"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

We’re back after a quick Unseen hiatus (have you listened to the latest episode of Unseen? It’s very good!) with some very visibly bad ideas! First, Sarah delivers a wheelbarrow full of pennies to Zach and Gabriel, who turn a story of petty bullying by a horrible boss into a Leprechaun with the absolute worst luck. Then, Gabriel presents a research expedition that no one asks for and we turn it into a psychological thriller that plays with the limits of human endurance and the passage of time.

Plus: the Scrooge McDuck, time-out island, radioactive nonsense, more tales of Job, and for sure a real website.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: the triumphant return of guest star Mike Schubert to the Bad Ideas Thunderdome! Plus two stories of theft, technology, art, and daring getaways!

In our first bad idea, a man's crypto misfortune is turned into a violent rampage of revenge... and its sequel... and then the sequel to the sequel. Then, Mike brings us the tale of a series of art thieves who take a very unusual escape route from the museum they have plundered. The gang does their best to adapt their story into something with depth and plausible character motivations.

All of that, plus: Schwarzenegger-style puns, an alternative version of the 1980's, the word "fungible," animal-based nicknames, and things going hog wild.

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Check out the Kickstarter campaign for Mike's new show, Modern Muckraker. And check out Mike's ongoing shows Potterless, Horse, and Meddling Adults!

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This week on No Bad Ideas: Airplanes! Stowaways! Performance art! Carbon dating!

For our first bad idea, Gabriel brings us the story of a woman who has made a habit out of sneaking into airplanes all over the world. The gang does their best to turn it into an epic space western opera of one woman's struggle to preserve her freedom from the evil empire. Then, Sarah presents the story of a woman who is trying to decide whether she should break up with her immature boyfriend or not. The team turns it into a tale of an epic relationship drama in the world of archeology.

All of that, plus: people who just want to be left alone, crude etchings, little kids who meet mythic figures, radical new origin stories, and the worst version of Carmen Sandiego in the world.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: road trips, excellent names, super villains, and gritty reboots!

In our first idea, Sarah brings us the story of an unforgettable man who took a very ill-advised plane ride with an extremely ill-advised cargo. The gang does their best to turn it into a modern, dark, gritty reboot of a beloved 90's family comedy film. Then, Zach presents the tale of a mother who crosses some terrible lines to help her daughter get ahead in life. The team reconfigures it into a story of mother-daughter bonding against the backdrop of an epic superhero-supervillain rivalry. 

All of that, plus: money of undisclosed origin, evil ice cream, the name of a franchise character, the drug master of wherever, and the most inevitable article that's ever existed. 

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We’re back with some of the most extreme bad (and good!) ideas we’ve had on the show in a while.

First, Zach brings us one of the worst kidnapping stories we’ve heard and we decide to ignore the awfulness entirely and build a tavern in a fantasy world where dumping annoying adventurers in a dungeon is much more understandable. Then Gabriel has a story made possible by Facebook, and having a fairly common name. We take a bad idea that turned out impossibly well and complicate it with some of the ambitions and heartrending drama of a band that wants to go big.

Plus: an Indiana Jones opening, dares from the Universe, Kafkaesque bureaucracy, #content, and the casino business.

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You can check out The Paul O’Sullivan Band on YouTube.

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Today on No Bad Ideas: social media, bad dates, vaccines, and grandmas!

In our first bad idea, Sarah brings us the story of a man who seeks a very distasteful kind of "justice" after a bad date. The gang tries their best to turn it into a romcom-y scheme involving a completely fictional pop star that isn't based on anyone in the real world. Then, Gabriel presents the story of two women who dressed up as grannies for the most timely heist of the year. Can the squad find a way to turn them into the unlikely heroes of a progressive crime film?

All of that, plus: our least sympathetic protagonist ever, ingenious medical knowledge, inside men, a year of absurdity, and high effort/low reward scams! 

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Content Warning: this episode's second idea contains mention of suicide. If you would like to avoid this content, please stop listening at the 19:00 mark. 

Today on No Bad Ideas: high-speed business opportunities and medical chatbots giving people dangerous advice! 

In our first bad idea, Sarah brings us the opportunity of a fast and furious lifetime: the chance to buy a rocket car at a steal. The gang feels the need - the need for speed - and does everything they can to turn it into an unlicensed sequel to Drive. Then, Zach brings us the story of a medical chatbot that gives some questionable advice. The gang does their best to turn it into the tale of an AI that goes rogue when it needs to impersonate a powerful gangster's psychiatrist. 

All of that, plus: Urbina-Landia, the boardroom of bad startups, Evird Garage, perfect grammar, and Simulated Bernie. 

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Today on No Bad Ideas... rings! Thieves! Railroads! Mind-control! Clowns! Ecology Professors! 

In our first story, Gabriel brings us the latest exploits of No Bad Ideas's favorite superhero: Florida Man! What's he been up to? Proposing to his girlfriend... with his secret lover's rings. The gang turns it into a Western about a group of badass wronged ladies who are out for revenge. Then, in our second story, Zach brings us the tale of a conference discussing censorship... which was then censored! The gang does their best to turn it into a new take on the concept of a society where the government controls absolutely everything, even who is allowed to exist within its society! 

All of that, plus: maximum, suspense, the champion we deserve, a supernatural curse, a party of a sort, and better television shows. 

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Today on No Bad Ideas, feline lawyers and extreme nuptials!

In our first bad idea, Sarah brings us the story of a lawyer who's video chat turns against them, and makes them look like a cat. The gang does their best to turn it into a high stakes, high pressure, public relations-based thriller. Then, Gabriel presents the tale of a couple who got married sixty feet beneath the surface. The team does their best to turn it into the next fish-out-of-water romantic comedy, with the added twist of a Martian setting! 

All of that, plus: the cesspool of all the bad things humanity has done, the Iguana President, mysterious weekend activities, Big Mars Productions, and pitches that are bought in the room. 

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We’re back with two more bad ideas from The Future… and the future is now.

Zach starts us off with an entrepreneurial idea that will surely have no unintended consequences and we turn it into a thriller that starts with the Stasi and ends among the stars. Then Sarah has a dilemma from the world of online education, which we turn into a con that brings a whole university together.

Plus: our ten minute TedTalks, a week of white void, nearly-there technology, the reference squad, and the five least believable words in the English language.

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We’re wasting no time and jumping from zero to sixty with the bad ideas this week. Gabriel starts us off with a car thief who found way more than they bargained for in a stolen vehicle. A deeply strange riff on the buddy comedy ensues. Then Sara raises, if not the dead, then a standoff between man and ghost. We turn it into a story full of supernatural misunderstandings and misplaced confidence.

Plus: the weirdest meet-cute, Ghostbuster merch, blinding nativity, small things going wrong, and a sublime lack of self-awareness.

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We’re back for another round of Bad Ideas Mayhem! And oh, oh the places that this week's bad ideas will go.

This time Zach starts us off with a very unconventional trip to Ikea, which we then turn into the charming (?) story of a burgeoning young artist who just so happens to be a monkey on the run from Animal Control Officer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Then it’s Gabriel’s turn… to bring back a blast from No Bad Ideas past. We already covered a flight to nowhere. Now, we take the story of a man who chose to be stuck in an airport and turn it into the story of a group of people who need to save their airport home… by making it run better.

Plus: Christmas-Present-Level headlines, remakes of The Prisoner, five to nine street cats in a trenchcoat, free chicken nugs, and a not-at-all-buddy-cop situation.

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And we're back! For our first full show of 2021, the Bad Ideas crew wastes no time, hitting the ground running with stories about Satanism, arson, dystopian government, and grandmothers!

For our first story of the year, Zach brings us a story about a group of Satanists who are looking for justice after one of their historic properties burns down. The gang turns it into a story of a young go-getter who is forced to reconnect with his roots, and face up to the past he's tried so hard to leave behind. Then, Sarah's story about a group of elderly women who need to party is one of our briefest bad ideas ever, but it is turned into one of our grandest tales yet. A story about an evil totalitarian government, the courageous resistance fighters that rose up against it, and the redemptive power of song. 

All of that, plus: small town Satanism, setpieces involving goats, power vacuums, wellness checks, and leader-approved music. 

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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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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.

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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™:
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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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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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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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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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.