own solo careers.

ALSO: Marathon mnemonic and factoids, and E.L.V.I.S. music quiz!

RUNTIME: 42 minutes 38 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"All By Myself" by THE Celine Dion  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

Wednesday
Jun122013

65: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #13


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[NOTE: We had some audio technical difficulties during our recording session. We apologize if this episode sounds a little off!] 

Yeeeaaaahhhhh! Another quiz-filled tasty entree to satisfy your hunger for weird information. Are you a boardgame expert? Then Dana gotcha covered in her boardgame pieces test. Chris had colors on his mind, and also a very intriguing (and maybe infuriating?) "middle in line" movie quiz. Karen makes everyone play Family Feud, and Colin want us to get into his "domain."

ALSO: We host our first ever taste test quiz and try to name the wacky flavors of snack Colin brought back from Asia.

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 29 seconds

 

Wednesday
Jun052013

64: Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie


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[NOTE: We had some audio technical difficulties during our recording session. We apologize if this episode sounds a little off!] 

  

  

Shrink ray, pew pew! Toy dogs, woof woof! Mini golf, putt putt! We celebrate the things that come in smaller packages around us. Trivia about the invention of the miniskirt (oo la la) and weird laws around tiny liquor bottles. See if you can name the baby versions of top cartoon shows, and how many movies about shrinking people can you think of?

ALSO: Brainiacs Book Club

RUNTIME: 47 minutes 17 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"It's A Small World" by Slim Whitman  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

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