good job, brain! trivia & quiz show podcast
October 24, 2012 7:26 PM   Subscribe

Good Job, Brain! is a weekly quiz show & offbeat news podcast. "We here are nuts about trivia. And we are darn sure there are people out there who share our unusual obsession. Are you in a weekly pub trivia team? Do you relish beating your friends at Trivial Pursuit? Do you blab out the answers at the gym when Jeopardy! is on? And don't you just loathe badly worded questions? Ggrrrahhhh! Then this podcast, fellow trivia nut, is the ultimate mental nutrition for your very big brain."
posted by flex (10 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
This may be a good place to drop a reminder to Boston-area triviageek MeFites that we field a Taters Trivia Team at Tommy Doyle's in Cambridge every other Monday or so. If you're interested, keep an eye out on the IRL subsite for the next THING, cause we'd love your help in pwning and winning free beer like we usually do. [smug look, drops microphone]
posted by not_on_display at 8:01 PM on October 24, 2012 [4 favorites]

I like this podcast but it's annoying that the host / guests can't help laughing at all their own jokes.
posted by anewnadir at 8:11 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

The best thing about voice answers is:


Say it vowel same unseen, and win.
posted by Mblue at 8:31 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

This may be the first podcast I listen to regularly.
posted by cmoj at 9:04 PM on October 24, 2012

They forgot the oft-self-asked question "Why is that in my brain instead of _DATA MISSING_ ?"
posted by maryr at 9:32 PM on October 24, 2012

"Do you like trivia?"

"Well, I'm talking to you, ain't I?"
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 5:34 AM on October 25, 2012

I first looked at this post not logged in, the three Google ads embedded in this post (in this order) were : Geeks Who Drink, Buzztime Trivia and Odor Shield Body Wash. As someone who plays both Geeks Who Drink and Buzztime occasionally I'm wondering if this is the equivalent of Google saying to me, "ahem, I've been meaning to talk to you about your hygiene" or is Google making an almost self loathing statement about Trivia loving geeks in general?
posted by ill3 at 5:41 AM on October 25, 2012

I like this podcast a lot, and I can listen to it with my 11 year old son, which is a very big thing.
posted by Lucinda at 6:52 AM on October 25, 2012

I'm kind of torn. I listened to the transportation episode yesterday, figuring that transportation was either a brilliant or an awful place to start, given how much I like transportation trivia. On the good side, some of the researched bits were interesting. I liked the bit about the Hindenburg. (Though, I was a bit but off that I was supposed to be impressed they figured out who Paul Hindenburg was.) Certainly it was amusing enough that I listened to the whole thing. On the bad side, I didn't like the sponsored bit at the beginning, as it felt really forced. The sponsor dictating/providing content also gives me a bad feeling. I also didn't really like the most of the quiz bits because it seemed like they skewed heavily towards (American?) pop culture that was totally removed from my frame of reference. It's irritating in the same way the board game questions in Trivial Pursuit are irritating--you're never going to get a question about a board game you've never seen.* I was bad at the word games questions (which is a sign that the podcast writes better questions than Weekend Edition), but that was just me being bad at them.

*Trivial Pursuit has questions asking about the location of properties on the (American) Monopoly board and (I think) the names of the railways. No number of McDonald's promotions has led me to absorb this information. Granted, there are other questions (like the baseball ones) that make Trivial Pursuit likely not play so well outside the US and Canada, and the group of people like me who haven't seen the board games but do know about baseball is probably not that big.
posted by hoyland at 6:44 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Hi all, Karen here from Good Job, Brain! And I am so humble yet so excited to be featured on Metafilter! It's weird to see something I did up on a site I've been reading for a while. Really quite an honor.

There really is nothing I love more than pub trivia with my friends. Just that rush is intoxicating. I highly recommend people frequent their local bars for a round or two with good friends. And yes, we really are that cheesy and dorky. And I do get VERY excited over animal mating rituals.
posted by momopeche at 3:29 PM on October 31, 2012 [5 favorites]

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