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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 166

Crossword solver (and creator) Tyler Hinman joins the GJB gang this week for some very puzzling discussions.

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Good Job, Brain! #166: Nuzzle in Puzzles (2015-11-10)
What has 10 arms, four mics, and insanely nerdy about things like crosswords, riddles, anagrams, and quizzes? Why, it’s this episode of GJB that’s all about puzzles — featuring our good friend and crossword king Tyler Hinman! Tyler blows our minds with CRYPTIC crosswords. Learn facts about solving a Rubik’s Cube, answer old-timey riddles, and unscramble animal anagrams. How do you move Mount Fuji? Learn why you might get asked to solve puzzles during a job interview, and the “hare-y” puzzle hunt that captivated the world. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 1h 1m 20s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 165

It’s another all quiz bonanza!

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Good Job, Brain! #165: ALL QUIZ BONANZA! #33 (2015-10-29)
Quintessentially quirky and quenching queue of quandaries and quizzes! Chris presents his case that 1992 was a golden year of cinema in his Academy Awards quiz. “A man is found dead in a room next to a puddle of water… what happened!?” — play some lateral situational puzzles based on true stories with Karen. Dana found some super-weird words, and Colin has a special round of “I Liked Their Earlier Stuff Better.” What a hipster, that guy. ALSO: The UK’s most upbeat song, Bugs Bunny’s accessories. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 50m 19s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 164

Just folkin’ around.

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Good Job, Brain! #164: What the Folk? (2015-10-19)
What is folk, and what counts as folklore? We get folked up by imbibing a lot of trivia nuggets about stories, rituals, and music passed down from generation to generation! How come every nursery rhyme seems to have a hidden murderous and/or political origin? Colin goes on a Fool’s Errand and opens our eyes to hazing and camp pranks that keep getting passed down. Get folkin’ excited for animal proverb origins, and a *challenging* Greek mythology quiz. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 59m 57s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 163

It’s the GJB team’s very first live show, straight from San Francisco!

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Good Job, Brain! #163: GJB LIVE! (2015-10-09)
We held our first ever live event and it was awesome! And of course, we made sure that our non-attendee friends and listeners can get in on the action, so we’re releasing half of our live show as this week’s episode. Get down with some of your GJB favorites: YA BURNT! beloved movie edition, E.L.V.I.S., and even William Fakespeare paid us a real visit. ALSO: some Q&A from the audience, and a LEGAL happy birthday sing-a-long! Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 51m 31s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 162

Learn about the newfangled jazz that the kids are talking.

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Good Job, Brain! #162: New Slang (2015-10-01)
Humans say the weirdest things, and we take a roller coaster dive into finding out the origins of slang words, and how some of them evolved into everyday use: the first “people’s dictionary,” The New York Times’ unintentionally hilarious slang clarifications — and Karen theorizes how “BAE” came to be, and notices how many sayings came from making typos. Don’t hit a four-bagger into the five-hole when taking Colin’s colorful sport slang quiz, and the weird and morbid story behind “drinking the Kool-Aid.” Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 58m 13s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 161

OH YEAH!

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Good Job, Brain! #161: Slippery When Wet (2015-09-18)
This week, we celebrate one of our favorite states of matter: LIQUID! (Well, there are only three to choose from. ANYWAYS.) Sip up some fictional beverages in Dana’s quiz. Get buzzed with some liquid energy with Karen’s weird Starbucks facts. Partake in a guaranteed “no pee” science quiz, and take the Coke or Pepsi challenge! And we might have found the most a-hole animal of THE FOREVER — and its manipulative role with humans in the quest of finding liquid gold: honey. ALSO: Congrats Walkie Talkie building!, Um… Actually. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 1h 7m 37s
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Good Job, Brain!: Episode 160

Pop quiz time!

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Good Job, Brain! #160: ALL QUIZ BONANZA #32! (2015-09-04)
A real grab bag in this week’s ALL QUIZ episode — from fake James Brown to Key lime pie; from New Jersey to consoles. Take the heteronym challenge and find the pair of identical words with totally different meaning and sounds. If there’s a New Jersey… then where’s the original Jersey? Is there an original Zealand? Karen’s got regional American food on her mind, and it’s Chris’ turn for a Music Quiz… of Mr. White-and-Nerdy himself, “Weird Al” Yankovic. And a parody challenge! ALSO: Weird story behind the invention of safety pins. Starring Karen Chu, Colin Felton, Dana Nelson, and Chris Kohler.
Running Time: 52m 40s
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