"No Bad Ideas"

Of course there are bad ideas. Like, a lot of them.
But any idea can become a good story.

About

No Bad Ideas is a storytelling gameshow where we take the worst ideas from the Internet and try to turn them into stories that are actually good.

It's the creation of Gabriel Urbina, Sarah Shachat, and Zach Valenti, three writer and artist-types who, in order to stay fresh creatively, have an excuse to hang out with each other once a week, and check in on what they're working on, take a terrible idea they found on the Internet each week and turn it into a compelling narrative. Or as close as they can get in 30 minutes.

If you're someone trying to be creative yourself or even if you just appreciate a good story, you'll enjoy listening to Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel figure out how to make sense of the best (worst?) absurdities the Internet has to offer. We guarantee there have definitely been worse ideas.

Episodes

The Bad Ideas Squad is once again joined by Sean Howard, founder of the Fable and Folly network and producer of Alba Salix, Royal Physician. Join us for a discussion about writing, how to incorporate different formats into audio fiction, and the state of the podcasting ecosystem! 

If you’d like to check out more of Sean’s work, you can listen to Civilized, Alba Salix: Royal Physician, and the many fine podcasts on the Fable & Folly network! You can also find him on Twitter.

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Today (and all this week, lucky us!) we’re joined by a fantastic podcast producer, writer, and improviser: the mighty Sean Howard!

We enlist Sean’s help first for a whale of a tale (or at least a Bass Pro Shop of a tale)  and turn it into a fantastic alternate universe story fending off boredom while being trapped in one place.

Plus: The Florida Man VHS Collection, handsome eyebrows guy, fishy tooth aches, a very gory children’s book, and Lebron James as a moral compass.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to check out more of Sean’s work, you can listen to Civilized, Alba Salix: Royal Physician, and the many fine podcasts on the Fable & Folly network! You can also find him on Twitter.

Content Warning: The second story in today’s episode contains discussion of suicide. End the episode at 20:30 if you’d like to avoid it.

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The fabulous Adrián Burke, host of La Mezcla, returns to No Bad Ideas for a conversation about the doing of things and the making of things! Tune in for a discussion on the origins of podcasting, variations on life themes, asking questions in the name of fun, and ways to combat that feeling that you're not enough. 

If you’d like to check out more of Adrián’s work (and you do), you can subscribe to the La Mezcla podcast and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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We’re delighted to be joined this week by the host of the La Mezcla podcast and comedian extraordinaire, the Right Honorable Adrián Burke!

We rely on Adrián’s wisdom first to resolve an AITA quandary on Reddit, and turn it into holiday spectacular of petty family grudges, twin swapping, and inadvertent romance. Then, we return to our old friend, the Shark Story, and put a twist on this one wherein a brave documentarian tries to bring down Big Shark Fin, in an action-thriller with big franchise potential. Call us, Nabisco.    

Plus: a psychological heist, swan dives into the dumpster, terrible Doctor Evil shit, elk antlers for days, and the real animal that is inside of you, or whatever.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to check out more of Adrián’s work (and why wouldn’t you?), you can subscribe to the La Mezcla podcast and follow him on Instagram.

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Special guest star Marissa Tandon - creator of Super Ordinary - returns to the Bad Ideas HQ for a discussion on writing, creating stories for audio, and developing ideas across multiple mediums! Also, the merits of croissants!

If you’d like to follow Marissa’s work, then there’s a whole host of Tandon Production shows to check out, including Super Ordinary. You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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We’re overjoyed this week to be joined by the phenomenal writer, producer, and podcaster, Marissa Tandon!

We start with a first: Zach brings us an entirely sensible idea we all agree with. It just also happens to include Guy Fieri. We ruin it with a tale of corporate intrigue and compromised morals and also romantic comedy. Then, Gabriel brings us one of our very favorite adventures of Florida Man yet. We try to find the fun in both the idea and machetes, and honestly we’re better at one than the other.

Plus: Boaty McTownFace, inevitable loopholes, big Deadpool potential, corporate coming in and [insert horrible name here].

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to follow Marissa’s work, then there’s a whole host of Tandon Production shows to check out, including Super Ordinary. You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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The mastermind behind Wooden Overcoats, David K. Barnes, joins the bad ideas squad once again - first to bring a bad idea of his own to the table and then to discuss our creative processes!

First, David brings us a story about a house whose inexplicable popularity goes hand-in-hand with its rather strange flaw. The team must decide what kind of con story they're going to build around this very suspect construct. After that, we get to have a chat with David about his writing process, his thoughts on effective storytelling, and his insights on how to make comedy work in audio. 

All of that, plus: a bizarre twist, a family's ability to love or connect with each other, several films playing at once in the same screen, reams of painstaking detail, and the shifting of tectonic plates!

Today’s Bad Ideas:
Idea #1

If you’d like to follow David’s work, and why wouldn’t you?, check out Wooden Overcoats, visit his website and follow him on Twitter.

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Oh, what a day! We’re joined this week by one of our absolute favorites (but we’ll never tell you favorite what), the head writer of Wooden Overcoats, David K. Barnes!

We completely squander David’s talents, first, in turning the tale of one of the most incompetent thieves we’ve ever seen into one of the strangest heist plans we’ve ever concocted. Then we start a war… kind of, and turn a European military mishap into a game of spin doctors that, of course, spins wildly out of control.

Plus: The Lost Boys gritty reboot, clumsy escape attempts, Hitchcockian suspense, Czech Jean Dujardin, and the strangest variation on the prisoner’s dilemma we’ve ever heard.

Today’s Bad Ideas:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to follow David’s work, and why wouldn’t you?, check out Wooden Overcoats, visit his website and follow him on Twitter.

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Today on no bad ideas: special guest star Elena Fernández Collins, host of Radio Drama Revival and critic extraordinaire, returns for a double feature of monkey business and roadside vengeance! 

In our first bad idea of the day, Zach invites us to consider just how destructive a bit of monkeying around really can be. Then, for our second bad idea, Elena brings us a story from her own past about how something as simple as a stop sign can spiral completely out of control.

All of that, plus: extreme practicality, elastic little details, vérité footage, rights issues, and the disaster zone that is a man's relationships. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to explore more of Elena’s work, then definitely check out her website, subscribe to Radio Drama Revival, and follow her on Twitter.

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We are overjoyed this week to be joined by the host of Radio Drama Revival, critic extraordinaire, and one of the flat-out smartest folks we know, Elena Fernández Collins!

We put her story sense to extremely silly use, as our first idea begins with some hapless thieves who may or may not have realized they were making off with 20,000 pounds of Wisconsin cheese. But by the end, we set up a Best In Show-style mockumentary building up to a prestigious conference of food thieves. Next, we dive into a particularly morbid fundraising scam, and, naturally, add some magic to it.

Plus: Creepy death scams, the newest member of Silicon Valley, airhead Chris Evans, that one chaos child, and not enough cheese.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to explore more of Elena’s work, then definitely check out her website, subscribe to Radio Drama Revival, and follow her on Twitter.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: we're once again joined by Mischa Stanton, podcast creator and sound designer extraordinaire! Join us for a discussion on how to pull off really nice creative heists, audio production in the era of COVID, and the way the passage of time affects our work.

If you’d like to check more of Mischa’s work, you can visit their website and follow them on Twitter. You can also check out their many, many podcasts - including Ars Paradoxica, The AM Archives, and MARVELS.

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This week we are excited to have a true podcasting powerhouse join us. Sound designer of many, many shows, the great Mischa Stanton has agreed to step (virtually) into the NBI hot seat!

And oh do we have some tall tales for Mischa to turn into good stories. We begin with a pan flute orchestra, trapped in a haunted castle, surrounded by wolves, which could all be stories in themselves. But together we create a heartwarming battle of the bands that solves a feud between supernatural beings. Then, we look at a fantasy of a very different sort, and an address mix-up that leads us to a slice of life mini-series anthology about a group of people who have all shared a truly bizarre experience.

Plus: vampire conventions, rag-tag bands, standard equipment for Australians, real franchise potential, and clear eyes, pumping hearts, can’t lose.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to check more of Mischa’s work, you can visit their website and follow them on Twitter. You can also check out their many, many podcasts - including Ars Paradoxica, The AM Archives, and MARVELS.

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The Bad Ideas Squad is once again joined by Sara Ghaleb, co-creator of Arden and Historical Hookups! Tune in for a discussion about our experiences writing for audio fiction, how it overlaps and differs from writing for television, and adventures in getting information across to the audience. Plus, a bit tantalizing conversation about what we might expect in Arden's upcoming second season! 

If you’d like to follow more of Sara’s work, check out Arden and Historical Hookups, find her on her website, and follow her on Twitter!

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This week we’re delighted to be joined by co-creator of the fabulous Arden podcast and official Very Funny Person, Sara Ghaleb!

We begin with a road trip for the ages (specifically the ages of 5-13) and turn it into a heartwarming, if slightly Freaky Friday, family drama. Then we embark on our first two part bad idea - a tale of tension between two countries, and the pigeon caught between them. Naturally, we turn it into the teen romance Armando Iannucci doesn’t know he needs to make.   

Plus: Digital detox, the whisper network, the best codebreakers in the world, the problem with Fast Five, and reasons we’re done with birds. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2, Part #1
Idea #2, Part #2

If you’d like to follow more of Sara’s work, check out Arden and Historical Hookups, find her on her website, and follow her on Twitter!

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Today on No Bad Ideas, special guest star Meghan Fitzmartin returns to help us tackle another bad idea!

Sarah brings us a story of one person's telecommunication identity mix-up, one with possibly very far-reaching implications. The team does their best to come up with a story that balances great responsibility in the face of great power and taking the privileged around you for all their worth. Then, we have a conversation with Meghan about her approach to writing and creativity, as well as the recurring themes that pop up in our work over and over and over again.

All of that, plus: wholesome creatures, raised eyebrows, recurring thematic worries, extreme versions of reality, and the challenge of proving a negative. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

If you’d like to enjoy more of Meghan’s work, check out Red Rhino and follow her on Twitter.

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Happy Monday! We’re delighted to be joined this week by one of our favorite podcast pals/agents of chaos, the extraordinary writer, Meghan Fitzmartin!

We’re especially excited because we’ve roped Meghan into a pair of truly absurd notions today. First, Gabriel introduces us to the concept (and the very real architectural examples) of spite houses. We find them charming, because of course we do, and create a Ghibli-style love story where there’s more than just a Castle In The Sky. Then, Zach brings us the tale of an unusual audience for a sporting event, and we turn it into a tale of identity, personhood, and robot sex dolls.

Plus: Miyazaki’s physics, next-level attempted scapegoating, New Yorker think-piece friendly, the philosophical zombie question, and the Beatrice and Benedict of Houses.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to enjoy more of Meghan’s work, check out Red Rhino and follow her on Twitter.

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To celebrate No Bad Ideas's 100th episode, Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel take a bit of time to talk about the origins of this show, share some of their favorite moments from the first hundred episodes, and discuss the way the podcast has changed and evolved.

Thank you so much to all our friends, listeners, and guests for their support and for helping us make one hundred episodes of No Bad Ideas. We hope you've all had as much fun as we have, and we can't wait to share even more bad ideas with all of you!

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Today on No Bad Ideas: it's part one of our hundredth episode celebration!

To mark the occasion, the Bad Ideas Team plays a game of Bad Ideas Royale. We revisit three of our favorite ideas from past episodes of the show, and try to turn them into a single, massive story that brings them all together. So what do enterprising salesmen, apex predators, and innovative car mechanics all have together? Tune in and find out!

All of that, plus: fantastic abstractions, escalating wars, dream houses, eccentric adventures, and atomic spice. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

Idea #2

Idea #3

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Content Warning: today's bad idea involves discussion of intolerance, online hate groups, and Neo-Nazism, all involving young people. If you would like to skip that and just listen to our chat with David about creativity and his work in media, you can start the episode at 20:20.

Today on No Bad Ideas, special guest star David Rheinstrom returns with a bad idea of his very own! 

David brings us one of the scariest, most startling bad ideas that we've ever had on the show, and the team tries to find a way to disarm the bomb that is a teenage boy leading an online hate group. Then, we get to have a creative corner chat with David about his multifaceted pursuits, and how he's seen the world of podcasting and audio fiction grow up during his years hosting Radio Drama Revival.

All of that, plus comedy that turns to pain, more serious veins, braggy-brags, secret terrorists, and the value of stories that confront the scary things around us. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

If you’d like to check out more of David’s work, follow him on Twitter, enjoy the catalog of Radio Drama Revival, and find his courses on Khan Academy!

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Oh happy Monday! We’re delighted to be joined this week by our pal and everyone’s podcast dad, Mr. David Rheinstrom!

We definitely take advantage of David's storytelling and culinary expertise, as we begin with a quite petty, very seedy robbery, and somehow leap from there to creating a society of fruit people who are destined to save the world. Then, we take a very contentious trip to Waffle House, and turn it into a dramedy of growing apart, achieving your dreams, and ruining eggs. 

Plus: the strategic frozen fruit reserve, renegade egg/sex energy, the Act 1 Girlfriend, the river of human foolishness, and how we stopped worrying and learned to love the om(elet).

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to check out more of David’s work, follow him on Twitter, enjoy the catalog of Radio Drama Revival, and find his courses on Khan Academy!

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Today on No Bad Ideas, the squad is once again joined by the fabulous Montana Lampert Hoover, who helps us take on the mother of all bad ideas and chat a bit about her own creative process! 

Zach brings in what might be the worst idea, pound for pound, that we've ever tackled on the show. Together, the team tries to turn the chilling tale of what a man finds in his deceased mother's freezer into a journey of self-discovery, justice, and family. Then, we get to talk to Montana about how she's staying creative during the Alone Times that we're all living through and about the experience of writing a script after working as a performer for years.

All of that, plus: Joe the Rat, Angela Lansbury, kingpins, crime bosses, multiple dead bodies, and conspicuously absent fathers.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1

If you want to check out Montana and her work, you can visit her site, follow her on Instagram, and find her work through the Letter of Marque theater company.

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Happy Monday! Friend of the show and actor extraordinaire Montana Lampert Hoover has bravely jumped into the NBI Hot Seat, and we rewarded her with… exploding hammers? Never be our friend, we’re terrible friends.

As teased up top, in our first idea, Montana helps us try to justify a (real!) annual exploding hammer festival, and create a decidedly un-historical epic. Then, for our second story, we take a trip guided to a forgotten graveyard guided by a ghostly GPS, and develop a tale of just how much you ought to listen to voices from the great beyond. 

Plus: the 2020 version of Nailed It!, going full Joan of Arc, evil Alexas, sexy pottery, and how physics work.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you want to check out Montana and her work, you can visit her site, follow her on Instagram, and find her work through the Letter of Marque theater company.

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The Bad Ideas Team is once again joined by Felix Trench, lead actor of Wooden Overcoats and creator of Quid Pro Euro! Tune in for a discussion with Never Tense Trench about the joys and challenges of making your own show after working on other people's, as well the possible non-existence of comedic timing, the lack of good art about the European Union, and the benefits of a default dark mode. 

If you want to hear more of Felix, check out Quid Pro Euro and follow them on Twitter, hear him on Wooden Overcoats and The AM Archives, and find him over on Twitter and on his site.

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Hot on the heels of Europe Day 2020, we’re delighted to have the mastermind behind Quid Pro Euro himself, actor, writer, and comedian of legend, Mr. Felix Trench, on our inaugural transatlantic edition of NBI!

We begin on neutral ground, in Canada, with a bet of epic proportions that leads to a court battle decades of rock-paper-scissors games in the making. Then, we take one California official’s horrific gaff over Zoom and transform it into the thrilling tale of an incompetent spy and the cat who is far more adept at destroying lives and bringing governments to their knees. 

Plus: obscure Russian champions, spicy bets, sleeper agents, the Garfield dimension, and extra tea.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1
Idea #2

If you want to hear more of Felix, check out Quid Pro Euro and follow them on Twitter, hear him on Wooden Overcoats and The AM Archives, and find him over on Twitter and on his site.

If you'd like to visit Bookcase Credibility, check out their Twitter!

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Today on No Bad Ideas, special guest star Peter Coleman returns to help us tackle another bad idea and talk a bit about his own creative pursuits! 

Our bad idea today is all about museums - specifically, the #CuratorBattle challenge to share the creepiest object in every museum's collection. The squad and Peter work to turn one of the best collections of nightmare fuel the Internet has ever seen into a story of a young occultist trying to prove they're the very best, like no one ever was. Then, Peter breaks down what he's learned in his storied career as a voice performer and the art of bringing characters to life.

Plus: twisty things, eyes in concrete, dead people, socio-economic political statements, and things that go bump in the stacks. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1

For more of Peter’s work, you can find him at his website, follow him on Twitter, and check out his weekly comedy show, The Brick Wall.

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Because we’re bound by blood pact to have him in every single show we make, we are delighted to welcome actor extraordinaire Peter Coleman to the NBI hot seat! 

No messing about this week. We begin with another one of Florida Man’s legendary exploits, and turn it into a period horror comedy on the high seas where Seth Rogan voices a manatee. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, we turn to a pressing quandary: what do you do when your girlfriend hides and buries your supply of canned beans in the woods? Create a supernatural curse, that’s what you do. 

Plus: A Mowgli situation, a commitment to puns, a reverse Midsommar, giant bean monsters, and the dangers of drinking sea water. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:

Idea #1
Idea #2

For more of Peter’s work, you can find him at his website, follow him on Twitter, and check out his weekly comedy show, The Brick Wall.

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The squad is once again joined by Will Williams, podcast critic and co-creator of Valence! Join us for a discussion about the process of making audio fiction, the challenges of striking a balance between clarity and verisimilitude, and the perils of living in both the present and the future simultaneously!

If you’d like to check out Wil’s work, you can head to Valence’s site and follow their twitter, and also check out Wil’s twitter and her How To Audio Drama series on Discover Pods.

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Happy Monday! We’re delighted to declare this Will Williams week, as one of our favorite audio drama creators and critics joins us to tackle a couple legendary ideas. 

We start in Texas, where a neighborhood disturbance turns into an E.T. situation by way of way a battery of literal cannons. Then we pop over to a remote mining town in California, where a man’s unique lockdown situation has taken on a ghostly, haunted aspect. Obviously, we make it a sitcom. 

Plus: Mandatory found families, pulling a Schitt’s Creek, Jack London schooling Walt Whitman, the greatest cannon show anyone has ever seen, and the eternal enemy, Capitalism. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to check out Wil’s work, you can head to Valence’s site and follow their twitter, and also check out Wil’s twitter and her How To Audio Drama series on Discover Pods.

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The Bad Ideas Team is joined, once again, by fabulous Multidude Eric Silver, the creator of Next Stop! Join us for a discussion about the ups and downs of creating an audio fiction sitcom and Eric's process for creating something that's both a love letter and a deconstruction of the shows you love. 

For more of Eric, you can find him on Twitter, and check out all four (!) of his podcasts: Join The Party, HORSE, What’s Your Favorite Pokemon (And Then I Say Something Nice About You), and our friends at Multitude’s first foray into fiction: Next Stop!

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Put on your safety harnesses, everyone, and brace for spike traps, because the one and only Eric Silver has returned to the No Bad Ideas hot seat!

We start with a very bad idea involving a Very Good Girl behind the wheel of a car and of course turn it into a True Crime investigation series/Fast and Furious fancast. Then, we bless the rains down in…Luxembourg, and take an out-there art installation and turn it into a diabolical subliminal marketing scheme. 

Plus: Space House, Big Hiking Trail, deceptive levels of Hell, the Commonwealth of Amazon, and Air Bud: Baby Driver.

Today’s Bad Idea™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

For more of Eric, you can find him on Twitter, and check out all four (!) of his podcasts: Join The Party, HORSE, What’s Your Favorite Pokemon (And Then I Say Something Nice About You), and our friends at Multitude’s first foray into fiction: Next Stop!

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Today on No Bad Ideas: psychotherapy, wild animals, and world records!

In our first story of the day, Sarah brings us a tale of the ecotone where healthcare and untamed nature dangerously intersect, and we run as far away from it as we can - right into the protective arms of animated comedy. Then, the story of a humble Guinness adjudicator gets blown all the way up to a sleek, cool espionage thriller, complete with a nefarious villain and a lovable, bumbling support staff.

Plus: get-out-of-bomb-free cards, room-temperature takes, the spy cover story so good that it must be in use, and the Shaft Bottom Boys! 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

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Happy Monday all! Today we bring you tales of two Manchesters, both alike in indignity. Like… we cannot stress highly enough the indignity.

First, we head to Manchester, New Hampshire, where Gabriel brings us a story of noise pollution enforcement taken to the extreme - obviously we turn it into a time-traveling romantic comedy. Then, Sarah pops us over to Manchester, England, where there’s such a high volume of partying, we of course can't help but repurpose it into a bizarre and terrifying hostage crisis.

Plus: a Kate and Leopold situation, a germ’s best friend, a new role for Nathan Fillion, a Netflix show for the Darwin Awards, and 76 centimeters of sword.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

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No Bad Ideas is back, with another set of terrible notions! Featuring accidental cosplay, Instagram Influencers, and neural networks! 

In our first story, Zach brings us the tale of a fake tan gone horribly, horribly wrong, and the gang tries to fashion it into a story about connecting with your inner Wicked Witch of the West. Then, Sarah invites us to enter the bizarre world of "in rem jurisdiction," a realm so strange and Kafkaesque that the gang has to come up with the tale of last plucky human lawyer, trying to face off against it.

Plus: Litigious Kermit, 500 otters, hardcore siblings, life as She-Hulk, and very new original concepts. 

Today’s Bad Idea’s™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

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Another week, another chance to contemplate terrible ideas from the comfort of our respective shelter-at-homes!

First, Sarah brings us a tweet about a dubious quarantine garden activity, and we turn it into a feel-good tale of defying limitations - unless you’re a landscaper. Then, Gabriel gives us a ticket to the moon - or at least a ticket to a reality show in the making about people who are going to get stuck on the moon.

Plus: crowdsourced legal defense teams, Jeff Bezos’ reaction, just aggressive aggression, Zero-G lifestyles, and the dance plague.

Today’s Bad Idea’s™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

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Today on No Bad ideas... it's the Pandemic Parlor! Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel check in with another about how they're doing and how they're staying creative during these strange, turbulent times.

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Welcome to NBI: Social Distancing Edition - the first in our ongoing series of indefinite length where we record the show from each of our respective homes, because anything else would be a terrible idea!

But boy howdy, do we still have some stories to tell. First, Gabriel brings us a tale of persistence in the face of all obstacles by that hero we don't need, Florida Man. Then, Zach completes the family portrait by bringing us a story of a Canadian boy winning a very peculiar prize.

Plus: real American dirtbags, giant conspiracies, Men of La Mancha, something to do with a Shelley poem, and unconventional ways to grab a Nintendo Switch.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

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The brilliant Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs returns to the Bad Ideas HQ for two more chilling tales of human absurdity and preposterousness!

In the first story, an article of a woman's sidewalk going missing leads the gang to Rick Streetman, P.I., an investigator for whom no case is too small... although lots of cases are too big! Then, Sarah delves back into Reddit's Am I the Asshole? minefield, and emerges with a story of an intellectual so insufferable, the gang must resort to post-modernism to tell his story.

All of that, plus cool basement jokes, cigarillos, roman à clefs, aliens who are also fools, and an "Everybody Loves Me" tour. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to follow Cecilia’s work, check out her Instagram and Twitter!

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We recorded this a couple weeks ago, so we cannot honestly take credit for the timing, but we can’t think of anyone we’d rather have on the show right now than our incredible actor/dancer/creative collaborator/pal, Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs.

We start the episode off with a tale of wine running through the streets, literally, and take it a bunch of different places but agree the title is definitely “Pink Froth.” Then, we head to a prison soccer match gone horribly awry, and end up with a book series examining both one man’s quest for freedom and the structural forces that constrain us all.

Plus: the gentle Boomer Lady version, the King Midas of Wine, fields of grimness, a Running Man situation, and a nice little boop on the end.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to follow Cecilia’s work, check out her Instagram and Twitter!

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Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are once again joined by Bob Raymonda, co-creator of Windfall! Tune in for a conversation about the creative genesis of projects, the perils of trying to figure out story structure, and the process of working with a cast of truly gargantuan proportions!

If you’d like to see more of Bob’s work, follow him on Twitter and his site, check out Breadcrumbs magazine, and explore Windfall by going to their website, Twitter, and your podcast app of choice.

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Another week, another brilliant guest joins us to come help untangle some terrible ideas! We’re delighted to be joined this week by the co-creator of Windfall, Bob Raymonda!

We should have perhaps warned him that this was going to be a Very Family edition of NBI, because first, Sarah brings us a case file from the annals of Bad Parenting that leads to an intricate web of pranks and a mousetrap laid by Cate Blanchett. Then, Zach provides a mum’s birthday dilemma which turns into a town-wide staged celebration that everyone is deeply conflicted about.

Plus: going from zero to sixty, typecasting John Cena, crowdsourcing all our thinking, getting the band back together, and daddy issues.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to see more of Bob’s work, follow him on Twitter and his site, check out Breadcrumbs magazine, and explore Windfall by going to their website, Twitter, and your podcast app of choice.

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Sarah, Gabriel, and Zach are once again joined by Eugenio Vargas, DM of the Last Refuge podcast! Join us for a conversation on collaborative storytelling, the importance of giving yourself wiggle room, and the difficulties of handling erstwhile players! 

If you’d like follow Eugenio, check him out on Twitter and his site, as well as The Last Refuge on Twitter, on their site, Patreon, and your podcast app of choice!

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We rolled a natural 20 on guests this week, as we’re joined by the DM of The Last Refuge podcast, Eugenio Vargas!

And we certainly could use Eugenio’s help with the two massive gaffs from across the Pond we’re dealing with. First, Zach brings us the strangest tutoring service we’ve ever heard of, which we turn into a dark comedy of mentoring a tiny dictator. Then, Gabriel brings us a thief with one of the largest rap sheets in Ireland, and we use it to craft a tv show about intrepid characters who are bad at crime, but surprisingly good at criminal law.

Plus: Disneyworld rules, the Armando Iannucci filter, two full years worth of theft, the Penguin’s intern, and the childlike wonder of Venom.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like follow Eugenio, check him out on Twitter and his site, as well as The Last Refuge on Twitter, on their site, Patreon, and your podcast app of choice!

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Sarah, Gabriel, and Zach are once again joined by Emily VanDerWerff, the co-creator of Arden and critic at large for Vox! Join us for a deep dive into the making-of process behind Arden, the creative balance of making a long-running show, and the mysteries of how time works. 

If you’d like to check out more of Emily’s work, follow her on Twitter, read her articles for Vox, subscribe to her newsletter, and be sure to follow Arden on Twitter, their website, and your podcatcher of choice.

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We’re kicking off March with an historic first: our very first returning guest! Like Taylor Swift pulling in The Dixie Chicks for backing vocals, Emily VanDerWerff, the co-creator of Arden and critic at large for Vox, has made a triumphant return to the No Bad Ideas hot seat.

We begin, however, with an idea of Zach’s, and quickly go from a little red wagon full of smartphones that tricked Google Maps to Emperor Zuckerberg and a sci-fi heist film with a geezer at its heart. Then, Emily brings us an idea you can’t find on any server, because it’s been deleted from Reddit's r/relationships. We’re forced to try to parse the weirdest relationship surprise of all time - and we’re not allowed to make it a spy story. Magic cats may or may not be involved.

Plus: the Facebook gallows, how to get by in France, magical toxoplasmosis, grand gestures in the Himalayas, and the sequel to The Italian Job we’re all owed.

Today’s Bad Idea™:

Idea #1

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Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are once again joined by Alyssa from GoodMorhen, producer and host of Breakfast In Beauclair, a global Witcher podcast! Join us for an in-depth conversation about how to keep creative plates spinning, the joys and challenges of making shows, and the on-going benefits of having a Podcasting Mom.

If you'd like to follow Alyssa and her work, check out the GoodMorhen Instagram, as well as Breakfast in Beauclair's website, Twitter, and subreddit.

We're delighted to be joined this week by Alyssa from GoodMorhen, producer and host of Breakfast In Beauclair, a global Witcher podcast. 

We could certainly use the aid of another sword, as first, Sarah sends us a Hail Mary of website design/a halfhearted blackmail scheme to get a manuscript read. We, of course, turn it into a book heist and a fraught battle of anonymity. Then, Gabriel brings up a wild potential rule change to the Russian Orthodox Church; and we, of course, propose an even wilder claymation comedy of nuclear domination. 

Plus: cybersquatting, authors of too little renown, Pyotr Calpaldi, Underpants Gnome logic at its finest, and a little bit more Zoolander. 

Today's Bad Ideas™: 
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you'd like to follow Alyssa and her work, check out the GoodMorhen Instagram, as well as Breakfast in Beauclair's website, Twitter, and subreddit.

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Gabriel, Zach, and Sarah sit down once more with Jared J. Smith, writer, director, and producer of The Phenomenon podcast! Join us for a fascinating conversation about building a global podcast in New York City, building a recording studio in the middle of your living room, and building an adaptation that leans into the strengths of audio. 

If you’d like to follow more of Jared's work, you can check out his site or his Twitter, and check out The Phenomenon on Twitter and on their site.

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About Us

Gabriel Urbina - Gabriel Urbina is a Costa Rican-American writer, filmmaker, and science fiction lover. When he’s not too busy taking dictation from the voices in his head, Gabriel juggles, has strong opinions about movies, and sleepwalks an alarming amount. He lives in Brooklyn. Learn more about him on his website and follow him on Twitter.

Sarah Shachat - Sarah Shachat is a writer and editor from New Orleans, even though she doesn't sound like it. She writes audio fiction, creative nonfiction, picks apart old films and tv shows, and drinks a lot of black tea. She knows, she knows, she doesn't have a website, but you can say hi to her on Twitter.

Zach Valenti - Zach Valenti is an artist and entrepreneur based in New York City. He is currently working as a filmmaker, author, voiceover artist, and full-time nerd. Learn more about Zach on his website and follow him on Twitter.

Music in No Bad Ideas comes from State Shirt and Jahzzar via Free Music Archive.