"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

Welcome back to No Bad Ideas, the show where we take bad ideas from the real world and try to turn them into good stories (and the points don't matter). This week, Gabriel takes Zach and Sarah on a wild journey to the seedy world of San Antonio aquarium heists. What is the most dangerous thing you could try to steal? And what is the most ridiculous way you could steal it? Plus illegal exotic pet farms, Oceans 11 as a pun now, and the place where everything good was stolen from somewhere else.

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Welcome back, everyone! New year, same old set up: we find some bad ideas, and then bang our heads together until we've figured out how to turn them into a good story. This week, Sarah infects Gabriel and Zach with the idea behind a truly (and thankfully) one-of-a-kind museum. Plus, much more ado, chaotic agents, and the closest you're going to get to death without actually dying. 
 
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Happy Holidays, everyone! As an end-of-year present to ourselves, we brought our first guest on the show: actress and performer extraordinaire, Michelle Agresti! Michelle worked with us on our audio drama series Wolf 359, and she brings to the table a bad idea unlike any we've tackled before. Grab your smart phones, boot up your Instagram filters, and get ready for a rom-tragi-com, No Bad Ideas style! Plus, happy endings (for some people), the world's best/worst wingmen, and Peonies for Algernon.

For more of Michelle's work, do yourselves a favor and check out Arden and Hit The Bricks.

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Our first really Not Safe For Work episode, so beware of listening out loud at work.

Zach takes Gabriel and Sarah to the world of theater with 100% the poetic irony and pretentiousness you expect, and at least 50% more genitals than you expect. Plus, totally BS fire safety laws, tortured metaphors, and costumes you shouldn't think too much about.

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No, you read that right. This week on No Bad Ideas, we tackle a new twist on an old sport that is so, so unnecessarily dangerous, that... we just had to try to turn it into a story. Plus: how did yogurt happen, yet another twist on the Rocky formula, and the heebie jeebies of it all.   

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This week on No Bad Ideas: a year of living cartoonish-ly, car chases against traffic, and a really jaded Mario.

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Zach is back with a decidedly deep cut from the deep web for Sarah and Gabriel. Ready or not: the world's weirdest brochures, gas-lighting roommates, and secret codes abound!

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This week, Gabriel unleashes 400 phobia inducing creatures and one tender hearted man on Sarah and Zach and - spoilers - they are not ready. Join us for The Animal episode, where barns are burned, The Oscars get baited, Timmy is terrified of tarantulas, and there is conflict everywhere in the world.

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Episode 3: We Don't Wanna Do Batman, We Wanna Do Chaos
This week, Sarah throws Gabriel and Zach a curveball with weirdness from the world of sports. The madness metastasizes quickly into unwieldily pranks and conspiracies involving - among many, many other things - so many drones bearing catfish that the sun gets blotted out of the sky in downtown Nashville.

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Some context about the catfish

Good medicine for people sick of the concept of success as measuring up to an image

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Episode 2: Don't Sell Your Data
This week, in our continuing quest to see if we can turn the worst ideas that can be found on the Internet into good stories, we explore the pros and cons of selling your online identity to a mysterious, wealthy stranger. Plus, nonzero days, the shadow of past work, corrupt politicians, the cost of utopias, and time travel. 

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Reddit's Discussion on Nonzero Days

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Episode 1: To Death Ray Or Not To Death Ray
Welcome to the very first episode where we get into the minds of people buying and selling second-hand death rays.

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Time Bombs

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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.