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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 140

Pop quiz — holiday-style!

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Good Job, Brain! #140: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #28 Holiday Edition! (2014-12-25)
Are you yearning for yuletide yapping? Then join us at the trivia table, and keep your brain fresh with a jolt of holiday quizzing! Colin gets super-experimental this episode and debuts a new game segment “30 SECONDS TO GLORY!” plus a whole Christmas music round, famous people anagram challenge, and test your holiday IQ. ALSO: “12 Days of GJB Christmas,” as performed by our own Chris Kohler. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 43m 46s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 139

Happy holidays! Eat up!

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Good Job, Brain! #139: Season’s Eatings II (2014-12-22)
ARE YOU READY FOR HOLIDAY EATAPALOOZA?!?!??!! Let us whet your appetite with scrumptious facts and trivia about holiday foods and eating traditions. Why does fruitcake have the most pathetic loser rep? Chris drenches us with the colorful and pungent origins of the fruitcake — and who knew this poop-looking brick had such a wonderful stamp in history? Take the goose/ham/turkey challenge to find out who’s the real MEAT HEAD. We all become envious of Japan after learning about their Christmas tradition, and it’s finger-lickin’ good. And of course, the international phenomenon of the cursed HANGOVER — find out what actually happens to your body after a night of drinking, and other boozy facts. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 48m 49s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 138

A podcast appears! Like magic!

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Good Job, Brain! #138: Abracadabra (2014-12-12)
Shazam! Presto! Prepare to be amazed by origin stories, facts, and trivia about MAGIC. Chris tries to dazzle us (and YOU, the listener) with aural magic tricks. Find out why his mind-reading tricks work. Take our quiz about the magical products all around us. Open Sesame! Abracadabra! Hocus pocus! Find out how and why these magic phrases came to be. We all have heard about Harry Houdini and his great magical escape feats… but did you know he was an avid mythbuster and skeptic? Oh yeah, and his on-and-off friendship with Arthur Conan Doyle. Dramaaaa. ALSO: Poop dust. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 54m 23s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 137

Happy Eldmother’s Day!

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Good Job, Brain! #137: All in the Family (2014-12-05)
Scooch closer, niblings, avuncles, and brother-uterines — because it’s time for a family reunion! We tip our hats to trivia and juicy facts all about families as we inch closer to the holidays. Eldmother? Belsire? Take Dana’s specific family member vocab challenge! Learn what it was really like for family households back in the history times (hint: VERY AWKWARD), TV family sitcoms, animal family names, and a very familial Music Round. ALSO: Listener Brad Pitt or Lasers, special thanks to our families. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 56m 17s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 136

HOLLABACK GIRL.

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Good Job, Brain! #136: Raise Your Voice (2014-11-28)
La la la laaaaaaaaaa! We explore the world of voice and speech. Learn about the history of “the robot voice” and the crazy machines that made synthesized speech possible, we turn into Munchkins and find out why helium makes your voice squeaky, famous speeches every pub trivia team needs to know, and how to speak Australian! Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 51m 44s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 135

I cannot currently think of a good pop quiz pun. But here’s your monthly pop quiz episode!

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Good Job, Brain! #135: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #27 (2014-11-21)
Watch out for those whizzing quizzes — it’s time for our hodgepodge of random quizzes to keep your brain in tip-top pub trivia shape. We have a lightning round of women who RROOOCCKKKK (not lady geologists), and it’s time to play a round of “Hey, Where’d You Get That Cheese?” Chris got his Thanksgiving menu all mixed up, How to Know Your Dragons, and movie director credit challenge! ALSO: Celebrity restaurants, Warby Parker Eye quiz. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 49m 57s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 134

Is it safe??

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Good Job, Brain! #134: For Your Safety (2014-11-15)
DO THE SAFETY DANCE! Facts and trivia about keeping you safe. Remember those (super annoying) automatic safety belts that were built into a track along the car door? What happened to them and how did they came about? Having a hard time opening medicine bottles? Well, Chris has quite the story for you on childproof packaging, and how scientists test their safety. Learn about the mesmerizing and magical history of bulletproof vests and why they work. Karen’s just “plane crazy” about all the seemingly fun (but important!) stuff in airplane safety videos. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 52m 11s
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