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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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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 133

Damn kids and your newfangled… stuff!

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Good Job, Brain! #133: That Old Time Rock and Roll (2014-11-07)
Darn you whippersnappers, get off our lawn! This week we celebrate the old, outdated, and obsolete things in the past. Meet the mysterious saltpeter man from the days of yore, whose job totally… stinks. Old name quiz, and what happened a year ago? What about 50 years ago? Journey through time with Dana’s year span quiz. Beep, beep, beep- the riveting rise and fall of beepers and pagers. And revel in modern music in old prose, with the return of William Fakespeare. ALSO: Bexar County, The Hibernator, listener-submitted bumper ad. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 56m 29s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 132

The bogeyman is coming!

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Good Job, Brain! #132: Happy Halloween! #2 (2014-10-31)
Sugar up *your* skulls with our Halloween trivia-riffic episode filled with brain candy: Vampires vaahhhnt to suck your blaaahhhhhd, but why do they hate garlic? Who’s Ben Cooper, and why should you thank him for your crappy childhood costume? Take our Halloween TV episode title quiz, and a horror movie challenge, and learn about how Halloween came to be. ALSO: 1960s Jeopardy! Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 55m 23s
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