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
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 

 

 

Wednesday
Oct092013

82: Body Hackin'

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BODY MODIFICATIONS - ways to decorate and enhance the body! Plastic surgery tidbits and vocabulary quiz, outrageous/cool/eyeroll-inducing celebrity tattoos, and hacking your own body with....home electronics? The amazing body transformations of the mimic octopus, and breakthroughs in sports reconstructive surgery. And pee tattoo.

ALSO: Second Chance Pub Quiz, Brainiacs' Book Club

RUNTIME: 51 minutes 10 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Body Work" by Morgan Page ft. Teagan & Sara  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Tuesday
Oct012013

81: Danger! Danger!

 

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Watch out, brains because it's going to get dangerous up in here. Learn about the deadly secrets behind animal kingdom's own goofball - the blowfish, and why people actually want to eat it. (Get it? Goof-BALL? Ok.) Hear Dana ROAR about the legendary "Big 5." Just exactly how lethal are your day-to-day activities? Find out about the most dangerous jobs in America, and why Alfred Nobel was such a (smart) weirdo. And why a turn-of-the-century craze is still haunting France and France's wallet today.

ALSO: 1960's Jeopardy, SQUARE TRIVIA!

RUNTIME: 49 minutes 5 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Danger (Been So Long)" by Mystikal  Amazon | iTunes 

 

Wednesday
Sep252013

80: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #16

 

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Get out your smoothie cup because we're about to whip up your melon with some quenching quizzes! Let's play "Japan, Or Not Japan?" and "Angels & Demons." Fire up your follicles with a quiz all about hair-removing products (and pain, we suppose). Karen's got a list of animals whose species names are all dedicated to celebrities, and Dana brings it with a lightning round of TV's beloved anti-heroes. Colin's doubled over duos, and Chris is just "plane crazy."

ALSO: World's Ugliest Animal, podcast facts

RUNTIME: 44 minutes 48 seconds

UM ACTUALLY...: Though Gervais did have the world record in most podcast downloaded, Adam Carolla broke it in 2011 [source]. Thanks to the listeners for pointing that out!

 

Tuesday
Sep172013

79: Too Much of a Good Thing

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Overload on trivia about OVERLOADING! Find out what happens to your body when you eat too many carrots, and the very dangerous (and  poisonous!) nature of drinking way too much water. Ever feel weird about words when they are repeated over and over and over and over again? "Too Much" quiz, and learn about some odd names for nutty maladies from doing too much of specific activities.

ALSO: Music Round, Time Travel Beaver

RUNTIME: 44 minutes 23 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Is It Too Much" by Ra Ra Riot  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

Tuesday
Sep102013

78: Too Cool for School

 

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Prepare your face for some eyebrow-raising and completely bonkers trivia about school: the odd history behind the classic No. 2 yellow pencil (WHY IS IT NUMBER TWO? WHY IS IT YELLOW? THE WORLD MUST KNOW!), the surreal and the bedazzled things rival colleges fight for, celebrities who used to be teachers, and the impact Minnesota had on videogames. And where did the phrase "freshman fifteen" come from? And are *YOU* smarter than a 1895 eighth grader?

ALSO: 1960's Jeopardy!, listener questions, prep school movie quiz

RUNTIME: 50 minutes 49 seconds

 

Featured Interlude Music:

"Saved By the Bell" TV Theme  Amazon | iTunes 

 

 

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