No Bad Ideas

35 EpisodesProduced by Fear of Public Shame Presents

The No Bad Ideas Podcast is 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 I… read more

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Episode 36: Written In Stone

July 15th, 2019


This week on No Bad Ideas: badass nurses, killer laptops, a really big sign, and more!

First up, a terrifying kill-or-be-killed tale leads to buddy cop movie with a very unusual protagonist. After that, drastic measures …

Episode 35: Not Everyone Is Wall-Of-Death Material (With Lindsay Amer)

July 8th, 2019


This week, we’re joined in the studio by Lindsay Amer of Queer Kids Stuff for two bad ideas and a roundtable discussion.

First, we bring a Scooby-Doo-style ghost hunting gang into the YouTube Era and they form an …

Episode 34: Tooth Club

July 1st, 2019


This week, Sarah, Gabriel, and Zach prove once again the mind-meld is real as we find ourselves with a full set of body-horror bad ideas.

First, we …

Episode 33: Robot Doctor Mulan

June 24th, 2019


This week, Sarah and Zach are joined once again by Gabriel, returned from vacation.

First, we explore all our A.I. feels and once again crib from one of our eternal faves, Gattaca, with a robot that must pretend to be …

Episode 32: All Human is Probably Free Range (With Julia Schifini)

June 18th, 2019


This week, Sarah and Zach are joined by the multi-faceted podcaster, historian, writer, and budding wrestler Julia Schifini, of Multitude and The …

Episode 31: Rainbow Force Five (With Kristen DiMercurio)

June 10th, 2019


This week, Gabriel is away but Sarah and Zach are joined by none other than voiceover actor and writer Kristen DiMercurio, of Ars Paradoxica and Archive 81 fame. Kristen helps us tackle a pair of true-life tales. First, …

Episode 30: The Ministry of Dragons And Psychics

June 3rd, 2019


Welcome to Episode 30! The gang celebrates this completely arbitrary milestone by picking three awful ideas to throw at each other for ten minutes …

Episode 29: The Army of the Twelve Space Monkeys

May 27th, 2019


This week, the squad brings you two bad ideas for the price of one. First, an intricate game of cat and mouse that goes bam, zoom, straight to the moon! And then, a case of cops working undercover… way, way too much …

Episode 28: The Full Metamorphosis

May 20th, 2019


Our May experiments continue with two of the grossest, most horrifying, and most hilarious ideas the gang has tackled yet. With only fifteen minutes on the clock, first Sarah and Gabriel have to grapple with an unusual, …

Episode 27: It's Not All Boats and International Waters

May 13th, 2019


Avast! On today's No Bad Ideas, Gabriel brings Zach and Sarah a tale of love gone wrong and not-so-smooth sailing on the high seas. Will the three of them be able to take the strange tale of a woman's very unique …

Episode 26: John Wick - Traffic Stop Edition

May 6th, 2019


In this episode of No Bad Ideas, an experiment! In an effort to shake things up, the gang has brought not one, not two, but three bad ideas to the table and will try to turn each of them into stories in just ten …

Episode 25: Veggie Ville (With Brandon Grugle)

April 29th, 2019


In today's episode, the Bad Ideas Squad is joined by the great Brandon Grugle, audio producer extraordinaire at Multitude and Marvel. Together with …

Episode 24: Get Pope-ed

April 23rd, 2019


This week, Zach brings us a violent chapter of Chinese history that Gabriel and Sarah spin into conspiracy and intrigue in the Catholic Church. …

Episode 23: Hell Hotline (With Eli Barraza)

April 15th, 2019


On today's episode... Sarah is away, but Gabriel and Zach are joined by Eli Barraza, creator of The Far Meridian! The three of them go on an odyssey …

And Now Something From the Blooper Reel...

April 8th, 2019


No new episode today, but we'll be back next week! In the meantime, here's a little something from the archives we think you might enjoy...

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Episode 22 - Redacted At Sea (With Eric Silver)

April 1st, 2019


This week, Eric Silver - co-host of Horse, Dungeon Master for Join the Party, and all-around great Multi-Dude - joins the Bad Ideas team for a …

Episode 21: Not a History Podcast

March 25th, 2019

Before you listen to this episode, make sure you read the terms and conditions. Go and read them, right now.    ...   Did you do it? Great! That makes you smarter than the people in today's bad idea anecdote, who all …

Episode 20: End With Everyone On Fire

March 18th, 2019


This week, Sarah brings us a tale from the exotic world of art thievery, where everyone is super cool and sophisticated… everyone, that is, except …

Episode 19: Netflix For Journalism (with Amanda McLoughlin)

March 11th, 2019


This week we take a trip back to a faraway time when news could be faked and editorial controls were suspect at best. We, of course, are talking …

Episode 18: The Tale of Jeremy

March 4th, 2019

This week on No Bad Ideas: a first for the show! In today's fan-sponsored episode, Gabriel, Sarah, and Zach have to go head-to-head with a bad idea chosen by our listeners! So strap in, grab your broadswords, and get …

Episode 17: You've Been Stepford'd (with Todd VanDerWerff)

February 25th, 2019


Another week, another amazing guest to help us tackle a truly terribly idea! This time, Todd VanDerWerff, critic-at-large at and co-creator …

Episode 16: A Boy and His Rock 'n' Roll Cricket (With Christian T. Kelley-Madera)

February 18th, 2019


This week on No Bad Ideas... bugs, bugs, bugs! But before that, the Bad Ideas Band is joined by their dear friend Christian T. Kelley-Madera, co-creator and director of The Once and Future Nerd. But soon, it's all …

Episode 15: Enhance, Enhance, Enhance (with Mike Schubert)

February 11th, 2019


A wild Mike Schubert has appeared! And he's here to help Gabriel and Sarah wind their way through a twisty courtroom mystery, courtesy of Zach Valenti. Just who was it that really killed the defense's surprise witness? …

Episode 14: The Crimeys (with Mur Lafferty)

February 4th, 2019

This week on No Bad Ideas, Zach, Sarah, and Gabriel are joined by author and podcasting pioneer Mur Lafferty! Together, they dive into the story of …

Episode 13: The Lopular Front

January 28th, 2019

My fellow podcasters! We here at No Bad Ideas promise that we will find an idea on the Internet, bring it to our group of NY-based writer ne'er do wells, and give them 30 minutes to turn it into a good story - and this …

Episode 12: The Clumsy Pilot

January 21st, 2019

Another week, another terrible idea that someone in the world once had, and which we must now somehow turn into a compelling story. On today's episode, Zach brings Sarah and Gabriel the story of a man who was running …

Episode 11: Sharknappers!!

January 14th, 2019

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 …

Episode 10: Poor Billy Bob Tough Guy

January 7th, 2019

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 …

Episode 9: Cyrano™ (with Michelle Agresti)

December 28th, 2018

Happy Holidays, everyone! As an end-of-year present to ourselves, we brought our first guest on the show: actress and performer extraordinaire, …

Episode 8: All Flash, All Bang

December 20th, 2018


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 …

Episode 7: Shadow Kung Fu Wresting... with Bulls

December 13th, 2018


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 …

Episode 6: Yabba-Dabba-Don't

December 5th, 2018


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


Today's Bad Idea™:

Episode 5: We Know How Cults Work

November 28th, 2018


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!


Today's Bad Idea™:

Episode 4: Burn It More

November 21st, 2018


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, …

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