"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

This week on No Bad Ideas: what is in a face? A rose by another face...

Sarah brings the gang a story about a man who is making masks that don't look like masks - they look like real faces. Together, they spin a story about a world where everyone wears a mask all the time, and where expression is a luxury that only the ultra-rich can afford. But when a prince and a pauper exchange masks, they'll find themselves hurled into a world of plots, schemes, and wheels that are in need of breaking. 

All of that, plus: nefarious purposes, evil puppet masters, seventh inning reveals, plots within plots, and mirrors that never lie. 

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Today on No Bad Ideas... Wolves! Robots! Monsters! Bears! Second grade teachers!

For the third time in the history of the show, two of our hosts brought the same idea: a Japanese showdown between bears and monstrous robot wolves. When a small town deploys the 2020 equivalent of a scarecrow in its battle against bears, it created a set up tailor-made for a No Bad Ideas story. The squad does what it does best: turn this into a post-apocalyptic story of heroism, friendship, and very extra showmanship. 

All of that, plus: parting curtains, the real Japanese wolves, a Dwayne Johnson movie waiting to happen, bear translators, and a society on its back foot. 

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This week on No Bad Ideas: Cosplay! Cats! Real Estate! Crime! Cats!

Gabriel brings the squad the story of a woman who does it all. She's a model! She's a real estate agent! She dressed up as Catwoman on Instagram! And commits masked robberies! The team discusses the best way to turn her harrowing tale into a rousing narrative - everything from a world where superheroes and villains are on social media to a portrait of someone reckoning with the meeting of badassery and geek culture. 

All of that, plus: the fandom hustle, Selina Kyle's instagram, Hulk speech, beloved characters, and real money problems. 

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The Bad Ideas Squad is going on a wonderful scenic tour to... nowhere! What? How does that work? Tune in to find out!

Sarah brings the team a story about how an Australian airline is providing travel-hungry customers with a rather eccentric way to get the airplane experience they so desperately want. The team tries to figure out what is the best way to adapt this into a good story, and how contemplative and arthouse their creation should be. 

All of that, plus: human absurdity, the Snowpiercer route, an industry in shambles, land dollars, and a lot of guys called Jake.

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On this week’s No Bad Idea, Sarah, Gabriel, and Zach check in for the first time in a few months about how their 2020s are going. Or, at least what they're working on and how they’re still coping, seven months into the coronavirus pandemic.

We cover psychic extremes, incredible highs, the brooding darkness, and trying to balance out the background noise.

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The Bad Idea Team returns with a story of bizarre science - as well as some quick announcements about No Bad Ideas for the rest of 2020!

Zach hits Sarah and Gabriel with a sampling of bad ideas that have been honored by the Ig Nobels, the long-established spoof price for... let's call it interesting scientific pursuits! The team turns the concept on its head, devising a pitch for a film about the overly intense scientist who gets put in charge of the awards themselves! All of that, plus: off-the-beaten path science, Flat-Earthers, literal fires, the new funder in town, and fake awards for silly science. 

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We’re delighted to be joined once again by the illustrious Beth Eyre, podcast actor extraordinaire.

Gabriel starts us out strong with the tale of an Australian man’s misinterpreted quest to get rid of household pest, and we turn it into a rom-com that we think has real legs - eight of them, in fact. Then Beth brings an idea of her own and enacts her revenge on all of us with a Canadian crime story involving the theft of that classic combination: hot tubs and beef. We sit in awe for a moment, and then concoct the comedy of what a crime family does for last-minute party planning.

Plus: Dan Levy's new project, very strange parties, really petty curses, the worst optics, and the things we do for love.

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Idea #1
Idea #2

For more of Beth's work, follow her on Twitter, and check out Wooden Overcoats.

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The Bad Ideas Squad is joined by Wooden Overcoats's Beth Eyre, voice performer extraordinaire, for two terrible story ideas!

In today's first bad idea, Zach brings the team a terrifying profile of a museum exhibit that specializes in something truly sinister: disgusting food. The squad tries to find some way to spin it into a tale of charming bar that is trying to make more money with a gastronomical flop than with a hit. Then, Sarah brings us the tale of an author rolling a one on their research check, which leads to a tale of intrigue, trust, credibility, and despair! 

All of that, plus: TED Talks that go super viral, ancillary details, comedians everybody hates, many mistakes, and life-ruining tragedies. 

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For more of Beth's work, follow her on Twitter, and check out Wooden Overcoats.

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We’re delighted to welcome the wonderful Em Mantoani back to the NBI digital hot seat for more bad ideas mayhem!

First, Sarah brings a story about the ubiquity of images in our digital age, and the gang turns it into a love affair with an artificial intelligence twist. Then, after briefly cancelling the episode, we chat with Em about the stories that have been helping us through 2020, what we find sustaining about art and the magic of playing pretend.

Plus: Richville, Maryland, real life Barbie and Ken dolls, terrible plot twists, a lot of plausible deniability, and Zach Talenti.

Today’s Bad Idea™:
Idea #1

To hear more of Em's work, visit The Van's website, or follow the show on Twitter.

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The Bad Ideas Team is joined by Em Mantoani, the creator of the Van Podcast, for two stories of food, identity, and poor impulse control!

In our first story, Zach brings us a tale of a kindly old British gran who has taken a McDonalds burger far, far beyond the point of no return. The team goes into overdrive trying to come up with a character who would want to follow her footsteps for more sensical reasons. Then, Gabriel's story of a man trying to avoid a humiliating reunion with an ex is taken to its logical conclusion: faking your own death. 

All of that, plus: pranks that were never activated, diamond packages, the psychology of a character, the ultimate grifter, and things that are found in both heaven and hell. 

Today’s Bad Idea™:
Idea #1

Idea #2

To hear more of Em's work, visit The Van's website, or follow the show on Twitter.

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More mayhem, more ideas, more Crowley!  We’re delighted to have the inimitable Tom Crowley back for one more ride in the Bad Ideas-mobile.

And the idea is Mr. Crowley’s! Tom lets us in on a secret source of revenue that a German circus has been taking advantage of during the pandemic, and we turn it into a rags to riches to bars fable of ambition… and animal poo.

We also settle down and talk to Tom about his sketch comedy work - how he comes up with ideas, how he structures episodes of his show Crowley Time, and his grand theory of joke types.

Plus: The re-skinned Burt’s Bees origin story, embarrassing censored movie posters, hilarious wacky mix-ups, Gabriel’s secret weakness, and a surprising emerging market.

Today’s Bad Idea™:
Idea #1

For more of Tom's work, follow him on Twitter, and check out Wooden Overcoats, Victoriocity, and his website, where you'll also find Crowley Time (With Him, Tom Crowley).

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Writer, performer, and (comedy) sketch artist extraordinaire Tom Crowley joins the Bad Ideas Squad for two tales from beyond the grave!

For our first bad idea, Sarah brings us a witchy obituary like nothing we've ever heard before, and - naturally - the team tries to figure out how to turn it into a story of growth and self-actualization á la Amelie. Then, Gabriel presents the tale of the somewhat ghoulish thing a Belgian town has done with the heart of their mayor, leading the squad to spin up a yarn about a man who couldn't lie in the most improbable way. 

All of that, plus: old-school pyramid schemes, husbands of little-to-no importance, ladder embezzlement, oracular aunts from the beyond the grave, and Bentham Football. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

For more of Tom's work, follow him on Twitter, and check out Wooden Overcoats, Victoriocity, and his website, where you'll also find Crowley Time (With Him, Tom Crowley).

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Note: the recording for today's episode features a bit of static interference, especially during the second idea. We sincerely apologize about this - it was an unavoidable technical problem due to recording remotely - and hope to have this matter resolved for all future episodes. 

Taking Initiative mastermind Josh Perrault returns to No Bad Ideas for two more tales of walks in the woods, creatures of the night, and glaring typos!

In the first of our bad ideas today, Sarah brings us the tale of a man who goes on a harrowing - yet somehow wholesome - walk in the woods. The team turns it into a story of a man who discovers a wide network of monsters and other beings who go bump in the night. Then, Gabriel brings us the story of a man who tried to fake his own death but was brought down by his own typographical errors. The team tries to figure out how to turn this into the tale of a man looking for a way to cheat a very specific death, no matter the cost. 

All of that, plus: press conferences, vampires, selkies, car crashes, and a gigantic cargo of fish. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to hear more of Josh, you should listen to Taking Initiative and visit their Patreon and Twitter! You can also find Josh on Instagram.

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We are down one NBI host today, but never fear! We recruited one of our most favorite people in podcasting to step into the breach: a veteran of both the dungeons and the dragons, Taking Initiative’s Josh Perault is back for more!

And boy, do we have more. We begin the episode with an idea that has it all: rookie detectives, poisoning plots, witchcraft, heartbreak, and… trees? The boys take this bizarre piece of Austin, TX lore and turn it into an affirming fable about learning to love the cycles of life. Then, Zach brings us a foreboding tale of automation meets childcare, and the guys concoct a sinister thriller that phases out parenthood.

Plus: the root of feeling, the knowledge of love and evil, a Sarah Connor situation, a low-key action sequence, and the Whomping Willow Gone Wild.

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Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to hear more of Josh, you should listen to Taking Initiative and visit their Patreon and Twitter! You can also find Josh on Instagram.

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We are delighted to have Mr. Briggon Snow, the literal best, back in the No Bad Ideas virtual studio to talk a little bit about his journey from learning how to sit down and get out of your own head to doing the Lin Manuel Miranda thing to creating from a place of truth, and everything in between.

If you’d like to check out more of Briggon’s work, visit his website and the website for Atypical Artists. You can also follow Briggon on Twitter and on Instagram.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: flying high in the sky... the world of organized middle school crime... and one of our favorite actors and creators in podcasting, The Bright Sessions' Briggon Snow!

Briggon joins us for two tales of people who climbed too fast too quickly, and the strange, terrible consequences they faced as a result. First, Gabriel brings us the tale of an aviation pioneer who took flight in a rather alarming way. The gang, of course, makes it into a rom com about two mis-matched souls who need to find some common ground. Then, Sarah brings us the most demented story about neopets, organized crime, and password recovery to ever emerge from the depths of Twitter. We strive to turn it into an epic of organized crime, replete with everything from tragic double-crosses to criss-crossing parallel stories. 

All of that, plus: bi-annual emails, juice packs, races to say, "I love you," bad puns about things rising, and things that only happen in LA!

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Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to follow more of For more of Briggon's work, visit his website and the website for Atypical Artists. You can also follow Briggon on Twitter and on Instagram.

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The Bad Ideas Team is once again joined by Danielle Shemaiah for two more bad ideas of misguided pranks and socially-distanced scares!

In our first bad idea, Gabriel brings us a tale of a man who tries to win his girlfriend's parents over with an ill-advised prank... and then commits. And commits. And commits. The squad turns it into a starchy comedy of political error and appearances. Then, Sarah brings us a story about just how far haunted house aficionados are going to get their scares on during the pandemic. We turn it into a small scale story of office romance set against a macabre backdrop. 

All of that, plus: Maya Rudolph as an HR person, suits that need to get scared into cooperating, potato guns, radical honesty, and weird dad reactions. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to follow more of Danielle’s work, check out The Whisperforge, especially The Far Meridian. You can also find her on Twitter and buy her a Ko-Fi.

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We are honored and delighted to have a professional podcasting badass on the show this week, director of The Far Meridian, the voice actor who goes bump in the night, the fabulous Danielle Shemaiah!

We begin, bending over backwards to avoid our shared loathing of mosquitos, and take a story of meddling with gene drives and make it a happier (for us) post-apocalyptic wasteland. Then, we take hostage crisis bring it down with some bad movie angst and a suspense sequence that requires all the President’s men.

Plus: Corporate scientists, archivists from the world before, horrible crapsack universes, the Robert Frost fork in the road, and a simple demand for extreme action.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to follow more of Danielle’s work, check out The Whisperforge, especially The Far Meridian. You can also find her on Twitter and buy her a Ko-Fi.

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The Bad Ideas Squad is once again joined by Lisette Alvarez, creator of Kalila Stormfire's Economical Magick Services, who shocks the hosts with a bad idea of her own!

In our first story, Lisette brings us the tale of a man who had a dream, a dream to create a unique joke flag for his home state of Mississippi. The gang takes this idea to its only logical conclusion: a cult that worships an evil, bloodsucking monster. Then, Zach brings us the tale of a group of kids who give a whole new meaning to the phrase, "bringing down the house," and the gang spins it into a heartwarming story about family, belonging, and property destruction.

All of that, plus: the Free State of Mosquito, the perils of home improvement, monsters voices by Charlize Theron, beasts that get unchained, and stories that are unlikely but plausible. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to check out more of Lisette’s work, you can head to both the site for Kalila Stormfire as well as her website, or follow her on Twitter.

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We are thrilled this week to be joined by one of our favorite audio drama creators, the wonderfully generous and incredibly talented Lisette Alvarez! 

We first tackle a story that could only have happened in 2020, but turn it into a gangster film of power, ambition, and double-crosses (and protein powder) that’s a tale as old as time. Then, we merge a punishing test of endurance and politics, and end up setting the most unconventional election in the universe… on the moon.

Plus: The 94th Amendment, the return of the effete intellectual, a reanimated Sylvester Stallone, a rival Soul Cycle gang, and Brad Pitt.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1
Idea #2

If you’d like to check out more of Lisette’s work, you can head to both the site for Kalila Stormfire as well as her website, or follow her on Twitter.

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The Bad Ideas Squad is joined once again by Jackson Bird, Youtube creator, writer, speaker, and Millennial Swiss army knife human being! Together, we tackle another bad idea and have a quick Creative Corner Chat. 

First, Sarah brings us the story of the most haunted house in Ireland, and how tough it can be to sell such a place. The gang spins it into a yarn about a weary realtor having to keep the peace between his living and dead tenants. Then, we talk for a little bit about Jackson's work, the balancing act of how much of yourself you share with the people who consume your work, and the coolest first job out of college ever.

All of that, plus: cloven hooves, weird glitzy stories, very picky ghosts, bleeding paintings, and loud throat-clearing. 

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
Idea #1

If you’d like to check out more of Jackson’s work, you can read Sorted, (now in paperback!) and follow him on Twitter and YouTube.

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We’re delighted to be joined this week by an absolutely magical author, Youtuber, and haver-of-all-the-Millennial-jobs: the great Jackson Bird!

We put Jackson to work immediately solving a Belgium mystery of prank pizza deliveries, which turns into a Count of Monte Cristo style revenge plot, with extra cheese. Then, we tackle a hospitality crisis from Down Under, and turn it into the biggest mafia/coming-of-age story around… about flightless birds.

Plus: pizzas from nowhere, the massacre ending, Bruce’s apology video, malicious kabobs and schemes that are coming from the inside.

Today’s Bad Ideas™:
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Idea #2

If you’d like to check out more of Jackson’s work, you can read Sorted, (now in paperback!) and follow him on Twitter and YouTube.

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To continue the celebration of the unexpected smash success of the Unseen Kickstarter, we are back with another Special Episode! In this Creative Corner Chat, we talk a little bit about origin story of Unseen. How did the story come to be, how did it evolve, and how did we set out down the road towards making a new show?

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To celebrate Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel's own Kickstarter adventures to produce their new show, Unseen, we are making a special bonus episode, covering our favorite Kickstarter-themed bad ideas!

First, Gabriel brings in a Kickstarter for a flying security device that is almost certainly a bigger hazard than anything it might conceivably protect you from. Then, Zach shares a project that is taking the concept of oral hygiene to an absolutely unnecessary, extremely extra level. Finally, Sarah presents the squad with what might be the greatest - and definitely the sketchiest - product update in the history of Kickstarter. 

All of that, plus: cat-licking, home invasions, the Pity Clause, simple definitions, and an amazing start to a movie. 

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Idea #2
Idea #3

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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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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.