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The award winning Brain Candy Podcast is Candy for Your Left Brain and Your Right Brain. Hosts Sarah Rice and Susie Meister from MTV's The Challenge discuss what gets their wheels turning in the worlds of pop culture, literature, science, and psychology. They will share their favorite insights on everything from reality TV to quantum physics. So enjoy some candy for your noggin with the Brain Candy Podcast.

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The award winning Brain Candy Podcast is Candy for Your Left Brain and Your Right Brain. Hosts Sarah Rice and Susie Meister from MTV's The Challenge discuss what gets their wheels turning in the worlds of pop culture, literature, science, and psychology. They will share their favorite insights on everything from reality TV to quantum physics. So enjoy some candy for your noggin with the Brain Candy Podcast.

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2124 Ratings
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Perfect Pairing

By pandamanda625 - Mar 29 2020
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I LOVE the Brain Candy Podcast❣️I’ve never laughed so hard and learned so much at the same time. Susie and Sarah have a fun, healthy, hilarious friendship that is so refreshing to listen to; I look forward to their new podcast release every week 🎧 Keep up the great work, ladies!

They hate everything

By CatsFan2234 - Mar 28 2020
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If you enjoy listening to 2 women talk crap about men, religion and anyone who doesn’t agree with every opinion they have...this is the podcast for you.

iTunes Ratings

2124 Ratings
Average Ratings
1892
71
37
29
95

Perfect Pairing

By pandamanda625 - Mar 29 2020
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I LOVE the Brain Candy Podcast❣️I’ve never laughed so hard and learned so much at the same time. Susie and Sarah have a fun, healthy, hilarious friendship that is so refreshing to listen to; I look forward to their new podcast release every week 🎧 Keep up the great work, ladies!

They hate everything

By CatsFan2234 - Mar 28 2020
Read more
If you enjoy listening to 2 women talk crap about men, religion and anyone who doesn’t agree with every opinion they have...this is the podcast for you.
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The Brain Candy Podcast

Latest release on Apr 06, 2020

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The award winning Brain Candy Podcast is Candy for Your Left Brain and Your Right Brain. Hosts Sarah Rice and Susie Meister from MTV's The Challenge discuss what gets their wheels turning in the worlds of pop culture, literature, science, and psychology. They will share their favorite insights on everything from reality TV to quantum physics. So enjoy some candy for your noggin with the Brain Candy Podcast.

Rank #1: EP215: A Very Special Brain Candy--Sarah's Story

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We thought today's show was going to bring a joyful surprise, but instead it is a difficult one. Hear what's been going on with Sarah, and why she hasn't been herself lately. We also discuss crazy news stories like the woman who was embalmed alive, Katy Perry's questionable shoes, roads that play music, and more.

Apr 26 2018

51mins

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Rank #2: EP205: The Challenge Behind the Challenge

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Hear some of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) moments from our Challenge days, but more importantly we talk about some of the most inspiring, cringe-worthy, scandalous, and silly moments on the show that you guys sent to us. Danny's mom dying, Diem taking off her wig, Bananas backpack, and the moment we thought Veronica was going to die. For 30 days of Premium Picniic, an awesome app that will get your whole life organized, go to picniic.com/getstarted and use code PODPIC.

Mar 22 2018

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Rank #3: EP175: Welcome to the Real World (& The Challenge)

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Every once in a while we like to satisfy your craving for some behind-the-scenes insight into your favorite guilty pleasure. In this episode, we answer questions you submitted via Facebook and email. Find out who failed the show's psych test (and why we think the psychologist is questionable). Does production have "favorites" amongst the cast? How much luggage can we bring? Do we ever fight with crew members and more... Today's show is brought to you by Barkbox, for a free month when you sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription, go to Barkbox.com and use code BRAINCANDY. To try the freakin' delicious Omaha Steaks family box for only $49.99 (75% off!) put BRAINCANDY in the search bar! And to get 15% off a gorgeous Wonderbly children's book use code BRAINCANDY at wonderbly.com

Nov 27 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: Episode 91: Invasion--Behind-the-Scenes of MTV's The Challenge

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This week we talk about the big news that Challenge:Invasion is coming out on February 7. We don't give away any spoilers, but we speculate based upon what we've heard and the little we know about the upcoming season. Plus, we delve into the casting process on reality tv. We discuss how they choose cast members, what they're looking for, and what it was like to go through that. We share our favorite reality shows, and talk about the latest gossip in reality tv with Teen Mom, Fixer Upper, Celebrity Rehab, and more. Also, they debate about the Mannequin Challenge.

Jan 11 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #5: EP345: Sarah's News, Swedish Fish, & Dream Burglars

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Today we learn some big news in Sarah's world, & discuss how her life is changing. We find out why Swedish people have the right idea with their candy consumption. And we find out about the best break-in of all time. Plus, we talk to Jessica Wragg about her book, Girl on the Block, what it's like to be a female butcher, & learn some surprising info about her career.

Aug 08 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #6: Episode 68: Rivals 3 Reunion, Aftermath, & Adderall

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Today Sarah describes life after Rivals 3, the reunion meltdown, the controversial blog Susie wrote, the twitter feuds she had with Spencer Pratt and others, why MTV is covering up Johnny's Adderall use, and more. Plus, we move into other topics like feminism, religion, and camping. This one's all over the place!

Aug 11 2016

49mins

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Rank #7: Ep. 67 Rivals 3 Finale Recap & Discussion

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Today we're discussing the Rivals 3 Challenge finale and how Sarah feels about the show, Johnny Bananas, and his decision regarding the "twist." We talk about whether she has regrets, whether she'd do another Challenge, and what her relationship with Johnny is like now.

Aug 04 2016

54mins

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Rank #8: EP294: Inside the Challenge--Your Questions Answered

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Every so often we like to take your questions about reality tv. Today we hear what really goes on in the "confessionals," whether TJ is in charge of the rules, whether bullying is good gameplay or bad behavior, & what we think of all the new shows being included. Plus, Sarah gets texts from MTV while we're recording. Find out what she said about them.

Feb 07 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #9: Episode 20: Behind-the-Scenes of MTV's The Challenge

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You asked for it, so we did it! Here is a behind-the-scenes look at MTV's The Challenge. We discuss all of our favorite and not-so-favorite things about America's guilty pleasure. We talk about our various experiences over almost twenty years on MTV's reality shows. This show has the good, the bad, and the ugly. Enjoy!

Jan 13 2016

45mins

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Rank #10: EP112: Welcome to The Real World Pt 1--Birth of Reality TV & Interview w/ Judd Winick

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Today we start getting real about the show that started it all. We talk about how The Real World came to be, reminisce about the early episodes, and we talk about how the show has evolved. We also interview Judd Winick who starred on the ground-breaking San Francisco season, married one of his cast mates, and became close with Pedro Zamora. We also find out what Judd is up to now, and how he is living his dream as a New York Times' best-selling author/illustrator. We didn't realize when we started this episode that we were going to do more, but after we taped it we had so much left to say. So, this is part 1 in a series about the show and how it changed TV and our lives.

Apr 13 2017

1hr 12mins

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Rank #11: Episode 84: Cults, Mind Control, & Religion

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You asked for it, so here's our second episode about cults. We discuss Scientology and learn about Sarah's experience taking their "Personality Test." We talk about Charles Manson's Family and how he convinced people to kill for him. Plus, we analyze the "Satanic Panic" of the 80s. Susie discusses her childhood growing up in the evangelical church and why rock music was seen as coming from the devil. This episode is chock full of creepy cults, witches, rituals, and religious madness. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Nov 24 2016

1hr

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Rank #12: EP401: Talking Dolphin, Orgasmic Movies, & iPhone Villains

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Today we discuss our doomsday prep & get real dark because we're like edgy & stuff. We reveal a terrible dog-related mishap that occurred after a recent recording. Susie reveals why you'll never see a movie villain w/ an iPhone. A Brainiac told us about the sexist way movies are rated. A porn star is fighting for equal pay. We find out how a dolphin learned to speak English. Hear the secret to happiness. We debate vandalism on Plymouth Rock, & the "Karen" joke sweeping the nation.

Mar 12 2020

58mins

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Rank #13: EP230: Inside the Real World, Psychology of Karaoke, & Tiki Bars

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This is one of our favorite episodes because it includes so many cool topics. Hear behind-the-scenes of the Truman Show. Sarah describes the set of Real World Brooklyn. Hear how scientists discovered a new color. We learn about bees. Susie shares the psychology of karaoke & she gives the history of the pink flamingo. Find out why tiki bars are coming back into fashion. Plus, we interview author Janna King, who talks about her writing process & how her kids help her career. Check out our Poshmark closets here: http://bit.ly/PoshXbraincandypodcast and use referral code @imsarahrice to get $5 off your first purchase of anything on the site!

Jun 18 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #14: Episode 45: Gone Bananas (Johnny Bananas)

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Recently, we found out that our own Sarah Rice is going to be on another MTV Challenge: Rivals 3. The show will feature pairs of co-ed rivals, and Sarah was paired with none other than Challenge legend, Johnny Bananas. We discuss their rivalry, former friendship, and what we can expect to see on the coming season of the show!

Apr 14 2016

45mins

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Rank #15: EP117: The Real World Pt 3--What Really Happens in the House

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This is our most informative installment in our The Real World series. We talk about what it's really like living in a Real World house. We talk about the "bat phone," how much interaction the cast can have with the crew, and why it's more like living on a TV set than in a house. Find out what happened when Sarah found a microphone installed in her bed. Hear our thoughts on the "fourth wall." Plus, we take your questions!

May 01 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #16: Episode 59: Men We Love feat. TJ Lavin

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This episode is packed full of interviews with some of our favorite men. We talk to astrophysicist, Adam Frank about science, women, and why your problems are trivial; then we chat with Miles Kahn, executive producer of Full Frontal w/ Samantha Bee, about politics, comedy, and baked goods; finally, we chat with TJ Lavin, everyone's favorite Challenge host, about what he's afraid of, why he hates quitters, and why he would choose Sarah as his female partner. Get ready to be inspired and love these men!

Jun 09 2016

1hr 23mins

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Rank #17: Episode 70: Wes Bergmann of MTV's The Challenge Interview

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In this week's bonus episode, Wes Bergmann calls in to get some things off his chest. He wanted to talk about Johnny Bananas and Rivals 3. Wes describes why he thinks Johnny did the right thing by taking Sarah's money, but goes on to say he's angry about some things Johnny is doing now. Plus, he talks about the Bill Simmons interview and why he's mad as hell. We don't talk about the Adderall scandal or production. instead we keep in completely about what Wes can speak to with regards to Johnny's character (or lack thereof). Enjoy!

Aug 19 2016

48mins

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Rank #18: EP154: Reality TV's Wildest Disaster

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We start the showing talking about Dirty 30, and how there was a controversial issue with two female cast members. We then learn about some crazy reality shows around the world, like one in Japan where they smell each other's buttholes. And we're not ok with it. Sarah tells us about a new trend in dating called pheromone parties where you choose a partner based upon their scent. We also reminisce about some all reality shows that we loved to watch like Kid Nation. Susie describes a show in the UK called Eden where they were trying to restart civilization, and let's just say it didn't go very well. Finally, we talk to author and comedian Caitlin Brodnick, who wrote a book called Dangerous Boobies. She had the genetic mutation that made her breasts prone to cancer. She made the choice to have a double mastectomy, and we talk to her about that decision.

Sep 14 2017

56mins

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Rank #19: EP113: The Real World Pt 2--Contracts, Microphones, & Sarah's Dad

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We had so much to say about the show that started reality TV that we decided to do a second part. In this episode, we talk about what it's like to wear microphones all day, everyday. We talk about the contracts (and how we basically sign our lives away). Plus, Sarah contacts her dad for the first time in ten years to ask him a question about her show. We talk about the New York Times article that came out recently about a Real Worlder who ended up homeless.

Apr 17 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #20: EP298: Inside the Challenge: Your Questions Answered Part 2

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We are continuing our discussion about the Challenge, & answering your questions about the show. We discuss how religion is handled on set, & whether any cast members have openly practiced their faith during filming. We talk about the inspiration behind some of the games, why some of the stunts aren't as bad as they seem (& others are worse). We debate whether things really are more dramatic now, & we discuss who has fake rivalries.

Feb 21 2019

1hr 6mins

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EP408: Science of Jealousy, Matterhorn Sports, & Drag Queens

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Today on Brain Candy, we find out why kids still think scientists are supposed to be men. Learn how UPS drivers are trained to deal with job hazards. Susie shares the story of a secret cave hidden in Mt. Rushmore. Sarah claims there is a basketball hoop in the Matterhorn. Find out why nobody dies at Disney. Susie reveals tips for happiness. Plus, we learn the history of lip-syncing.

Apr 06 2020

56mins

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EP407: Tiger King, Love is Blind, & Baby Talk

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On today's , we learn three steps to boosting your mood. We break down the appeal of Tiger King, & discuss the psychology of exotic cat owners. Sarah discusses Love is Blind, & shares why she thinks this reality show got it right. We find out about accents while flirting, & why baby talk might be good for your relationship. Plus, someone made a purse out of a cat.

Apr 02 2020

54mins

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EP406: Crossword Puzzle Patriarchy, Biggie's Belt, & Fake Food

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Today on Brain Candy, we hear about a transplant that had unexpected results. We find out the hilarious origin story of Leonard Skinner. Susie reveals why Notorious BIG's belt hangs in an LA office. We take a test to find out what our names would be if we were born at a different time. Learn how one Japanese company makes plastic food for restaurants in a surprising way. Plus, we hear why crossword puzzles are supporting the patriarchy.

Mar 30 2020

57mins

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EP405: Smell the Roses, Millennial Sex, & Reading Pirates

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Today we find out why roses can help you learn, & essential oils might actually be...essential? We find out why millennials aren't having sex, but we also discover why Susie & Sarah have very different sex lives. Sarah talks about a new light that can help differently-abled people. We hear why a fruit we eat should actually be used as a battery. Plus, we reminisce about the Challenge: Ruins, find out if Sarah would go back, & more.

Mar 26 2020

55mins

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EP404: Realistic Anxiety, Falling Iguanas, & Magic Fruit Cake

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On today's Brain Candy podcast, we're talking about realistic anxiety in a time of panic. Hear why iguanas are falling from the sky. We reveal the weirdest gifts we've ever received. Sarah talks about a culinary miracle w/ a 150-year-old cake. Find out why Harley Davidson can help w/ your self-care wellness routine. Susie shares why food on airplanes tastes different than on land. Plus, we're furious about an LGBT teacher fired for love.

Mar 23 2020

55mins

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EP403: Child of Rage, Cancelled Collages, & Bag of Snakes

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On today's Brain Candy Podcast, we hear about a child who was cured of homicidal tendencies. We debate whether Julianne Hough is crazy. We find out why people are selling pre-made collages, & we're furious. Hear why dead bodies are piling up (& it's not Coronavirus). Listen to Sarah lose her mind about a bag of snakes. Plus, we find out why the last meals of death row inmates are so important.

Mar 19 2020

57mins

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EP402: Gabriel Hernandez, Culinary Prodigy, & Patriarchal Products

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Today we discuss the heartbreaking documentary The Trials of Gabriel Hernandez. We learn of a culinary prodigy who made a Zagat-rated restaurant in his house. We discuss the McMillions heist with McDonald's Monopoly. Hear why someone is making men's bread & bath bombs. Learn why moms of boys might age faster. Plus, we debate whether juveniles should be tried as adults.

Mar 16 2020

59mins

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EP401: Talking Dolphin, Orgasmic Movies, & iPhone Villains

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Today we discuss our doomsday prep & get real dark because we're like edgy & stuff. We reveal a terrible dog-related mishap that occurred after a recent recording. Susie reveals why you'll never see a movie villain w/ an iPhone. A Brainiac told us about the sexist way movies are rated. A porn star is fighting for equal pay. We find out how a dolphin learned to speak English. Hear the secret to happiness. We debate vandalism on Plymouth Rock, & the "Karen" joke sweeping the nation.

Mar 12 2020

58mins

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EP400: Our New Hero, Pyramid Code, Magnetic Field Dogs

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Today we find out about a woman who makes alcohol out of her own pee. Sarah claims she's being judged by her pharmacist. She also describes a caper she experienced during her move. We hear why dogs all poop in the same direction, & it's a real head-scratcher. Sarah discusses some conspiracy theories that have her asking questions about aliens.

Mar 09 2020

57mins

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EP399: Doomsday Prepping, Sassy Mom Merch, & Penis Heat

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Today we discuss human scents, & why they are powerful memories years later. Susie talks about the Jagged Little Pill broadway show & why she was put in Broadway detention. We discuss a video of New York City from 1911, & why it made us mad at men (again). Susie reveals why sassy mom merch is a political act. We revisit the penis/hot pepper debate, & Sarah reveals why she fell for a medical hoax. Susie's mad about influencers taking dangerous selfies again. Plus, we curse Darwin.

Mar 05 2020

56mins

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EP398: Memory Hoarders, Bee Stings, & Airline Drama

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Today we discuss hoarding, & how it can come from sentimentality. Sarah uses the bee sting index to tell what parts of the body are most sensitive. Susie discusses the documentary Honeyland, & why it's so important. We debate the man who punched the seat of the woman on a flight who reclined her seat. Plus, we find out whether people wash their hands after peeing at home (and also why men can't burn their penises???)

Mar 02 2020

56mins

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EP397: Killer Dave, The Pharmacist, & Face Tattoos

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Today we get the lowdown on Sarah's moving, & how she's copying with the new beginning. We learn the story of Killer Dave's Bread, which is bonkers. Susie watched The Pharmacist on Netflix, & talks about what makes it such a great film. We learn a shocking statistic about pooping that we CANNOT believe. We debate whether face tattoos are taboo. Plus, Susie reveals her worst moment (& it involves an encounter w/ Wiz Khalifa).

Feb 27 2020

51mins

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EP396: Wrinkles the Clown, Bathroom History, & Steven Tyler

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Today we hear about a terrifying clown who harasses kids (& parents love him???). We find out why it's not easy to get your kids to eat veggies when you don't have extra cash. We get the scoop on how calories are determined, & why it's not accurate after all. Susie talks about an anti-vax mom who relied on a Facebook group for medical advice. We get the history of the bathroom & what it reveals about culture. Plus, find out why Sarah's mom thinks Steven Tyler is "the worst."

Feb 24 2020

58mins

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EP395: Car Scam, Confident Cooks, & Crying Plants

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Today we find out the ingenious idea Sarah had for clearing out her junk. We discuss shocking new evidence in the Casey Anthony case, & we are shooketh. Sarah talks about a radio contest that ended up scamming listeners. We find out surprising data on people's confidence in the kitchen, & now we're thinking about eggs in a whole new way. Plus, we hear more evidence that shows plants can scream and cry when they're upset, & now we are too.

Feb 20 2020

54mins

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EP394: Testicle Tasting, Sarah's DNA, & Princess Careers

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Today we find out why Sarah is a Chia Pet enthusiast. She reveals what all the Disney princesses became when they grew up. Susie makes an amendment to her emoji ban. We find out what unusual object both ladies keep in their car. Hear why Sarah was surprised by her DNA test results, & why she's a medical anomaly. We learn why men are putting their balls in foods, & we debate whether this is a good idea. Plus, Sarah shows off her tongue talents.

Feb 17 2020

54mins

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EP393: Quitting Coffee, Talking Mummy, & Sexy Bananas

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Today we find out why Sarah's morning routine has changed, & why she loves a ritual. Susie talks about the magic & mystery of music. Hear why some men are using bananas for sexual purposes. We learn the dark side of good news, what koalas really sounds like, & why drones are freaking people out. We discuss why video games are valuable, & we hear the emotional reasons people collect vintage items. Plus, we find out the problem psychology can't fix.

Feb 13 2020

52mins

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EP392: Mate Traits, Sexual Satisfaction, & Aaron Hernandez

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Today we find out what traits people look for in a mate, & why it's different around the world. We get a royal update from our royal correspondent, Susie. Find out why women fake orgasms, & Susie's mad about it. We learn why sex isn't as important to marital success as you might expect. Plus, we discuss the Aaron Hernandez documentary, CTE, toxic masculinity, and more.

Feb 10 2020

58mins

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EP391: Atheist Cats, Porn Discrimination, & Alexander Graham Bell

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Today we find out about a 97-year-old philosopher who wrote about death, & now changed his mind about the afterlife. We debate why atheists own more cats than church-goers. We find out why a deaf man is suing Pornhub for discrimination. We talk about a homeless man who killed to defend his "home," which is a cardboard box. Plus, we discuss an audio recording from the year 1889.

Feb 06 2020

56mins

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EP390: Royal Drama, Nude Philanthropy, & Dragon Horn

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Today we hear about Sarah's goals for 2020. Susie breaks down the royal drama w/ Meghan & Harry. Find out why one woman is getting nude for a good cause. Sarah is worked up about counterfeit beauty supplies. Hear how someone caught their cheating partner thanks to technology. Ever seen a human with a rhinoceros horn? We have, & we're not ok. Plus, Sarah's got a theory about Rudolph's Island of Misfit Toys.

Feb 03 2020

58mins

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EP389: Exclamations, Drugged Spiders, & Transplant Scandal

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Today we get an update on snowball crimes. We learn why female scholars don't promote their work. Find out why Susie is banning exclamation points & emojis. We hear why spiders did drugs, & how it affected them. Sarah reveals new developments in treatment for schizophrenia. Susie is worked up about glass bridges. Plus, we have a lot of questions about organ transplants.

Jan 27 2020

1hr 3mins

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iTunes Ratings

2124 Ratings
Average Ratings
1892
71
37
29
95

Perfect Pairing

By pandamanda625 - Mar 29 2020
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I LOVE the Brain Candy Podcast❣️I’ve never laughed so hard and learned so much at the same time. Susie and Sarah have a fun, healthy, hilarious friendship that is so refreshing to listen to; I look forward to their new podcast release every week 🎧 Keep up the great work, ladies!

They hate everything

By CatsFan2234 - Mar 28 2020
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If you enjoy listening to 2 women talk crap about men, religion and anyone who doesn’t agree with every opinion they have...this is the podcast for you.