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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 154

Set phasers to stun, and may the Force be with you, Frodo.

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Good Job, Brain! #154: To Boldly Go (2015-06-14)
By Grabthar’s hammer, you shall be avenged with trivia overload about science fiction. What was the true cultural origin of sci-fi? Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers — the copycat race to space story dominance. Get fuzzy and cuddly with Dana’s sci-fi pet quiz (and some heated discussion about Jabba the Hutt). Are you having a bad day? Could it be because of Mercury is in retrograde? BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! Chris delivers a brutal deep-cut quiz on the Battlestar Galactica cast’s other acting gigs, and sci-fi movies you probably didn’t know were based on books. ALSO: Iceland facts, dementor wasps. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 53m 2s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 153

Light it up!

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Good Job, Brain! #153: Let There Be Light (2015-06-05)
Ah, finally, an *enlightening* episode! Let it shine, let it shine, let it… destroy? Chris tells us about the infamous Las Vegas “death ray” and how a simple CFL light bulb destroyed his video game dreams. Bask in facts about glow-in-the-dark toys, fireflies… and “fire-pigs.” And yes, the human race has finally invented a mind-boggling material that cannot be anymore black. NONE MORE BLACK! And our music round is back with some light rock. ALSO: Mailbag, updates, EGGCORNS. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 56m 39s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 152

The chains of command!

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Good Job, Brain! #152: Follow the Leader (2015-05-15)
Kneel and bow before trivia about those who are leaders of the pack! Take Chris’ quiz on business leaders who name their famous companies after their own swagga self. Why we call sport team leaders “coaches” and the traditions among different sports. Leaders with animal names, and the intriguing origin of Rastafarians and their holy leader. Why would anyone be in the lead of a race and then disappear?! The weird world of rabbit runners who get paid to run fast, and drop out of a race. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 51m 10s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 151

DRUNK IN PUBLIC. Or something.

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Good Job, Brain! #151: Cheers! (2015-04-30)
Watch out, because we’re burping up facts and trivia about booze and beers! After 150 episodes, we’re revisiting our topic from episode one! Find out why the next time you drink wine, you should really make a toast to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde creator Robert Louis Stevenson. Learn about the strange types of mead, or honey wine — and Colin’s got his beer/thinking cap on with a quiz about brewskies. Plus alcoholic plants, and yes, alcoholic animals. Specifically, a real bear who enjoyed beer way too much. ALSO: the “fastest” train, PRESENTS!, featured listener websites. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 1h 1m
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 150

A special pop quiz for the 150th episode of Good Job, Brain!

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Good Job, Brain! #150: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #30 (2015-04-18)
What’s the best way to celebrate our 150th full-length episode? With quizzes about Taylor Swift, word games, music mash-ups, and more. DUH. Chris has a few sassy out-of-context movie summaries for us to identify. Do you listen to the show in the car? Then you’ll probably ace Colin’s car make quiz. Karen’s sandwiching words again, but this time it’s all about musicians… and Dana’s really obsessed with Taylor Swift’s dating life. ALSO: “word flip,” random Christmas Trivia, and see if you can catch our first censor bleep. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 44m 30s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 149

Hoarders: classy and organized edition.

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Good Job, Brain! #149: Collect All the Things! (2015-04-11)
Gotta catch ’em all! We celebrate trivia and facts about collecting and collectors: Our resident Star Wars droid aficionado Colin quizzes us on eBay abbreviations, and our resident video game hoarder Chris regales us with the mysterious tale of Atari’s real-life treasure of gold and jewels. What does a “vexillologist” collect? What about a “vapoludologist?” Karen witnesses how Disney pin trading gets seeded, and Dana’s got a quiz on celebrities, and the weird and specific stuff they collect. And are Grandma’s Hummel figurines really worth something? Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 55m 33s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 148

Garbage in, garbage out.

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Good Job, Brain! #148: Take Out the Trash (2015-04-05)
It’s time for spring cleaning, so get ready to sweep up factoids about garbage: Oscar the Grouch, the five-second rule, and the surprisingly recent invention of the Trash feature in computers. Learn the tale of the Mobro 4000 — how the legendary floating island of New York City trash sailed up and down the coast of the Atlantic. You talking smack? Take the trash talk quiz! And find out exactly how should you poop in the woods. ALSO: movie body count trivia, intense Star Wars Squarespace ad. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 59m 17s
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